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State Legislators Talk Small Business with Orange Chamber

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Jan 122015
 

Cropped_DSC_2204State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) attended the annual legislative meeting of the Orange Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 8 and spoke about how local small businesses are the true engines for job creation in Connecticut.

The Orange Chamber legislative update took place at High Plains Community Center in Orange. The legislators gave an opening statement and then answered questions from chamber members and business owners.

Some of the topics discussed at the event were:

  • The current state of Connecticut’s transportation system including a middle lane on the Orange part of the Post Road, adding a railroad station and the Governor’s proposal on the re-institution of tolls.
  • Lowering taxes on businesses to permit them to expand or hire more employees.
  • Fixing the Unemployment Insurance Fund with employers expected to face higher federal unemployment trust account (FUTA) charges due to the ongoing insolvency of the state’s unemployment insurance fund.  Connecticut’s FUTA charges are expected to be among the highest in the nation.
  • Streamlining the state regulatory review process for businesses that are presently left waiting months sometimes years for decisions, stifling business growth.
  • Updating state building codes. The state codes are so far behind current installations will be out of code by the time the code book is updated.

Rep. Staneski said, “I pledge to work with the Orange business owners at the State Capitol to find concrete solutions to these common sense problems which will make our state more business-friendly.”

“Our state needs to start treating business as a partner and not an adversary in making the strongest economic engine it can be,” said Ferraro.

Chamber of Commerce Appoints Anna Accetta Interim Director

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Aug 272013
 

Screen shot 2013-08-27 at 4.39.24 PMFollowing is a press release from the Orange Chamber of Commerce:

The Executive Board Directors of the Orange Chamber of Commerce has offered the position of Interim Director of the Chamber to Anna Accetta of Milford effective on Monday, Aug. 26. Anna is a Milford resident and has spent the past 5 years as the administrative assistant for the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

Anna is well versed in all chamber related activities, including, but not limited to, coordinating events, sales, website and membership databases, Eblast, QuickBooks, Constant Contact, dotPhoto and ChamberMaster software.

Chamber president Rocco Salperto stated “We look forward to working with Anna and are confident in her abilities as an interim director as we go through the seamless transition of hiring a permanent person to fill that position.

The position of Executive Director was vacated upon the resignation of Carol Smullen, who has served in that position for the past two years. “We thank Carol for her hard work, passion and dedication to the chamber and its membership. Among her many accomplishments as Executive Director, Carol was instrumental in establishing the first Orange Chamber of Commerce ‘Cinqo de Miles’ road race held last May. We wish her well in her future endeavor and much continued success” Salperto said.

The Orange Chamber will being taking applications for the permanent position of Executive Director within the next week.