Mickey's Mail - 2/21/18 - Government 101 Redux

Government 101!
This past Friday, we elected to try something new at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC). One of our four pillars is government relations and political advocacy, so we decided to hold a morning-long seminar we entitled “Government 101, and it was all about how a bill becomes a law in our state government.  
Event attendees characterized our seminar as “one of the best things the BRBC has ever done”. Hyperbole? Maybe, but I must tell you that I have been following state government the entire 4+ decades I have been in Connecticut and have testified many times up in Hartford and this seminar was an eye-opener for me. So much so that I am going to somewhat randomly list below some of the things I learned from the event. And we are already talking about holding this event again, perhaps before the long session of the legislature next year.  

 Mickey's Mail - 2/14/18 - Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council!       
Two upcoming BRBC events you won’t want to miss!
Government 101!
Last week our state legislature convened for its every-other-year “short session” which is scheduled to last this year until early May. For to many of us who tend to be immersed in the challenge of running our own businesses, it remains something of a mystery how our part-time legislature conducts its law-making business. And yet, there is much at stake as new laws can have a major impact on our business.

 Mickey's Mail - 2/7/18 - Jumping into the Ocean

For the first time in five years, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Board of Directors and its staff engaged last week in a day-and-a-half strategic planning session.
Our primary goal with this exercise is to determine how our organization and our affiliates can add value to your business, both now and for the foreseeable future.
We were fortunate to have the Simon Associates team of Andi and Andy Simon as our facilitators, and what I am describing as the most impressive group of greater Bridgeport business leaders perhaps ever assembled “off-site” (in Madison, CT) to discuss in depth how to achieve our goal. There were nearly 50 of us, including representatives from all seven of our affiliate organizations. The weather was beautiful, and no one was shy about offering up plenty of new ideas.

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