Orange Business and Community Expo at High Plains June 10

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Jun 102015

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.17.56 PMThe Orange Economic Development Corporation will be hosting the 14th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The Expo is free and open to the public.  Spread the word to all your friends, family, co-workers.

Start the day by signing up at the Welcome Center to receive your bag of goodies, sign up for a series of informative seminars and participate in the blood drive, then continue your day by enjoying food samples from various restaurants such as Eli’s of Orange, Chips, Coromandel, Smoothie King, Julia’s Bakery and buy a bag of Kettle Korn by Elm City for the ride home. 

Returning this year, for kids of all ages, will be an Animal Exhibit by Beardsley Zoo.  Also for the adults we have networking with 56 other business vendors including but not limited to Beirne Wealth Consulting, Connecticut Basement Systems, Crunch Fitness, Farmers Insurance, Frontier Communication, Gutter Toppers, Lemay Motors, Life Line Nursing, Statefarm Insurance Agent Kevin Piscitelli and Orange Visiting Nurse Association.   A Business After Hours event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce  will follow the Expo.  Details at the Chamber of Commerce booth.

We couldn’t do it without help from our Sponsors. A list of current Sponsors includes:  Signature:The United Illuminating Company; Gold: University of New Haven, Northeast Electronics Corporation, Yale University, Cohen and Wolf and Orange Economic Development Commission.

Please call the Orange Economic Development Corporation office at (203) 891-1045 for more information or visit the OEDC website at OrangeEDC.com/expo.htm.

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.