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About the Chamber

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:

1. 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.

5. Furnish the public with resource information on the town and its attractions through the website and "What's Going on in Windsor?" email newletter.

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, and her assistant 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.


Events

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 Saturday?
Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

What is Small Business Saturday?
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:

    Windsor Feud - February
   
    "You Asked For It" Business Seminars - 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
 
  Chili Challenge! - October
      
  

Joining

I just joined the Chamber. What next?
The best thing to do is to make an appointment to sit down with our Executive Director who 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 $154 / 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:

  1. Business Expo Great Marketing Venue
  2. Business Referrals
  3. Chamber Insurance Trust
  4. Conference Room
  5. Free Listing in the Chamber Directory
  6. Gift Certificate Program 
  7. Information Center
  8. Membership in the TVCA
  9. Networking Events
  10. Representation in state and local government


Networking

I'd like to host a Business After Hours. How should I go about it?
Call 860-688-5165 to request to host and schedule a date.

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 Wednesday morning of each month at a local restaurant in 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 - monthly

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, 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:
  • Auction
  • Business Development
  • Golf Tournament
  • and more


Sponsorship

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.

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:
  1. Sponsor the website with your banner ad
  2. Sponsor an issue of Chamber eNews, our weekly business news email newsletter
  3. Sponsor an issue of What's Going on in Windsor, our weekly public events email newsletter
  4. 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 Annual Dinner includes Table Sponsors.
There is more information on our sponsorship opportunities page.


Town Info

Do you have maps available?
Yes, we have Windsor town maps available. They are also available at the Windsor Town Hall next door.

We also have some map info available online - see our Windsor maps page.


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.


Website

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, 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.


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, LinkedIn) 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.



Events

Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber office
Ukulele Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 10 at Windsor High School Auditorium
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Dec 11 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Card Stamp event to win Gift Cards
Dec 14 at House of Books and Games, Ewe and You, The Bean
Hearth Cooking Class
Dec 14 at Windsor Historical Society
Visit with Santa Claus
Dec 14 at Wilson Fire Department- 50 Pine Lane
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
HBG Beth Caruso book signing
Dec 15 at House of Books and Games
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Dec 15 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Holiday Networking Breakfast
Dec 18 at 360 Federal Credit Union, 191 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ashley's Annual "Men's Night"
Dec 19 at ASHLEY'S DISTINCTIVE JEWELRY & GIFTS
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Kids Movie and Craft Night
Dec 20 at WAC Train Station Studio Classroom
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
New Years Eve Surf & Turf
Dec 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
New Years Day Brunch
Jan 1, 2020 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 8, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 12, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Jan 14, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 15, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 16, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 19, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Diabetic Support Group
Jan 21, 2020 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 21, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 22, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jan 23, 2020 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 27, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 28, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 29, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Buzz Event
Jan 30, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
WWC Tag & Vendor Sale
Feb 1, 2020 at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Wndsor
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 2, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Learn to Crochet
Feb 4, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Feb 4, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 5, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Feb 6, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Feb 8, 2020 at The Bean @ 226