The Chamber helps facilitate the creation of industry and peer groups for members seeking to engage with other members. If you are interested in starting your own peer group, contact JoAnn Ryan, President & CEO at 860-482-6586 or email@example.com.
Currently, the following peer groups are open to the membership:
The Health Council, a peer group comprised primarily of individuals and companies involved in healthcare in Northwest Connecticut, meets the 3rd Wednesday every other month. Meetings focus on specific areas of interest, including: employee recruitment and retention, workforce development, on-the-job training programs and grants, legislative updates that affect the health care industry, facility tours and more.
To be added to the Health Council, please contact JoAnn Ryan, President & CEO at 860-482-6586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Insurance Committee is a peer group comprised of individuals from the insurance industry throughout Northwest Connecticut that meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office in Torrington. In addition to supporting the programs offered by the Chamber Insurance Trust, the group welcomes speakers on insurance products and services from a variety of providers. The group welcomes new members to join. Please contact the Chamber at 860-482-6586 for information.
The Manufacturers’ Coalition, a group comprised of individuals from manufacturing companies in the Northwest corner, meets on the first Friday of every month. All members of the business community are welcome to attend. Meetings focus on specific areas of interest including: employee recruitment and retention, workforce development, on-the-job training programs and grants, legislative updates that affect manufacturers, facility tours, sharing of best practices, and the development of industry-specific curriculum for local educational institutions.
The Chamber holds an annual Manufacturing Summit in September that features guest speakers which have included the Governor of Connecticut, the State Comptroller, the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, and leaders of area manufacturing companies.
To be added to the Manufacturers’ Coalition, please contact Lauren Zordan at 860-482-6586 or email@example.com
SMALL BUSINESS COUNCIL
The Small Business Council has been established for the small business owner/manager – the decision makers – to discuss challenges, share solutions and work as a back-office consortium. Many small business owners have issues that they stumble upon throughout their workday that they may not have experience with – but another small business owner does. The Chamber’s Small Business Council is a resource for the owners and managers so they can keep their businesses running smoothly.
The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office. Membership in Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce is required for participation in the Small Business Council. For information, please call the Chamber at 860-482-6586 or email JoAnn Ryan.
RESTAURANT & RETAIL PEER GROUP
The newly formed Restaurant & Retail Peer group will have a monthly zoom meeting on the 3rd Thursday to give restaurants and retailers the opportunity to meet virtually and regularly to discuss opportunities and challenges facing them during this pandemic. Chair of the committee is Betsy Paynter, the area representative for the Small Business Development Center. For more information, call the Chamber at 860-482-6586 or email JoAnn Ryan.
Chamber members can start business / industry peer groups that they feel would be beneficial to the other Chamber members. If there is interest in starting and chairing a new peers group, a member is encouraged to contact the Chamber to initiate it. The Chamber will facilitate the process by helping identify members that may be interested and contacting the membership to gauge interest. If enough interest exists, the Chamber will help organize and schedule periodic meetings (typically monthly).