Business Briefs

EMPLOYMENT

Tim Jones has been promoted to branch manager of Jewett City Savings Bank's Preston office. Jones, a Dayville resident, joined Jewett City Savings Bank in 2012 as a part-time teller and advanced through positions including, most recently, assistant branch manager in Dayville and at the Bank’s Main Office in Jewett City. For more information, visit www.JCSBank.com.

ELECTED

Danny M. Nesmith has been elected Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union. He has been on the Board of Directors since 1997. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2003 having served as Postmaster of Charlestown and Westerly. For more information, visit www.westerlyccu.com.

NETWORKING

BioCT will host its 3rd Annual Summer Kick-Off on Tuesday, June 12 at the Innovation Commons. The outdoor event is an opportunity for those in science and technology as well as local innovators and community members to network while enjoying food, drink and live music. The event will begin with the opening of the STE[A]M art exhibit indoors at The Innovation Commons from 4-5 p.m., and then move outdoors from 5-7 p.m. The Innovation Commons is located at 93 Shennecossett Road in Groton. Tickets are $30. For more information and to register, visit www.bit.ly/SummerInno18.

Live music will be provided by October Moon and food will feature catering by Ocean Blue Catering and fresh local oysters. Ample parking is provided by Pfizer, with shuttle service donated by Premier Limousine. Other sponsors include: Aerotek, ALT, Aon, BI-USA, Cantor Colburn, CohnReznick, Comcast Business, Community Concierge, Crossroads Ventue Group, Connecticut Innovations, FML, Ignite, SeCTer, Town of Groton, UPS, VWR, Wiggin and Dana, and WSGR.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will hold an orientation for new members on Wednesday, May 30, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided. There is no charge to attend but an RSVP is requested in advance by visiting www.ChamberECT.com/events or calling (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business After Hours Duncklee Cooling & Heating in celebration of their 45th anniversary on Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 296 Taugwonk Road in Stonington. Music by Shiny Lapel Trio and catering by Buon Appetito Ristorante. Admission is $15 for members of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, $25 for non-members. RSVP in advance to avoid paying an additional $5 walk-in fee at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113. This event is co-hosted with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

WORKSHOPS

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop about "Nurturing Leads Through Content" on Wednesday, May 30, noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford. Marketing expert Ron Wertz from Miranda Creative, Inc. will offer participants insight on selecting the best customer relationship management (CRM) applications, as well as strategies to nurture leads through email and other business content. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch. Admission is free for any employee who works for a business that belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, $10 for all others. Learn more and register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

SCORE will host the following workshops:

"Web Foundations for Small Business," Wednesday, May 30, 9:30–11 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Anne Driscoll.

"How to Start and Run Your Non-Profit Business - Part 2," Thursday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.–noon, The Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St. Presenter is Bob Potter.

"The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis," Wednesday, June 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road. Presenter is Economic Development Specialist Lisa Powell of the Small Business Association.

"Brand Strategy 101 for Small Business," Thursday, June 7, 6–7:30 p.m., Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Presenter is Arlene Saffron.

“The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis,” Wednesday, June 13, 9:30-11 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Economic Development Specialist Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Association. 

"Effective Small Business Time Management," Tuesday, June 19, 5:30–7 p.m., East Hampton Library, 105 Main St. Presenter is Eric Munro.

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

EVENTS

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's 30th Annual Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, June 4 at Stonington Country Club, 396 Taugwonk Road. Flight A tees off at 8:30 a.m., Flight B tees at 1:30 p.m. A dinner and awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Visit www.ChamberECT.com/golf or call (860) 701-9113 to register individually or as a team, or to inquire about marketing opportunities.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the G Spa at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Thursday, June 7, 5-7 p.m. at 240 Fox Tower Drive in Mashantucket. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, send guest names along with the names of the organizations they work to AMarino@Foxwoods.com or LDunn@Foxwoods.com. Learn more about this event at www.ChamberECT.com or call (860) 701-9113.

GRAND OPENINGS

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Adaptive Prosthetics on Thursday, May 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 567 Vauxhall St. Ext., Waterford. Learn more at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

NAME CHANGE

POP Weight Loss of Old Saybrook and Glastonbury has changed its name to Sea Slim. Sea Slim rolled out branded programs in 2018, signifying the company’s commitment to reaching a broader audience. Both programs include a detailed guide written by Sea Slim owners Donna Nucci, RN, MS, and Kerry Potts, RN, MS. Their plan is to expand to additional e-books, customized protocols and programs all written by Sea Slim nurses and nutritionists. For more information visit www.seaslim.com.

GIVING

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union awarded $18,850 to 10 local non-profits as part of its quarterly giving grants disbursement. Grant recipients included Always Home, Inc.; Cutler Middle School PTO; Groton Parks Foundation, Inc.; High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.; Madonna Place, Inc.; Striving Towards Empowered Personal Success; Sails Up 4 Cancer; Salt Marsh Opera Company, Inc.; Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region; and the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut. The credit union accepts grant requests on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is July 1. 

United Community and Family Services has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern CT to support the Access to Care program, which provides insurance enrollment assistance and linkages to health and human services for member of our community.

Crystal Mall in Waterford is celebratiing Military Appreciation Month in May by offering special discounts at participating retailers as part of Simon’s Show Your Military ID and Save Program. To receive special discount offers, military personnel and veterans can present a valid military ID at participating retailers, including American Eagle, Buffalo Wild Wings, Express, Finish Line, Old Navy and Zales. For more information, visit www.simon.com. 

HONORS

Chelsea Groton Bank's Colleen C. Kluberdanz of Pawcatuck, Risk Management and Compliance Specialist; Carleen M. Lee of New London, Assistant Secretary, Branch Manager; and Max A. Spelman of Pawcatuck, Assistant Vice President and Deposit Operations Manager recently graduated from the Connecticut Bankers Association’s Connecticut School of Finance and Management. The two-year program is designed to increase the knowledge of students in their own specialties and at the same time introduce them to a wide range of banking topics. For more information, visit www.chelseagroton.com.

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