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

Hugh I. Manke, Chairman
Anthony P. Rescigno, President
Dennis Regan, Immediate Past Chairman
Richard DeMayo, Treasurer
Jennifer DelMonico, Secretary/General Counsel

Board of Directors
Shay Atluru, Diversified Technology Consultants
Kelly Wade Bettuchi, AT&T
Thomas Beirne III, Halsey Associates, Inc.
Larry Bingaman, Regional Water Authority
Kevin Burke, Wells Fargo
Lynn Bushnell, Quinnipiac University
Elena Cahill, Globelé Energy, LLC
David Cantor, First Niagara Financial Group
Carol Cheney, Cheney and Company
Louis D’Antonio, Gateway Community College
William DeRosa, Jr., Diversified Employment Services, Inc.
Bob Dickson, Dale Carnegie Training of Western CT
Victoria Dolceamore, University of New Haven
Kevin Dougherty, People’s United Bank
Ellen D. Durnin, School of Business, SCSU
Thomas Ferreira, McGladrey
James Greco, Sbarro, Inc.
Richard Guralnick, H. Pearce Company Realtors
Eugene Harris, Eugene Harris Wealth Management
John Howlett, Comcast
Ray Jarvis, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Mark Jenusaitis, TD Bank
Andrea Kovacs, Albertus Magnus College
Paul Lavoie, Response LLC
Andrew Lubin, Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.
Carmen Macca, Simione, Macca & Larrow, LLP
John Maziarz, Southern CT Gas Company
Frank McCarthy, Marrakech, Inc.
Bruce McDermott, The United Illuminating Company
Vince McDermott, Milone and MacBroom, Inc.
Dawn Miceli, Hamden Hall Country Day School
Lawrence Moon, Jr., C. Cowles & Co.
Gary Mullin, FTG Financial, LLC
Sachin Parikh, SNP Technologies, Inc.
Vincent Petrini, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Paul M. Portnoy, The Milford Bank
Jeffrey Rossi, J.H. Cohn, LLP
Tony Rossley, Quinnipiac Bank
Shelly Saczynski, UIL Holdings Corporation
Michael Schaffer, Schaffer Hotel Properties
Roger Sciascia, Weinstein & Anastasio, P.C.
Patricia Scranton, Webster Bank
Lucy Sirico, Saint Raphael Foundation, Inc.
Steven Solecki, Bank of America
Jeffrey Solomon, Marcum LLP
Kevin Spagone, Reitman Personnel Services
Rick Taft, Business Transfer Alliance, Inc.
Thomas Walsh, Jr., BlumShapiro, P.C.
Marna Wilber, Sargent/ASSA ABLOY
Cornell Wright, The Parker Wright Group
Lauren Zucker, Yale University