Business in Brief - March 23, 2014

Booths are available for employers interested in being represented on May 7 at the Step Up for Vets Job Fair. The fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. Booth prices start at $395. For more information or to reserve a space, call Cindie Facyson or Jim Coletti at (860) 889-3363. Deadline to register is April 25.

The Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut will hold a "Remodeling My Business Spring Training Boot Camp."

The schedule is: April 3, Small Business Finances: Profit Strategies for Non-Accountants; April 10, Choosing and Targeting the Right Customers and Project Types for Your Business; April 17, Know What You're Selling Before You Sell It; April 24, Smart Selling for Tough Times; May 1, Production: You Sold It, Now You Have To Build It.

The instructor is Shawn McCadden, a columnist, remodeling speaker, business trainer, remodeling business coach and award-winning remodeler. The boot camp is sponsored by Andersen Windows, and United Builders Supply.

For information on registering, call (860) 859-3518 or email

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y., has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network at its annual Broker Network International Conference, Feb. 25-28 in Florida.

The company's offices in southeastern Connecticut and in Fairfield and Westchester counties were honored with the Platinum Award. Award recognition is based on performance results related to a variety of goals including customer service, cost management and appraisal accuracy.

For more information, visit

Attorney Sebastian O. DeSantis, 345 State St., New London, was named as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers for 2013. The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.

For more information, call (860) 439-0407, extension 302, or email

The Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors Inc. is offering the 60-hour real estate pre-licensing course, "Principles & Practices," for those interested in obtaining a real estate salespersons license. This course is taught on a revolving schedule and allows participants to join during any week. Week 1 will begin on March 29.

The cost of the course is $490 and includes the textbooks being used and the course exam. Each session is made up of 12 classes and each class is taught independent from the other classes. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors office in Franklin.

For more information and a course registration form, contact Kathryn O'Leary at (860) 892-2595 or by email at

John Eusebio has launched, a reward/loyalty engagement program designed for small- to medium-sized businesses. is a premium full-service mobile and loyalty marketing provider that combines the core functions of SMS/text messaging, mobile web and email helping businesses to create stronger relationships with their customers.

John Eusebio has been in sales and customer service for over 23 years. For more information, visit or call (860) 625-2790.

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut President Tony Sheridan is the grand marshal of the Mystic Irish Parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. today in Mystic. Representatives of the Chamber, the Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut, and Chamber members will be wearing the green in the parade as well.

Connecticut Better Business Bureau has unveiled a new website - - that includes a powerful search function that allows users to easily find business information from anywhere on the site.

The revamped website was developed based on consumer and business feedback.

The web design remains faithful to the Better Business Bureau's mandate to provide consumers with relevant and current data, including transcripts of consumers' complaints and business' responses.

Visitors can check out a business' marketplace record, complaint handling and patterns, or find a BBB Accredited Business.

Peter Nazario and Angelo Wolfe have joined the sales team of Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties in the agency's Guilford office. Both are members of the Middlesex Shoreline Association of Realtors. They can be reached at (203) 689-5499.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $2,021 to Project PIN, the food pantry serving the towns of Plainfield and Sterling, and to the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry.

Project Pin's share, $1,521, helped the pantry purchase additional refrigeration units. The Pomfret pantry will use its $500 grant to purchase food and miscellaneous household items.

Springline Yacht Sales has added Island Packet Yachts to its product offerings at its offices in Mystic and Mamaroneck, N.Y., according to Rick Dieterich, president of SLYS.

IPY has grown to be a world leader in the design and manufacture of cruising yachts since 1979.

For more information, visit or call 860-817-7676.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Inc. is hosting a free workshop for members, "Important Tax Information for 2014," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber office, 914 Hartford Turnpike in Waterford. A bilingual English/Spanish tax professional will be available at this workshop. Come in for a lively discussion and Q&A (bring your lunch if you'd like) about what you need to know in preparing your taxes, including: itemized deductions, healthcare, earned income credit/dependent credits/adoption credits, education credit.

Dime Bank Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to the New London Community Meal Center to help provide food and other care to the needy.

The New London Community Meal Center, established in 1985, provides lunch five days a week and dinner six days a week.

For more information about Dime Bank, visit

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