Many business owners know it’s a good idea to fire off an email or make a phone call to your state legislators.

And while you’ll likely get a quick response that way, it doesn’t hurt, either, to have a personal relationship with those lawmakers—to know them, shake their hands, and look them in the eyes while expressing concerns about the state’s economy and other issues that affect your business.

CBIA, the largest voice for businesses in Connecticut, is giving business leaders the opportunity to establish relationships with lawmakers through a series of legislative breakfasts coordinated with local chambers of commerce.

Over the next few weeks, state representatives and senators from several districts will be meeting with their business constituents in these informal settings. The events are free.

“These gatherings are a great opportunity for lawmakers to hear directly from their constituents while sharing their goals for the legislative session,” said CBIA Public Outreach Specialist Nicole Cline.

“It always helps to know your state lawmakers and even develop a personal relationship with them. CBIA will facilitate these relationships through our legislative breakfasts.”

These events are scheduled:

January 26, East Windsor Chamber of Commerce featuring Rep. Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) and Rep. Carol Hall (R-Enfield).

  • Time: 7:45-9:30 am
  • Location: Baymont Inn, 260 Main Street, East Windsor
  • The registration deadline is Jan. 24. Contact CBIA's Toni Holmes (860.244.1980).

January 27, Simsbury Chamber of Commerce featuring Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) and Rep. John Hampton (D-Simsbury).

  • Time: 7:45-9:30 am
  • Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 124 Old Farms Road, Simsbury
  • The registration deadline is Jan. 25. Contact CBIA's Toni Holmes (860.244.1980).

February 3, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce featuring Sen. Steve Cassano (D-Manchester), Rep. Jeff Currey (D-East Hartford), Rep. Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford), and Rep. Mark Tweedie (R-Manchester).

  • Time: 7:30-9:30 am
  • Location: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 20 Hartford Road, Manchester
  • The registration deadline is Jan. 31. Contact the chamber's Melanie Hanley (860.646.2223).

February 7, Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce and Wilton Chamber of Commerce featuring Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), Sen. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-Easton), Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport), and Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan).

  • Time: 9:30-11:30 am
  • Location: Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport
  • The registration deadline is Feb. 3. Contact CBIA's Toni Holmes (860.244.1980).

February 10, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Norwich Chamber of Commerce. In this “Speed Legislative Networking” event, you’ll meet individually with lawmakers to discuss matters important to you and your business. Featuring state Sen. Cathy Osten (D-Baltic), Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-North Windham), and Rep. Kevin Ryan (D-Oakdale).

  • Time: 7:45-9:30 am
  • Location: Foundry 66, 66 Franklin Street, Norwich
  • To register, contact CBIA's Toni Holmes (860.244.1980)

If you’d like your chamber to schedule a legislative breakfast in your area, please contact CBIA's Nicole Cline (860.244.1929).