Business Briefs

NETWORKING

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business Breakfast about Connecticut’s Fiscal Stability on Tuesday, April 17, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at The Spa at Norwich Inn, 607 West Thames St. Representatives from the Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, including Co-Chair Bob Patricelli and Vice Chair Pat Widlitz, will review key findings and share recommendations for igniting economic growth in eastern Connecticut. An open Q&A follows their presentation. Admission is $17 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members, and includes breakfast provided by the Spa at Norwich Inn. RSVP in advance to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113. This Business Breakfast is presented with the support of the Chamber’s Community Concierge program, supported by CTNext.

WORKSHOPS

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop entitled "Maximizing Website Visits" on Wednesday, April 25, noon-1 p.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, second floor, Waterford. Marketing experts Maria Miranda and Brian Pearson, both of Miranda Creative, Inc., will show guests how to utilize their business' website to capture online leads. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch. Admission is free for employees who work for any Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT member business. Admission for all other guests is $10. Sign up at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

CURE Innovation Commons will partner with the Ignite Program of Thames River Innovation Place to present Discrimination and Harassment Avoidance Training for entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups on Wednesday, April 25, from 3-5 p.m. The event will take place at CURE Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Road, Groton. The training will be presented by Mary Gambardella from Wiggin and Dana. This training is being offered to business owners, HR professionals, managers and employees for $40. For more information and to register, visit www.bit.ly/AvoidHarassment2.

SCORE will host the following workshops:

"Brand Strategy 101 for Small Business," Tuesday, April 17, 6–7:30 p.m., Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. Presenter is Arlene Saffron.

"Financial Statement Basics," Wednesday, April 18, 9:30-11 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is SCORE mentor Peter Cooper.

"Search Engine Optimization," Thursday, April 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Presenter is Anne Driscoll.

"Web Foundations for Small Business," Tuesday, April 24, 6–7:30 p.m., Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. Presenter is Anne Driscoll.

"Social Media 201," Wednesday, April 25, 6-7:30 p.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Maria Miranda, Creative Director of Miranda Creative.

"The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis," Thursday, April 26, 10-11:30 a.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall. Presenter is Economic Development Specialist Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Association.

“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,

“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.  

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

EVENT

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.

RIBBON CUTTING

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Vein Clinics of America's new location in Waterford on Wednesday, April 18, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 903 Hartford Turnpike. Dr. Jiyong Ahn and his team will provide tours of the facility, and WBMW-FM will be broadcasting live onsite. Gift bags and giveaways will be awarded every 30 minutes during the event. The cutting of the ceremonial ribbon using the Chamber's larger-than-life scissors will take place at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP. Learn more at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

GIVING

United Community & Family Services, Inc. has been awarded a grant from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation to address treatment and prevention of Domestic Minor Human Trafficking in the region. The aim of this $3,000 grant is to provide additional training to staff in the risk factors, warning signs, and prevention of DMST, and establish new therapy for at-risk youths with the goal of preventing future DMST victimization. Additionally UCFS will provide outreach to the community through community presentations discussing both internet and social media safety and awareness around human trafficking and its presence in our community. For more information visit. www.ucfshealthcare.org.

As part of its pledge to donate at least $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 170 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will once again be participating in a range of fundraising activities during the months of April and May for the Spring 2018 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.

Until May 20, visitors to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets will be able to participate in a variety of programs to help support Susan G. Komen, including Discount Card Program and More Than Pink Visa Giftcard and the Pink Hero Wall. Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets also will be participating in the Komen Race for the Cure – Fairfield County on Saturday, May 5 in Westport. For more information visit www.premiumoutlets.com and www.komen.org.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT 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. Applications are due no later than April 30. If selected, scholarship checks, worth $1,250 each, will be sent directly to each recipient's college or vocational program.

HONORS

Dr. Joel Bregman of UCFS has been recognized as the Best Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Connecticut Magazine. Bregman offers  clinical leadership, leading comprehensive multidiscipline evaluations and on-going medication management for children and adolescents. The UCFS Program for Autism offers a range of health, educational and behavioral services in one location for individuals with autism and other developmental. For more information call 860-892-7042 or visit www.ucfshealthcare.org.

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