Business Briefs

EMPLOYMENT

Cathy McCarthy has joined Northstar Wealth Partners in Old Saybrook as a LPL Registered Sales Assistant. Colin Dugan has been promoted to a new role within Northstar, where he will be overseeing operations for all five Northstar Wealth Partners offices. McCarthy can be reached at 860-310-1712 or cmccarthy@nstarwp.com

ELECTED

Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., the bank holding company for The Washington Trust Company, has announced the election of Constance A. Howes, past President and CEO of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, to the respective Boards of Directors of the corporation and the bank. Howes serves as a member of the Corporation’s Audit and Compensation Committees.

Howes has more than 20 years of experience as an executive of two large healthcare organizations, including, most recently as Executive Vice President of Women’s Health for Care New England Health System, the health system comprised of Women & Infants Hospital, Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, The Providence Center, Care New England Wellness Center and VNA of Care New England.

For more information, visit www.washtrustbancorp.com.

WORKSHOPS

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce is holding classes during Small Business Week, April 30-May 5. Most classes are free and open to the public. Locations vary. The schedule is Monday, April 30, 11 a.m.-noon, Take Control of Time; 12:30-1:30 p.m., Multiple Generations in the Workplace; 5-6 p.m., Facebook for your Business; Tuesday, May 1, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Gov 101 - Live Webinar; 11:30 a.m.-.1 p.m., HR and How it Relates to Business; 5-6 p.m., Public Speaking; Wednesday, May 2, 8:-10 a.m., digital marketing, $5 includes continental lunch, sponsored by Putnam Bank; noon-1 p.m., Destress at work-Chair Yoga, $5; 4-6 p.m., Wine Down Wednesday; Thursday, May 3, 9-11:30 a.m., Are you a woman-owned business?; noon-1 p.m., Tax Tips for a Small Biz; Friday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Resources to help your business grow and thrive, $10 includes buffet lunch, sponsored by Eastern Savings Bank.

To register, visit www.norwich.chamber.org/events.

SCORE will host the following workshops:

"Digital Presence & Online Marketing," Tuesday, May 1, 6-7:30 p.m., Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown. Presenter is public relations counselor Ann Marie van den Hurk.

"Cost, Price and Profit," Wednesday, May 2, 6–7:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road. Presenter is SCORE mentor Eric Munro.

"Marketing Your Business," Thursday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook,

“Building a Financial Forecast,” Wednesday, May 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road. Presenter is SCORE mentor Peter Cooper.

"How to Start and Run a Successful Non-Profit Business," Friday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.–noon, The Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St. Presenter is SCORE counselor Bob Potter.

Small Business Selling, May 15, 16 and 17, 10–11:30 a.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. Presenter is SCORE counselor Eric Munro.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org. Visit www.sect.score.org to register.

NETWORKING

Alumni from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Leadership program will host a Meet-and-Greet on Thursday, May 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Latitude 41, 105 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Admission is $20 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres and open bar service for one hour. Proceeds support scholarships for employees of non-profit agencies to participate in the Leadership Program. Learn more and register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113. The Chamber's Community Concierge program is a project of the Thames River Innovation Place, supported by CTNext. More information about Community Concierge program is accessible at www.CommunityECT.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host its next Business After Hours networking event at Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar on Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 32 Sandy Desert Road in Uncasville. Admission is $15 for employees who work for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT member business, $25 for all-others. Register in advance to avoid an additional $5 fee for walk-ins at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

EVENTS

Louis Ziegler, Executive Director of Housing for the Mohegan Tribal Housing Authority, will be recognized as The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Citizen of the Year May 23 at Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. For tickets and marketing opportunities, visit www.ChamberECT.com/coy or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host the annual "State of East Lyme" update on Tuesday, May 8, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at The Sound at Gateway Commons, 1 Maple Tree Lane, East Lyme. East Lyme First Selectman Marc Nickerson and Superintendent Jeffrey Newton will speak. Admission is $5 for members of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT or the Young Professionals of Eastern CT. Non-member admission is $10. All admission includes continental breakfast provided by Best of Everything Country Gourmet. Sign up at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

CorePlus Federal Credit Union is holding informational sessions on identity theft and senior citizens scams. They are free and open to the public. The senior citizens scam session, sponsored by the Colchester Commission on Aging, is Thursday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Ave. The identity theft session will be held Tuesday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at the Lyme/Old Lyme Senior Center. For more information call 860-886-0576 or visit www.coreplus.org.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Westerly Community Credit Union held its 2018 Annual Meeting on Monday, March 26 at the Haversham House in Westerly. Steve White, Westerly Community Credit Union President and CEO, reported that the credit union's solid performance in 2017 was driven by strong loan demand and steady membership growth. The continuing solid financial results allowed the board to approve reduced fees and service charges in the fourth quarter of 2017, which is expected to save the membership approximately $85,000 over a 12-month period. William D. Horne retired as Board of Directors Chairperson, after serving on the Board of Directors since 1994, and as Chairperson since 2002. 

GRAND OPENING

Artemisia has opened at 23 Lyme St., Old Lyme, specializing in fine textiles, pillows, antiques and decor items for the home from the team of Rosemarie Padovano, an artist, and Marcello Marvelli, an art dealer and art historian from Florence, Italy. They started the Artemisia Inc. in New York City in 2012 and recently moved it to Old Lyme. The shop is also the location of Studio Artemisia, a full-service interior design firm led by Padovano and Marvelli. They are restoring a 1755 colonial house and Olmsted Brothers historic garden in Old Lyme. 

HONORS

The Salvation Army will hold its 3rd Community Award Dinner, "Putting Kids First," May 10 at 6 p.m. at the New London Elks, 81 Washington St. Whaling City Ford Lincoln Mazda, Tommie Major and New London Lions Club will be honored. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at the Salvation Army, 11 Governor Winthrop Blvd.

GIVING

The Westerly Education Center has received a $2,000 grant from The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation to support the modification of two classrooms into laboratories. A chemistry lab is necessary for the center’s new process technology workforce development program, and a biology lab is needed for biology courses offered by the Community College of Rhode Island.

Partners in the development of training include: Amgen, Grey Sail Brewing, Toray, Kenyon Industries, Roger Williams Medical Center, Thielsch Engineering, Eurofins Lancaster Biopharma, Eurofins Spectrum Analytical, Rhodes Pharmaceutical and Tedor Pharma.

Subaru of America, Inc., in partnership with Valenti Subaru in Westerly, recently presented the Greater Westerly Relay for Life a check for a little over $30,000 from December’s 2017 “Share the Love” campaign. For each Subaru sold in December, Valenti Subaru donated a portion to the Relay for Life of Greater Westerly. The check was presented by Bill Goodwin of Valenti Subaru to the members of the Relay for Life’s event leadership team at the Sunny Side Up, 253 Post Road, Westerly. For more information about the Relay For Life visit www.relayforlife.org/westerlyri.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation's deadline for scholarship applications is April 30. The Chamber Foundation is  accepting scholarship applications from local high school seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year college, or technical, vocational, or apprenticeship program. Interested students who reside in or attend a high school within the Chamber's service area are invited to download an application from www.ChamberECT.com.

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