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SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

"We are starting the process to help restaurants and bars across the country devastated by the pandemic, and this is our message: Help is here. With the launch of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, we're prioritizing funding to the hardest-hit small businesses – irreplaceable gathering places in our neighborhoods and communities that need a lifeline now to get back on their feet," said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. [ more ]

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

Answers to the questions you may still have about the PPP [ more ]

Chamber Ribbon Cutting Photos

March 24, 2021 - Thank you to everyone who came to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony including both our attendees and vendors. We had a fantastic time celebrating our new space and we hope all of you did too ... [ more ]

March 2021 Current

March 1, 2021 - In this issue: Farewell Message from President Pam Staneski; Two-week Window Exclusively for "Mom and Pop" Businesses to Apply for PPP; Recorded (Must See) Small Business Webinars Just For You!; Cheers to 100 years - Arciuolo's Shoes; Member Spotlight: Business Owner Frank Colacurcio Jr. of Driveway Sealing Call Frank; Member Happenings & Events ... [ more ]

February 2021 Current

February 1, 2021 - In this issue: SBA to Provide One Year 8(a) Program Extension to Participants Due to COVID-19; Shuttered Venue Operators Grant; City of Milford Funding Program; Sign up for Conversations with Colleagues; Member Spotlight: Mark Davis, Westcott and Mapes, Inc.; Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce Welcomes A Familiar Face as Director of Membership & Marketing; Happy 100th Birthday to the Bridgeport Hospital - Milford Campus; Member Happenings & Events ... [ more ]

January 2021 Current

January 4, 2021 - In this issue: New Year Message from Executive Director, Pam Staneski; Helpful Tips From The SBA Connecticut District Office; Member Spotlight: Lisa Valerio, owner of Valerio Tax Edge and Valerio Financial Group; Blog Spotlight: Helping In The Right Way - Must Know Strategies To Address Panhandling; A Message from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD); 4 New Year's Resolutions for Your Small Business; Member Happenings & Events ... [ more ]

December 2020 Current

December 1, 2020 - In this issue: The New Chamber Office is Open; Holiday Message from Pam & Paige; Member Spotlight Gunna Voigt, Coldwell Banker Frascatore Realty; Surviving Another Lockdown & Three Small Business Lessons to Learn During COVID; January 2021 Annual Meeting and Recognition of Community Heroes and Leaders; Economic Summit + Outlook 2021; Member Happenings & Events and ... [ more ]

The Chamber Moves to the Connecticut Post Mall

November 2, 2020 -- A new chapter is being written for the MILFORD REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and its members. While the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to connect our businesses to each other and the community, it will be doing so from a new location... [ more ]

Women Mean Business: Barbara Alexander

September 1, 2020 - As executives, entrepreneurs and leaders, women play a more important role in the economy and the public life of Milford and Connecticut than ever before. With thousands of female leaders, and their numbers are growing daily, there are so many reasons to honor women in business. This month, we will be celebrating Women who Mean Business, their achievements and their commitment to lead by example and encourage others on the path to success. This Week, we are talking with Barbara Alexander, owner of Arts in CT... [ more ]

Storefront Stories: Dibella's

August 17, 2020 - Storefront Stories is presented by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are featuring various business in hopes to promote how our local entrepreneurs are adapting to this new environment and promoting the amazing things they are doing for our community. This week, we are featuring Dibella's... [ more ]

Storefront Stories: Dream Vacations

August 31, 2020 - The name says it all, "Dream Vacations Start Here" because your dream vacation begins from the moment you start planning. Whether you're planning a relaxing escape, a girlfriend getaway, a man-cation, a romantic honeymoon or a family reunion, your experience will be completely hassle-free and tailored to your wants and needs. They are Vacation Specialists, and they are here to handle every detail. The result is a custom travel experience designed personally for you. We spoke with Karen Quinn-Panzer, MCC, Owner/Vacation Advisor of Dream Vacations about how Dream Vacations has pivoted and what they have learned in the last six months. [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: Let’s all be a Part of a Community Looking out for Each Other

March 26, 2020 - Every day, we hear a new story about how people are helping neighbors, looking after each other. Caring. Like Melissa Marylin of Beach Party Balloons, who designed this beautiful balloon display in front of the chamber today spreading kindness and community, right in the middle of a crisis... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: Cyber Threats in these Crazy Times

April 20, 2020 - Although it is anything but "business as usual" in Milford, the Chamber is dedicated to providing you - our business community - with our services and support during this pandemic... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: Reaching People at Home in a Pandemic: Keeping your Brand Front of Mind

April 13, 2020 - We are committed to helping our businesses respond to the coronavirus so they can support their employees, customers, and communities. We are working to equip businesses with tools, resources, and information to help them navigate the challenges of the pandemic in real time... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: Checklist + Guide for Small Business

April 9, 2020 - Check in with chamber members HERE for relationship building and friendship; 
Coronavirus Emergency Funding Options for Small Businesses; The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act;
FAQ: Small Business Paycheck Protection Program and more... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: Tips for Working from Home

April 6, 2020 - As we settle in for what will likely be several more weeks of 'work-from-home' mode, we wanted to send along a few tips we've crowdsourced from local business professionals who have experience being productive from home... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: Upcoming Webinars

April 1, 2020 - Join us for a webinar with Amanda DeLorme, of BioClean to discuss Sanitation in a Pandemic; learn what nonprofits need to know today with a Loans, Grants, & Fundraising webinar and more...more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: We Believe in Business

March 29, 2020 - The Chamber is dedicated to providing you - our business community - with our services and support during this pandemic. We will continue to share new information, resources, and other tools for businesses and their employees... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Update: #TogetherMilford

March 24, 2020 -  I am writing this on a blue-sky morning, on one of the first days of spring. In an ordinary year, that would be a touchstone for all of us. Time to plan gardens, to think about summer trips. But this is not an ordinary year. We are all at a place where we are feeling our way, day by day... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Update: By Binding Together as a Single Force, We Will Remain Strong and Unconquerable

March 19, 2020 - Although it is anything but "business as usual" in Milford, the Chamber is dedicated to providing you - our business community - with our services and support during this pandemic... [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Updates: A Message from Executive Director Pam Staneski

March 16, 2020 - In an abundance of caution, and for the health and safety of our staff, investors, and community, the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce is postponing all events between now and May 1. Committee meetings will be postponed or conducted virtually. The Chamber office remains open for business until an official or formal decision mandates otherwise. [ more ]

Your COVID-19 Update: Governor Issues Coronavirus Emergency Declaration

March 13, 2020 - Gov. Ned Lamont declared both a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency March 10, giving him broad powers to manage the state's coronavirus response... [ more ]

Pam's Corner

Happy Holidays! The holiday season brings us the opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and be grateful for what we have.

As 2019 ends, we are thankful for the growth and success we've enjoyed this year, and we look forward to what the new year will bring. All of us at the Chamber know that nothing we do would be possible without the leadership and support of our members and our Board of Directors.

So many of you have stepped up to lead and help us make our "Chamber family" the best. It is hard to believe that we are just weeks away from ushering in 2020. Next year will mark another milestone in the history of the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce—65 years serving our businesses! Stay tuned for information on our first big event of the new year, our Annual Meeting, held in January. [ more ]

2019 Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting

Friday, November 29, 2019 - Milford's Annual Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, November 29th at the Milford Green.

This popular community event, sponsored by Trinity Point Wealth, begins at 5:30 pm and runs through 7:30 pm. The City of Milford and the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce are jointly presenting the festivities... [ more ]

The First-ever Christmas Market on the Milford Green

Nestled on the historic Milford Green under a canopy of soft Christmas lights lies the promise of something special for you and your kinfolk this Thanksgiving weekend.

Feel transported to a magical holiday wonderland at The Milford, CT Christmas Market, the perfect place to gather and savor delicious food & drink and shop the marketplace full of the work of artisans.

As the air fills with the scent of sizzling bratwursts, apple streusel, and roasted nuts, sit down and enjoy authentic German holiday food with old friends and new acquaintances.... [ more ]

Pam's Corner: November

Happy November! Our 1st ever #ChamberWeek has come and gone but will go down in the Chamber's history as a successful opportunity to celebrate our members, gain some knowledge, and network like crazy.

If you were among the many who attended any or all of the week's events, you will no doubt understand what I mean. We began the week with a packed "Chamber for the Membership Appreciation Breakfast" where Mayor Blake and Senator Maroney recognized the contributions of the Chamber to our community. And much appreciation to Cracker Barrel for a scrumptious start with warm biscuits, scrambled eggs, and a hash-brown casserole that is still being talked about.

There was an incredible energy in the room and it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the week, as we found that our scheduled lunch-and-learns required "overflow" seating. Each presenter—Score, Jocelyn Murray, Tanya Wallace, and Dewey Forbes—provided relevant take-aways, with members hungry for the Chamber to schedule more. However, SUBWAY made sure that they did not leave hungry for food by providing great wraps and mini-sliders.

Our evenings were filled with out-of-the-box networking events. The first ever collaboration with our affiliate the Network of Executive Women found us at bin100 sharing stories, food, and drink with owner Elena Fusco as we were treated to speaker Carolyn Finch, who shared her professional life as a woman in business over the last 50 years. We look forward to future collaborations with the group. But wait, there is more (insert smile)... [ more ]

Doing Business in Milford

Welcome to Milford! We have small, medium and global companies making up the fabric of our business community. Listen here for the stories of how these businesses prosper and succeed in Milford.more ]

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