What is the Windsor Chamber of Commerce? The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting business and the community.
The mission of the Chamber is: - To provide voice for the Business
Community on issues of public policy. - To help
businesses to work together for their mutual benefit. - To advocate
initiatives that enhance the town's (region) economic vitality and
quality of life.
What does the Chamber do? Some of the things the Chamber is involved in:
Representation on Windsor's Economic Development Commission and on the
Windsor Public School Systems Education Advisory Committee.
2. Involvement with the Bradley Development League and work with neighboring town on local issues.
3. Assist businesses in the relocation of their business and employees.
4. Publish Chamber e-News, a Windsor Business Email Newsletter.
Furnish the public with resource information on the town and its
attractions through the website and "What's Going on in Windsor?" email
6. Sponsor several town wide programs such as the Annual Benefit Auction, Chili Challenge, Windsor Feud, and more.
Where is the Chamber located? The Chamber is located on the Windsor town green at 261 Broad Street. Turn from Broad Street on to Maple towards CVS. Bear right at the post office. There is a parking lot in the rear. Please enter by the front door facing the green.
Who runs the Chamber of Commerce? The Windsor has one full time staff member, the Executive Director, Jane Garibay. Her assistant is Phyllis Stargarter. Several volunteers also work regularly at the Chamber to assist with programs, events and administration.
The volunteer Board of Directors meets monthly to set policy and guide the Chamber in its mission.
Can I sell my products at Chamber Business Expos? Not usually, but around the holidays we allow businesses to sell products and services at our Business Expos.
Is there a rain date for concerts on the green? Yes. The rain date for a summer concert is always the following Tuesday at 7:00 pm.?
Is food available before or at concerts on the green? There are no food vendors on the green during concerts, but popcorn and water are sold by the Lions Club and the restaurants surrounding the green are open for business.
Many people go to one of the local restaurants and eat dinner before the concert or bring their dinner to the green with them for the concert.
When is Small Business Day? Small Business Day is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
What is Small Business Day? We all know what Black Fridays is, the day after Thanksgiving, when large retailers have door buster sales, and there's Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving and biggest day for online shopping.
On Small Business Saturday, take some time to look around your town and you'll find local shops and restaurants that are truly hidden gems of
interesting merchandise, gift certificates, and where service is top-notch. Mom-and-Pop shops are typically more focused on customer
service, a mark that larger retailers often fail to hit. You are likely to meet the owners in person.
Small businesses create jobs and invest in their communities. Supporting them by shopping and dining local supports your community.
Is there a rest room available for the public during concerts on the green? Yes. There are port-o-lets in the back parking lot of the Town Hall during concerts on the green. The library is also open and has restrooms available.
What events does the Chamber hold each year? We host a number of events each year that the public is invited to attend. See our Annual Chamber Events page for more info.
Here's a partial list:
Businesses Fueling Minds Through Books - January
Windsor Feud - February
"You Asked For It" Business Series - March
Annual "Windsor Chamber Cares" Auction - April
Chamber Shad Derby Blood Drive - May
Annual Dinner - June
Golf Tournament / Business Outing - June
Passport to Summer Fun - June - August
Summer Concerts - June-August
Town Wide Sidewalk Sale - August
Chili Challenge! - October
5th Annual Windsor Wade & Tea Fair - October
I just joined the Chamber. What next? The best thing to do is to make an appointment to sit down with Jane Garibay, our Executive Director. She can guide you as to how to best make use of the Chamber according to your business model, number of employees, community interests, etc. Call 860-688-5165 to make an appointment.
What does it cost to join the Chamber? The price of membership depends on the number of full time employees in your company.? Membership starts at $145 / yr.
What do I get with my membership? There are many benefits to being a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Here are just a few:
Business Expo Great Marketing Venue
Chamber Insurance Trust
Free Listing in the Chamber Directory
Gift Certificate Program
Membership in the TVCA
Representation in state and local government
I'd like to host a Business After Hours. How should I go about it? Contact our Programs & Business Development committee chairperson Kristen Barbarotta at email@example.com or Jane Garibay at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date for your After Hours. Or call 860-688-5165.
Hosts provide the following: - refreshments - raffle prize(s)
The Chamber publicizes the event to its members through the website, mail and email newsletter. Photos will be taken and posted on the Chamber website photo gallery.
Are there any networking events in the morning? Yes. Our Windsor Business to Business Connections networking group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of each month at Bart's Beanery at 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT. It is one of few networking events open to non-Chamber members as well as members. Anyone doing business in Windsor is admitted.
Does the Chamber have a Facebook page? Yes. Here is our Windsor Chamber Facebook page. We keep it updated regularly with news and events and encourage members to "like" the page and interact with us there as well.
Any member who has a facebook fan page for their business is welcome to let us know so that we can add it to our page's favorites.
How many networking events are there? At a minimum, the following networking events are planned each year:
1. Business After Hours - monthly 2. Business to Business Connections - twice per month
Besides our regular events, there are other networking opportunities including: 1. Business Expos - two or more per year 2. Tobacco Valley Chamber Alliance events - six per year 3. Public events like the Chili Challenge, Concerts on the Green, and more
How can I get more from my membership? There are many ways to get more involved in the Chamber than simply paying your membership dues.
One way to get more business from your membership is to attend our networking events. It takes more than one introduction to someone for them to trust you enough to give you their business. Relationships are built by repeatedly networking. Attend frequently!
You can also join one of the Chamber's many committees. Through committees you will meet and spend more time with other business people who are interested in the topic of the committee, again building relationships. Some of our committees are:
Do I have to be a member to sponsor the website, the newsletters, or other events? No, you don't have to be a member to sponsor our events, website, newsletters, etc. However, in some cases, the prices are slightly higher for non-members.
How can I spread the word about my business? We recently began a new program called "Video Introductions" in partnership with Windsor Community Television (Win-TV). It's a great way to get into video that you can use on your own website and is also shown on the Chamber website and on Win-TV for one year. The introductory price is $250 and can be renewed annually.
You can see the videos we've done so far on our Videos page.
Do you offer sponsorship opportunities? Yes. There are a number of ways you can promote your business and sponsor Chamber programs at the same time. Here's a partial list:
Sponsor the website with your banner
Sponsor an issue of Chamber eNews, our weekly business news email newsletter
Sponsor an issue of What's Going on in Windsor, our weekly public events email newsletter
Sponsor events like our Annual Dinner, Chili Challenge, Golf Tournament, etc. Each event has a unique audience and various different sponsorships - ie. the golf tournament includes a Beverage Cart sponsors, Tee sponsors, Lunch sponsor, etc. The Windsor Wade & Tea Fair offers sponsorship through the printed event program. The Annual Dinner includes Table Sponsors.
Where can I find information about businesses in town? On the Chamber website you can find information about local businesses in several ways.
1. Click the Member directory. You'll find all our member businesses listed in alphabetical order by business name. Click a business for their full details including contact info, website, description, social networking links, and more.
2. Click Members by Category - You'll find a list of categories like Shopping, Health and Medical, Restaurants, etc. Click the category that interests you and you'll see a list of businesses in alphabetical order with their contact info.
Is the Chamber of Commerce affiliated with the Town of Windsor? No. The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is a separate non-profit organization whose mission is to support local business and community. We do work closely with the town on many projects, however and have been tasked by the Town with increasing tourism in Windsor.
I use Facebook quite a bit. How can I let my friends and colleagues know about something I see on the Chamber website? You can share any page of the Chamber website by clicking on the "Share This" icon. Choose the social network you prefer and the url of the page you're on will be filled in automatically.
This can be especially helpful for sharing upcoming meetings and events.
Where can I see photos of past events? We have photos going back about five years on our website from different events including our Annual Benefit Auction, Concerts on the Green, Networking Events, and more. See our Photo Gallery
How can I find out about upcoming events? The calendar on our website is always kept up-to-date. Check back any time to find out what's going on.
Also, we send out an email newsletter every Thursday morning detailing upcoming events for the next seven days. The newsletter is called "What's Going on in Windsor?". To sign up to receive this newsletter, go to our newsletter subscription page.
I want to promote my business with a video. Do you offer this service? Yes, the Chamber has a new program in combination with WinTV to create 3 - 5 minute business introduction videos. You can see the videos done so far on our Business Videos page.
How can I update my member directory listing? Use the "Update Your Listing" form online to change your contact info, update your description, add your social networking links (facebook, twitter, linked in) to your listing.
How can I get my events on the Chamber website? All members are welcomed to add their events to the Chamber's online calendar. On each page of our website (www.windsorcc.org) you'll see a calendar of events which includes Chamber events, member events, and Windsor non-profit events. If you are a Windsor Chamber member or non-profit, add your event by clicking the green "Add Event" button above the calendar. After review, your event will be displayed.