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September 16, 2010

Opportunities are found at the chamber

Connecticut's Litchfield Hills

Networking happens all around us everyday. Hour by hour, new opportunities arise. Networking with others is essential to not only fill those opportunities, but to make them successful. As of late, I’ve been researching all about different ways to network here in the Litchfield Hills, and I think I found a great way to go about it. Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber, located in Torrington, offers a variety of ways to network with others throughout northwestern Connecticut. They serve twenty towns throughout our region, but have one common vision: to boost the economy business by business.

I decided to learn more about the chamber and how joining them would benefit not only myself, but benefit them as well. We both share a common vision, to boost the local economy as well as driving tourism to the area. As a young adult, I was interested in learning more about their Young professionals group, a group of young talent around the area that are not only successful, but are also beneficial to the community. Recently, they got together for United Ways Day of Caring and helped the local community by doing things such as picking up litter and cleaning up graffiti. It is this type of community involvement that makes the chamber so attractive to so many businesses such as myself.

While at the chamber, I learned all about different kinds of ways to network by attending chamber hosted events such as Coffee ‘n chat, which is happening September 28th at 8AM. Today they hosted Leads Northwest, another fun networking opportunity for local business leaders. It is events like these that make joining the chamber exciting and beneficial to anyone looking to increase their business opportunities in the area. Another thing I learned about was exposure. With the chamber, there are so many unique ways to get exposure for your business. Everything is offered from monthly newsletters, membership directories, and website exposure. Exposure, for my business, is something that attracts me, as I’m sure attracts every other business leader in the area.

When you join the chamber, you’ll really feel like you’re a part of something. Your part of the local community. Not only are you increasing your exposure, but your allowing yourself to network with others who live and work in the area. Who knows, you just may build lasting relationships that will benefit you for years to come.

Northwest Connecticut's Chamber is in progress to convert a local abandoned diner into a welcome center.

Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com 

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Fall Destinations 2010: Torrington

Burr Pond in Torrington

Torrington is one of those communities in Connecticut that offer an array of opportunities. You get the best of everything from shopping and dining, to hiking and kayaking. As an up and coming city, Torrington is perfect for all seasons. Nestled in the southern Berkshire Hills, Torrington boasts as a destination point for tourists and residents alike and offers you a great mix of just about everything. From its quaint country Inns, including the Yankee Pedlar Inn in the downtown, to its fine dining choices like Bachi’s, you’ll find yourself with plenty of company as well as enjoying the small town ways of life.

Take a step away from the downtown and instantly walk into the pastoral countryside.  Torrington still offers plenty of rural areas to discover due to its location in the Berkshire Hills. With elevations ranging from as little as 510 feet, to as high as 1,325 feet, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take in the rural scenery from the scenic vistas from its eastern and western peaks, as well as viewing the valley below, compliments of the Nauguatuck River. With elevations and scenery like this, your sure to capture  some fantastic fall foliage photo opportunities.

Joe is famous for his textured painting that is a see to believe.

While in Torrington, be sure to say hello to our local artist.  Joe “Taco” Kopler has a private art gallery in his home that he shows by appointment only and has some terrific paintings of the Litchfield Hills region. Not only will he show you his gallery, but he’ll also be sure to offer you some great suggestions on the best locations to check out all the great fall foliage in the area. The Torrington area is also your destination for the arts and cultural scene. Establishments like the Artwell Gallery have a lot to offer in the way of the local scene.

When you visit Torrington, you’ll find that its unlike any other city you have been to. Sure, it may have its problems as every town across the globe does, however you really have to discover Torrington for yourself and once you do, you’ll not only want to come back, but you’ll also see just how much potential this place really has. It’s truly an up and coming city, and right now, it’s all eyes on us to see just what we’re going to do next, and we can’t wait for you to come and join us, and what better time than autumn 2010!

Torrington's Main Street Marketplace. Summer 2010. Photo credit: 60b Photography.

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Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com 

Be sure to check us out on The Register Citizen. Northwest Connecticut’s Local Newspaper: www.registercitizen.com    

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