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This is the combined event calendar for the Business and Community events so you can best plan your activities in the Greater Meriden area. In addition, Business and Community Events which have been sanctioned by the Bicentennial Steering Committee appear on the Official Bicentennial Calendar for the City of Meriden.

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March 2015

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center Informational Webinar

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM–2:15 PM
At Your Office

Description: New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC) is a government funded non-profit organization that offers cost-shared assistance for import-impacted manufacturers through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. NETAAC was formed to aid manufacturing companies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont that have been negatively impacted by import trade. Qualifying businesses receive financial assistance to co-fund business-reviving initiatives that can address marketing, branding, strategy planning, e-commerce, lean manufacturing, ISO registration, and more. NETAAC’s goal is to help New England manufacturers increase profitability and retain employees while competing with imported products. In 2011, manufacturers working with NETAAC received over $5.1 million in approved assistance, an average of $125,000 per firm. There is no cost to apply to the program to determine eligibility and NETAAC handles all associated paperwork. All information regarding manufacturers in the program is held in strict confidence by NETAAC. This free informational webinar will provide insight into NETAAC, which could ultimately give your business an advantage in the globalizing marketplace.

Contact Info: There is no cost for this event. For more information contact Anthony Sargis via e-mail or click here to register.

 Save the Date 3/25/2015
2015 Connecticut Business Day

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:15 AM–12:00 PM
At Legislative Office Building

Description: Join hundreds of busines leaders from across the sate in engaging Connecticut state legislators and policymakers on business-related proposals and policies impacting the state's economic landscape.

This event is a great opportunity to ask questions, make recommendations, and learn more about what could impact your business this year at the State Capitol. Register by clicking here.

Proposed Agends (subject to change): - 7:15 to 8:00 am - Registration - 8:00 to 8:10 am - Wwelcome by JoAnn Ryan, CACCE President & Remarks by Joe Brennan, CBIA President - 8:10 to 8:45 am - Governor Malloy has been invited to speak - 8:45 to 9:45 am - Legislative Leadership Panel - 10:00 to 11:30 am - Regional Legislator breakouts - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - 20x17 Campaign Press Conference - 12:00 pm - Adjournment

Location Info: Hartford, CT

Contact Info: To RSVP or for more information, contact CBIA's Adam Ney at 860.244.1933 or e-mail.

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM
At Radio Frequency Systems

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 200 Pondview Dr., Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Are you writing a book? Just getting started or need some encouragement to finish? Join the Writer’s Network at Meriden Public Library. The Writer’s Network invites anyone who is serious about writing fiction or nonfiction, wants to learn the process of getting published, or needs support for writing a book proposal or query letter is welcome to attend.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Griffin Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questinos about any library program.

 Networking Strategies

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:45 AM–9:15 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: Bruce Anesi, CFP, Canoga Wealth Management, will present How to Network Effectively: Strategies to help you obtain value from your Chamber Membership. This workshop is open to new and veteran members. It is the goal of the Midstate Chamber of help you acquire the skills and knowledge to make use of the networking opportunities that the Chamber offers. We know that what you DO with those opportunities will determine whether you derive the benefits you hope for from your Midstate Chamber membership. We know that it can be difficult to feel comfortable when initially joining any organization so please join us to learn ways to successfully overcome the initial "hurdle". It is THEN that you will recceive the full benefit from your investment in Chamber membership. Bruce will illustrate what "networking" truly is and how to do it effectively!

Program Schedule: 7:45 to 8:00 am - Arrival, Snacks, Mingling 8:00 to 8:45 am - Program 8:45 to 9:15 am - Q&A, More Networking

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 2015 EANE Management Conference

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
At Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel

Description: Come and learn what engagement leaders do differently & employee engagement: the benefits of high employee engagement, how to get employees engaged. & learn what engagement leaders do to successfully create a "culture" of engagement.

Keynote Speaker is Kevin Kruse, NY Times best selling author, Forbes columnist, Keynote Speaker, featured in Fast Company, Business Week, Inc., Forbers, Business Insider and Talent Management. Kevin's books: Employee Engagement 2.0 is a detailed action plan that turns "task-managers" into "people-leaders"; and Employee Engagement for Everyone is a guide to greater happiness at work. Kevin's mission is to convince everyone that wholehearted leadership for employee engagement is the key to unlocking both dramatic business results and to better health and relationships for individuals.

Location Info: Springfield, MA

Contact Info: Early Bird Discount deadline is February 20th, 2015 - $276.25 (3 or more registrants $243.75) / After February 20th price will be $325.00 (3 or more registrants $292.50). HRCI BMS Credits: 6.75. For more information call Sue Miller at 877-662-6444 ext. 3013 or e-mail her.

 Pause and Paint at the Augusta

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
At Augusta Curtis Cultural Center

Description: Come and Celebrate your inner Artist! Get ready to Relax & Express your untapped artistic abilities. We make it simple - reserve your seat, bring our own wine and creative energy and we do the rest. We will guide you step by step in creating a one of a kind painting. Each week will feature a specific painting. This week's painting by Nathalie is "Glass Girl". No art experience required.

Location Info: 175 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost to attend is $45 per person. For more information call 203.639.2856.

 26th Annual Walk/Run for Warmth Benefits NOGM Fuel Assistance

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
At First Congregational Church

Description: New Opportunities of Greater Meriden (NOGM) is hosting its 26th Annual Walk/Run for Warmth event which raises funds to provide emergency fuel assistance for the Greater Meriden area residents. The Fuel Assistance Program is designed to assist low and middle income working families, needy elderly, the disabled and others in the midst of a financial crisis, such as a job loss or a medical emergency, who may not qualify for Federal or State heating assistance. These dollars are especially needed after the turn off moratorium expires in April.

Every year NOGM hosts the Walk/Run for Warmth to give the community an opportunity to get involved through sponsoring, volunteering, walking or donating to the event. We received USAFT sanctioning.. The event will be held on March 28th at First Congregational Church in Meriden located at 62 Colony St. from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Please consider volunteering , walking or running or sponsoring!

Location Info: 62 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Ola Brown, NOGM Assistant Director, obrown@newoppinc.org, 203-639-5060 ext 25.

 Women Breaking Loose: a Century Ago

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: You are invited to the program "Women Breaking Loose: A Century Ago" performed by Michèle LaRue. Ms. LaRue will explore the dilemmas women still face today of who comes first: my family or me? and where do I belong: at home or at work with Kate Chopin’s "A Pair of Silk Stockings" and Edna Ferber’s "Representing T. A. Buck."

Michèle LaRue is a transplanted Midwesterner: raised in Illinois and Iowa, she makes her home in New Jersey - just across the Hudson from Broadway, NYC. Upon graduating with a degree in Acting from the University of Kansas, she followed her late, then-soon-to-be-husband, Warren Kliewer, to Princeton. Her earliest East Coast roles included Julia in The Philanderer, at the University’s Theatre Intime; Viola in Twelfth Night, at Bucks County Playhouse; and one-fourth of a touring musical revue - Jerz - in which she shared the spotlight with a hyperkinetic young comedian named Joe Lane . . . later called "Nathan."

In addition to "making the rounds" in New York City, Michèle freelanced in graphic design and/or promotional writing for Off-Off-Broadway’s Amas Repertory, Joseph Jefferson, Harold Clurman, and South Street theatre companies; began writing for Back Stage: The Performer’s Weekly, and managing the studio of famed scenic designer Eldon Elder. Her subsequent offstage theatre jobs included marketing research and editorial work for the prestigious Theatre Projects [design] Consultants, writer editor for Theatre Crafts magazine, senior editor at Back Stage, and editor of ten theatre-related books. Onstage, Michèle collaborated with her husband on her first solo performance - The Yellow Wallpaper - and other projects. It was through working with Kliewer, and later with his East Lynne Company, that she fell in love with American literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: All are welcome to this free program. This program is funded by the Friends of the Meriden Public Library and the Meriden Foundation. To reserve a seat, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or click here to visit their website and sign up through the adult calendar.

 Financial Reality Fair

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM–1:00 PM
At Central CT State University

Description: The Financial Reality Fair is a hands-on experience in which students, after identifying their career choice and starting salaries, are provided a budget sheet requiring htem to live within their mntly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. And some not-so-basics like entertainment and travel. Over 700 hundred students from 23 different high schools are scheduled to attend.

Location Info: 1615 Stanley St., New Britain

Contact Info: Volunteers are needed for this year's event. Volunteers will help station a booth to "sell" goods and services to the students and/or help out with the fair's logistics. If you would to volunteer contact Dillon Tardiff of Seasons FCU via e-mail. Click here for additional information at the Credit Unioni League of CT's website.

April 2015

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: Gaylord Farm Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Business Workshop: Referral Strategies

Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 7:45 AM–9:15 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: Bruce Anesi, CFP, Canoga Wealth Management, will present this workshop on Referral Strageties. Every business owner wants a steady, reliable source of new and repeat customers and clients. In this companion program to our Networking Strategies Program, we will discuss how to convert your business networking contacts into referral partners. We will also discuss when, how and what to say when asking for referrals so that the referral source will not feel pressured or uncomfortable about being asked for referrals. Lastly, we will present a method to gracefully exit a referral request with someone who is unwilling to make referrals, without damaging the existing relationship.

Program Schedule: 7:45 to 8:00 am - Arrival, Snacks, Minglings 8:00 to 8:45 am - Program 8:45 to 9:15 am - Q&A, More Networking

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Easter Brunch Buffet at Villa Capri

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Description: The Villa Capri invites you to their Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with seatings at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:00 pm

Menu includes: - Scones, bagels, danish, muffins, breakfast breads accompanied with jams, cream cheese and butter. - Champagne, Mimosas, assorted juices and fresh brewed coffee - Salads - crisp garden salad, cucumber & apple salad, fresh fruit with raspberry yogurt dip, rigatoni roast chicken with tennel & candy walnuts, sweet potato salad arugula & feta, or carrot & raisin salad - Breakfast: pancakes & waffles with fresh fruit toppings, cheese blintzes topped with vanilla sauce, quiche, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, maple breakfast sausage, red roasted potato home style or maple peach glazed ham steak - Dinner: baked salmon with citrus vinaigrette, chicken marsala, herb crusted pork loin topped with bing cherry glaze, tender orast leg of lamb with mint jelly demi,, penne ala vodka and fresh vegetable

Popovers will be served at your table.

Carving stations are herb crusted roast top sirloin of beef and glazed ham.

And of course a dessert station which includes assorted cakes, pies lemon bars, pastries, cream puffs, apple crisp, ricotta pie, carros cake, cookies, rice pudding, and much, much more.

Location Info: 906 North Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Reservations are a must by calling 203-265-7174. Cost is $29.95 per person and $14.95 for children under 10 years old. Price does not include Gratuity or Sales Tax.

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, April 06, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Save the Date 4/7/2015
Midstate Chamber 119th Annual Meeting, Dinner, Awards & Silent Auction

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 4:30 PM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Save the date for THE event of the year where you can rub elbows with THE Who's Who of the Business Community. This event is a great way to meet our Leaders in the Region. Come and help us celebrate our Award Honorees. Sponsorships available or place an ad on our program booklet.

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Cost to attend is $65. For more information call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com

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