Business Briefs

EMPLOYMENT

Andrew “Drew” Williams recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as a Retail Loan Officer, based at the bank’s Lending Center in Glastonbury. Most recently, he was a branch manager with Hartford Federal Credit Union. He lives in East Hartford. For more information, visit www.chelseagroton.com.

NETWORKING  

The Montville American Job Center will hold a Micro Career Fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at 601 Norwich-New London Turnpike Suite 1, Uncasville. Jobseekers should bring copies of their résumé and certifications and register at www.CTHires.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business After Hours networking with One and Company on Wednesday, July 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Granite House in Waterford. Guests are invited to park at Sunset Ribs, 386 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, where a shuttle service will take them to the event. Admission is $15 for employees who belong to a business affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. Non-member admission is $25. RSVP in advance to avoid paying an additional $5 walk-in fee at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Young Professionals of Eastern CT will hold their July YPsocial networking event on Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic. Admission is free for YPECT members, $10 for non-members. Sign up at www.YPECT.com or call the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT at (860) 701-9113. YPECT is made possible through the support of Homestead Funding and Atlantic Broadband. Additional support comes from Charter Oak Federal Credit Union.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a New Member Orientation on Wednesday, July 25, 8-9:30 a.m. at its office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested at www.ChamberECT.com/events or (860) 701-9113. 

WORKSHOP

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT invites the region’s business community, especially industries impacted by tourism, to attend a workshop on Thursday, July 26, 8-9 a.m. at the Chamber’s office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford, on using the state’s official tourism website. Guests can bring laptops or mobile devices to learn how to use www.CTVisit.com to benefit their business. There is no cost to attend but an RSVP is requested as space as limited. Prior to the workshop date, guests must register as a Tourism Partner on www.CTVisit.com. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided by the Chamber’s Community Concierge program. Sign up by visiting www.ChamberECT.com or call (860) 701-9113.

EVENTS

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce Healthy Living Committee is accepting vendor applications for its Healthy Living Festival, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-2 pm. at Dodd Stadium. To apply, call 860-887-1647 or email info@norwichchamber.com.

GRAND OPENINGS

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Berry's Ice Cream & Candy Bar on Thursday, July 19, 3-4 p.m. at 90-B Bank St., New London. Berry's has recently reopened now features an expanded menu, extended hours, and a waterfront patio. This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP necessary. Learn more at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Tile America on Tuesday, July 24, 5-7 p.m. at 462 Colman St., New London. This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP necessary. Learn more at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

CT Quilt Works, 5A Roosevelt Ave., Mystic, will hold a  Grand Opening Celebration, Sunday, July 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 860-245-0111.

APC Driving is open at 19 Halls Road in Old Lyme, offering driver education programs for teens and adults, as well as advanced driver training. The school is co-founded by Brent Thompson, who lives in Old Lyme, and Chris Robson, who has over 25 years of experience as a professional race car driver and instructor.

APC Driving is licensed by the state to teach the 8-hour Teen Drug and Alcohol and 30-hour full course classroom sessions for 16- and 17-year-olds, including the mandatory 2-hour Parent Class, as well as classes for 18-year-olds and adults seeking their Connecticut driver's license. These include behind the wheel training with a certified APC Driving instructor in an APC car. The school also offers specialized training for new and licensed drivers. Courses and training are described at www.apcdriving.com. APC Driving, a subsidiary of Accelerated Performance Coaching, LLC, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call for an appointment.

GIVING 

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is accepting 2018 grant applications from local 501(c)(3), 170(c)(1), and other qualified non-profit organizations in the communities served by Jewett City Savings Bank. Guidelines and grant applications for 2018 are available online at www.JCSBank.com. Completed applications must be received by Aug. 31. Funding will be awarded by Dec. 31.

Grants, available up to a maximum of $5,000, may be awarded for existing program support, general support, special projects, and/or start-up endeavors covering a variety of issues impacting the community. In 2017, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation achieved another year of record growth in charitable giving, providing more than $80,000 in grants.

The Three Rivers College Foundation was recently awarded $2,500 from the Chelsea Groton Foundation to fund a workforce training completion program for former students of Ridley-Lowell, which closed this spring. The Three Rivers College Foundation applied for grant monies through the Chelsea Groton Foundation to support these displaced students. To discuss Workforce courses and enrollment, call 860-215-9028 or visit www.threerivers.edu/workforce.

The Arc New London County has received $12,000 from The Arc of the United States and the Walmart Foundation to continue bridging the gap between the career world and workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through The Arc@Work initiative. Over a two-year span, the Walmart Foundation has supported The Arc@Work and chapters of The Arc located across the country, training more than 2,000 individuals and placing more than 800 individuals into competitive and community-based jobs.

HONORS

Westerly Community Credit Union has recently been named as one of Providence Business News’ Best Places to Work 2018. Westerly Community Credit Union received their award on Thursday, June 14 at the Crowne Plaza Garden Pavilion in Warwick, R.I. Westerly Community Credit Union was one of 21 mid-sized companies honored at the celebration. For more information, visit www.westerlyccu.com.

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