Chamber Events & Programs

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Chamber offers a full roster of events and programs throughout the year to provide opportunities to connect with other chamber members and to showcase your business to the community at large.

Annual Home & Leisure Show

For more than 50 years, the Home & Leisure Show has drawn thousands to the Danbury Fair Mall for the state’s largest, oldest and most respected Home Show. Held at the beginning of March each year, Home & Leisure attracts over 60,000 visitors to New England’s largest consumer mall. If your business provides products for the Home or Leisure time, then this show is for you.

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Leadership Danbury

Leadership Danbury is a special program designed to more fully develop our region’s local leadership potential. Using a proven format and learning process, the purpose and objectives of the program are:

  • To seek out potential future community leaders and help prepare them for positions of community responsibility.

  • To acquaint these individuals with the community’s significant processes, programs, problems and potential.

  • To provide a forum for potential future and business leaders to meet current community leaders to learn about the opportunities for serious involvement in the community.

  • To improve understanding of the various economic, social and political forces impacting our regional community and to better prepare potential community leaders for the challenges of the future.
  • To provide a network of new community talent available for service on community, public and private boards, commissions, agencies, organizations and associations.

  • To educate and counsel potential community leaders concerning the skills essential for effective community service and leadership.

  • To encourage the placement of program graduates in key community leadership positions.

LEADERSHIP DANBURY 2018 SCHEDULE
Sessions run from 8am to 4pm (approximately)

JANUARY 25  OVERVIEW & HISTORY - HOUSATONIC VALLEY REGION

FEBRUARY 22  LEADERSHIP & THE NEWS MEDIA

MARCH 22   THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM - Critical Human Needs

APRIL 19   CHALLENGES OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

MAY 24  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

JUNE 28   TRANSPORTATION & REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

JULY 26  NATURAL & CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

AUGUST 23   LAW ENFORCEMENT & THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

SEPTEMBER 27  LEADERSHIP STRUCTURES & OPPORTUNITIES

                         P.M.   PROGRAM COMPLETION/GRADUATION

Continental breakfast and lunch are included in each session.
CLICK HERE to complete an application

Entrepreneurial Business Development Center

A six session comprehensive business development workshop series specifically designed to assist new prospective small business owners, as well as established business managers, to operate their businesses for maximum profit and efficiency. (Instructors are seasoned business professionals from the Greater Danbury business community, all experts in their respective fields.) Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Business After Business

Business After Business events are hosted by Chamber member businesses and have been held at restaurants, car dealerships, furniture showrooms, and everywhere in between. These receptions benefit the host, by driving traffic to their place of business, and attendees who have the opportunity to build their business network and potentially, increase their client base. Business After Business events are held at least once a month and include a full promotional complement for the host. A “Super Bowl” BAB is held every February at Molly Darcy’s.

Annual Chamber Meeting

One of our most popular events, the Annual Chamber Meeting, held at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, attracts over 200 members, local business people and area legislators. In addition to taking part in the formal election process for the Chamber’s Board of Directors, guests are treated to a keynote address from nationally recognized speakers, which have included Governors Jodi Rell and Dannel Malloy, Senators Joe Lieberman, Chris Dodd, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, State Attorney General George Jepsen and conservative commentator and TV personality Larry Kudlow.

Annual Business to Business Showcase

The Housatonic Region’s largest business to business trade show, the Annual Business-to-Business Showcase is held at the Ethan Allen Hotel each November. Over 70 exhibitors showcase their products and services including Office Equipment, Business Management Services, Software Developers, Advertising Agencies, Computer Sales & Services, Financial Planners, Telecommunications, Insurance, Commercial Banking and many more. To further incent attendance, exhibitors are required to make a special offer that is only available at the Showcase. For more information and to register CLICK HERE

Informational Seminars

Whether you want to learn how to market your business, create a better business plan, tap into sources of funding, or learn how to get your business to be listed first on a Google search, the Chamber is here to guide and inform you. With the help of organizations including the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), Women’s Business Council, SCORE and, the Chamber’s Member Business Experts, we offer timely and useful seminars at little to no cost to members. Seminars and workshops are (usually) held at the Chamber office either in the morning (8-9:30am) or during lunch (12-1:30pm). Check our event calendar for a current listing of events..

Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast

The Chamber is the region’s advocate for business friendly legislation and, reducing the cost of doing business in Connecticut. The Chamber’s annual Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast takes place at the Ethan Allen Hotel in the March/April timeframe and, Members have the opportunity to pose questions regarding issues relevant to your business. Click here for the current list of legislative bills being tracked for the Chamber.

Annual Leaders Luncheon/Previdi Award

Named after local entrepreneur Cecil J. Previdi, who grew Danbury Printing & Litho into a national printing firm, the Previdi Award is presented each December by the Chamber and Mayor’s office at the Annual Leaders Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Danbury. Following the Mayor’s State of the City address, the award is given to an area business person who demonstrates progressive business attitudes, has been responsible for the growth of a local business, and has made a significant contribution to the area’s economy. CLICK HERE to register for the Annual Leaders Luncheon/Previdi Award

Previdi Award Recipients:

2016     Jim Kennedy, CEO & Founder - The Network Support Company

2015     Todd Ingersoll, Owner - Ingersoll Automotive

2014     Jeff Levine, President - Levine Automotive

2013     Paul Dinto, President & CEO - Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors

2012     Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President, CEO - Ethan Allen Interiors

2011     James Marquis, President - Kimchuk

2010     Stew Leonard, Jr., President & CEO - Stew Leonard's

2009     Frank Kelly, President & CEO (retired) - Danbury Hospital

2008     Richard Steiner, President - Steiner, Inc.

2007     Albert Salame, Owner - Albert Salame Affiliated Companies

2006     Robert Sallick, Co-Founder/Sr. VP of Engineering - Waterworks

2005     Paul Scalzo, Founder - Scalzo Group Real Estate

2004     Jerry Leitman, Chairman & CEO - FuelCell Energy

2003     Deno Macricostas, Executive Chairman - Photronics

2002     Hank Zaccara, Owner - Chuck's Steak House

2001     Gene Banucci, Co-Founder - ATMI

2000     Ted Baruch, President & CEO - Heli-Coil

1999     Seymour Powers, Founder - Seymour Powers Company

1998     Jack Marcus, Founder - Marcus Dairy

1997     A. Searle Pinney, Attorney/State Representative - George, Hull & Pinney

1996     Joseph Engelberger, Robotics Pioneer/Founder - Unimation

1995     Bernard Baker, Founder/Chairman - FuelCell Energy

1994     Ervie (Bud) Hawley, Jr., Real Estate Developer - The Hawley Companies

1993     Anthony Rizzo, Sr., Founder - The Rizzo Companies

1992     Norbert E. Mitchell, Sr., Founder - Norbert E. Mitchell Co.

1991     Pearl Dent - Dent Electrical Supply

1990     Anthony Pellegrino, Founder - Topex, Inc.

1989     Roy Young, Chairman & CEO - Fairfield Processing

1988     Albert Cazza

Cecil Previdi was one of six employees of Danbury Printing & Litho killed in a plane crash in 1987.

Annual Chamber Golf Classic

The Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Union Savings Bank, is held at the beautiful Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, NY. Play is a best two ball format with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. The day includes a BBQ lunch, green fees, cart rental, gift bag, cocktail reception and a New England lobster dinner. The winning net foursome receives the Chamber’s Charles F. Frosch Cup. Click here for more information.

Food for All

Food for All is a deliciously fun event held at various locations in the Greater Danbury region that offers an international assortment from some of the area’s best restaurants, caterers, and food vendors all under one roof. It’s a mouth-watering mix of networking and nibbling, which also supports the local food pantries through a collaborative food drive. Best of all, Chamber Member restaurants participate at no cost! Click here for more information.