Chamber group keeps members involved and educated

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 15, 2011
Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Bob Dibella, Ron Locandro, Jr., and Pamela Crouch gather with chamber members at Angelo's on April 12. Photo by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Bob Dibella, Ron Locandro, Jr., and Pamela Crouch gather with chamber members at Angelo's on April 12. Photo by Steve Smith.

In order to make new members feel more welcome, as well as to retain current members, the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce’s ambassadors have begun holding “Ambassador Happy Hours” events at local member restaurants.

“It’s really about just getting people to come in and meet the ambassadors,” said Pamela Crouch, one of the ambassadors, at the third such monthly event, at Angelo’s Restaurant on April 13.

“What we do is try to promote the restaurant venues, who usually do drink or food specials,” Crouch said.

Members can also ask about the chamber's programs - something Crouch said not all are aware of all the membership advantages to which they are entitled.

When business people become members, they may not have heard about all the things the chamber has to offer, so they may not be using it to their best interest, Crouch said, and they may need a reminder.

Crouch said some programs, like the chamber's Leads Exchange Group (where members get to talk about their businesses to other members) are increasing in popularity, but still underutilized.

So far, the “Ambassadors Happy Hours” seem to be working.

“Everybody seems to be liking it,” Crouch said. “We’re getting better and better at promoting it. We're working really hard to get people more involved.”

Prospective members are also invited to the events, so that they can ask questions of the ambassadors.

For more information, visit www.glastonburychamber.com.


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