Events | News
2019
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Avon Chamber of Commerce
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In This Issue :
Morning Business Network Connection | Ribbon Cutting: Bob's Sports Chalet | Ribbon Cutting: Movement Mortgage | Business After Hours: Get Ready for the Holidays | M.A.P. | Health Council | A.W.E.: Holiday Showcase | V.Y.B.E. Cooking Class | December Events Preview | News
Breakfast
Morning Business Network
Connection
November 6, 2019
8:30 to 9:30 AM
COSI
385 West Main Street | Avon
Photo by: Ben Jordan / Photo Images Co.
Morning Business Network Connection   meets the   1st Wednesday   of each month. With an average of 35 members and guests attending regularly, this event offers a chance for you to better acquaint yourself with other area businesses in a fun and casual atmosphere, as well as take advantage of interesting business topics from a new speaker every month. Every attendee also has the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and their business.

If you are a  Member  you may attend every month or whenever your schedule allows. If you are a  Non-Member Business  that is interested in the Avon Chamber and have not yet attended one of our networking events, then come as our one-time guest and get a feel for all that our organization has to offer.

Don't Forget Your Business Cards
Promotional Materials Welcome
HELP THE AVON FOOD BANK
Bring a Non-Perishable Food Item to Donate at this Event
HOSTED BY

November's Presenter :
TBA
TBA
Members FREE | First-Time Business Guests FREE
UPCOMING MORNING BUSINESS NETWORK CONNECTION
Wednesday December 4 | Wednesday February 5, 2020 | Wednesday March 4, 2020 | Wednesday April 1, 2020 (no foolin')
Ribbon
Cutting
November 7, 2019
3:30 to 7:30 PM
BOBS SPORTS CHALET/ AVON
195 West Main Street | Plaza 44 | Avon
Meet and Greet One of the Chamber's Newest Members
Ribbon Cutting @ 5 PM
Enjoy a Pizza Truck, Craft Beer Truck, the Waffle Cabin Tent, Live DJ and Photo Booth

Bob's Sports Chalet  is one of Connecticut's longest standing Snowboard and Ski shops, carrying all the top brands including: Salmon Skis, Burton Snowboards, Oakely Goggles & Oakley Sunglasses, Rome Snowboards, Ride Snowboards, Volki Skis, and many more! They are also one of the largest North Face Jacket & Clothing dealers in Connecticut.
Ribbon
Cutting
November 7, 2019
4:00 to 7:30 PM
MOVEMENT MORTGAGE
7 Towpath Lane | Avon
Meet and Greet One of the Chamber's Newest Members
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:30 PM
Celebrate the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of their beautiful new Avon Branch Office.
It's the last BBQ of 2019. Eat, drink and be merry as you tour the space, meet their team, and mingle with friends. Enter the Raffle for a Free Head Shot

Movement Mortgage  was created in 2008 amidst one of the biggest financial meltdowns in American history. They are committed to being a Movement Of Change in the mortgage industry, in corporate cultures, and in communities. Through their unique process they are creating a referable experience for both homebuyers and real estate agents alike.
After Hours
Business
After
Hours

Get Ready for the Holidays
November 13, 2019
5:00 to 7:00 PM
RAYMOUR & FLANIGAN
FURNITURE | MATTRESSES
AVON
15 Waterville Road | Avon
DEADLINE Monday, November 11
Business After Hours   is  held the   2nd Wednesday   of most months and is hosted by various members at different locations/venues throughout the Farmington Valley. This signature networking opportunity brings together on a regular basis an average of 50-75 members and guests, and is designed to help you meet new contacts and grow existing relationships while getting an inside look at a local business.
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Experience the hospitality of our host  Raymour & Flanigan Furniture/ Mattresses  Take advantage of early holiday shopping in their beautiful showroom filled with quality bedroom, dining room, and living room furniture. Experience stylish home decor, area rugs to transform your space, as well as a large selection of mattresses from the best brands.
Please consider bringing a New or Gently Used PAIR OF MITTENS, a WINTER HAT, or WINTER COAT to the Event to be donated to a local charity
HOSTED BY
THANK YOU
to the following Chamber members that have donated an item for the Drawing:

TBA
TBA
Members FREE | Business Guests $20
UPCOMING BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Wednesday December 11: Annual Holiday Event/Salvation Army Toy Drive | Wednesday January 8, 2020 | Wednesday February 12, 2020 | Wednesday March 11, 2020
M.A.P.
M entoring A von
P rofessionals
November 14, 2019
9:00 to 10:00 AM
TOWER LANE CAFE
30 Tower Lane | First Floor | Avon Park South | Avon
DEADLINE Monday, November 11
Photo by: Ben Jordan / Photo Images Co.
Ever struggled with a business-related issue? Looking for feedback from other professionals on ideas you have for your business? Interested in learning about industry trends from those in-the-know?

Then this networking group is for you!

M entoring A von P rofessionals [ M.A.P. ] is an Affinity Networking Group that meets the 2nd Thursday of each month and offers all members of our Chamber an opportunity to engage with one another and receive constructive advice, information and mutual support from fellow members.

This 'peer advisory group' addresses a wide-range of business-related concepts, with one identified for discussion each month. Attendees share best practices, suggestions, thoughts and ideas based on their past experiences related to that month's topic.

Meetings are held once a month throughout the year and regular attendance is requested in order to insure the success of the group.

If being part of a collaborative professional networking group that is focused on the growth of all its members sounds interesting to you
then please plan on joining us.
HOSTED BY
SPONSORED BY
Topic :
Concierge Banking Services How Can They Help Your Business
Facilitated by :
Kris Lucke
Berkshire Bank/Avon
Members FREE | First-Time Business Guests FREE
UPCOMING M.A.P.
Thursday December 12 | Thursday January 9, 2020 | Thursday February 13, 2020 | Thursday March 12, 2020
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Health Council
November 18, 2019
12:30 to 1:30 PM
THE RESIDENCE AT BROOKSIDE
117 Simsbury Road | Avon
DEADLINE Thursday,
November 14
Photo by: Ben Jordan / Photo Images Co.
The Health Council is an Affinity Networking Group that meets the 3rd Monday of each month and is specifically designed for those members whose businesses are either directly or indirectly Related to the Field of Health

The focus of the group is to both connect members working in the various health industries, and to bring timely and informative health-related programs and events to the community.

Each month the group meets for an hour at a different participant's place of business. Everyone has a chance to Introduce themselves and their business, followed by a 10-minute Presentation by our Host. We then open the meeting up to explore topics of interest to our health professionals.

If being part of a member-driven group that provides networking opportunities for and promotes information sharing between health professionals interests you -- then please plan on joining us.
HOSTED BY
Host :
TBA
The Residence at Brookside

Topic :
TBA
Facilitated by :
Shihan Farzinzad
Shihan Skin Care
Members FREE | First-Time Business Guests FREE
UPCOMING HEALTH COUNCIL
Monday January 20, 2020 | Monday February 17, 2020 | Monday March 16, 2020 | Monday April 20, 2020
A.W.E.
A von W omen
E ntrepreneurs

Holiday Showcase
November 19, 2019
8:15 to 9:30 AM
AVON HEALTH CENTER
652 West Avon Road | Avon
Attendees Are Asked to
PARK IN THE BACK
Entrance to the Room is through the LOWER BACK DOOR ONLY
DEADLINE Thursday,
November 14
Photo by: Ben Jordan / Photo Images Co.
This Event is both a Toy Drive AND the group's Holiday Showcase

  • Attendees are asked to bring a NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY to Donate to Gifts of Love to help resupply their Toy Room which was flooded earlier this year
  • Shopping is also on the agenda as we get ready for the upcoming holidays. If you are interested in reserving a table to feature your wares please Email The Chamber
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A von W omen E ntrepreneurs [ A.W.E. ] is an Affinity Networking Group that meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month and offers the women of our Chamber an opportunity to engage with one another and discuss issues that are unique and of particular interest to them.
 
Each month the group meets for an hour at a different participant's place of business. Everyone has a chance to Introduce themselves and their business, followed by a 10-minute Presentation by our Host. We then open the meeting up to explore topics of importance in the lives of our professional women.  (Men that are members of the Chamber and would like to attend are also welcome)

If being part of a member-driven group that is focused on enhancing the personal and professional growth of area businesswomen interests you then please plan on joining us.
HOSTED BY
Holiday Showcase Participants :

Carol Tsacoyeanes
Ruby Ribbon
Members FREE | First-Time Business Guests FREE
UPCOMING A.W.E.
Tuesday December 17 | Tuesday January 21, 2020 | Tuesday February 18, 2020 | Tuesday March 17, 2020
V alley Y oung B usiness E ntrepreneurs

Cooking Class
November 26, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 PM
CONNECTICUT KITCHEN & BATH STUDIO
3 East Main Street | Avon
DEADLINE Tuesday
November 19
Photo by: Ben Jordan / Photo Images Co.
The last time we offered this program it Sold Out!
Only 7 Places Remain!

We are bringing back our popular COOKING CLASS. Chef Celeste Borelli will show you how to create an easy and delicious meal, and teach you some basic cooking methods, utilizing   Connecticut Kitchen & Bath Studio's   state-of-the-art boutique kitchen. This is a Hands-On Class where you will not only dine on your creation but have the recipes to take with you to try at home.

WE MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 8 PAID RESERVATIONS FOR THE CLASS TO RUN | Class Limited to 10 Total Participants

Don't miss this opportunity to broaden your culinary skills, dine on a delicious meal prepared entirely by you, and enjoy a fun-filled evening getting to know other area young professionals.

MENU* 
  • Chopped Salad w/Sesame Dressing
  • Seared Chicken w/Peach Ginger Glaze
  • Purple Rice
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Chocolate Mug Cake

You May Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine to Enjoy With Your Meal

*Please alert us as to any food allergies so that we may adapt the menu accordingly
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If you're a young professional, love happy hour, and enjoy networking, then plan on joining   V.Y.B.E.  [ V alley  Y oung  B usiness  E ntrepreneurs] the  4th Monday of each month  for  Apps & Taps  @  Seasons Tap Room

V.Y.B.E.   is a group for young professionals with a focus on helping each other grow their businesses through networking, sharing experiences and providing referrals.

They are part of the Avon Chamber of Commerce, but you don't have to be a member to participate in  Apps & Taps
HOSTED BY
SPONSORED BY
 is the Avon Chamber's networking group for young professionals ages 21 to 39 who live and/or work in the Farmington Valley and surrounding area

Connect with V.Y.B.E. on
COST
$30/Person Pre-Paid to:
Kristina Mozzicato
Abundant Helath Massage Therapy & Wellness
2 Forest Park Drive | Farmington, CT 06032
UPCOMING V.Y.B.E.
December 2019 -- Ugly Holiday Sweater Apps & Taps
Avon Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Saturday Promotion
Saturday, November 30, 2019
THANK YOU to Our Participating Members:
(as of 11/4/2019)

Abundant Health Massage Therapy & Wellness | Aging Well NWCT | An Infinite Abundance | Avon Karate | Avon Old Farms Hotel | Avon Super Cellar Wine & Spirits | Avon Vacuums | Bill Selig Jewelers | Claudia Decor | Creative Resumes and Business Writing by Bree Gurin | Elements Massage/Avon | Gifts of Love | Home Helpers/Farmington Valley | Imagine Float | Jacqueline Kane/Stop The Pain Specialist | Make It GF | Miller Foods | Molly Maid of Farmington and Greater Hartord | Oma's Pride | Patient Advocate For You | Peterdominic Salon & Spa | POSH | Promotions by Design | P'zazz | Ruby Ribbon/Carol Tsacoyeanes | Seasons Restaurant | Shear Wellness Salon & Spa | Shihan Skin Care & Day Spa | The Max Challenge of Avon | The Talcott Mountain Science Center | Tim McCarthy, CPA/PFS | Tocara Jewelry/Dana Culligan | Today Magazine | Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski Jewelry/ Kathleen Cormier | Wheeler Clinic Foster Care Program | Wholesome Animal Grocery Store [W.A.G.S.] | Wild Birds Unlimited/Avon | William Raveis Real Estate/Margo Ross
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Upcoming Events | December
Breakfast
DEC.4
Morning Business Network Connection
Meets the 1 st Wednesday of each month
8:30 to 9:30 AM


After Hours
DEC.11


Business After Hours
Annual Holiday Event /
Salvation Army Holiday Store Toy Drive
Held the 2 nd Wednesday of most months
5:00 to 7:00 PM
DEC.12
M.A.P. | M entoring A von P rofessionals
Meets the 2 nd Thursday of each month
9:00 to 10:00 AM
DEC.17
A.W.E. | A von W omen E ntrepreneurs
Meets the 3 rd Tuesday of each month
8:15 to 9:30 AM
News You Can Use
AN EXCLUSIVE MARKETING OPPORTUNITY JUST FOR OUR MEMBERS!

The Avon Chamber of Commerce , in partnership with member The Valley Book , have created a NEW, EXCITING and EXCLUSIVE Marketing Opportunity for our members! The Valley Book -- a direct mail annual publication to residents and businesses in Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby and Simbury with a circulation of 30,000 -- is offering Avon Chamber of Commerce members a 20% DISCOUNT TO ANY MEMBER THAT PURCHASES AN AD!

Here are the details of this great offer:
All Advertising Avon Chamber Members will receive a Bold Line Listing in Green for name and phone number.
All Display Advertisers receive a 75-Word Thumbnail with name and phone number in Green
Avon Chamber members can also Put the Chamber Logo in their Ad Copy
LOWEST PRICED OPTION -- BOLD LINE LISTING FOR ONLY $40!
CLICK HERE To See the Complete List of Ad Options
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In addition, the Avon Chamber will be advertising in The Valley Book with a 2-page spread in a prime front-of-the-book position.

Don't Miss Out on This Special Opportunity | Time is Limited
Interested in Learning More? Contact Dan Walsh at The Valley Book 860.670.6575 | www.TheValleyBook.com

MUST be an Avon Chamber of Commerce member in good standing in order to take advantage of this special marketing opportunity
Register Your Business to Be Part of Our Small Business Saturday Promotion 2019
There's Still Time to Participate
As part of our  Local First  initiative the Avon Chamber is again sponsoring a  Small Business Saturday Promotion . This is a FREE Marketing Opportunity for your business! We encourage all our member businesses to consider offering an Exclusive Discount/Offer, Good Only on Saturday, November 30 . As a participant, your business/organization will be promoted by the Chamber: On Our Website | In Our eBlasts | On Our Social Media leading up to the event, and you will also be eligible to receive some promotional items generously supplied to the Chamber by American Express.

THANK YOU to Our Participating Members:
(as of 11/4/2019)

Abundant Health Massage Therapy & Wellness | Aging Well NWCT | An Infinite Abundance | Avon Karate | Avon Old Farms Hotel | Avon Super Cellar Wine & Spirits | Avon Vacuums | Bill Selig Jewelers | Claudia Decor | Creative Resumes and Business Writing by Bree Gurin | Elements Massage/Avon | Gifts of Love | Home Helpers/Farmington Valley | Imagine Float | Jacqueline Kane/Stop The Pain Specialist | Make It GF | Miller Foods | Molly Maid of Farmington and Greater Hartord | Oma's Pride | Patient Advocate For You | Peterdominic Salon & Spa | POSH | Promotions by Design | P'zazz | Ruby Ribbon/Carol Tsacoyeanes | Seasons Restaurant | Shear Wellness Salon & Spa | Shihan Skin Care & Day Spa | The Max Challenge of Avon | The Talcott Mountain Science Center | Tim McCarthy, CPA/PFS | Tocara Jewelry/Dana Culligan | Today Magazine | Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski Jewelry/ Kathleen Cormier | Wheeler Clinic Foster Care Program | Wholesome Animal Grocery Store [W.A.G.S.] | Wild Birds Unlimited/Avon | William Raveis Real Estate/Margo Ross
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If you would like to register your business as a participant in this year's Small Business Saturday promotion, you may either Email The Chamber with your Discount/Offer, or Contact a Member of the Chamber's Marketing Committee
Discounts/Offers MUST be Exclusive -- something that you do not normally offer -- and Available ONLY on Saturday, November 30 | Offers Registered After Tuesday, October 15 may not receive full marketing benefit
If You Are An Avon Chamber Member and Your Business is Health-Related,
Register to Participate in Our B-Well Festival
The Chamber's Health Council , along with Member Shop Rite of Canton , are sponsoring the B-Well Festival , on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10 AM-2 PM . This Free Event is designed to help introduce some of the Chamber's Health-Related Businesses to our community. Cost to participate is $10/business , which will be used toward the purchase of Shop Rite Gift Card to be given in a random drawing to an attendee that visits all the vendor booths.

If you would like to register your business as a participant in our B-Well Festival , Email The Chamber or Sharon Gauthier | Patient Advocate For You by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13


THANK YOU to Our Participating Members:
(as of 11/4/2019)

TBA
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General Information : Must provide your own 24" x 48" Table | Must Inform the Chamber if you plan to bring a Trade Show Retractable Banner | No Balloons Allowed | Giveaways are Encouraged | Only Individually Wrapped, Healthy Food Options Permitted | Items Advertising Another Grocery Store Are Not Permitted
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Sponsorship Opportunities Available

In addition to our Corporate Sponsorship, the Chamber has TWO NEW Sponsorship Levels, each designed to give our members the opportunity to increase their brand recognition in the local business community. For more information on how you can become a Sponsor please Email The Chamber
CORPORATE
Sponsorship
Our most all-inclusive level, is designed to give a select group of Members superior visibility and maximum marketing value.
DIVISION Sponsorship
[Limited to a Maximum of 6 Businesses]:
A unique option for Members to showcase their business by branding their name with the Chamber.
PROGRAM Sponsorship
This option gives those Members that want to target their marketing message the chance to promote their business by supporting a particular Chamber Program.
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