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Chamber to host business forum

The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce will hold a Business Forum on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at DoubleTree Hotel, 42 Century Drive, Bristol, CT from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This informative event will focus on the challenges facing business owners today, how to overcome these and ways to grow businesses. The forum will feature two key note speakers and two panel discussions.

The first keynote address is from Catherine Smith, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.

Commissioner Smith’s top economic development priorities are to strengthen the state’s efforts to nurture and drive innovation; effectively promote and market the state’s many business advantages within Connecticut and beyond its borders; and place a renewed emphasis on all aspects of customer service in order to make the state more business-friendly and attractive for investment.

Her community development priorities include improving the state’s ability to redevelop brownfields, continuing the state’s commitment to responsible growth and transit-oriented development and fostering arts and culture to make our cities more vibrant and attractive.  The commissioner is forging closer working relationships with private sector partners to realize these objectives and to maximize the return on state investments.

This will be followed by a panel discussion of Workforce Challenges and Opportunities. Panelists include: Janice Albert, Business Service Specialist for Department of Labor; Thomas Phillips, President & CEO of Capital Workforce Partner; Bob Santy, President of CERC; and Justin Malley, Director of Bristol Economic Development.

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