Business in brief: March 24, 2013

A practical evening course in Norwich for small business owners, "Understanding Business Finances & Taxes," is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 22, 24, 29, May 1, at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Tpke., Norwich. The sponsor is the non-profit Community Economic Development Fund.

The course will explore such topics as understanding financial statements, making income projections and the impact of taxes. This course is a pre-requisite for the popular four-night Quickbooks accounting course to be held starting May 14.

Cost is $80 for the public, $55 for CEDF clients. Preregistration is required. Call 203-235-2333 or register at www.cedf.com.

Jimmy Marketing and its Easy Web Creations division will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at its new Waterford location, 86 Boston Post Road.

The ceremony, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, will include an open house that continues until 7 p.m. For more details, call 860-442-9999.

This past February, Citizens Bank and New London Main Street sponsored Outskate Hunger, a new partnership at New London's Rink at Parade Plaza. The program offered free skate rentals and ice time to any individual donating a nonperishable food item, resulting in more than 300 pounds of food collected for the Gemma Moran Food Center.

The Gemma Moran Food Center distributes more than 2 million pounds of donated, surplus food to nearly 100 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior citizen programs in New London County each year.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will conduct a new member orientation from 4 to 5 p.m. April 3 at the USCG Alumni Association building on the grounds of the Coast Guard Academy.

Chamber President Tony Sheridan and Vice President Sheri Cote will lead the presentation. New members and those who wish to receive a refresher on chamber operations and programs may attend. Following the program, the chamber will host a business after hours networking event.

To register, contact the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit www.ChamberECT.com and click on programs and events.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut's military affairs council is scheduled to meet from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 3 at the chamber office, 914 Hartford Tpke., Waterford.

The council is led by Mark Nickerson, deputy first selectman of East Lyme.

Chamber members are welcome to attend at no cost. To attend a meeting or to join, contact Megan Cronin at mcronin@ChamberECT.com

John C. Huhn of Waterford and Mary Ann Salvatore of East Lyme, sales associates in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in East Lyme, have been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society award.

Thehonor is awarded to the top 9 percent of approximately 82,200 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Mimi Boxwell has joined SI Financial Advisors as an investment representative.

Boxwell, most recently with Thrivent Financial, will be assisting clients in Brooklyn, Canterbury, Dayville, East Lyme, Groton, Lisbon, Moosup, North Windham, Norwich and Stonington. She can be reached at 860-450-7899.

SI Financial Advisors is the trust and wealth management division of Savings Institute Bank & Trust Company headquartered in Willimantic.

Michael C. Doherty Jr., an independent financial adviser in Uncasville and owner of Doherty Financial Services, has been named to Commonwealth Financial Network's prestigious President's Club.

This distinction recognizes success among Commonwealth's network of 1,400 financial advisers.

Doherty's office is located at 212 Norwich-New London Tpke. For more information, visit www.dohertyfinancial.com.

Ann Gauthier, a mortgage originator with Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional in Connecticut, the second time she's received the annual honor.

Five Star Professional, based in Minneapolis, partnered with Connecticut Magazine to identify various real estate, mortgage and insurance professionals who deliver outstanding service and client satisfaction. The research methodology allows no more than 7 percent of professionals in each of those categories to receive the annual Five Star award. Gauthier also was honored in 2010 as a Five Star Mortgage Professional.

Marilyn Lusher, Sue Barnhouser, Samantha Storey and Bud and Sue Bowes with RE/MAX Home Team in Waterford have received the Five Star Professional Award for 2013.

The award, highlighted in the March issue of Connecticut Magazine, goes to fewer than 7 percent of the real estate agents in the local market, according to RE/MAX.

The RE/MAX Home Team at 262 Boston Post Road in Waterford can be reached at 860-444-7362.

Groton Utilities has announced that it is accepting nominations for The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, with a July 5 deadline.

The award honors a member of the community who has contributed ime, energy and resources to make the community a better place.

Applications may be obtained at the Groton Utilities Customer Care Center at the City of Groton Municipal Building at 295 Meridian St., or by calling 860-446-4000. The application is also available online at www.grotonutilities.com.

The Southeastern Connecticut contingent of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has received a Platinum Award from Cartus Broker Network indicated local agents were int he top 10 percent of network firms.

Additionally, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was presented with the Five Star Award, which recognizes brokers who have met or exceeded their individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar year.

For more information, visit www.ColdwellBankerMoves.com.

An all-day Connecticut Conference on Tourism will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on May 21.

The conference will feature a series of events along with a special presentation by the state's marketing team showcasing the impact of Connecticut's "Still Revolutionary" campaign. The Connecticut Pineapple Awards honoring excellence in tourism also will be presented.

Major sponsors for the Connecticut Conference on Tourism include Mystic Aquarium, Mohegan Sun, Waterford Hotel Group and CT1 Media.

To purchase tickets, go online to CelebrateTourism.com/tickets or call 860-444-0448.

Charles Fetters and Andrea Wolfe have joined the Westbrook financial advisory firm Waddell & Reed.

Both Fetters and Wolfe previously had worked in the region at Charter Oak Federal Credit Union and Citizens Bank. Their new office is in the clock tower at the Shops at Waters Edge. For more information, call 860-391-8286.

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