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Officers

Executive Director/President Heather Hansen O’Neill
Chairman Brennan Purdy
Vice Chair Katie Smith
Secretary Michelle Steiner
Treasurer Doug Muckell
Executive Members

Michelle Wood
Steiner, Inc.
2 Park Lawn Drive
Bethel CT 06801
203-744-3782

Clay Caron
Insurance Financial Resources
39 Hidden Brook Trail
Bethel, CT 06801
203-744-3705

 

Christine Carver, Phd
Superintendent
1 School St
Bethel, CT 06801
203-794-8501

 Nick Hoffman
NYA Sport & Fitness Center
4 Primrose Street
Newtown, CT 06470
203-426-0088

 

Justin Hurgin
Bethel Arts, a division of Hometown Bethel Inc.
91 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
203-470-8390

Paul Improta
The Underwriters Inc
6 Stony Hill Rd
Bethel, CT 06801
203-730-0364

 

Anne Lewis
William Pitt/Sotheby’s
International
213 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
203-748-7488

Doug Muckell
Doug Muckell, CPA
76 Stony Hill Rd
Bethel, CT 06801
203-778-8190

 

Brennan Purdy
State Farm Insurance
211 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
203-798-7300

Kim Ramsey
The Toy Room
153 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
203-791-0531

 

Patricia Rist
Bethel Historical Society
Bethel Planning and Zoning
Bethel, CT 06801
203-794-8501

Maria Rodrigues
Escape, Inc.
232 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
203-798-9880

 

Rob Wallace
Daily Fare
13 Durant Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
203-743-7300

 Katie Smith
Newtown Savings Bank
211 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
203-426-2563

 

Rosa Sproviero
Microtel Inn + Suites / Best Western Danbury/Bethel
80 Benedict Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801
203-748-8318

 

Violet Mattone
Emeritus Honorary Member

 

GET INVOLVED

It’s About Time!

Did you realize you can derive significant benefits from your Bethel Chamber membership in little or no time?

In Less Than Two Hours, You Can…

      • Attend one our networking events and get updated on current community issues.
      • Attend the Legislative Breakfast, Annual Meeting, or Meet the Chamber Luncheon and learn the latest on what’s happening in Bethel.
      • Write a “Business Know-How” column for the newsletter or submit information to   highlight your business in the “Member Spotlight” column in the newsletter.
      • Attend an informative workshop.

In Less Than One Hour, You Can…

      • Stop by a “Business After Hours” networking reception or Coffee Connections networking program and make some new business contacts.
      • Attend a Biz Link Council Program at the Chamber offices.
      • Promote your business by signing up for the Chamber’s member-to-member discount program.
      • Visit the Chamber offices and deliver a quantity of your marketing brochures for the Member Showcase.

And Even If You Have NO TIME To Get Involved, The Chamber Still Offers You…

      • Business referrals from the Chamber’s website, annual Membership Directory & Community Guide and from Chamber staff members in response to inquiries received at the office.
      • Information and advocacy on legislative and governmental issues of importance to your business.
      • Free promotion of news about your business
      • Members-Only services and benefits such as membership mailing lists and free literature display space in the Chamber’s offices and Members-Only discounts on Chamber products and services such as event registrations.
      • Free use of the board room.
      • Assistance with special events such as grand openings and ribbon-cuttings.

Media Exposure:

      • We have a weekly Chamber E-News that sends out the upcoming events, a bi-monthly Member News that members can post upcoming events and specials, quarterly printed newsletters, and the Annual Business Directory.
      • We can post news, celebrate successes, and share them with the business community and community at large.
      • Our efforts give our members a virtual public relations department to assist them for free with our annual membership fee.

Web Coverage

      • Whether a member has a website or not, they are listed on ours and therefore have a web presence.  Potential customers surfing the web will find them.
      • Members are automatically listed on our website as a benefit of their annual membership fee, instructions on how to use the website and your log in information was sent when you joined.  If you can’t find please call the office.

Best of Bethel Business Directory

      • Considered the premiere business directory of Bethel.  It list all of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce businesses by type of business.
      • This guide is part of your annual membership dues. Please be sure to check the website and verify that your listing is correct.

Mini-Marketing plan

      • The Chamber staff can help members develop a mini-marketing plan that leverages their investment in the Chamber by using its services and programs.
      • By combining an article in the Building a Better Bethel newsletter, inserting a PDF flyer in the Member News, and attending networking events members can greatly extend their marketing reach for FREE. Members can also host an event, co-sponsor an event, place an ad, or participate in a community festival very inexpensively.
      • Members can also volunteer their time to be an ambassador, work on a committee, volunteer at an event.
      • Members can also call with questions or come in and talk with the Executive Director about issues going on with in their business.

We are actively involved within the community and are here to advocate for our members best interests!

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Who Are Chamber Ambassadors?
Ambassadors are highly visible, prestigious volunteers who serve as the Chamber’s primary liasion to new Chamber members. Considered the goodwill arm of the Chamber, the Ambassador committee plays an essential role in member communication and retention, and each Ambassador is charged with conveying member needs, questions and concerns to Chamber staff, keeping our Chamber in line with our members’ desires.
Upon their appointment, each Ambassador makes a commitment to build lasting relationships with the Chamber membership, particularly new members, in order to build a loyal, committed membership base that will continue to support, participate in and invest in the Chamber.

About The Program + Commitment.
Ambassadors actively promote membership in the Chamber, facilitate networking among members and encourage meaningful participation and involvement in Chamber programs in order to enhance the membership benefits received by each member, strengthen member commitment and increase long-term member retention.

The Ambassador program is a sub-committee of the Membership Committee, and the program is coordinated by the Ambassdor Chair and Chamber’s Executive director.
Ambassadors will each receive monthly new member assignments, and Ambassadors can expect to spend 1-3 hours per month on their Ambassador duties. Ambassadors are expected to attend at least one monthly Ambassador meeting per quarter, a minimum of four per year.
 The Ambassador Committee meets 11am – 12 pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

Ambassador Responsibilities.

      • Accept new member assignments and conduct new member interviews (quality contacts), reporting relevant information from these interviews to Chamber staff at a monthly Ambassador meeting.
      • Attend Chamber events to greet and build relationships with new members, as well as to facilitate introductions and foster direct connections for new members.
      • Attend member ribbon cuttings, and grand openings.
      • Maintain monthly contact via e-mail or phone with new member assignments.
      • Volunteer at Chamber functions.

To Get Involved in the Ambassador Program please contact the office at 203-743-6500.

Bethel Chamber Ambassadors

Jessica Castro – Union Savings Bank

Kristen Keil – People’s United Bank

Jeff Sawyer – Tags America

Donna Boylan – Boylan Chiropractic

Gary Bailey – Comcast Spotlight

Anne Lewis – William Pitt Sotheby’s

 

COMMUNITY FESTIVALS
The downtown community festivals have been 100% volunteer developed and run for the past decade, and is committed to continuing this grassroots, community-driven tradition. The committee is open to anyone with an open mind and a willingness to share their talents.  From technicians to marketers to those with exceptional managerial prowess, we’re always looking to expand our ranks and make the festivals as strong as it can possibly be. If you are interested in joining the committee, would like to attend one of our meetings, or want to receive additional information, please contact Bobbi Jo Beers at bobbijo@bethelchamber.com

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Responsible for all educational and professional development programs and seminars presented by the Chamber. Additionally, this committee is responsible for planninig and coordinating the Annual Meeting inviting both Chamber members and the community once a year. Activities of this committee also include: organizing and coordinating the Chamber programs of the Women’s Forum, and the  Business University; planning business educational programs, seminars and speakers which involves the selection and contracting of speakers, locations and determination of topics. Contact Bobbi Jo Beers at bobbijo@bethelchamber.com to get involved

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Openings on the Board of Directors are announced every spring.  If you are interested in serving the Bethel Chamber as a Board Member you may submit an application when the position is posted.  If you would like to be notified of an opening please contact the office at 203-743-6500.

EVENTS COMMITTEE
The Events Committee is responsible for planning the coming year events, including the Business Gatherings, BeerFest, Steak Roast and New Member Luncheons. Contact the office to get involved.

ADVOCACY

The Bethel Chamber is proud to serve as a pro-business advocate for its members. Activities at the local, state and federal government affect your business. Our government affairs team works to keep you informed on issues such as economic development, transportation and infrastructure, taxes, education and health care.

The Chamber hosts various events, trips and leads efforts regarding important local government topics and economic development assets.

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