As new businesses open in Fairfield, some decide to celebrate with a ribbon cutting.

From June of 2016 through June of 2017, more than 20 ribbon-cuttings were scheduled, reflecting a big welcome from the town and Chamber to warmly greet the new business owners and their employees.

The ribbon-cutting ceremonies were plentiful throughout the year, congratulating, welcoming and celebrating new business openings in Fairfield.

Fairfield has seen nice business growth, with a diverse variety of business openings, including our much loved restaurants … each one offering unique and different cuisines, providing the community with a rich and wide variety of choices to dine out. For those people wishing to have breakfast, lunch or dinner, (or ice cream, snacks, coffee, etc.), diners will find abundant choices in Fairfield, with the town becoming a Fairfield County restaurant destination.

Fairfield’s new business openings are not just limited to restaurants: Other new business openings over the last 12 months include a wide range of industries, among them medical, prepared foods, financial services, health and beauty, plus an assortment of retail. Commercial development continues on its own growth path as well.

Sometimes, the red ribbon is also used to celebrate business anniversaries. For instance, Collins Medical Equipment celebrated its 85th Anniversary last fall, Massage Envy celebrated 10 years in Fairfield and AFC Urgent Care celebrated its first anniversary on Black Rock Turnpike last year. The Town and Chamber are happy to recognize these milestones, because they often are good indicators of a stable and growing economy in Fairfield.

The Town of Fairfield, through its steady growth, has evolved into a well-rounded business community, offering its residents and visitors a wonderful place to visit, shop, eat, relax and discover fabulous entertainment. What is really wonderful about Fairfield’s business community is its unique interaction with the nonprofit sector … weaving a close knit relationship, and often partnership.

Businesses not only provide services and goods, but many also pride themselves on giving back to the community at large. As such, and each year, the Chamber of Commerce recognizes a business and a nonprofit organization at its June annual awards dinner … acknowledging thoughtful leadership and extraordinary community give-back. On June 28, the Chamber of Commerce honored Bankwell as Company of the Year and Operation Hope as nonprofit organization of the year.

Fairfield is pretty special ... welcome and congratulations to all the new business owners … and thank you for selecting Fairfield to open your doors.

Beverly Balaz is president of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.