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Why join the Windsor Chamber of Commerce?

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization of business and professional people who seek to build a healthy, growing local economy and improve the quality of life in our community. By supporting the Windsor Chamber of Commerce you support its mission.

The Chamber strives to invest business insight into educational programs by developing and instituting programs whereby the business community can serve as an outside resource to the schools with the goal of helping to prepare students for today's job market. We do this through the following programs:

  • Student Job Shadowing - More than 80 students are placed in local businesses for a day of shadowing
  • School to Business Partnership - a 24 member board. This partnership developed the REAL program which has been recognized state wide.
  • Businesses Fueling Minds Through Books - Books are purchased for every classroom in each of the four elementary schools (80 classrooms). Business volunteers read the book to their assigned classroom and answer questions.
  • Mini Grants for creative and innovative projects - Grants up to $500 are given to innovative and career oriented programs.
  • New teachers reception - Businesses are invited to a luncheon for new teachers to Windsor.
    REAL program teachers one day visit with a business in their area of expertise.

    The Chamber provides programs and assistance to the business community with business seminars and lobbying in their interest on the local, state and national levels on issues such as signage, traffic and more. It also provides a variety of events and networking opportunities including:

  • Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
  • Business After Hours Networking Events
  • Tobacco Valley Chamber Alliance Networking events
  • "You Asked For It" Business Series

    The Chamber organizes many community events with the goal of bringing the community and businesses together. A few are:

  • Windsor Chili Challenge Chili Festival that attracts 3-6 thousand people.' Businesses and organizations are invited set up a booth which showcases their business or organization.
  • Windsor Wade and Tea Fair Only three in the US. Draws attendees from three countries and more than 8 states.
  • Summer Concert Series Organizes 8 Concerts on the Green securing business sponsorship.
  • Sidewalk Sale two days of specials and activities highlighting Windsor Businesses.
  • The Windsor Feud Businesses play against each other

    Promoting Your Business & Increasing Profits:
    Members gain valuable exposure through weekly email digests, newsletters, public service announcements, articles, press releases and our public access television station.

    Referrals:
    Thousands of people contact the Chamber office each year seeking information about local businesses the Chamber is in a prime position to spread the word about your business.

    Economic Success through Community Partnership:
    The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is closely linked with the Town of Windsor Economic Development Department, working together to create economic growth for our Town and community.

    The Chamber understands that an important part of our mission is to improve the quality of life in our community. The Windsor Chamber of Commerce strives to serve as an informational hub for your business, letting you know what community organizations are doing, enabling a greater degree of collaboration and success through partnership between the business community and nonprofit sector.

    Event Participation:
    Through active participation in events such as the Chili Fest, Windsor Chamber Cares Auction, The Windsor Feud, Annual Golf Tournament, Side Walk Sale and more, the Windsor Chamber of Commerce represents the voice of the business and professional community. Volunteer at a Chamber event and help the community while promoting your business. It's a win-win opportunity!

    Public Perception of Membership:
    A recent national study reveals that membership in a chamber of commerce can significantly boost a business's image among consumers, as well as other businesses.

    In a scientific survey of 2,000 U.S. adults, The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found positive perceptions of chamber members in a number of areas, including overall favorability, consumer awareness and reputation, and likelihood of future patronage.
    The study showed that when respondents were told that a particular business was a of a chamber, they were 44 percent more likely to rate it favorably than study respondents who were not told of the chamber affiliation. Respondents were also 63 percent more likely to want to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a Chamber member.

  • Events

    Keeping You & Your Heart Healthy
    May 23 at Windsor Town Hall, Council Chambers
    St. Gabriel School Open Door Tours
    Tuesdays at 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
    Trinity Christian School Open House
    May 23 at Trintiy Christian School, 180 Park Avenue, Windsor
    Windsor Water Rats Swim Team Tryout
    May 23 at Windsor High School Pool
    Evening Book Club
    May 25 at Windsor Public Library
    Happy Hour & Networking
    May 25 at VIto's by the Water - 1936 Blue Hills Ave Ext, Windsor, CT
    Windsor Water Rats Swim Team Tryout
    May 25 at Windsor High School Pool
    WWRX Swim Team Tryouts
    May 25 at Windsor High School Pool
    Book Babies
    May 26 at Windsor Public Library
    Junior Farm Apprentice Program
    Through May 26 at Northwest Park
    Memorial for CT Witch Trial Victims
    May 26 at Northwest Park, large pavilion
    Build Your Own Building Day
    May 27 at WIndsor Art Center
    St. Gabriel School Open Door Tours
    Tuesdays at 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
    Shake, Shimmy & Dance
    May 31 at Windsor Public Library
    bike MS
    Jun 4
    Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
    Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library
    Heritage Brick Installation
    Jun 7 at Windsor Center: Heritage Brick Patio across from CVS
    Main Street Matters Morning Meeting
    Jun 7 at Windsor Art Center: 40 Mechanic St
    Alzheimer's Support Group
    Jun 8 at Kimberly Hall North
    A Burst of Blooms Art Show
    Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library Meeting Room 1
    Shake, Shimmy & Dance
    Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library
    It's Time to Get Ticked Off - 2nd An
    Jun 17 at Northwest Park
    Puttin' on the Dog for Cats
    Jun 17 at Northwest P ark
    Summer Classic Movie Series - Unforg
    Jun 20 at Windsor Public Library
    Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
    Jun 21 at Windsor Public Library
    Open House and Ribbon Cutting
    Jun 24 at 55 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor
    Windsor Senior Book Club
    Jun 26 at Windsor Public Library
    Summer Classic Movie Series - The Se
    Jun 27 at Windsor Public Library
    Shake, Shimmy & Dance
    Jun 28 at Windsor Public Library
    Farmers' Market
    Thursdays June 29 - Oct 19 at Lot on corner of Broad St & Maple Ave
    Greener Cleaners
    Jun 29 at Windsor Public Library
    Heritage Brick Installation
    Jun 7 at Windsor Center: Heritage Brick Patio across from CVS
    Main Street Matters Morning Meeting
    Jun 7 at Windsor Art Center: 40 Mechanic St
    Farmers' Market
    Thursdays June 29 - Oct 19 at Lot on corner of Broad St & Maple Ave
    Farmers' Market
    Thursdays June 29 - Oct 19 at Lot on corner of Broad St & Maple Ave
    Farmers' Market
    Thursdays June 29 - Oct 19 at Lot on corner of Broad St & Maple Ave
    Taste of Summer
    Jul 20 at Town Green
    Farmers' Market
    Thursdays June 29 - Oct 19 at Lot on corner of Broad St & Maple Ave