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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

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Toys For Tots Drive
Nov 21 at 340 Broad St, Windsor, CT Suite 208
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
Christmas Tree & Holiday Open House
Dec 15 at 234 Kenswick Lane, Windsor
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
National Wreaths Across America Day
Dec 15 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery on East St
Christmas Tree & Holiday Open House
Dec 16 at 234 Kenswick Lane, Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Dr. Curry & Santa Christmas Party
Dec 22 at Wilson Fire Department- 50 Pine Lane
"Winter Solstice Full Moon Hike"
Dec 22 at Northwest Park & Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 31 at LP Wilson Community Center
New Years Eve Happy Hour
Dec 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
New Years Day Brunch at The Tavern
Jan 1, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 2, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Jan 3, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 3, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 3, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 3, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 4, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 4, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 4, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 4, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 4, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 5, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 7, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 8, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 8, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Jan 9, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 9, 2019 at Tavern at Keney Park
Nutrition for Pain--55 & Older
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center Cafeteria
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 10, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 10, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 10, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 11, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 11, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 12, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 14, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 15, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Jan 15, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 15, 2019
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Jan 15, 2019 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 16, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Evening Bingo--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Senior Open House--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Fitness Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Botanical Illust. Poster Hanging
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Senior Foot Clinic--55 & Older
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 17, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 18, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 18, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Botanical Illust. Poster Hanging
Jan 19, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 19, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 21, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 22, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 22, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 23, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor High School J113
Senior Foot Clinic--55 & Older
Jan 24, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 24, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 24, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 24, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 25, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 25, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 26, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Downton Abbey Inspired Tea
Jan 27, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 28, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 29, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 29, 2019
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 29, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 30, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 30, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 30, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 30, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 31, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 31, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 31, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 1, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 1, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Feb 4, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 5, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 5, 2019
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 5, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Feb 6, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 6, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 6, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Feb 7, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Feb 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 8, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 8, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Feb 11, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Feb 11, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 12, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 12, 2019
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 12, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Feb 13, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 13, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 13, 2019 at Spare Time