Chamber Hosts Rilling for Mayor Fundraiser

Chamber Hosts Rilling for Mayor Fundraiser

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, we showed our support for then candidate and now Mayor Harry Rilling, by partnering with his campaign committee on a lunch fundraiser and meet n’ greet with Chamber members, friends, and family. Thank you to Chamber member Capri’s Cuisine for catering, Board President Mariella Castagnet for hosting, and Hector Pachas for photography.

Why Rilling for Mayor?

Under Rilling’s three terms of leadership, Norwalk has moved into the future with a particularly robust Downtown economy, including the art, restaurant, and retail sectors; and Urban Core neighborhoods in the midst of transformative redevelopment initiatives. He has helped us welcome several new Latino and Hispanic-owned businesses, cutting the ribbon for Chamber members Rene Soto Gallery, Avenida Venezuelan Food, and La Calle Arepas Bar. Rilling has also received the endorsement of other business and labor groups including: Connecticut AFL-CIO Western Connecticut Area Labor Federation, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Norwalk Police Union, and Norwalk Firefighters Union.

Vargas Strategic Management presents The Power Academy

Vargas Strategic Management presents The Power Academy

Thank you Robert Vargas and Zayed Rodriguez of Vargas Strategic Management for presenting The Power Academy to our members. Topics included business structure, financial planning, operations, and marketing, framed for a general audience. Each workshop was fun, not intimidating at all, while remaining highly beneficial to experienced learners. Their objective is to get audience members into a success mindset, visualizing success as concrete goals that can be realistically achieved with a strategic plan.

Find out how to bring The Power Academy to your organization HERE. 

VSM also offers a personalized coaching program for individuals and leadership teams.

How it Works

  1. Fill out a quick questionnaire
  2. Book a free consultation
  3. Attend the consultation and receive a free personalized strategic plan
  4. Sign on to the program

That’s right – you can receive a personalized strategic plan from a top business consulting firm, under no obligation to sign onto their program. We highly recommend that you do, but either way, don’t miss this high value promotion!

Take the questionnaire. 

Curso de Real Estate en Español!

Curso de Real Estate en Español!

Curso de Principios y Prácticas para Vendedores de Bienes Raíces (Real Estate) en Español

La Universidad de Bienes Raíces en Norwalk ha ayudado a miles de personas a obtener su licencia. Hoy en día es la escuela más recomendada de todo el estado de Connecticut y la única que ofrece clases en Español.

El curso obligatorio para la licencia de vendedor asociado tiene una duración de 60 horas. El programa del curso desarrolla la ley de bienes raíces de Connecticut, los principios y prácticas en la profesión de bienes raíces y la matemática aplicadas a los bienes raíces.

La culminación exitosa de este curso le permite al candidato calificar para tomar el examen del estado de Connecticut y sería en Inglés pero este curso te ayudará a entender su terminología!

Para más información, comuníquese con Mariella Castagnet al 203-919-1154 en español o visite nuestra página web AQUÍ

Haga CLICK AQUÍ para descargar el folleto de promoción.

CLASES SOLO EN NORWALK: 101 Merritt 7, Suite 300 – La matrícula es $455 + libros (2) $60

Las clases son Lunes y Miercoles de 6pm -10pm en la oficina de Norwalk localizada en 101 Merritt 7, Suite 300 Los estudiantes deben completar las clases y la prueba dentro de un año para tomar el examen estatal.

Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

July’s Breakfast Before Business was the most delicious to date! Our host was Avenida Venezuelan Food, a fast casual restaurant serving traditional Venezuelan food for breakfast and lunch. It also happened to fall on the day, one year ago, when the restaurant first opened its doors. We were honored to be included in the celebration.

About Breakfast Before Business

Breakfast Before Business is all about breaking out of your regular routine. Rather than starting your day alone at a computer, you could start it mixing and mingling with GNHCC members and friends. We guarantee that you’ll leave with a boost of inspiration and energy to put toward achieving your dreams!

This is not a members-only event and there is not cost to attend. We welcome all business owners and professionals serving the Greater Norwalk area.

Breakfast Before Business will return in the fall. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!


La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

Happy Birthday, La Calle Arepas Bar! Thank you for throwing a delicious, lively, and inspiring celebration!

One year ago, Javier Eastman acted on his dream, opening a cool and casual restaurant that serves the everyday food of his hometown, El Vigia, Venezuela. He wears his love for Venezuela on his sleeve, and translates it to the plate. La Calle uses only the most authentic ingredients: masarepa flour, plantains, and Venezuelan sodas, to name a few; and all dessert recipes come from Javier’s mother. The restaurant values family and treats customers like family.

We are so proud to have Javier as a GNHCC member, representing La Calle and his two other businesses, Avenida Venezuelan Food and Causality Tattoo Company.

“Business After Hours” June

“Business After Hours” June

In June, the theme of our Business After Hours was LGBTQ Pride. The GNHCC is a community of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly business owners and professionals. We were joined by special guest Stephanie Ramos, who shared about her business, Ramos Law, PC, an immigration law practice providing high quality, client- centered, immigration legal services globally. Stephanie focuses her practice on providing services tailored to the LGBT community. She is well versed in the particular challenges and opportunities of LGBT families navigating the immigration process.

Learn more about Ramos Law here.

If you didn’t make it this time, please join us for the next event on Thursday, July 18th, from 6-8pm.


About Business After Hours

GNHCC “Business After Hours” is your opportunity to meet Hispanic business owners and entrepreneurs, and others interested in reaching Hispanic and multicultural audiences, while unwinding after a long workday. By exchanging ideas and experiences, we can support each other in facing the challenges that are inherently part of paving our own way in business.

“Business After Hours” takes place at Saltwater Restaurant on the Third Thursday of every month. This is not a “members-only” event and there is no cost to attend. Complementary appetizers are served on a first come first serve basis, and then attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.

PS: If happy hour isn’t your thing, join us for  “Business Before Breakfast,” the networking event for early birds on Tuesday, July 2nd, from 7:30-9am.



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