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January 17, 2011 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

New Britain Chamber of Commerce has big plans for 2011

By William T. Millerick

President, New Britain Chamber of Commerce

There are times when you have a staff or a team which is perfectly tuned, all of the parts — the personalities and talents — mesh perfectly and it is a pleasure to go to work every day.

You find yourself able to accomplish things of which you might otherwise be leery and find the group able to really achieve extraordinary goals.

That is pretty much how I feel about the New Britain Chamber of Commerce staff these days and why we are looking forward to 2011 not only with great anticipation, but also with aggressive expansion of our programs and services for members.

For example, we have three major events in January. They are all high-profile and have thus far, attracted big crowds. And they require a lot of planning and detail work.

But there is no question in my mind that we are more than up to the task.

Our first event was held right after New Year’s Day, on Jan. 4; a Business Breakfast Series event celebrating CCSU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The coaches, the university president and the mayor spoke and we had all kinds of giveaways.

From left: Beryl Piper, CCSU Women’s Basketball Coach; Dr. Jack Miller, CCSU President; William Millerick, New Britain Chamber of Commerce President; Paul Schlickmann, CCSU Athletic Director; New Britain Mayor Tim Stewart; and Howie Dickenman, CCSU Men’s Basketball Coach.

A few days later, we had our “Kick-Off 2011 Business After Hours Party” at the beautifully decorated Trinity-on-Main.

The old stone church, turned arts and entertainment venue, was lavishly decorated to go with all of the renovations that have taken place in the past year.

I cannot think of a better place to network, see old friends, hear some music and enjoy a nice glass of wine in a relaxed atmosphere than Trinity.


Business After Hours with Trinity-on-Main

Additionally, we have put together a “Winter Warm-up” Business After Hours hosted by TD Bank at its 178 Main Street office on January 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Free beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres are on the menu for Chamber members and their guests. There will also be giveaways throughout the evening, including drawings for TD Bank’s Visa gift cards.

I expect a high-energy, mid-winter get-together. RSVP’s may be sent to

These events typically attract about 100-125 people so it can get pretty crowded and noisy. But to me, that is a barometer of success. While these are the big, public events, we have a host of smaller, targeted programs for many of our members during January.

I expect 2011 to be a great year for the New Britain Chamber. Every program and service is designed to benefit our members. If they are pleased with their organization at the end of the year, it will have been a great 2011.

For further information and registration for all of the events, contact Madison West, Event Coordinator at (860) 229-1665, Ext. 10 or

Visit our website at or please sign onto our brand new and informative Facebook page (link located to the right). You may also view more photos from the events on our Facebook page.

William F. Millerick is president of the New Britain Chamber of Commerce. He may be reached at

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