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Reiling takes helm at New Milford Chamber
NEW MILFORD – The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the Chamber’s new Executive Director, Bob Reiling.
Reiling assumed the position April 17.
Denise Del Mastro, who has served as Executive Director of the Chamber since 2005, will remain at the Chamber as Director of Operations.
Chamber President Jennifer Birdseye said the Chamber is looking to “be better, stronger, faster” in a time when other chambers are consolidating and regionalizing,
The Greater New Milford Chamber remains one of the smaller, local chambers with a “unique and special group of individuals,” she noted.
Birdseye said the Chamber seeks to grow, and further its mission of: providing networking and learning opportunities for its members and the community; supporting businesses in all stages of growth; and building partnerships with other organizations that give businesses and the community the tools necessary to succeed.
“I am excited for this opportunity to be a leader and partner in the business community,” said Reiling.
Del Mastro said Reiling brings to the table assets that will further propel the Chamber into the future.
“I’m eager to develop new forums and mechanisms to promote, assist and expand businesses and their reach throughout New Milford and beyond,” he added.
Reiling is no stranger to the town or the business community.
He was raised in New Milford, graduated from New Milford High School, and demonstrated success in sales and growth while leading several businesses.
In more recent years, he founded the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Ostomy Foundation, and has co-coordinated and co-directed the New Milford River Run 5K & Kids’ Superhero Sprint, a RiverFest event.
Reiling also has a working relationship with the Town of New Milford through which he has collaborated on projects, such as New Milford Restaurant Week.
“I look forward to meeting more members of the community and building relationships among them,” Reiling emphasized.
He will meet many individuals at the Chamber’s next business seminar May 16 and the Business Scene May 17.
For more information, call the 11 Railroad St. office at 860-354-6080, email email@example.com, visit www.newmilford-chamber.com and follow/like @greaternewmilfordchamber on Facebook and follow “Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce” on LinkedIn.
2023 Community Guide & Business Directory
Photos by Laura Lewis
Nestled in the lush, rolling hills of Litchfield County, New Milford at first glance represents quintessential New England. But there’s much more to this western Connecticut town that lies on the banks of the Housatonic River — it’s an intriguing blend of then and now.
Incorporated in 1712, New Milford has a history that runs deep. It was home to Roger Sherman, one of the country’s Founding Fathers and the only man to sign all four documents related to the birth of our nation.
The town green, part of the Center Historic District, has been the heartbeat of New Milford since its early days. Among its iconic landmarks is an 1890s bandstand that has hosted concerts, political speeches and rallies — and still does today. Walk along the green and you’ll no doubt notice one of town’s most recognizable and beloved landmarks: the Stuart Army tank, which has stood as a memorial to war veterans since the 1940s. The green remains a vibrant part of community life, with a year-round calendar of events that include the annual Village Fair Days, summer concert series, a farmers market and holiday caroling.
The bustling Center Historic District features numerous restaurants with a rich array of enticing cuisines to satisfy any palate, from the casual to the upscale. The district is also a shopper’s paradise. You’ll find antiques, fine jewelry, toys, specialty foods, wine, clothing, gift shops, boutiques — even a pet shop. Looking to pamper yourself? Visit one of the district’s superb salons. (Convenient big-box retailers are located outside the district.) While browsing the shops, you’ll see that the buildings they occupy reflect the town’s diverse architectural history. Among the styles are Colonial and Greek Revival, Romanesque, Federal, Georgian, Victorian and early 20th-century brick. Step outside the district and take a self-guided tour that showcases New Milford’s significant agricultural legacy: the New Milford Barn Quilt Trail, the first such trail established in Connecticut. Along the route are 19 eye-catching quilt patterns hand-painted on large blocks that hang on vintage barns and historical buildings.
The district is but one portion of the 62 square miles that make up New Milford, the state’s largest town land-wise. Within its borders are 9,500 acres of natural splendor and open space. You can hike and bike miles of trails, bring your kids to the playground or soccer fields and explore scenic Lovers Leap State Park, one of many outdoor recreation spots. If you’re into swimming, canoeing and other water sports, visit Candlewood Lake, Connecticut’s biggest lake at 8.4 square miles. In the winter, enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing or ice fishing on the lake. The Housatonic River is also a great place to fish, especially for trout.
New Milford’s breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas offer the perfect setting for celebrating special occasions, with a variety of venues to meet your needs. With plenty of places to stay, New Milford also makes for an excellent home base to explore the tri-state region. It’s just 77 miles from New York City, 50 miles from Connecticut’s capital of Hartford and 80 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts.
Your One Stop for Doing Business in CT
With the Office of the Secretary of the State’s business division fully integrated into Business.CT.gov, Connecticut business owners now have a seamless end-to-end experience from how to start a business, registering that business, and managing all of their critical compliance needs:
- Business owners can now sign up for one CT.gov account and handle all of their business filings online, hassle-free. This includes business registration, business lookups, filing annual reports, making business amendments, and filing liens.
- New business owners can register their business and have instant access to a full suite of valuable business and filing services right in CT.gov account dashboard.
- All business owners can now track their filings, payments, and get alerts and notifications so they can stay compliant with the state – all at their fingertips in one easy-to-use account.
- If a business owner wants to find things like when an annual report is due, they can now do that right inside the chatbot. Enter a business in the chatbot and get information specific to the business in seconds.
- Businesses can now file and track every kind of UCC lien online, with no paperwork required.
Save the Date – Upcoming Chamber Events
June 14, 2023 – Business Seminar & Networking Series: Preventing Elder Financial Abuse
July 1, 2023 – New Milford Fireworks (rain date July 8th)
November 4, 2023 – Annual Awards Gala – Details to Come
November 25, 2023 – Tree Lighting
December 9, 2023 – Beatlemania – Details to Come
For a list of upcoming Chamber and community events, please visit the Calendar of Events page at http://newmilford-chamber.com/events/.
Audio Recordings & E-books
November 27, 2021 Tree Lighting https://www.facebook.com/events/278362927560964/
Chamber Member Meeting with New Milford Town Officials
Lunch & Learn Seminar “Relaunching Your Business” (Zoom meeting). Click here to get 12 Page e-book How to Successfully Relaunch your Business.