UPDATED: The Orange Chamber Presents … Upcoming Event Listings

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Sep 272017

The Orange Chamber of Commerce offers the following upcoming events.

October 17 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8:00 a.m. at Maplewood Senior Living, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

October 24 – Business After Hours at The Milford Bank, 1455 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 5-7 P.M., $15 Octoberfest Beers from Wines & More, Appetizers by Bar 333, “Lock In” photo booth by 24/7 Entertainment, Discount tickets available to the first 25 who register!

$10 Early Bird Tickets available to the first 15 who register! $15 tickets to all other and $20 at the door! e-mail: director@orangectchamber.com or call 203-795-3328 with credit card information

October 26First Selectman Debate, Town of Orange, at Grassy Hill Country Club, 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Register By Friday For A Unique Opportunity At Fred Astaire Dance Studio

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Sep 262017

The Orange Chamber of Commerce announces a special Swirl & Sip Open House Guest Party at Fred Astaire Dance Studio 547 Boston Post Road on Friday, Oct. 6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The event includes a wine tasting Tango/Salsa Party which includes a group lesson and bonus private lesson for new members only.

Current students are asked to bring a guest and the studio will do the rest.

RSVP by Friday, Sept. 29 at 203-795-5200.

Upcoming Orange Chamber Events

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Aug 102017

The Orange Chamber of Commerce released this calendar of events for the coming weeks and months.

August 22 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8 a.m. at Maplewood Senior Living, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

September 12 – BAH (Business After Hours) from 5-7 p.m., $15 at State Farm and Floman DePaola, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

14 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8 am Breakfast Special Program, Maplewood, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

26 – BAH at Orange Rehabilitation & Healthcare, 5-7 p.m., $15, 225 Boston Post Road, Orange

October 17 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8 a.m. at Maplewood Senior Living, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

24 – BAH at The Milford Bank, 5-7 P.M., $15, at 1455 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT  06460


Orange Chamber Elects New Board Members

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Jul 262017

The Orange Chamber of Commerce announced the election of new Board members and the officers for the 2017-2018 term. Starting in September, the officers are: president, Richard Zorena, UBS/ Eng Zorena Wealth Consulting, vice president, Silveras Sboui, Manager, Peoples United Bank Orange, treasurer, Isabel LaRue, Manager, TD Bank Milford,  secretary, Maria Sandillo, Apicella Adjusters Orange and immediate past president, Katerina Miller, Lead Analyst-Power Procurement, UIL Holdings Corp.

Newly elected to serve on the Board are Brian Clarke, Connecticut Capital Management Group Milford, Janet Harrison, Manager, The Milford Bank, Orange/Milford, Leslie Marsh, Cruise Planners, Pamela Perrelli, Sales Manager, Courtyard Marriott Orange.

Returning members-at-large include Cathy Bradley, Prindle Hill Construction, Lou DeSimone, Cellini Jewelers, The Orange sTimes, Vincent Marino, Cohen & Wolf Attorneys at Law, Nick Mastrangelo, Coldwell Banker, Michael Paolini, Michael Paolini CPA, Rick Roberts, Freeman, Freeman Roberts, Annemarie Sliby, Orange Economic Development, and Sue Vigorito, Stoney Creek Urgent Care.

The Orange Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to provide programs and activities for the education, interaction, growth, and support of the business community in the Greater Orange area. The Chamber has established goals to increase membership through recruitment and retention activities, to provide business-focused program, and to increase awareness and support of the Chamber’s efforts to increase area business.

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.