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The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Builds Strong Business Community through Leadership and Resources


(New Haven, CT) Businesses looking to build exposure or increase sales can turn to The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC) for a wealth of resources, networking opportunities and programs that are certain to help them grow. Prospective and existing Chamber members can find comprehensive information at a single site,

The Chamber offers business and community development assistance for companies of all sizes, from ‘solo-preneur’ operations and start-ups to non-profits to Fortune 100 companies. A sampling of the Chamber’s many business offerings follows:

For those looking for an overview of the Chamber’s many programs, Discover the Chamber is a monthly orientation that includes complimentary pizza lunch and networking. Chamber President, Tony P. Rescigno, leads the group in an overview of mission and services.

Offering entrepreneurs customized business strategies at no cost, The Small Business Assistance Center is a well-known program that provides training, resources, and referrals for start-up and existing small businesses in the Chamber’s 15-town region.

Networking is an invaluable way for businesses to build contacts. The Chamber offers many exciting events, such as monthly Business After Hours, annual Golf Classic, Business Expo, Business Leadership Awards, and an Evening at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament. Monthly Leads Groups help individuals from a variety of industries to form strategic alliances and identify prospects that foster Greater New Haven business opportunities.

For sole proprietors, the Solo-preneur Council meets regularly to share ideas, challenges, and best business practices in pursuit of individual success. Its objectives include networking and targeted seminars aimed specifically to assist solo, self-employed and small business owners.

The Chamber’s Health Care Council offers monthly presentations with leaders in the health care field. Each presentation includes a full breakfast and the opportunity for attendees to network and to meet guest speakers. An annual Regional Health Care Breakfast takes place each June, bringing together health care professionals from around Connecticut. This event features a keynote speaker and the presentation of the council’s Workforce Wellness Awards, as well as targeted networking.

Driving regional economic development, the Sports Council actively brings together area sports organizations, sporting events, the Greater New Haven business community and local academic institutions to host several sports-focused events each year.

Professional development is another valuable offering of the Greater New Haven Chamber. The Chamber is home to the Greater New Haven Leadership Center, which offers two major programs, ‘Leadership Greater New Haven,’ a program offering aspiring community leaders professional development training in community issues and opportunities, and ‘Executive Orientation,” a program designed specifically to give senior-level executives a look at the critical issues in the region. Graduates of the Leadership programs serve as catalysts for positive change in the Greater New Haven region and the list of alumni reads like a ‘who’s who’ of New Haven County business leaders.

This is just a sampling of a few of the many councils, programs and events that are offered at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Other interests served for business professions include human resources, technology, non-profit organizations and governmental affairs.

For more information on upcoming events that serve the New Haven business community, and to find out how to join the GNHCC, visit the website at

About the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce:

Established in 1794, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is the nation’s third oldest business organization. Representing almost 2,000 member businesses and organizations in 15 cities and towns in South Central Connecticut, the Chamber continues to promote regional cooperation, economic development, improved transportation and infrastructure, as it pursues its goal of making Greater New Haven a great place to live, work and raise a family.


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