MERIDEN — With the flags of a multitude of nations hanging across its ceiling and walls, the Record-Journal's office space on South Broad Street took on an international theme Thursday night during its third annual Four Chamber Social event.
Leaders of the MidState, Quinnipiac, Southington and Cheshire chambers of commerce attended, along with scores of local business owners and members of those chambers, in an event that was sponsored by the Meriden-based firm Bongiovanni Insurance & Financial. Central CT Transportation & Movers and Image260, a Wallingford-based graphics design and sign making firm.
In all, some 200 business owners and leaders attended the free event, which was open to all local business owners.
Liz White Notarangelo, executive vice president and assistant publisher of the Record-Journal, said the Four Chamber event began two years ago with the newspaper's 150th anniversary celebration.
“We're thrilled to have such an amazing turnout,” White said. “We’re excited to have all the different chambers partnering with us. We're proud members of all four of these chambers. And we encourage all of you to get involved.”
Barbara Coleman-Hekeler, who recently rejoined the Southington Chamber of Commerce as its executive director, said the event is “a testimony to what happens when businesses collaborate with one another.”
“That's the most effective thing we can do here in the state of Connecticut. Although we are individual chambers and our goal always seems to be primarily on our respective members, our strength in keeping business in this state is when we collaborate and work together and we share insight and ideas on how to do that,” Coleman-Hekeler said.
In addition to offering attendees an opportunity to network, the event also included appetizers and prize giveaways, including three Marketing Makeovers by RJ Media Group valued at $3,000.
Richard J. Pendred, a senior executive at A&A Office Systems in Middletown, and a long-time member of the MidState Chamber of Commerce, also described the event as a great opportunity to meet potential clients.
“We do quite a bit of business as a result of the connections we make here,” Pendred said.
Tim Keogh, a co-owner of Image360, described the event as a “great venue to meet new clients.”
While business leaders connected, decorations showing familiar, yet global images, including the Eiffel Tower and Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa, adorned the Record-Journal office space.
Cheryl Rosadino, a real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway in Cheshire, was among those who enjoyed the opportunity to interact face to face with other leaders in her industry.
“I'm enjoying just making more connections,” Rosadino said.