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February 8, 2016 Winter Storm Update as of 10:30 a.m.: Please click here for the latest EVERSOURCE Emergency Briefing!


It is with deep sadness that the Midstate Chamber of Commerce mourns the passing of Sanford S. Shorr on February 1, 2016.  Born on April 8, 1919, Sandy had been the Executive Director of the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce for more than 29 years, starting at the Meriden Chamber in 1956.  Among his many accomplishments, Sandy recognized the truly regional feel of central Connecticut and added the word "Greater" in 1957.

You may  click here to view the Obituary


We are PROUD to CELEBRATE 120 Years in Business in 2016!  We, at the Midstate Chamber, EXIST to SERVE our MEMBERS and this is a true honor for them as well, as OUR MEMBERS are our FOUNDATION.  Not a member?  Please JOIN US in this milestone year so that we may celebrate YOUR SUCCESSES too.  Click Here to JOIN NOW - enter Campaign650 in the area "How Did You Learn About Us" and receive a $25 credit off of your membership OR for a future program or event!  You are always welcome to call our friendly, attentive staff - we are here to assist you!



Why belong to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce?-

Click HERE to see what our Midstate Chamber members are saying!

Our Members can even submit their own video too!  


VIDEOS of Recent Midstate Chamber Events:

VIDEO:  December Breakfast Club Celebrated RESOURCES for BUSINESSES, sponsored by MEDCO - Click HERE to view now!

VIDEO:  November Breakfast Club Celebrated ENERGY, sponsored by Eversource - Click HERE to view now!

VIDEO:  2015 Meriden City Council & Mayoral Candidate Forum - Click Here to view now!

VIDEO: September Breakfast Club Featured CT DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith - Click HERE to view now!


Proposed USDOL Overtime Rule Changes will Harm MANY Chamber Members

The clock is ticking and the Midstate Chamber has prepared a position paper for the US Department of Labor to slow down the proposed changes to overtime rules.  These changes will cause MANY of your supervisors and managers to no longer be exempt from overtime laws.  While this is sold as a way to help the middle class, it will in fact run businesses out of business and definitely harm our Chamber members. 
You can find the complete text of the Midstate Chamber letter by clicking here.  You are also welcome to read the proposed ruling and to comment as well by clicking here to help USDOL better understand how business is actually done!  The current comment period ends 09/04/2015.  (Which we think was way too short and would like extended to 11/04/2015.)
On behalf of the entire Board and Membership, I'd like to thank the ad hoc committee members Yvonne deAngeli-Fontanez of the Four Points by Sheraton, Rich Pendred of A & A Office Systems, Frank Ridley of F.W.R. Consulting, Linda Krampitz of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Ralph Mesite of the Villa Capri as well as Pam Fields of the ARC of Meriden & Wallingford (and Government and Business Development Committee chairperson) and Sloane Peterson-Vath of Hunter's Ambulance Service (and Chair of our H.R. Round Table) their contributions to help the Chamber work on this important issue.  
We promise to keep you posted as the process unfolds.


 Please feel free to click here to learn about all of the exciting things happening in Meriden's central Business District.

It's up to all of us to spread the word when GREAT things are happening.  Feel free to download and pass along this  to learn a bit about what's happening in the City!  Great quotes from Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski and Chamber President Moore.

Six-page Meriden Section from the BUSINESS IN FOCUS Magazine


Eversource to Work on Gas Project in Downtown Meriden:  Click  for 6-4-15 UPDATE:HEREdetails, schedule and contact information.


 The Midstate Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes its member businesses in Berlin, Cheshire, Meriden, Southington, Wallingford and throughout central Connecticut (CT).  

There is certainly a LOT happening...and we want to keep our members and our communities informed and involved!   

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