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The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will hold a Business After Hours networking event at the Norwich Spa at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket on Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members, and includes food, refreshments, and entry to the evening's door prize drawing. Advance registration is encouraged to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee at or call (860) 701-9113.


Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place, and the Town of Groton’s Economic Development office will co-host Clicks & Bricks: Social Media for Small Businesses and Startups on Tuesday, June 19. The special small business education seminar will feature Maria Miranda from Miranda Creative and John Michael Coronado from Incredible Weight Loss Center. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at The Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Road, Groton. For more information and to register the free event, visit

The Connecticut Department of Labor is offering jobseekers in eastern Connecticut opportunities to meet with area companies every other Wednesday to discuss possible employment. The summer-long series of "Micro Career Fairs," also known as "Employer Wednesdays," will host local employers at the state's new Montville job center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday to review résumés and meet with job candidates. The Montville American Job Center is located at 601 Norwich-New London Turnpike Suite 1, Uncasville. Jobseekers planning to attend are required to register on the system by visiting The next event is scheduled for June 20.

SCORE will host the following workshops:

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

"Getting Your Non-Profit Organization Organized," Wednesday, June 20, 9:30–11 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Tom Gezo.

"Effective Financial Planning," Thursday, June 21, 6-7:30 p.m., Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Presenter is John Porter.

"Strategic Planning for Non-Profits," Thursday, June 28, 9:30–11 a.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. Presenter is Tom Gezo.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at To register, visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will hold a free member workshop on Tuesday, June 19, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the topic of "Time Management and Juggling Priorities" at its office in Waterford at 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor. This workshop will be led by Clear Pathway LLC. Admission is free for employees who work for a Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT-affiliated business. Non-member admission is $10. Learn more and register online at or call (860) 701-9113.


Participants of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Leadership Program Class of 2018 will graduate on Tuesday, June 19, in a ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Great Neck Country Club, 28 Lamphere Road, Waterford. Admission, which includes lunch, is $30 per person, requested at the time of registration. Admission is free for Class of 2017 alumni and Class of 2018 graduates. RSVP at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will present its annual "State of New London" update on Wednesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Boulevard, New London. Mayor Michael Passero and Patrick Green, President and CEO of L+M Healthcare, will talk. Admission is $20 for guests who work for a business that belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. Admission for non-members if $25. All admission includes lunch provided by the Holiday Inn. Learn more and register online at or call (860) 701-9113.

Sailfest Charter Oak Federal Credit Union 5k Road Race will be held on Sunday, July 15, through downtown New London. Registration is $20 per individual before June 22. Registration after June 22 is $25. A military discount is available for $10 before June 22 or $15 after June 22. No refunds will be issued after June 22. Register and find more info at or call (860) 701-9113. This road race is made possible through the support of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union and Atlantic Broadband.


Participants from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Leadership Program Class of 2019 will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, June 18 from 10-11 a.m. at The Arc New London County's Farm Stand, 1671 Center Groton Road, Ledyard. Learn more at or call (860) 701-9113.


Robert Ackley, who worked at Davis-Standard in Pawcatuck for 46 years, was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame during the National Plastics Exposition in Orlando, Fla., on May 6. With his induction, Ackley joins the ranks of the industry’s most notable pioneers and leaders. Ackley started as a draftsman out of high school, attended college at night and earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Mitchell College, followed by an executive MBA from the University of New Haven. He was company president for 22 years. When Ackley retired in 2005, Davis-Standard employed 1,000 and sales were over $300 million. For more information, visit

Jill Honeycomb of Glastonbury, the investment program manager at Liberty Bank headquartered in Middletown, was named one of Bank Investment Consultant magazine’s Top 25 Program Managers of 2018. Honeycomb is affiliated with the Financial Institutions Division of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. She serves as the manager of Liberty Bank Investment Services. For more information, visit


State Sen. Paul Formica joined Comcast at the State Capitol on June 5 to recognize four local student scholars receiving the statewide Leaders & Achievers Scholarship and Comcast Founders Award. Erin Patten of Waterford, Kevin Ruiz of New London, Emma Sked of Old Lyme and Christopher Thomson of Old Saybrook were each awarded a $1,000 Leaders & Achievers Scholarship, which is awarded to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their school.

Out of 44 statewide recipients, Ruiz was also chosen to receive the Comcast Founders Scholarship, which awards one Connecticut student an additional $9,000. The Founders Scholarship honors the legacy of Comcast founder Ralph Roberts and his commitment to community service. Ruiz will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall and majoring in electrical engineering.

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has received a $5,000 grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, from the foundation's "Environmental Education and Stewardship Initiative." This grant will support environmental education programs through Groton Submarine Base’s Youth Center and Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London. 

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union held its annual scholarship reception on June 6 where its President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian A. Orenstein, presented 45 college scholarships totaling $90,000. For the third year in a row, the credit union committed to awarding one $2,000 college scholarship to one college-bound senior at each high school within New London and Windham counties with an attendance of at least 100 students.

The credit union received more than 250 scholarship applications, including applicants from 26 of the 34 qualified high schools within New London and Windham counties. In addition to Charter Oak’s $90,000 scholarship giveaway, its employees awarded two separate scholarships through the employee-funded Community Outreach Program.

Westerly Community Credit Union Teacher Grant Program will once again be awarding $7,000 in grants, in values up to $500, for the upcoming 2018/19 school year. WCCU Teacher Grants are available to teachers, administrators or staff from Chariho, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Stonington and Westerly. Grant applications are available online at and must be submitted no later than Oct. 31.

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