United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls - Board of Directors 18 yrs. CBIA - Board of Directors 4 yrs. CBIA - Small Business Advisory Council 1996 to present Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors 3 yrs. Western Connecticut Industrial Council - Board of Directors 3 yrs. Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors 5 yrs. Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors 2006 to present Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce - Trusted Advisors Group Chair 2002 to present
Developer and Facilitator of Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce's "Side Street to Main Street" Business and Leadership Development Program, 1995 to present. The year-long program assists minority business people in starting or growing a business in CT. The program is funded by a generous grant from Aetna, Inc. and has won a variety of awards from the Middlesex NAACP, the CT district of the US Small Business Administration and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center. Jim was named SBA Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year for 2007 in CT. 2016 marks the 19th consecutive year of the program.