Simon Says:

It’s been a very busy year at the Chamber. We’ve had a fantastic year of events, networking, growing, and developing new relationships. The year started off slowly as the last vestiges of covid shutdowns happened and we had to push back our annual awards event. From then on, 2022 has emerged as one of our most productive years in memory.

With Business after Hours starting in February at Legrify Inspired and Ribbon Cuttings at Dash Auto and the Black Business Alliance, we began a year highlighted by significant growth in new businesses across the Milford Region. With over 40 Ribbon cuttings, 10 Business After Hours, more than 150 leads group meetings and dozens of community events including the Fridays after Five concert series, Job Fairs, Health and Wellness Fairs, Tree Lightings, Oyster Festival, and the Milford Regional Trust Colonial Toyota golf tournament, TrinityPoint Wealth’s restaurant week, as well as much more, your chamber has been busy.

This year we truly became a Regional Chamber with the addition of the dynamic city of West Haven as part of our membership. We have seen a great opportunity for our members to expand their networking opportunities to a greater geographical region. The opportunities for businesses in Milford and West Haven abound and with greater West Haven membership we see cross-border possibilities that will benefit both communities.

We restarted Emerging Professionals in the Community (E.P.I.C.), which has already begun to make plans to create new and exciting ways to make our region even better than it is. Napoli Motor’s I Love Local has become an exciting way to keep dollars within our community, the new website is much more user friendly, and our social media presence has grown exponentially. We are proud of where we are going, and we are only getting there due to our strong membership.

With all this happening in 2022 we aren’t taking our foot off the gas for 2023, with all growth comes many more new opportunities:

  • A Concert Series in West Haven
  • Walnut Beach Concerts
  • A Bridal Expo
  • Welcome to West Haven Signs
  • Banners on Capt. Thomas Blvd. and many more to come.

Keep your eye on our calendar for all the exciting events in 2023!

I would like to thank all our members for a wonderful year, and I look forward to helping in any way I can to help your business thrive as the future grows brighter.

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous New Year,

Simon McDonald