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Darien Chamber of Commerce Seeks New Members

Members of the Darien Chamber of Commerce at its recent Holiday party. The chamber is seeking to add new member during the month of May.
Members of the Darien Chamber of Commerce at its recent Holiday party. The chamber is seeking to add new member during the month of May. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, File

DARIEN, Conn. – The Darien Chamber of Commerce, which already has about 300 members, is launching a membership drive next month to further grow its ranks.

According to President Carol Wilder-Tamme, the chamber is hoping to attract about 20 new members in May, and the group is offering enticements for new members and for current members who make referrals.

Local businesses Helen Ainson, Williams & Company, Darien Rowayton Bank, Christine Hamilton Hall, MD, DMD, Darien Doughnut, Office Suites of Darien and the chamber are all donating small gifts that new members can choose from when they join.

Over the years, the chamber has become a hub for networking and commerce for Darien, whether through its “Going for Green” environmental campaign, its sponsorship of the popular Sidewalk Sales in July or as a showcase for what’s new in town. And Wilder-Tamme is confident that the tradition will continue.

"We try to not only take a leadership role for the business community, but we also strive to help improve the quality of life in Darien," she said.

The town has more than 800 businesses listed on the Grand List, said Wilder-Tamme, which includes growing numbers of financial services and retail companies.

“We get people from all over the world who view our website, ,” she said, referring to people who are looking to relocate to Darien for a job in Fairfield County or New York. “Our businesses get links on the site, which is great exposure, and I get asked questions about the town all the time.”

Darien’s strong school system, affluence and proximity to New York City make it an increasingly popular destination for businesses, which Wilder-Tamme said is helping to erase the commercial real estate vacancy rate.

“There are virtually no empty storefronts in our retail zones,” said Wilder-Tamme, referring to the Noroton Heights, Downtown/Post Road and Goodwives Shopping Center.

Annual membership dues to join the chamber start at $250 for a one-person business, and can reach $900 for businesses with 100 employees.

For more information, visit the chamber’s website .

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