Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT launches Innovation/Co-Working Center

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT launches Innovation/Co-Working Center
Renovated space provides administrative support for start-ups, satellite location for existing businesses.

Entrepreneurs working to establish their brand and to develop strategic business relationships can now have office space within one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in Connecticut and have access to a broad range of businesses in the region.
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is putting the finishing touches on its Innovation/co-Working Center, which will be ready for occupancy in September.
The Center will provide a variety of opportunities for the full spectrum of business -- as incubator space for start-ups, and as additional space for existing businesses wishing to establish a satellite location in the heart of the region’s business center. The Center, located at 92 Eugene O’Neill Drive, New London, is a short walk to the regional transportation hub providing rail, bus, and ferry services to New York, Boston, and beyond, as well as to the restaurants, shops, and cultural offerings of the region.
Features include office space for rent, workstations in an open and collaborative setting, administrative support, 5G fiber optic powered by Comcast Business, WiFi, a kitchen facility with all appliances, a private wellness room, handicapped access, two conference rooms, a large outdoor patio, free onsite parking, and electric charging stations.
“The Chamber has had the vision of an incubator space for several years, and this is the ideal time for it to come to fruition in the midst of the region’s booming economy,” said Tony Sheridan, Chamber President and CEO.

“With eastern Connecticut diversifying and expanding its business community at a rate not seen in generations, the Chamber Board is especially proud to provide this advanced workspace and the opportunities it represents," said Mary Ellen Jukoski, President of Three Rivers Community College and Board Chair of the Chamber.
One of the most attractive amenities is the Center’s location, a short walk from the region’s transportation hub and other businesses that can support entrepreneurs and growing enterprises. Additionally, the Center is in a federally recognized Enterprise and Opportunity Zone with significant development nearby providing a vibrant atmosphere.
The Center is also intended to be a resource and provide a forum for thought leadership related to the Blue Economy and other growth industries. As a convenor and facilitator, the Innovation/co-Working Center will focus on identifying economic opportunities, emerging ideas, and challenges. It also will serve as an aggregator and distributor of services, programs, and opportunities related to the growth of the regional economy.
In addition to regular chamber operations, the Innovation/co-Working Center will be home to the Chamber’s Entrepreneur Academy, an 8-week program to help entrepreneurs move from idea to profitable business with guidance from experts. The Center also will be home to the Chamber’s 30-year Leadership Program and other regional activities.
The National Coast Guard Museum is taking shape just around the corner from the Center, and workers at the nearby State Pier, one of the nation’s first offshore wind energy turbine assembly hubs, are preparing to assemble and ship dozens of turbines for three commercial-scale offshore wind farms to be shipped from the Port of New London.
For lease terms and more information, contact the chamber at (860) 701-9113,, or Stan Mickus and Kim Benoit, Century 21 Shutters & Sails at (860) 460-8437.

About the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut:
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is a collaborative of business and community leaders dedicated to securing and enhancing the economic vitality of eastern Connecticut. The Chamber works to create value for its members and the region by providing forums for business networking, leadership and discussions of issues that affect the region; providing opportunities for members to showcase their products, services and accomplishments; helping small businesses succeed through educational programs; and working to reduce the costs of doing business in Connecticut. For more information, visit