What We Do
The New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, with offices at 91 Elm Street, has close to 400 members and is stronger than ever! The objective of the Chamber is to advocate for the local business Community by Connecting the Community with Commerce. The Chamber provides New Canaan residents and business owners with up-to-date knowledge of everything New Canaan has to offer. The Chamber is led by a 15+ person volunteer Board of Directors and managed on a day to day basis by an Executive Director alongside one staff member.
Through town-wide events such as the Village Fair and Sidewalk Sales, the Holiday Stroll and Holiday Lights, Halloween Parade we strive to reinforce a commitment to the New Canaan community and local commerce. Networking meetings are held six times a year.
Tucker Murphy, Executive Director
As part of the first of many initiatives to revitalize the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and establish New Canaan as an eminent destination for dining, shopping and entertainment, as of Board of Directors hired Tucker Murphy as the Chamber’s Executive Director in April of 2009.
A resident of New Canaan for 32 years Tucker is very well known in New Canaan for her years of community service including her current position as the Executive Director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. Tucker has served as an elected official to the Town Council and her previous term and as a member of the NC Board of Education.
As well as her term on the Town Council, Tucker is the current Chairperson of the newly formed “Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee”, a Board member for the League of Women Voters, a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a past member of the National Charity League – Canaan Parish Chapter, Past President of the Kiwanis Club, member of the God’s Acre Carol Sing Committee, Senior Internship Committee Member and served on the Board of the YMCA. She has been actively involved as a Girl Scout leader, a President of the South School PTC, serves as a Justice of the Peace 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 30 and 27.
Laura Budd, Marketing Associate
Laura was hired by the Chamber in January of 2012 to handle the ever expanding Marketing efforts of the Chamber 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. Laura represents New Canaan on the Western Connecticut Tourism Bureau and serves on the group’s Marketing Committee.
A resident of New Canaan for 18 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 was recently appointed to the New Canaan Parking Commission where she will provide the downtown business district perspective to the Commission’s work. Laura is Married to Scott Budd and has three children aged 25, 23 and 21.
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 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 and purpose of the New Canaan Chamber has always been determined by the needs and requirements of the business district as well as local local non-profits and residents..
The Mission Statement has for many years been “Connecting the Community with Commerce”. Membership typically ranges 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 close to $200,000 per year.
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 Chamber’s.
Thanks to Our Photographers
New Canaan is blessed to have two uniquely talented photographers among their residents. Susan Morrow (SwickPix) and Jane Beiles (Jane Beiles Photography) have generously donated the Chamber many of their beautiful New Canaan Photographs for use on our website and other marketing materials.
Susan Morrow of SwickPix
Jane Beiles Photography
Susan Morrow of SwickPix
Jane Beiles Photography
A Guide for Newcomers
Brought to you by the Board of Realtors
New Canaan Answer Book
Brought to you by the New Canaan Advertiser
Chamber Newsletter Signup
Enter your email to stay up-to-date with what’s going on in town. Receive weekly newsletters packed full of all the inside community wide event information.