Business n brief: Feb. 24, 2013

Carriage House of New London has received the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Dealer Recognition Award based on its outstanding performance in 2012. The annual award goes to top performing Mercedes-Benz dealerships for demonstrating superior performance in various areas of their business, including customer satisfaction, new vehicle sales, certified pre- owned sales, leadership and management, parts operations, and market penetration.

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Mystic Travel has been designated by Disney Destinations as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. The agency has been in business in Mystic for 28 years. For more information, contact Charlene Fowles at 860-536-4966.

Custom Marine Canvas of Noank received an Award of Excellence in both the Sailboat Dodgers category and Miscellaneous Marine category in the 2013 Marine Fabrication Excellence Awards.

Brian Bennett, MFC, won the best dodger award for his work on the Fisher's Tartan 34. Nick Olsen and Aaron Norris won for their work building new deck awnings for the Coast Guard Barque Eagle.

Sponsored by MFA, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards Program recognizes the latest advances in technical fabric design and manufacturing in the marine textiles industry.

Custom Marine Canvas also was selected by Sunbrella Custom Fabrics to build the bimini top as part of their new display booth, which premiered at the Miami Boat Show this week.

Dermatologist Dr. Tara Whelan has joined The Westerly Hospital medical staff, with offices at 3769 Old Post Road, Charlestown, R.I.

Whelan offers treatment for patients of all ages including infants, children, adolescents and adults. She provides treatment for rashes, warts, skin tags, moles, acne and all disorders of the skin, hair and nails, evaluates moles and provides skin cancer detection and treatment. She also offers cosmetic consultations and performs cosmetic procedures in the privacy of an office setting.

She is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (401) 213-6671.

SCORE will host a free workshop on "How to Manage Your New Business" Thursday, February 28 from 6-7: 30 p.m. at Dime Bank, 290 Salem Turnpike, Norwich.

In this free workshop you'll learn how to differentiate and market your business so that it stands out from the crowd and attract new customers.

The workshop will be presented by Jim Toner, SCORE counselor.

For more information on upcoming workshops and free small business counseling, visit

Drew Sileo, a 25-year veteran of Hunter Douglas, will share his expertise over a light lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Marvel Home Decorating in New London. He will make a presentation on Hunter Douglas Allustra Collection of fabrics and custom combinations.

Reservations are required; call (860) 443-8437 or email to reserve a seat.

Marvel Home Decorating is at 351 N. Frontage Road. For more information visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has scheduled a business after hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Center for Hospice Care of Southeastern Connecticut.

Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Registration is encouraged and may be done by contacting the chamber, 860-701-9113, or by visiting and clicking on programs and events.

The networking event will take place at the hospice headquarters, 227 Dunham St., Norwich. Starting at 5 p.m., the chamber will conduct a free, mini-workshop on mastering networking at no extra cost.


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