New group aims to aid Berlin business community



The past year was a big one for business growth in Berlin, as 35 ribbon-cuttings took place in town.

If the new enterprise Business Connections of Berlin lives up to its promise, the scissors will continue clicking in 2023 and beyond.

Business Connections of Berlin aims to help local businesses connect and grow utilizing networking, marketing and educational opportunities.

Realtor Bob Canto conceived of the group after souring on the Chamber of Commerce during the pandemic.

“We felt that the Chamber wasn’t doing what we wanted it to," Canto said. "But I feel like we’re going in different directions.”

Business Connections of Berlin, which is in the process of acquiring 501-3c non-profit status, plans to promote job fairs in schools, connect students with internship opportunities, and support community programs and happenings. Already, the group has sponsored a paper shredding event at the Senior Center, donated to the local food pantry, and helped out Berlin UpBeat.

“Berlin is a small town with a lot to offer, and we want to help put the puzzle pieces together so that the finished product is a town we can all be proud of," said Canto.

While not directly involved with Business Connections of Berlin, Economic Development Director Chris Edge said, “I support their effort to help Berlin businesses.”

Business Connections of Berlin will host a launch party Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Remzi’s Par 4 the Course at Timberlin Golf Club.

For details about the Jan. 18 gathering, or to learn more about Business Connections of Berlin, email businessconnectionsofberlin@gmail.com or follow the group on social media.



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