Business Briefs

WORKSHOPS

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Small Business Resource Forum on Thursday, April 26, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mohegan Fire Station, 2029 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville, co-hosted with the Montville Economic Development Commission.  Information and resources will be made available from the Small Business Administration, Montville Economic Development Commission, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, Small Business Development Center, CT Economic Resource Center, Southeastern CT Enterprise Region, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives. The event will be moderated by Jim Toner of Montville EDC and SCORE. Learn more and sign up at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

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:

"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.

NETWORKING

The Young Professionals of Eastern CT will hold their next monthly YPsocial networking event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Credabel Coral Gallery, 153 Bank St., New London. Credabel Coral Gallery is a tropical coral farm, research lab, and art gallery. Admission is free for YPECT members, $10 for guests. Learn more and sign up at www.YPECT.com or call the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT at (860) 701-9113. YPECT is sponsored in part by Atlantic Broadband and Homestead Funding/Keith Turner.

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.

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.

GIVING

Close to 100 local Comcast employees volunteered their time Saturday at the B.P. Learned Mission in New London to help spruce up the grounds for spring and summer. Also expected were state Sen. Paul Formica, Rep. Chris Soto and Mayor Michael Passero. The landscaping help is being provided as part of the company’s “Comcast Cares Day.”

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded a $5,000 grant to Sofia Sees Hope, a Ledyard-based nonprofit supporting those with Leber congenital amaurosis. It will be used to help with long-term financial planning and revenue development strategies.

HONORS

The Westerly Community Credit Union has recently been voted “Best Employer” by the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chamber Choice Awards. Westerly Community Credit Union was one of 19 businesses nominated by fellow Chamber of Commerce members for this award and was selected as the winner by the Southern Rhode Island Chamber’s Chamber Choice Committee. Westerly Community Credit Union serves over 18,000 members with branch locations in South Kingstown, Richmond and Westerly. Membership is open to all who reside or work in Rhode Island and New London County. For more information, visit www.westerlyccu.com.

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