Business professional network at town park

The May Business Scene was sponsored by the Town of New Milford at one of its parks.

Business professionals enjoyed the outdoor networking event at Clatter Valley Park.

Rich’s Wings & Things catered the evening offering, while  Housatonic River Brewing provided beverages.

Mayor Pete Bass welcomed guests and highlighted the park as one of the many parks townspeople can use.

Deborah Rose, editor and photographer for, the municipality’s community and tourism site, addressed the crowd and highlighted the features of the town’s website: a community calendar to which the public can submit events; a directory of places to shop, eat, explore, and play in town; and stories and photographs about the people, businesses, and happenings in the community.

“The site showcases all the positive attributes about the town,” she said.

Also among the guests were several Town Council members.

After the short presentation, door prizes were awarded and the winner of a 50/50 was announced.


Photography by Deborah Rose


The Town of New Milford, which operates, was the sponsor of this month’s event.
Chamber volunteers prepare the welcome table for guests.
Rich and Deb Vallinaggi, owners of Rich’s Wings & Things, begin setup of the array of food.
A hanging basket was one of the door prizes.
Businessman Ivan Shiffman, right, took a moment to catch the mayor’s ear during the event.
Chamber Treasurer Scott Bakewell, left, speaks with fellow Chamber director Brandon Sprague.
Local businessmen enjoyed a variety of hot food, including wings, burgers, macaroni and cheese bites, and more, during the event.
Guests mingle at the May 11 event.
New Milford Mayor Pete Bass thanks the crowd of business professionals for attending the evening’s event.
Guests pause to listen to Chamber President Jennifer Birdseye share a few words about upcoming Chamber programs.
New Milford Police Officer John Toromanides joins a few of the Police Cadets after they assisted with parking at the park.

Trio of companies team up for networking event

The April Business Scene was co-sponsored by Planet Photo, CRIANA and New Milford Printing.

A great showing of members of the business community attended the event at The Bleacher, where both Planet Photo and CRIANA have offices.

Each business provided an assortment of food and beverages, and showcased the offerings and services they provide.

Garry Boros of New Milford Printing, Janet Taub of Planet Photo and Diana LeRoi-Schmidt of CRIANA each addressed the crowd.

Door prizes were awarded and the winner of the 50/50 raffle was announced.

The next Business Scene is May 11.

Photography by Deborah Rose


Kimberly Cross of KTC Marketing, and her husband, center, chat with fellow guests.
A smorgasbord of appetizers were served at Planet Photo
A mix of business professionals made new connections at the monthly event.


A portion of the crowd of attendees gather to hear Chamber President announce the winner of the 50/50.
Members of the business community mingle during the informal networking event.

The Cue serves up BBQ for Business Scene

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the March Business Scene, co-sponsored by two nonprofit organizations, you missed:

  • meeting event co-sponsors New Milford Refugee Resettlement and MVP-SOS representatives, who talked about their mission and why they do what they do, and why summer camps are so important to the youth they serve;
  • hearing from Park & Rec and Social Services staff on how the families they serve are positively impacted by the financial support of NMRR and MVP-SOS; and
  • indulging in wings, sliders and other delicious appetizers served up at The Cue, which was the venue for the evening.

Non-prroft organizations are an integral part of the fabric of our community, providing vital support and resources in a variety of areas.

The event was jam-packed and held at The Cue.

To learn more about New Milford Refugee Resettlement and how you can support them, visit here.

To lean more about MVP-SOS and how you can support them, go here.


Photography by Deborah Rose

Guests listen closely as representatives from MVP-SOS address the guests.
Attendees enjoy catching up with each other at the monthly event.
The interior of The Cue.

Entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals gain insight into capital opportunities at seminar

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development recently co-sponsored a “Business Resources for Success” program. The presenters highlighted tools entrepreneurs, business owners and others can utilize to enhance their business.

Alexis Luna, community affair specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, facilitated the Dec. 7 program that included networking, panelist presentations, a Q&A, and light dinner fare.

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass kicked off the event, sharing information about the town’s offerings. He was followed by Sandra Hernandez of the Washington, D.C., FDIC’s office, senior community affairs specialist, and Sylina Jacobs, outreach and marketing and specialist with the Connecticut District Office, Bridgeport Branch Office, of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Nelson Merchan, advisor with the Connecticut Development Center (SBDC) discussed numerous ways the SBDC can help businesses, then Will Meikle, SCORE – Western CT chapter chairman, CT associate district director, and Northeast Regional director shared with the attendees how SCORE’s volunteers can provide mentorships and more to businesses.

Oley Carpp, chairman of the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development, addressed the crowd next, discussing the multiple ways the nonprofit organization can provide funding that can help businesses grow. Bob Reiling, executive director of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, wrapped up the guest speaker segment of the program.

Photography by Deborah Rose

Housatonic River Brewing serves as venue for December Business Scene

Colorful lights strung up around the interior of Housatonic River Brewing contributed to the festive spirit of Tuesday’s Chamber Business Scene. A crowd of nearly 60 business professionals gathered Dec. 12 to network – and celebrate the holiday season. 

In recognition of the season of giving, Webster Bank, which co-sponsored this month’s event with HRB and the Housatonic Business Alliance, collected new toys and monetary donations to be donated to Social Services, and HBA provided live seasonal music with Bluesy Land.

In addition to general networking, attendees were treated to fine hors d’oeuvres and had a chance to win door prizes and a cash prize. Each sponsor addressed guests, sharing a little bit about their business/organization. 

The Chamber Business Scene is a monthly informal networking opportunity open to the public and sponsored by Chamber members. To learn more about Business Scenes, or to sponsor an upcoming one, contact the Chamber at 860-354-6080 or email

Photography by Deborah Rose