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This is our combined event calendar for the Business and Community events so you can best plan your activities in the central Connecticut community.  We want you to know what a vibrant and active community looks like!

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April 2024

WBDC: Business Planning for Food-Preneurs

Monday, April 1, 2024 through Monday, May 20, 2024 at 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Your Computer

Description: Business Planning for Food-Preneurs (BPF) is designed to help you plan, expand and grow your food business. This program is seeking food entrepreneurs who have recently launched and started to sell their products (such as a food truck, catering company, or food product line).

Each of the highly interactive 8 sessions focus on a critical aspect of business development, including marketing, sales, and finance. Included in the course is one-on-one mentoring and an opportunity to apply for a $2,500 WBDC Launch Pad Grant.

Accepted applicants receive a 6-month subscription to LivePlan, the world's leading business plan writing software (a $240 value).

Classes are on Monday's - April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, May 6th, 13th, and 20th, 2024

Contact Info: Cost is $199 or $299. Application is due by March 25th. Click here for more information or to register.

WBDC: Marketing Fundamentals (7-Part Series)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 through Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
At Your Computer

Description: Gain a comprehensive understanding of marketing and the tools to develop a strategic marketing plan. This interactive 7-session course is for business owners looking for instruction, support, and expert advice on marketing principles and the ability to put them into action.

The course culminates with a peer-to-peer review session giving you access to a live focus group and actionable feedback. You will leave this course with a comprehensive marketing plan and tactics which you can put in place immediately to help grow your business.

Classes are on Wednesday's - April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 2024.

Contact Info: Registration deadline is March 27, 2024 at 5:00 pm. Cost is $149 / $74 / $0. Click here for more information or to register.

Girls Inc. - Girls Who Design - 4 Week Workshop

Thursday, April 18, 2024 through Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Girls Inc.

Description: Girls Inc. presents a 4-week workshop on Thursdays where girls (ages 8+) will activate their brains using Girls Inc. Operation SMART curriculum! Your student will enjoy participating in STEM-based projects, allowing them to explore design forms and concepts to bring home creations made with their own hands and ingenuity.

Location Info: 130 Lincoln St., Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Cost is $65 for Members. Click here for more information and to register.

Meriden Food Truck Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
At Meriden Mall Upper Parking Lot

Description: 2024 Food Truck Festival

Free Admissions

Food & Crafters

Location Info: 455 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: 860-573-6780

CBN-Alliance Networking Group

RSVP Now Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Hamden Regional Chamber

Description: CBNAlliance OPEN Networking Group Meeting: Join Chamber Business Network Alliance which is an OPEN LEADS Group comprised of members from the Midstate Chamber and the Hamden Chamber. All industries welcome (and multiple individuals from the same industry are welcome). Network and make new connections!

Location Info: 2969 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

WBDC: Strategies for Women on the Rise

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 through Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
At Your Computer

Description: This installment of the Marketing Made Simple series is tailored for startup women entrepreneurs ready to embark on a branding journey. Explore key facets of brand development, from defining your unique identity to seamless implementation and the art of evolving your brand while scaling. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights and strategies that will propel your brand to new heights!

Contact Info: Registration is required. There is no fee for this webinar. Click here for more information or to register.

Student Career & Industry Exploration Fair at Meriden Public Library

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Come out and join us for a career & industry exploration fair - targeted to high school students! This event is brought to you by The Midstate Chamber of Commerce Education & Technology Committee and sponsored by Workforce Alliance.

There will be interactive demos along with workshops to provide tips on resume building / resume writing, interview skills, and more.

Location Info: 470 Lewis Avenue, Meriden

Contact Info: For more information contact the Chamber at 203-235-7901 or email info@midstatechamber.com. Registration link coming soon!

Visioning Series Strategic Track 1: The Economic Development Market Place

RSVP Now Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 4:00 PM–6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Meriden Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO), the Meriden Office of Economic and Community Development and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce will hold a (joint) series of strategic planning events during the spring of 2024. The purpose of the event is to begin the development an economic development strategy for the City and MEDCO for the next 3-5 years.

Presentation and conversation about current real estate and business sector conditions in Meriden and in the region.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

  • Market conditions and trends,
  • Current real estate challenges (i.e. vacant commercial space, via COVID and the Amazon effect)
  • Business Sector conditions and challenges (health care, insurance etc)
  • Market Effects: i.e. Housing and Transportation, Climate Change

Refreshments will be served, so registration is required for this free event.

Location Info: 105 Miller Street, Meriden

WBDC: Getting Your Website Found on Google

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
At Your Computer

Description: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a mandatory marketing tactic if you want your website to be found on Google. SEO is complex and ever-changing, but you can easily understand the basics, and even a small amount of SEO knowledge can make a big difference. Learn proven, repeatable best practices to help you drive traffic to your website. We are offering a 3-Session series covering SEO. You can register for one or all of them. The other two will be scheduled for May and June, so please check back for those on our website and in emails.

Contact Info: Registration is required. There is no fee for this webinar. Click here for more information or to register.

WBDC: Don't Skip the Business Plan

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
At Your Computer

Description: Join WBDC Business Advisor, Carol Cheswick, to learn why having a solid business plan is crucial for success. She will review key parts of a business plan like identifying your customers, understanding your competition, and making financial predictions. You'll get practical tips to create a strong plan for your business, helping you start off on the right foot and set yourself up for success.

Contact Info: Registration is required. There is no fee to participate in this webinar.

WBDC: Improving Your Financial Security

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
At Your Computer

Description: This webinar, taking place during Financial Capability Month, is hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor's EBSA, along with the IRS, SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership, and America Saves.

Learn how to enhance financial security as a woman small business owner. Gain insights on key considerations, retirement savings options, tax advantages, and employee encouragement for saving in your retirement plan. Seize this opportunity to boost your business growth and achieve financial goals.

Contact Info: Click here to register.

Join TriCircle on the Mat

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Description: Recharge and practice self-care with beginners gentle yoga. No cost to attendees- floor space is limited to the first 10 people. Mats, bolsters, and rolled towels are suggested but not required. Contact TriCircle for more information.

Location Info: 549 Center St, Wallingford, CT

Walk for Hope

Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM
At Choate Rosemary Hall

Description: WFC Walk to End HomelessnessThe 2023 event was a great success with nearly 200 walkers raising over $20,000 for WFC!The 2024 event benefits the WYSH House program that offers transitional housing for homeless youth from Meriden, Wallingford, Middletown and across the state.

Location Info: 333 Christian Street, Wallingford, CT 06492

Contact Info: Wayne Valaitis 475-775-4890wvalaits@womenfamilies.org

Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: This Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 546 So. Broad St., Suite 2C, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

TECH TIME

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 12:00 PM–3:30 PM
At IVES Library

Description: TECH TIMEAn Immersive IT ExperienceJoin us for a day of innovation, inspiration, and education as we showcase the latest TECH trends and innovations,

Location Info: 133 Elm St., New Haven, CT 06510

Tech Time - An Immersive It Experience

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 12:00 PM–3:30 PM
At Ives Library

Description: Workforce Alliance invites you to join them for a day of innovation, inspiration, and education as they showcase the latest tech trends and innovations.

Location Info: 133 Elm St., New Haven, CT

HOLA Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
At CEDF

Description: The Chamber's Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action (HOLA) Committee will be meeting.

Location Info: 965 East Main St, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

May 2024

Health and Wellness Council Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Council is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for health care access, literacy, policy and programs.

Location Info: 546 South Broad St, Suite 2 C, Meriden CT 06450

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

Medical Career Night

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
At HUBCAP Wallingford

Description: Workforce Alliance and HUBCap Wallingford presents Medical Career Night. This is an incredible opportunity to explore various resources for career advancement, education, and propfessional growth. Representatives from United Way, Adult Education and other organizations will be joining us to share their support.

Location Info: 128 Center St., Walllingford, CT

Contact Info: For more information, call Angelica Lozano Gomez at 203-867-4030 ext. 267

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Fundraiser

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
At Just for you Gift Shoppe

Description: Just for You Gift Shoppe will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care. All you have to do is mention Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and twenty percent of the day's total purchases will help the agency care for individuals and families in the home.

Just for You Gift Shoppe lends itself to wonderful gifts - just in time for Mother's Day.

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, serving Central Connecticut, is a licensed, nonprofit agency offering nursing care, hospice, medical social services, physical, speech, occupational therapy and home health aides.

Location Info: 979 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville, CT