One of our objectives at the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, is to provide educational programs to the business community offering current and up-to-date information covering a wide variety of topics, delivered through meetings, panel discussions and lectures.

On May18, in partnership with the Town of Fairfield, the Chamber hosted a breakfast morning panel discussion: “Emergency Preparedness for the Business Community,” with guest speakers Fire Chief Denis McCarthy and Police Chief Gary MacNamara, at the Pequot Library.

Emergency situations can happen in a split second. Either as a surprise (an unanticipated event) or, advance notice (natural disasters like hurricanes or blizzards). These situations may occur during the work week or weekend, during the day or in the evening when a business is closed. But whenever it occurs, a business needs to know emergency protocol to expedite recovery. And, every business should have a disaster plan.

Both Police Chief Gary MacNamara and Fire Chief Denis McCarthy discussed their respective responsibilities within each of their departments during an emergency situation (large or small) and how together, they work quickly to help the business community restore itself back to “business as usual”.

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 40 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. Failure rates are much higher for those who have not adequately prepared.

Attendees learned important facts and information about: what resources are available, who to contact for help, how to maintain safe conditions, employee notification process, establishing a back-up plan, FEMA and SBA assistance programs, plus so much more.

From hurricanes and natural disasters to robberies, security and crime, from power outages to flooding and fires, both of Fairfield’s stellar Police and Fire Departments have the finest, and highly-trained, dedicated officers and first responders in the state, providing exemplary service to those in need.

Important Reminder: the Town of Fairfield has an Emergency Communications Network called CodeRED. All businesses should register, as well as residents, who aren’t already in the system. To register or for more information, go to: www.fairfieldCT.org/codered.

On June 14, The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual 2017 State Legislative Wrap-Up Panel Discussion at the Pequot Library on Wednesday morning. Panel Guests will include: State Sen. Tony Hwang, State Rep. Laura Devlin, State Rep. Brenda Kupchick and State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey.

Business owners are constantly facing economic challenges. Attendees will hear from our local legislators about how they are addressing those challenges. Fairfield’s state legislators have considered many bills impacting companies and their bottom line. Attendees will find out what bills have passed, and how these measures affect the business community.

Every business wants their employees happy and healthy. So from this perspective, the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Norma Pfriem Breast Center, hosts Evenings of Wellness every month. June is “Men’s Health” month, and as such, on June 14th, the Chamber will host a lecture given by Dr. Jeremy Kaufmann, covering: Prostate, testicular and kidney health, incontinence and more at 6PM.

For more information, please contact the Chamber office: 203-255-1011 or visit: www.FairfieldCTChamber.com.

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