We have reached Travelers Championship week in Middlesex County!

I would like to begin by putting a bow on our Annual Travelers Championship Breakfast, which was held this morning at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill. Attendees enjoyed hearing some great stories and a new perspective on the tour from Gary Young, Senior Vice President of Rules & Competitions for the PGA Tour. Each year, the Championship welcomes thousands of attendees, guests, and professionals to central Connecticut, which is a huge economic driver for our region. A huge thank you to Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Travelers Companies, Nathan Grube, Tournament Director, Rob Croce, Director of Business Development for Travelers Championship, and Travelers Companies for their continued support of the Middlesex Chamber. For more info on the Travelers Championship, please click here. See you at the TPC this week!

Next week, we look forward to celebrating 12 chamber members during our 2024 Small Business Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at St. Clements Castle, Portland. This year, we are proud to present 12 awards to very deserving Middlesex Chamber members throughout the county and beyond! Our 2024 Small Business Champions are as follows:

  • Business of the Year (1-30 employees) – PrideStaff, Rocky Hill
  • Business of the Year (31+ employees) – NAPA Genuine Parts Company, Middletown
  • Business Growth & Expansion Award – Noah’s at 63 Main, Essex & Tate’s Restaurant, Middletown
  • Manufacturer of the Year – Chapco, Chester
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Justbecause Media, Middletown
  • Minority Owned Business of the Year – SoulFully Vegan, Berlin
  • Non Profit Business of the Year – Cromwell Childrens Coalition, Cromwell
  • Outstanding New Business under 5 years – Harrie’s Jailhouse, Middletown
  • Retail Business of the Year – The Man Cave & She Shed Too! - Middletown
  • Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year – The Kate, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – Old Saybrook
  • Veteran Owned Business of the Year – Float 41, Cromwell
  • Woman Owned Business of the Year – deMelis Atelier, Higganum

To join us as we celebrate this year’s recipients, please click here.

Looking ahead to the month of July, register today for some great events taking place throughout the county:

  • Tuesday, July 9 – KeyBank Workshop Series "Sexual Harassment Prevention Training"

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  • Saturday, July 13 – Cornhole Tournament

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  • Wednesday, July 24 – Business After Work hosted by Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell

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In closing, I would like to congratulate one of our longtime members, DATTCO, Inc. on 100 great years of service! From their humble roots on a dairy farm in Berlin, CT to New England's top bus dealer and world class motorcoach division, DATTCO has kept their company values and inherent family culture close to heart. On behalf of the entire chamber, I would like to wish Don and the DATTCO team continued success and growth over the next 100 years and beyond! To read more about this great achievement, please click here.

See you at the Travelers Championship!

Register Today! KeyBank Workshop Series "Sexual Harassment Prevention Training"

Join us on Tuesday, July 9 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the chamber office for a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. The definition of sexual harassment, liability (your own and your organization's), and the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace will be discussed. Attorneys from the law firm Jackson Lewis, P.C. will show you how to limit your company's exposure to charges of sexual harassment.


This session meets the State of Connecticut's requirement for two hours of sexual harassment prevention training for employees.

Please arrive on time. Two hours mandatory attendance is required to receive certificate.

Cornhole Tournament - Register to Play Today!

Start warming up those throwing arms for airmails, backdoors and blockers... its time to put your skills to the test against other players at the 1st Annual Middlesex Chamber Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield! Play with co-workers, go head to head against your neighbor business, or just get out there and have fun! Participating in a cornhole tournament can offer several benefits for a company:

  • Team Building: It's a fun and casual way for employees to bond outside of the office environment, fostering teamwork and camaraderie.
  • Morale Boost: Competing in a tournament can boost morale as employees engage in friendly competition and celebrate victories together.
  • Networking Opportunities: Tournaments often attract participants from various companies and industries, providing opportunities for networking and building relationships with other professionals.
  • and more!

Overall, participating in a cornhole tournament can be a great way for a company to strengthen its team dynamics, boost morale, and engage with the community in a positive and enjoyable way.

Register to play today!


June 18 through June 25, 2024

Tuesday, June 18th

3:00 p.m. - Strategic Events Committee @ Chamber or join via Zoom

6:15 p.m. - Side Street to Main Street Business & Leadership Development Program Class 23 Follow Up #2 @ Chamber

Thursday, June 20th

9:30 a.m. - Middlesex County Revitalization Commission held via Zoom

Tuesday, June 25th

8:00 a.m. - Westbrook Division @ Westbrook Elks, Westbrook

6:15 p.m. - Side Street to Main Street Business "Know-How" Program Class 13 Session 3 held via Zoom

Please welcome them by visiting their website, sending them an email or stopping by to introduce yourself. The personal touch will help our chamber continue to grow and thrive!

Arlene L. Tessman, LLC - Middletown

ASR Consulting - Durham

Candid Clicks PhotoBooth Company - Manchester

Canuck, LLC - Middletown

Capital for Change - Wallingford

Nwaj Tech, LLC - Durham

Puzzle Theory - Middletown

Seals of Connecticut - Guilford

The Bullbag - Killingworth

TownieSwag - Killingworth

Urban Eats, LLC - Rocky Hill



Complete Information Here!

Check out the Winners and Register!