What We Do

The New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, with offices at 91 Elm Street, has more than 400 members and is stronger than ever! The objective of the Chamber is to provide New Canaan residents and business owners with up-to-date knowledge of everything New Canaan has to offer. The Chamber also advocates for the business community by connecting the community with commerce.

Through town-wide events such as the Village Fair and Sidewalk Sales, the Holiday Stroll and Holiday LightsHalloween Parade the Chamberand has taken the lead on the iBlast effort which is our own shop local program, we strive to reinforce this commitment to the New Canaan community and local commerce. Networking meetings are held once a month.

Tucker Murphy, Executive Director

As part of the first of many initiatives to revitalize the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) and establish New Canaan as a eminent destination for dining, shopping and entertainment, as of April 17, 2009 the Board of Directors announced Tucker Murphy as the Chamber’s new Executive Director.

A resident of New Canaan for 26 years Tucker is very well known in New Canaan for her years of community service including her current position as an elected official to the Town Council and her previous term on the Town Council and as a member of the NC Board of Education. She also has been the Business Manager for Design Solutions, an upscale home furnishings and accessories store in New Canaan for 16+years.

As well as her term on the Town Council, Tucker is on the Board of the League of Women Voters, a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a member of the National Charity League – Canaan Parish Chapter, a member of the Kiwanis Club and on the Board of the YMCA.  She has been actively involved as a Girl Scout leader, a President of the South School PTC and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.  All of this combined gives her a great foundation from which to lead the Chamber.  Tucker is married to John Murphy and have two children aged 23 and 21.

Laura Budd

Marketing Associate

Laura was hired by the Chamber in January of 2012 to run the iBlast Program, coordinate with the Executive Director on marketing Chamber events as well as keep the office running smoothly. Laura comes to the Chamber with an extensive media and marketing background; working for a variety of consumer advertising and media Agencies as well as in a sales and marketing for a Business to Business company.

A resident of New Canaan for 11 years, Laura has served the community in many ways; East School PTC Co-President, a Board Member of ABC of New Canaan as well as The New Canaan Youth Football Association. Laura has volunteered her time for Young Women’s League, New Canaan Youth Lacrosse and within the Public Schools. Laura is Married to Scott Budd and has three children aged 19, 16 and 14.

History of the Chamber of Commerce

The concept of a chamber of commerce began under Henry IV of France following the Edict of Nantes in 1598. The Edict ended years of religious strife and wars which emptied the royal treasuries. Many chambers were created, much like the Guilds of other European countries, in an effort to replenish finances and increase general prosperity. This also fostered better working relationships between Catholics and Protestants.

From there the concept has spread and the current directory for Chambers of Commerce lists more than 10,000 chambers in the United States, more than 600 Canadian Chambers of Commerce, and 102 American Chambers of Commerce abroad. This list would also include Economic Development Organizations, Tourist Information Bureaus, and foreign chambers abroad and in this country.

Though the name is common, the goals, missions and distinct personality of each group is different. Many chambers serve as economic development agencies for their areas, typically less populated and affluent than New Canaan. You might find several counties or an entire state, for instance, under the umbrella of one organization. Many serve as simply tourist information centers and most of these receive state and federal financing.

The New Canaan Chamber of Commerce has a character and uniqueness all its own. New Canaan itself looks more towards New England than New York for its identity. The character is very often determined by the townspeople, their needs and requirements, and the business district.

The New Canaan Chamber was incorporated in 1952. The annual budget at that time was about $5,000, supported by a handful of members. The Mission Statement has for many years been “Connecting the Community with Commerce”. We have a membership typically between 350 and 400, which includes accountants, attorneys, banks and insurance companies, realtors, retailers, non-profit organizations, service clubs and individual residents. Our operating budget is around $150,000 per year.

In 2012 the Chamber became the proud owner of the IBlast program which stands for “I Buy Local and Shop in Town”. With over 900 cards in circulation, the IBlast card rewards shoppers with discounts and special offers just for card holders.

In addition to networking events, such as Business After Hours, the Chamber sponsors the following community-wide events during the year: Annual Village Fair and Sidewalk Sale in July, Taste of the Town Stroll in August, Annual Golf Outing in September, Annual Halloween Parade in October and the Holiday Lighting of the Business District as well as the Holiday Stroll just to name a few.

Effective July 2009, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce officially merged with the New Canaan Village Association and the NCVA’s history, records and plans were added to those of the NCCC. Three additional board members from the NCVA were added to the two current NCVA board members who already serve on the NCCC board.