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January Message from the President

Good morning,

Happy New Year! 2024 promises to be a remarkable year for the Springfield Regional Chamber, brimming with exciting events designed to foster connections, celebrate our community, and contribute to the growth of our local businesses.

To start, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who attended yesterday’s Rise and Shine Breakfast, where we celebrated the invaluable contributions of our local social service non-profits. It was inspiring to hear about the impactful work these organizations do, underscoring their vital role in shaping our local economy. A big thank you to one of our generous Platinum Sponsors, American International College (AIC). Learn more about AIC and how they ensure their students feel valued and supported here.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for our upcoming Government Reception on Jan. 25. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for business and community leaders to engage with local, state, and federal officials, fostering meaningful connections that contribute to the prosperity of our region. I’m elated to announce that we have had excellent response from our legislative delegation and mayors.

Following this, we have another Rise and Shine Breakfast scheduled for Feb. 15, focusing on aging in Hampden County. Together, we will hear from Chamber members who provide services to seniors and learn about the resources available to seniors locally. This event is an excellent opportunity to explore essential resources, options, and benefits available in our region for those navigating their own aging journey or caring for aging loved ones.

We have several more events to look forward to as the months unfold, including our highly anticipated Outlook 2024! More details will be shared soon, so stay tuned for the latest updates!

For those looking to enhance their leadership skills and grow their professional network, consider applying to our Springfield Leadership Institute. In partnership with Western New England University, this program focuses on developing core management and leadership skills to increase personal and organizational effectiveness. Applications must be received by Feb. 1, offering you an invaluable opportunity to take your leadership to the next level.

Thank you again for your continued support, and I wish you all a healthy, prosperous, and enriching 2024. The future of the Chamber is bright, and I look forward to the journey ahead.


Diana Szynal

President, Springfield Regional Chamber