Deborah Ann named Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce has named Deborah Ann Backes, owner of Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, its 2019 Woman of the Year. Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, draws fans from near and far. The Chamber selected Backes for her dedication to the downtown Ridgefield business community and the towns many residents.  … read more

Chamber incentives: Health insurance, phone discounts proposed to lure members

The Chamber of Commerce is hoping a new incentive package will help stave off its recent membership decline. Kim Bova, who took over as the chamber’s executive director in October, said the package will give members access to a national health insurance network and a discount on Verizon phone services. “I came in at a time of needing to redefine … read more

Chamber of Commerce to hold job fairs in spring, fall

Ridgefield’s Chamber of Commerce wants to attract more workers to town — and plans to hold job fairs in the spring and fall to do just that. The first job fair will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, April 28, at the Parks and Recreation Center from noon to 4. Another will be held in the fall, ahead of … read more

New Business Series: Library, Chamber to give prospective owners ‘simple steps’

The Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission, and Fairfield County SCORE will continue their “Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success” program at the library in February and March. The six-part series, called “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business,” begins on Tuesday, Feb. 26, with sessions lasting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The topics of each … read more

Prospector Theater to receive Chamber of Commerce award in March

The Prospector Team pose in front of Ridgefield's new moviehouse, which has its grand opening Thursday, Nov. 20.

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will honor the Prospector Theater with the Compassion in Commerce Award during the annual state of the town breakfast Friday, March 15, at Silver Spring Country Club. The ceremony will feature the annual State of the Town Address by First Selectman Rudy Marconi and the inauguration of the Chamber’s new board … read more

Giant pumpkins to be weighed in Ballard Park Sept. 23

The sixth annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ballard Park Sunday, Sept. 23. The event will also feature a weigh off of giant squashes and gourds from growers across New England. The weigh off reaches farmers in New York and Pennsylvania, too, who come to Ridgefield to compete for a $3,000 prize. … read more

Pictorial visitors map will promote the town

“It’s sort of a whimsical, not-to-scale map,” said Ellen Burns. Books on the Common gave her a perspective, and a map depicting a corner store view of Ridgefield that will be available to the rest of town — and folks from farther off. “At the bookstore, being so centrally located, and open seven days a week, we get an enormous … read more

Chamber boss to step down

Jennifer Zinzi will step down as executive director of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Friday, Aug. 3. She told The Press that she plans to take a sales director position with the Regional Hospice Center in Danbury. “Ridgefield will always hold a special place in my heart,” she said. “I was fortunate to return to town and join the chamber … read more

Sidewalk sales, SummerFest make Main Street return

Live music, sidewalk sales, and a fire truck for kids to climb in — these are just a few options festival goers will be able to choose from when SummerFest returns to its original location on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The Chamber of Commerce’s annual summer extravaganza will close down Main Street from … read more

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