About Us

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The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce has been influential for over two centuries in shaping public policy and fostering business growth. No matter how large or small your business, membership in The Chamber gives you an advantage.

Founded in 1794, The Chamber’s original goal was to represent the concerns of 26 New Haven businessmen who united to persuade the federal government to keep the city’s maritime shipping out of the hands of French and British privateers.  Their success was the first chapter in an over 200 year tradition of representing the needs of the New Haven business community.

Today, our mission is to provide leadership in marshalling the physical, economic, and human resources of the south central Connecticut region – comprising the municipalities of Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven, and Woodbridge – for its effective development as a favorable place to operate a business, a desirable place to work, and an attractive place to live.

 The Chamber focuses on five areas of public policy

• Staying on top of changes in a rapidly shifting economy

• Securing transportation infrastructure to make it easier to get people and goods in and out of the region 

• Nurturing key industry sectors such as manufacturing, health care, and arts & tourism 

• Ensuring that downtown New Haven— the core of the region—is thriving and neighborhoods are attractive and safe

• Keeping the region competitive with other parts of the country.

We’ll Help You Grow

Whether it’s advice on securing a strategic plan for your small business, marketing opportunities for a new product, or leads for new customers, The Chamber can help your business succeed. Our team of business development specialists takes care to learn about your business so that we can better address your needs.

The Chamber offers a wide range of tools for business management including visibility for your company name, educational seminars, health insurance, disability coverage, workers’ compensation, sales leads, and information on state and local government.

In addition, The Chamber offers help to those starting or expanding their own business, through its Small Business Assistance Center.  Referrals are available for many aspects of the business process such as mentoring, credit counseling, professional services, and access to financing, business plan and marketing development.

To learn more about the Chamber, we invite you to attend our Discover the Chamber lunchtime event, held the third Friday of each month at the Chamber.  Geared to new and prospective Chamber members, this event features an in-depth look at the Chamber’s offerings and a pizza lunch.

Board of Directors

Chamber Officers 2014-15
Len Matteo, Jr., Chairman
Larry Bingaman, Vice Chair
Anthony P. Rescigno, President
Hugh Manke, Immediate Past Chairman
Richard DeMayo, Treasurer
Jennifer DelMonico, Secretary/General Counsel
Bruce McDermott, Secretary/General Counsel

Board of Directors
Steven Angeletti, TD Bank
Scott Bassett, McGladrey
Kelly Wade Bettucchi, AT&T
Thomas Beirne III, Halsey Associates, Inc.
Larry Bingaman, Regional Water Authority 
Elena Cahill, Globele Energy
David Cantor, First Niagara Financial Group
Leo Connors, Jr., Merrill Lynch
Robert Cox, Halloran & Sage LLP
Paul D'Andrea, Watch Hill Partnership
Louis D'Antonio, Gateway Community College
Elizabeth Davis, University of New Haven
Bob Dickson, Dale Carnegie Training Franchise
Kevin Dougherty, People's United Bank
Ellen Durnin, School of Business, SCSU
Robert Hammersley, Diversified Technology Consultants
A. Raymond Jarvis, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Elliot Kaiman, Wiggin and Dana
Andrea Kovacs, Albertus Magnus College
Kevin La Chapelle, Weinstein & Anastasio
Heather LaTorra, Marrakech, Inc.
Andrew Lubin, Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.
Carmen Macca, Simione, Macca & Larrow, LLP
John Maziarz, Southern CT Gas Company
Vince McDermott, Milone & MacBroom
Lawrence Moon, Jr., C. Cowles & Company
Brian Mulligan, Comcast Business Services
Gary Mullin, FTG Financial, LLC
William Nims, The Harty Press
Matthew O'Connor, Quinnipiac University
Chris-Philip Onofrio, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Sachin Parikh, SNP Technologies, Inc.
Vincent Petrini, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Paul Portnoy, The Milford Bank
Helene Robbins, Wells Fargo
Dawn Robinson, Barnum Financial Group
Sal Romano, Farmington Bank
Tony Rossley, Quinnipiac Bank & Trust
Michael Schaffer, C.A. White, Inc.
Thomas Scuito, ConnectiCare
Lucy Sirico, Saint Raphael Foundation, Inc.
Steven Solecki, Bank of America
Kevin Spagone, Reitman Personal Services
Rick Taft, Business Transfer Alliance, Inc.
Stephen Villecco, Rockville Bank
Allison Walker, The Lighting Quotient
Thomas Walsh, BlumShaprio P.C.
Marna Wilber, ASSA ABLOY of North America, Inc.
Cornell Wright, The Parker-Wright Group
Lauren Zucker, Yale University

Executive Committee 2014-15
Larry Bingaman
Louis D'Antonio
Jennifer DelMonico
Richard DeMayo
Ellen Durnin
Andrew Lubin
Hugh Make
Len Matteo, Jr.
Bruce McDermott
Lawrence Moon, Jr.
Vincent Petrini
Michael Schaffer
Steven Solecki
Rick Taft
Cornell Wright

Ex-Officio Directors
Mary Lou Aleskie, International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Cynthia Clair, Arts Council of Greater New Haven
Jerry Clupper, NeW Haven Manufacturers Association
Win Davis, Town Green Special Services District
William Ginsberg, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
The Honorable Toni N. Harp, Mayor, City of New Haven
Ric Jennings, Greater New Haven Business & Professional Association
Roger F. Joyce, Regional Leadership Council
Ginny Kozlowski, REX Development/Economic Development Corporate of New Haven
William Neale, New Haven Manufacturers Association
James Travers, United Way of Greater New Haven
William Villano, Workforce Alliance
Anne Worcester, Market New Haven, Inc.