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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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September 2021

Gallery 53: Arts Annual Harvest- 97th Annual Fall Art Show Artist Entries

Friday, September 24, 2021 through Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Gallery 53's Annual Fall Art Show generally features an eclectic mix of subjects, media, and techniques from regional artists. Paintings, drawings, photographs, and digital compositions will be accepted. Entries will be judged by talented Connecticut artist Karen Israel. Eight cash prizes will be awarded.

The show will be on exhibit in the gallery through the month of October. Plus, artists have the option of being included in the online store, and social media. To be included in the online exhibit, store and social media, artists can submit their work digitally after delivering their physical pieces to the gallery (NOTE: Gallery 53 takes a 30% commission).

Location Info: 53 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Click here for more information and for the online entry form.

CBN-Alliance Networking Group

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

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: 546 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT 06450

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

Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, September 28, 2021 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 Tuesday with Nwaj Tech

RSVP Now Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM
At Virtual

Description: Join the Midstate Chamber and Scott Gombar of Nwaj Tech for Tech Tuesdays! This week's session will discuss passwords and how to best protect your information with them.

YBL Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 4:30 PM–6:00 PM
At Taino Prime

Description: Join the Midstate Chamber in welcoming back the Young Business Leaders group! This event is for networking, connecting and learning more about YBL! During this meeting, we will be discussing future YBL activities, events and programs. All are welcome! Must RSVP.

Location Info: 1388 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Entrepreneur/Small Business Resource Fair

RSVP Now Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM
At Il Monticello

Description: Are you an entrepreneur, small business owner, or thinking of starting a business? Then this opportunity is perfect for YOU!

On Wednesday, September 29th, visit Il Monticello for our Entrepreneur and Small Business Resource Fair! This fair will include many organizations that aim to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners kick-start their ideas or expand current ones! Please be sure to RSVP before September 27th.

Resources include: Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), CT Department of Economic and Community Development, SCORE, HEDCO Inc., The Black Business Alliance, New England Society of Innovation and Technology (NESIT), and the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA).

Location Info: 577 South Broad Street, Meriden CT 06450

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

HR Roundtable

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM
At Il Monticello

Description: This group has focused discussions in relation to various HR issues/topics. Chamber members are invited to attend for discussion, networking, best practices, etc. The group meets every other month. Doors open at 8:00am- program starts at 8:30am.

Location Info: 577 S Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450

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

Books and Brews!

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
At 168 York Street Café

Description: This event is a used book sale that will benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven! When you buy a book, you will receive a discount on food and drink! This is an event you won't want to miss!

Location Info: 168 York Street, New Haven, CT

MembersFirst CT Financial Credit Union's Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
At Aqua Turf

Description: Join the Member's First Credit Union for a night of food, laughter and excitement!

Location Info: 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT

October 2021

Gallery 53: Annual Fall Show Opening Reception

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Join us for the Opening Reception of Gallery 53's 97th Annual Fall Art Show! This year's show, "Arts Annual Harvest," will feature an eclectic mix of subjects, media, and techniques from regional artists. Entries will be judged by talented Connecticut artist Karen Israel. Eight cash prizes will be awarded at the Opening.

Park FREE in the parking garage directly across the street and enjoy free refreshments!

Location Info: 53 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450

MxCC Foundation's 10th Anniversary Red Moon Fest

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM
At The Grove at Middlesex Community College

Description: Join us for a night of celebration under the stars! The evening will feature a live performance by Small Town Roots, a local country and rock band from Portland. We will have fresh brick oven gourmet pizza prepared on site, craft beer tasting, wine tasting, a virtual silent auction as well a live auction-all to support our students.

Contact Info: Click here to purchase tickets!

Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 8:30 AM
At Higher Movement, LLC

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: 164 Scott Street #12, Meriden, CT 06450

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

Business After Hours: United Way of Meriden & Wallingford Campaign&Award Celebration

RSVP Now Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Masonicare Ashlar Village

Description: This is a special program to recognize businesses that donate to our United Way of Meriden & Wallingford with awards AND kickoff this year's campaign.

This is a "can't miss" opportunity to meet with UWMW staff, board of directors and agency directors - all in one place! Mingle with business and community leaders from Meriden & Wallingford and learn how our United Way provides critical support to our residents, with the help of donors like you and through key relationships with area agencies.

Please be sure to RSVP.

Location Info: 74 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, CT

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

CEDF: The Strategy Your Small Business Needs to Grow

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
At Virtual

Description: Free but registration required.

Strategy deals with the deliberate actions owners and managers undertake to grow their businesses. Strategic decisions involve using company resources to create value and competitive advantage, and are made under conditions of uncertainty with trade-offs between conflicting priorities. This workshop will discuss the importance of studying the external environment, developing a solid business model along core competencies, selecting strategic goals and priorities, and other crucial requirements.

Contact Info: Click here to register.

Business After Hours: Chrysalis of Meriden & Wallingford

RSVP Now Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Augusta Curtis Cultural Center

Description: Join Chrysalis of Meriden & Wallingford and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce for a Business After Hours Event! This Business After Hours will be a domestic violence awareness event honoring champions and survivors. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Chrysalis and the services they provide as well as network with individuals within our community!

If you would like to attend, please be sure to RSVP.

Location Info: 175 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450

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

Silver Lake John Messinger Memorial Race

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM
At Silver Lake Boat Launch

Description: This event will benefit Kuhn Employment Opportunities.

Registration starts at 9:30 | Race starts at 11:00

There will be a Racing class of 5 miles and a Recreation class of 2.5 miles.

Canoes, kayaks, surf-skis, outrigger and SUP's are welcome. PFD's must be worn.

Directions for GPS use 11 Belcher Hollow.From North - Rte. 91 south to exit 22N onto Rte 15 south, @5 miles take right onto Toll Gate Rd, 1st left on Norton Ln., follow to boat launch.From South - Rte. 91 north, merge onto Rte 15 north (Wilbur Cross/Berlin Tnpk.), take 3rd left onto Toll Gate Rd, 1st left on Norton Ln., follow to boat launch.

Location Info: 282 Norton Lane, Berlin, CT

Contact Info: Cost $20 per person or click here to register in advance or $25 on race day.

Contact Vicki Cummings via e-mail or call at 203-631-1588.

CBN-Alliance Networking Group

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce

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: 3074 Whitney Ave Building 1, Hamden, CT 06518

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

Government and Business Development Committee

RSVP Now Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee generally meets at on the second Tuesday of each month. Open to ALL!

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

Contact Info: Call the Meriden Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@meridenchamber.com.

Gallery 53: Ice Dye Workshop with Lynn Fisher

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: 2 Session Workshop:- Tuesday, October 12 - 6:30 - 8:00-Thursday, October 14 - 6:30 - 8:00

Make a fabric masterpiece with Ice Dying! In this 2-session workshop, instructor Lynn Fisher will guide you through folding techniques and color selection to create a garment or piece of fabric with a vibrant, cloud-like watercolor look. See how easy it is to achieve the nuanced shading and unexpected effects that has made ice dying a popular sensation!

Participants should bring fabric or items made of natural fiber such as cotton, rayon, bamboo, or linen. Suitable items include clothing, "fat quarters" for quilting and pillow cases. Everything should be washed ahead of time with no fabric softeners or dryer sheets, to remove any chemicals that will interfere with the dye.

NOTE: Even if COVID restrictions are lifted regarding masks, participants should bring a face mask to wear as a precaution when working with the powdered dye.

COST: $35.00 - members / $40.00 - non-members

Location Info: 53 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Click here to register.

CEDF: Develop Your Digital Marketing Playbook

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
At Virtual

Description: Free but registration required

Promoting your business online has many opportunities but it can be overwhelming - social feeds, digital ads, email campaigns, search optimization, affiliate programs and more. So where to begin? Learn how to develop a digital marketing playbook for your business.

The playbook is a combination of essential marketing activities crafted to drive interest in your business today and build customer relationships over the long term. Understand the minimum number of consumer touchpoints you need to sell your product or service, as well as the common marketing plays you can do daily, weekly and monthly to turn a stranger into a client with little to no marketing budget.

Contact Info: Click here to register.