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We hope you find this newsletter, sponsored by Berchem Moses PC,valuable resource and guide to local Milford events and goings on.

 

 

MILFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS

 

 

Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Pam Staneski as Executive Director

 

The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Pam Staneski has been selected as the Milford Chamber’s new Executive Director, succeeding Gary Mullin, who announced his planned departure in November 2018. Pam will start as Executive Director on February 04, 2019.

 

Incoming Board Chair Michael Grande commented, “I am excited to have Pam join the chamber in this leadership role. Pam’s experience, expertise and vision align with the mission of our chamber and will provide a direct benefit to our chamber members. The Board of Directors looks forward to working alongside Pam, and continuing to emphasize the exceptional and unique qualities that Milford provides to its residents and businesses”.

 

Pam fell in love with Milford over twenty years ago when she and her husband, Paul, chose to make it their home. Since then, she has served the city in many roles, including as a member of the Board of Education, Board of Alderman, and most recently as the state representative for the 119th House District.

 

As a legislator she sponsored, on behalf of local shell-fishers, the protection of Connecticut’s coastal shellfish beds and spawning grounds helping to preserve a significant contributor to our local economy; and, Milford has fast become a craft-brewery hub in part because of the Farm Brewery bill that she supported which fueled partnerships between farms and breweries, and created jobs. She has also been a leader in Milford’s non-profit community. Pam co-founded the Milford Prevention Council, worked for United Way of Milford, was President of Milford’s Promise, supports the Boys and Girls Club of Milford, and volunteered for the Rape Crisis Center. As the daughter of a Navy Veteran, she has been a persistent voice for service member and veteran organizations.

 

Before moving to Connecticut, she spent over ten years as a cost accountant for Kransco, the manufacturer of the hula hoop and Frisbee. In that time, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University.

 

Pam notes, “I am honored and excited to be the next Executive Director for the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a community connector and I welcome the opportunity to work with our outstanding membership, committees, and legislative leaders in not only continuing what the Chamber already offers its members but also in finding new and innovative ways to promote our businesses and the communities we serve.”

 

Pam lives in Milford with her husband and their two dachshunds. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and sampling from Milford’s many ice cream shops.

 

Please join us in welcoming Pam to the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce as she continues our mission to be a visionary leadership organization, dedicated to serving the needs of our member businesses, while fostering economic growth and improving the quality of life in Milford and the surrounding region.

 

64th Annual Meeting & Awards of Distinction

January 30, 2019 at Great River Golf Course

 

We would like to thank everyone who attended our 64th Annual Meeting and 2018 Awards of Distinction at Great River Golf Course on Wednesday, January 30. We would also like to offer our sincere congratulations to all of the 2018 Award Winners.

 

We would also like to thank Beach Party Balloons for the beautiful centerpieces and Gregory Geiger's Studio 95 Photographix for the photos below.

 

 

 

Business After Hours - February 20 at Bar Louie

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

February 1

Traditional Musicians Adam Agee and Jon Sousa at Irish Heritage Society of Milford

 

7 pm, IHSM Clubhouse - 131 Bridgeport Ave, Milford, CT

Admission: $5

 

Adam Agee & Jon Sousa began playing together in Boulder, Colorado in 2005 and moved to Ennis, County Clare, Ireland in 2008. They now tour in the United States and internationally. As educators, Adam & Jon teach Irish tunes and technique at music camps, festivals, and international schools across the world.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Lacey at (203) 258-2634 or amyjlacey2@gmail.com

February 1

United Way of Milford Presents "Sip, Shop & Socialize" at Consignment Originals in Orange, 320 Boston Post Road. 5 to 8 p.m. 

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. 

Enjoy 20% off your full price purchase 

Proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Milford.

 

February 2

Souper Bowl to Benefit Beth-El Center

 

Restaurants, faith communities and businesses throughout Milford, Stratford and Orange are needed to support or participate in the 'Souper Bowl' fundraising campaign to help the Beth-El Center and those in our community who are experiencing homeless or hunger. The 'Souper Bowl' campaign leverages the biggest weekend of football to bring attention and support to the less fortunate who are in need of shelter and a warm meal.

 

On Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd-3rd, participating organizations will be fundraising or encouraging people to contribute to the campaign online at www.bethelmilford.org. All donations will go directly the Beth-El Center's shelter, soup kitchen and services offered to local men, women and families in need. 

 

To participate, faith communities and business can email jparadis@bethelmilford.org. Visit www.bethelmilford.org for a list of participating organizations.

February 14

Valentine’s Day Paint Night @ Fireside Restaurant

6PM - 9PM

 

385 Boston Post Rd. Orange, CT 06477

Appetizers included

 

Tickets: singles $40, couples $70

Drop ins $45

Purchase tickets: www.artsinct.org/fireside 

Sponsored by Arts in CT

Raffles and Give a Ways!

February 16

Milford Lions Present "Taste of Italy"

St. Mary's School Hall - 6PM - 8:30PM

Tickets: $15 per person (children under 5 are free!)

 

Please join the Milford Lions to Celebrate a Taste of Italy! Featuring catering by Michael Anthony's Tuscan Grill. Entertainment by Jack Lynn.

 

For more information, contact Kathy at (203) 927-3686 or Mary Ann at (203) 876-9104

 

February 18

Blood Drive Hosted by First United Church of Christ

 

34 West Main Street, Milford, CT 06460

Fellowship Hall/First Floor

Parking at 46 West Main Street Lot

 

For more information, please contact Reverend Ashley Grant at 203-877-0857

February 20

Business After Hours - Bar Louie

1201 Boston Post Road (CT Post Mall) 5-7PM

 

Join the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce for a great fun filled evening

at Bar Louie at the Connecticut Post Mall, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019,

from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

$15 Pre-Registration

$20 Member at Door

$25 Prospective Member

Click HERE to register

 

For more events and meetings, please visit our

Community Calendar

 

 

How do I submit an event to the

Community Calendar?

 

1.)  Visit the Milford Chamber of Commerce Website: www.milfordct.com

2.)   Click on News & Events

3.)   Click on Community Calendar

4.)   In the right corner of the box click the "Add Community Event" tab.

5.)   Fill in the Event information

6.)   Click Submit

 

 

Want to Contribute to our Newsletter?

Contact Nell Moll at nmoll@milfordct.com

 

 

MILFORD AREA AND CONNECTICUT NEWS

 

 

A Message from the Connecticut Office of Tourism: Tourism Marketing Fact Sheet

 

As you know, there are several new committees focused on the future of tourism funding. I'm sure you agree that it's great to have this renewed interest in Connecticut tourism.

Thought it would be helpful to ensure everyone has the latest information about what we've been doing to date to promote tourism in Connecticut - and the results of those efforts. Toward that end, the Office of Tourism has prepared the attached Tourism Marketing Fact Sheet. (link to report)

If you have any questions about this information, please don't hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email.

As always, thank you for all you do to support Connecticut tourism.

 

 

 

 

Trivia Time! A Bridgeport Sound Tigers Special Contest Opportunity!

 

Answer the following Five questions below to win a Sound Tigers Prize Pack that includes:

1. Four (4) Tickets to any Bow Tie Cinemas Location

2. A Four (4) Pack of Tickets to a 2018-2019 Bridgeport Sound Tigers Regular Season Home game at the Webster Bank Arena

3. A Bridgeport Sound Tigers Pint Glass

4. Two (2) Bridgeport Sound Tigers Backpacks

 

 

Send in your answers to chamber@milfordct.com to apply. All correct submissions will be placed in a bowl and drawn randomly at the February 20th

Business After Hours at Bar Louie. Good Luck!

 

 

CBIA NEWS: Inside the Capital:

Growth Must Be the Top Priority

 

Despite the state's fiscal and other challenges, and difficulties at the federal level around trade disputes and the partial government shutdown, I believe Connecticut is poised for stronger economic growth.

Companies in key economic base industries like manufacturing, insurance, financial services, and healthcare are making a commitment to Connecticut, investing in technology, innovation, and workforce development.

 

And, although we continue to lag the region and the country, the state's private sector job creation accelerated in the last 12 months, and the latest GDP numbers show consecutive quarters of expansion.

 

Whether these positive developments signal a sustainable trend depends, in large part, on whether our governor and lawmakers take steps to support a stronger Connecticut economy and avoid policy choices that put up barriers to economic progress.

 

Now that the 2019 General Assembly session is under way, CBIA in its advocacy role will maintain a singular focus on how policy proposals either enhance or impede growth and private sector employers' ability to invest and create jobs in Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

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