Business Briefs


Ornet Hines has been appointed by Liberty Bank to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, Norwich. Hines started her career in Hospitality Management before joining the banking industry for the past 13 years. She began working for Bank of America as a personal banker, became an Assistant Manager and then Branch Manager. In 2014, Hines moved to Dime Bank as Corporate Officer, Branch Manager before joining Liberty Bank in April of this year.

Hines is originally from Jamaica. She migrated to the United States in 2002, lived in Rhode Island while finishing school and has resided in Montville since 2003. For more information, visit

The Board of Directors of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has appointed Joyce L. Gresh as Chairperson of its Supervisory Committee, which is responsible for oversight and audit responsibilities for the credit union’s seven-member Board of Directors. Gresh was first appointed by Charter Oak’s Board of Directors to serve on the Supervisory Committee in November 2016 and in May of this year was appointed to serve as Chairperson of the committee.

Gresh, who is a Griswold resident, has nearly four decades of experience as both an educator and administrator in numerous school systems in New London and Windham counties, including Griswold, Plainfield, Preston and Woodstock. For more information, visit


The Connecticut Department of Labor's “Micro Career Fairs” will continue on July 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montville American Job Center, 601 Norwich-New London Turnpike Suite 1, Uncasville. Jobseekers should bring copies of their current résumé. Register for the job fair at  

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will present a communication workshop on Tuesday, June 26, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Atria Crossroads Place, 1 Beechwood Drive, Waterford. Titled “I Didn’t Mean THAT! Solving the Communication Puzzle,” this workshop teaches participants about different communication styles and how best to leverage communication with their teams and clients. The workshop will be led by Michelle Drake, a public speaking coach, author, and Community Sales Director for Atria Crossroads Place. Admission is free for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $10 for non-members. RSVP in advance at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will present a workshop about “Emotional Engagement with Social Media” on Wednesday, June 27, noon-1 p.m. at the Chamber’s office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford. Marketing expert Christen Brewer from Miranda Creative, Inc. will show guests how potential and current customers engage with brands on social media, and approaches you can take to engage both in a more meaningful manner. Admission is free for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $10 for non-members. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch. Register at or (860) 701-9113.


SCORE will host the following workshops:

"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, Young Professionals of Eastern CT, and Community Concierge program invite the public to participate in a hike and potluck picnic at Bluff Point State Park in Groton on Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m.–2p.m. Community members will gather at Bluff Point's picnic area at 11 a.m. to enjoy dishes, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. The group will then take a hike on Bluff Point's trails. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to all. Trail levels are easy to moderate. Be prepared with bug spray and sunscreen. In the event of heavy rain, this event will be postponed. Learn more by visiting or call (860) 701-9113.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours networking event at Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, on Thursday, June 21 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the event will be hosted in their Community Healing Garden offering chair massages, tours, food, refreshments and a door prize drawing. Admission is $10 for GNACC Members and $20 for non-members. Arrive early for the Pre-Effective Networking session at 5:15 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged at or call (860) 887-1647.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the bi-monthly BizBlender Networking event at Olde Tymes Restaurant, 360 West Main St., Norwich, on Tuesday, June 26 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for GNACC Members, $15 for non-members and includes lunch. Advance registration is encouraged at or call (860) 887-1647

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business At Breakfast networking event at Easterseals Capital Region, 24 Stott Ave., Norwich, on Friday, June 29 from 7:30–9:30 a.m. Admission is $5 for GNACC Members, $10 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast. Advance registration is encouraged at or call (860) 887-1647.


The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hose the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Craftsman Cliff Roasters, co-hosted with Billy Wilsons Ageing Still, on Wednesday, June 27 from 5–6:30 p.m. Craftsman Cliff Roasters is a micro roasted and crafted coffee and cacao house in the Historic Norwich Downtown. For more information, visit or call (860) 887-1647.


EverPresent, which digitizes and organizes photos and home movies, has announced a partnership with Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank St., New London. Families can schedule in-home consultations or book appointments to drop off their collection Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, go to


NHance Cabinet Refinishing of Waterford is celebrating its eighth year of business. Since 2010, NHance Cabinet Refinishing has updated and transformed over 350 kitchens in Connecticut and Rhode Island for both residential and commercial clients with the proprietary NHance refinishing and renewal process. NHance can be reached at (860) 437-0890.


William W. Backus Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Backus Stroke Coordinator Melissa Lawson said the hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review by Joint Commission experts on April 12. The evaluation focused on stroke-related standards and requirements, program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement at the hospital. For more information, visit or


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation awarded scholarships of $1,250 to four local seniors: Neyssa Jean Michel, New London High School/UConn; Charles Anderson, Saint Bernard School/UConn; Tenzin Thomke, Norwich Free Academy/UConn, and Sydney Beckwith, Montville High School/Central Connecticut State University.

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