Align your business with fellow members who share similar interests or affiliations while giving back to the Chamber that supports your business.

With many committees to choose from, you’re sure to find a place to fit in and have your expertise appreciated.

If you are interested in joining any of our committees or would like more information, please contact the Hamden Regional Chamber at 203-288-6431 or email us at

All Committees are currently networking virtually VIA Zoom. Zoom link to all meetings are located on the Chambers Weekly Calendar. To Sign Up Click HERE!


Chair: Karla Natale, Quinnipiac University

Ambassadors help new and existing Chamber members make connections that help all of our businesses to thrive.

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Chairman's Council

A quarterly gathering of all HRCC Committee Chairs to exchange information and best practices and plan collaborations between groups and committees.

Chamber Business Networking (CBNs 1-4)

Four unique yet like-minded networking groups that focus on building relationships first and leads second.

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Governmental Affairs

Chair: Joe McDonagh, Independent Insurance Agent

Mission Statement: The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to reviewing, developing, and supporting issues that promote a positive, pro-active, and responsible business environment.

Our purpose is to work with our elected officials to promote a legislative agenda that will positively affect the ability of businesses to compete in the local and state economy and continue to generate income and jobs that will help to improve quality of life in the Town of Hamden.

To achieve the goals of this committee, its chair and its members will strive to maintain regular communication with Hamden’s General Assembly and Town delegations and recommend positions on issues that impact the local business community through personal contact and Chamber functions. Issues important to the committee include but are not limited to taxes, infrastructure, and zoning.

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Education, Training and Development

The Education, Training and Development Council will provide relevant and informative training and educational programs to aid in the personal and professional development of the Chamber’s Members. These programs will provide educational support for business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals equipping them with skills necessary for ensuring their competitive advantage and marketability.


Chair: Karen Halloran, Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce

Recruitment, retention, and member satisfaction is the mission of the Membership committee. A great group to join to maximize your visibility and involvement. They meet the 4th Wednesday of each month, 1 pm at the Chamber office.

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Health & Wellness Council

Chair: Kim Vertrees, Assisted Living Services, Inc.

The HRCC Health & Wellness Committee focus is to participate in and organize activities and provide services for the Senior citizens and their caregivers of our area. Their mission is to provide resources to employers, employees, individuals and the community at large, and to educate professionals within the elder healthcare community.

Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month
at Hamden Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden at 9:00 AM

For more information on participating, contact the Chamber office at 203-288-6431.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is as much a networking group as it is a committee.  Made up of young professionals and entrepreneurs ages 21-39, this all-inclusive group will form the Chamber of tomorrow. Get connected, plan events, and “be the change.”

Emerging Leaders meets monthly at a member restaurant or various locations.

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Women in Business

Co-Chairs: Alicia Watley, Alicia Watley Photography & Heather Burrows

The Women In Business creates a culture of education and support. All are invited to their monthly lunch-and-learns, the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:45 AM. Events are often at Atria-Larson Place at 1450 Whitney Avenue in Hamden and Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden, 35 Hamden Hills Drive, but watch the newsletter for changes in venue. A $10 donation goes to a high school scholarship fund.

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