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April 25, 2017- (Mystic, CT)  - Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will hold a  “Business After Hours” at Joshua’s Limousine, on May 3, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Located at 172 Stoddard’s Wharf Road in Ledyard, Joshua’s will be hosting a “fun in the sun” themed evening, and encourages guests to attend in “Caribbean” attire. Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, and Norwich Chamber of Commerce will also be in attendance. The event is $10 for GMCC Members, $20 for public and guests. Admission includes food, drink and business card give-aways. Guests are asked to park at United Way SECT or St. David's Episcopal Church, as parking will not be available at Joshua’s garage. Shuttles will be running to and from the church parking lot.

April 26, 2017- (Mystic, CT)The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly networking event “Business Before Hours” on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 8:00 am to 9:00 am at the Mystic branch of Washington Trust, located in McQuade’s Market at 14 Clara Drive in Mystic. Washington Trust and McQuade’s are joint hosts. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments, announcements, and give-aways included. Businesses are encouraged to bring business cards, flyers and prizes for promotion. For more information visit or call Kristin Hartnett, Membership Manager at 860-572-9578                                                                       



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Mystic Chamber to teach job skills to area teens 

Mystic, CT -- Mystic area students looking to snag a summer job or who are thinking to their future careers will be participating in a Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce pilot program in youth business skills training next week.

Promote Yourself to Success is being launched at Stonington High School and Ella Grasso Tech during three different sessions beginning April 18. Area experts in curriculum building and human resources, including Moira Deasy, executive director of Trainworldwide, Kateri Wheeler, director of human resources for Mystic Aquarium and Susan Evarts, catering sales manager for Foxwoods Resort Casino, have developed the program.  Mystic area business owners and employers will teach each of the three-hour long sessions.

The course objectives are to promote understanding of what employers look for in new hires; to coach how to present a professional image and how to stand out among peers; and to teach customer service skills.

Each workshop will end with a panel discussion among area business people who expect to hire summer workers.  They will be asked to share their individual perspectives and to answer questions the students may have.

At the close, the students will receive a certificate of completion and a list of Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce members as job leads.  In turn, the Chamber will provide interested members with information about the program and will urge businesses to take a second look at the participants who seek employment with them.  

Many local business owners have expressed the desire for job candidates who are better prepared for jobs dealing with the public. This program will cut down the need for extra job training before the candidate seeks the job.

“Our mission is to advocate for our members, but also to advocate for the success of the greater Mystic community.  This program does both, and we would love to see it grow in the future to include more students in more schools,” said Peggy Roberts, president of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.  “This could be the most meaningful work we do.”

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March 8, 2017 (Mystic, CT) --- The oldest of its kind in the Northeast, the 60th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, hosted by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for its upcoming festival. The two day event will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic, CT.

Applications for interested artists are available online at or by visiting the link on the Mystic Chamber’s website. Applications must be received by April 15, 2017. Accepted fine art media categories include: Acrylics, Graphics, Illustration, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Photography, Sculpture and Watercolors. Accepted fine craft media categories include: Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal and Wood. All entrants must submit to jury.

The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival has evolved in many ways from its humble beginnings over fifty years ago and now stretches over two miles and attracts over 85,000 visitors to the region. It has grown to over 250 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art.

For more information, please contact Lauren Giliberto at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-5098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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GMCC Announces Open Artwork Search for 2017 
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Promotional Merchandise 

Mystic, CT - The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce announces that the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Committee is in search of artwork for the 60th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival’s promotional merchandise to be sold during the event scheduled for August 12-13, 2017.

Each year, the GMCC seeks out talented graphic artists from around the region to submit their artwork to be used for all promotional merchandise associated with the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.  Artwork submissions must capture the essence of summertime in Mystic, and follow the guidelines presented on the GMCC website.

All artwork submitted to the MOAF Committee becomes the property of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.  Artists should submit their designs to Stephanie Healy, Marketing Manager for the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce by March 1, 2017. The chosen design may also be utilized for other promotional material related to the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Art Festival.  

The art festival committee will review all entries, and make its final decision by April 30, 2017.  For more information about art submission, please call Stephanie Healy, Marketing Manager, ext. 305, Lauren Giliberto, Events Manager, ext. 302, or visit for submission guidelines.

About the mission of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce: Our mission is to
 advocate for business and tourism, promote business alliances, provide valuable benefits and services to our members, and to serve as a strong community partner in the economic development efforts in the the Greater Mystic area.

PR Links for 2016 Annual Breakfast 

Westerly Sun Article Published Dec. 8, 2016, and updated Dec. 12, 2016

The Day Article Published Dec. 8, 2016