Welcome to the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce
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Proceeds from our fundraisers help pay for community events organized by the Chamber including the annual Fireworks Celebration, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Hands On Train Display. The Chamber also awards scholarships to local graduating high school students.
The 2016 Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 26th, 2016
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 26th at 5:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Highlights of the evening will include the lighting of the Christmas trees on the Green and visits with Santa. The trees are put up by the United Methodist Men of the New Milford United Methodist Church, www.newmilfordumc.org. This is the 50th year the trees have been put up.
We hope you will join us for this community tradition.
Tradition of the Trees The tradition of the trees on the Green was started by Walter Schutte in 1967 and the practice continues in his memory. The lights on the trees come alive with color on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Over the years, many people make a special detour on their way home from work or shopping to drive by the Green in the evenings to view the lights on the New Milford Green; while others make it a special place to visit with their young children and friends from out of town when the snow is softly falling and the trees are all aglow with many sparkling colors. Members of the New Milford United Methodist Men’s Club and other church members donate their time and effort to cut the trees down, place them on the Green, string the wires and the lights, and take them down shortly after New Year’s. Contributions for lights and other essentials help to keep this tradition alive. Donations may be made to the New Milford United Methodist Men Club, 68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776. The New Milford United Methodist Men’s Club also sells Christmas Trees at the church during the month of December. Funds raised help support local scholarships, mission projects and local community agencies.
November 26th is also Small Business Saturday – Shop Local In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov. 26th. We encourage you to Shop Local and support all of the businesses in the Greater New Milford area. We invite and encourage you to visit our downtown merchants prior to the ceremony on the Green. Come and enjoy the wonder of downtown New Milford.
29th Annual Hands On Train Display
December 23rd through 31st 2016 (closed Christmas Day)
The Railroad Station
11 Railroad Street
New Milford, CT 06776
Come to the historic New Milford Railroad Station and enjoy the “29th Annual Hands On Train Display” during the holiday season. This yearly event is sponsored by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce.
· The trains will be on display December 23rd through 31st.
- 12 pm to 6 pm December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
- 12 pm to 4 pm December 24
- Closed December 25
· Free and open to the public.
Frederick J. Wynne Scholarship
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is proudly announcing that it will be awarding the Frederick J. Wynne Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, to a 2017 graduating high school senior.
To be eligible for the scholarship:
- Chamber Connection – the applicant must have a parent or guardian who works for a business that is a member in good standing of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce or the applicant themselves may be employed by a business who is a member of the Chamber.
- Community Service – the applicant must submit how he/she has served the community; this includes volunteering for the Chamber and overall community service.
- School Involvement – the applicant must submit their involvement in the school community; this includes achievements, extra-curricular activities, and other notable awards received.
Applications are due in the Chamber office by May 1, 2017. The recipient will be notified in early June and the scholarship will be awarded at Village Fair Days on Saturday, July 29th.
Call or email the Chamber office at 860-354-6080 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
About the Chamber…..
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce was incorporated as a Chamber on March 27th 1931, the GNMCC serves as a united voice of the business people in our community. We endeavor to advance the commercial, industrial, and civic interests of the Greater New Milford area.
The GNMCC is a medium for area business people to network, share information and ideas and collaborate on issues affecting the business community and general well being of the regional area. Through the monthly activities and events offered, area business people are afforded the opportunity to come together in both business and social settings. The GNMCC also serves as the organizational mechanism in bringing together private business and resources to assist the locale, provides a portfolio of services to assist member companies in growing their respective businesses, and offers assistance to firms inquiring about the area.
However, business growth is not the sole purpose of the Chamber. The GNMCC is a catalyst for positive and progressive growth and continuous improvement in the lifestyles of the people in its hometowns. It is also a marketer of the communities it serves by sponsoring festive and cultural events such as its annual Village Fair Days and Hands On Train Display, among other community activities.
Our membership consists of business people from all facets of the community, including retailers, manufacturers, service organizations, and professionals.