Look who's turning 80

Look who's turning 80 -- 1931 -- 2011

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is proudly celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

Incorporated March 27, 1931 as a Chamber, the GNMCC serves as a united voice of the business people in our community. We endeavor to advance the commercial, industrial, and civic interests of the Greater New Milford area.

The GNMCC is a medium for area business people to network, share information and ideas and collaborate on issues affecting the business community and general well being of the regional area.

Through monthly activities and events, area business people are afforded the opportunity to come together in both business and social settings.

The GNMCC also serves as the organizational mechanism in bringing together private business and resources to assist the locale.

It provides a portfolio of services to assist member companies in growing their respective businesses and offers assistance to firms inquiring about the area.

However, business growth is not the sole purpose of the Chamber.

The GNMCC is a catalyst for positive and progressive growth and continuous improvement in the lifestyles of the people in its hometowns.

It is also a marketer of the communities it serves by sponsoring festive and cultural events such as its annual Village Fair Days and hands-on train display, among other community activities.

Our membership consists of business people from all facets of the community, including retailers, manufacturers, service organizations and professionals.

As always, if you are already a Chamber member, I invite you to participate.

If you are not a Chamber member, I invite you to contact the Chamber and find out if the Chamber would be a good fit for you and your business or organization.

Call, e-mail or come see us at the railroad station.

We'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about what the Chamber can do for you or what you can do for the Chamber.

A vibrant, healthy, active Chamber of Commerce is made up of vibrant, healthy, and active members.

You will quickly discover the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization of enthusiastic individuals who are committed to promoting local enterprises and enhancing the community as a whole.

No community -- or business -- ever stands still; you either proceed or recede.

Other communities are active now -- competing for trade territory, industries, new businesses, better highways, more housing, and everything else to create a better, more prosperous and more pleasant place in which to live.

Now is the perfect time to join and support the Chamber of Commerce... more industries... more residents... more tourists... more people shopping in our community will mean more business for you and a stronger community for all of us.

Village Fair Days

Challenge 44

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and Village Fair Days Committee are currently planning the 44th annual Village Fair Days, to be held July 29-30 on the Village Green in the historic downtown district.

The largest annual event in New Milford exhibits hundreds of vendors including local businesses, organizations, church groups and clubs.

In addition, there are many skillful crafters and sought-after antiques, food vendors, a dining tent and two days of entertainment.

This year, the committee is planning an exciting contest to culminate at the fair.

Modeled after the popular NBC game show "Minute to Win It," New Milford's own "Challenge 44" will offer local contestants a chance to compete for a grand prize of $44,444.44.

Organizers have already received top-level sponsorship from several of the local companies and they are currently seeking additional support from area businesses.

Home Depot has agreed to provide needed supplies and materials for the contest.

"We are excited to be able to present this contest," said contest chairperson Laura Lewis, "and we are very pleased to have All-American Waste sponsor our generous grand prize."

More details of "Challenge 44" will be revealed prior to the preliminary qualifying rounds of the competition to begin in June.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 860-354-6080.