Fairfield continues to be a wonderful community on many, many levels, with new business owners selectively looking to open their businesses here in town. Just recently, one of our new chamber members, Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, did exactly that. ... They meticulously researched various towns in Connecticut, and picked Fairfield to open its doors. Ribbon-cuttings and business anniversary celebrations have been ongoing and abundant throughout this year.

From January through March, the chamber ran its 2017 Street Banner Program. This is an important message reminder for residents, car drivers and passers-by to remember that even though the holidays are over, to please continue to support our local businesses, as they are the backbone of our community.

During April, the chamber will host its New Member Reception on April 26. Under the chamber’s new leadership about 3 1/2 years ago, the chamber has more than tripled its new membership. The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has made significant changes to become more relevant to the business community. We are working very hard to provide new initiatives, programs, education, networking opportunities and legislative updates for our membership. Our slogan is “Building Relationships, Building Business.” We view the chamber as the essential gateway to achieve that objective.

On April 27, Fairfield will host its Spring Shop & Stroll. Stores will keep their doors open later in the evening, to showcase their new spring clothing lines, accessory items, products and services, while offering complimentary refreshments and special discounts to shoppers. In addition, restaurants will offer specialty menus for those who want to end the evening with some delicious and scrumptious food at our local restaurants.

On April 30, the town will celebrate its ever-popular 20th annual Earth Day, boasting a ranking of “among the best in the nation,” reinforcing the importance of becoming more environmentally conscious for homeowners and businesses. This year, it will take place at FTC and on Sherman Green, attracting and bringing hundreds of people to Fairfield from surrounding towns and states.

Going forward, with columns from the chamber and the town, readers can look forward to reading about:

New chamber member programs and business initiatives.

New tourism initiatives.

Strategic Economic Growth Plan.

Ribbon-cuttings, business anniversary celebrations, plus more.

In all that we do every day, and in partnership with the town, the chamber wants to help our membership and local business community sustain and grow. This very action helps provide a strong foundation for a vibrant community where people want to visit and live.

We recognize that people have many choices where to shop, dine and access services. As such, the chamber continues to promote “Support Local Business” to help keep spending in Fairfield.

For information about the chamber, contact the office at 203-255-1011 or FairfieldCTChamber.com

Beverly A. Balaz is president of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.