Chamber events: annual business meeting, exciting events on view

On April 19, our Waterbury Regional Chamber will host its 132nd annual business meeting from 12-2 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown. During the meeting, we will highlight our accomplishments over the past year, elect and re-elect Board members, and hear from keynote speaker David Lehman, Commissioner of the Ministry of Economic and Community Development and Senior Economic Advisor to Governor Ned Lamont . We will also honor 37 companies celebrating their 40th, 30th, 20th or 10th year as a chamber member.

The meeting is chaired by Mary Rosengrant-Chiappalone of Biondi & Rosengrant, Chairman of the Board.

“Last year proved to be one of the most unpredictable times for the chamber in its 132-year history, as our community continued to be challenged by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. 19,” Rosengrant-Chiappalone said.

“Our business community, members and chamber have found bold and innovative ways to continue to provide the resources, news, networking opportunities and other information residents and businesses need to adapt. and succeed.”

Our main sponsor for this event is Thomaston Savings Bank; our corporate sponsor is Barker Specialty. All business leaders are welcome to attend by registering at


The Waterbury Regional Chamber and our affiliate chambers are hosting many exciting events over the coming months.

Do you know someone looking for a job? With funding from a CARES grant, the chamber partnered with the Northwestern American Job Center to bring together more than 50 area employers for a spring job fair on April 28 from 3-6 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown. Employers are invited to register and job seekers are encouraged to attend.

Our next Out for Business networking event will take place on May 4 from 5-7pm at The Residences at Quarry Walk in Oxford. Out for Business events give members and potential members the opportunity to visit a member business site, network, eat and drink, socialize and have a chance to win a door prize.

On May 13, I will be hosting our next Wake Up Your Business virtual networking event. This online opportunity, from 8 to 9 a.m. on Zoom, gives members and those interested in learning more about the chamber the chance to make new connections, grow their business, and create more exposure. Registration is free.

Are you looking for a family event? The Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th Annual Duck Race and Festival on June 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Naugatuck. The day will include live music, a petting zoo, children’s activities and entertainment, food vendors, bargain vendors, artisans and of course the planned duck race, which involves thousands rubber ducks racing down the Naugatuck River for a $5,000 prize. species.

As part of Duck Day, you can support many area nonprofits by purchasing a raffle ticket, which puts you in the running for one of 20 prizes, including $5,000 in cash.

We have many more exciting opportunities in the weeks and months ahead. Be sure to follow us on social media and check out, where you can register for any of these events. For assistance, contact the chamber at 203-757-0701.

Lynn Ward is President and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber. Contact her at 203-757-0701 ext. 310 or

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