Local Business Events

For those just starting to become familiar with the business world, local workshops and networking events can be extremely helpful. Here, we take a look at some of the upcoming and past workshops and networking opportunities in both New York and Connecticut.

First for those in Connecticut, next Wednesday between 4 and 5pm, there will be a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT offices in Turnpike.  The subject covered will be: Chamber 101: Membership Benefits and Orientation.   At the same location, on February 10th the first session of the series of 4 weekly workshops entitled Speechcraft: Improve Your Communication will be presented by the Niantic Toastmasters Club.  The club was established as a non-profit educational institute in 1924 to offer public speaking and leadership skills through its international network of clubs.

Over in New York, a whole slew of workshops – that will take place over the coming year.  Thanks to Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller in NYC, the W/WBE University has been launched which will offer workshops to facilitate the establishment of increased accessibility to women- and minority-owned business enterprises. (W/MBEs). The 2019 Comptroller Making the Grade report showed that out of the $20.5 billion that was awarded by New York City in contracts throughout the 2019 fiscal year, a mere $1.007 billion of that (4.9%) was awarded to M/WBEs.  Stringer said:

“New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and that should be reflected in the way our government spends city dollars. Everyone deserves a fair and equitable chance to earn city business and build real wealth. The third installation of Comptroller’s M/WBE University will continue to expand opportunities for business owners to gain access to city contracts and close the gap in city spending.”