It’s so important to network

Thanks to many friendships with chamber members and chance meetings years ago, we were fortunate to get in touch with individuals who ended up working with us on chamber initiatives. My experience reminds me of an apt quote from the book You’ve Got To Be Believed To Be Heard by Bert Decker entitled Threads. It affirms the power of connection:

Not a big deal maybe, but a little outside of the usual business stuff.

It comes and goes fast so you gotta watch out

A change in eyes…a pain flickering behind the stats…


In every office you hear the threads of love and joy and fear and guilt

The cries for celebration and affirmation,

And somehow you know how to connect these threads

Is what you’re supposed to do and the deal will take care of itself.”

The Chamber works tirelessly to create connections to fulfill our mission of “encouraging economic growth while improving the quality of life in NW CT”. The opportunities that present themselves are never-ending and ultimately affect each of us. These “threads” that we connect are vital.

A perfect example was our recent business summit with Chris DiPentima, President and CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. His presentation focused on their Transform Connecticut initiative. It was the perfect way to start our day with an upbeat audience who caught up with colleagues, some of whom they hadn’t seen in a few years.

Another example of the value of connections is the Health Council chaired by Kevin O’Connell, President of Geer in Canaan. The monthly meetings feature representatives from community health organizations and guest speakers who discuss a range of topics.

The recent gathering included keynote speaker Emma Hollis, representing the Western CT Coalition Recovery Friendly Workplace. The goal of raising awareness of resources available to people and their families with mental illness will certainly be met by this organization and its staff.

In our ongoing efforts to address your business concerns, we need to reach each of you across the 21-city region.

We have so much more work to do, but we’re connecting the strings to make this a better place to live and work. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

JoAnn Ryan is President and CEO of the NW CT Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached by email: [email protected] or by phone: 860-482-6586.