The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1901 as the Manchester Businessmen’s Association is one of the oldest continuously operating Chambers in Connecticut. For over 120 years, the Chamber has worked to connect, promote, and lobby for local businesses. The Chamber currently has just under 500 members across thirty towns and is continuing to grow.
The Chamber hosts grand openings for new businesses, promotes member events through its weekly newsletter, lobbies for local business interests at the municipal and state levels, and hosts regular networking events. They also offer guidance to entrepreneurs who are looking to start businesses and provide referral services. The Chamber is a great first stop for anyone who owns a business in Manchester!
As a launching pad and home base for a variety of start-ups, consultants, artists, non-profits, and entrepreneurs, WORK_SPACE is a hospitable, flexible, and affordable Meeting Center & Coworking Space. Our positive and productive environment helps our members grow their businesses and build rewarding and reciprocal relationships. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, desire for strategic partnerships, and determination to succeed, WORK_SPACE is a great place for you to meet, learn, create, and work.
WORK_SPACE is unique not only as the premier collaborative coworking community east of the Connecticut River, it is a municipally owned space designed to be part of the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Manchester. We offer professional development resources and personal support to help entrepreneurs clarify and implement their vision in a way that enhances their economic, social, and cultural capital.
Those looking for assistance with financing options, workforce training support, and business expansion incentives should contact DECD. DECD is the state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies, and programs that support business growth and innovation.
The department offers a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper in Connecticut. To speak with DECD staff about how the state can help your business excel, call Denise Jones at 860-270-8007 or email [email protected].
The Downtown Economic Development Specialist is a Town staff member dedicated to recruiting and supporting downtown businesses.
As a Downtown Constituent, business owners are encouraged to reach out to the Downtown Specialist with any questions regarding regulations, permits, grants, loans, and state programs.
Use the contact form below to reach out to the Downtown Specialist.