Business Briefs

NETWORKING

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Community Concierge program has made its Relocation Guide available to the public for free digital download from www.CommunityECT.com. The Relocation Guide, produced by Chamber and Community Concierge staff, is a comprehensive guide to moving to and settling in eastern Connecticut. Community Concierge is a program of the Thames River Innovation Place, supported by CTNext.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT invites the region's home-based entrepreneur community to a "SOHO" (Small Office/Home Office)" gathering on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford. At this inaugural "SOHO" open forum, any business owner who works from home is encouraged to inform the Chamber of their business needs, exchange contact information, foster partnerships, and learn about local resources for future growth. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Chamber's Community Concierge program. Admission is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, an RSVP is requested by Thursday, Aug. 16. Learn more and register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Community Concierge program has scheduled a local outing to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bears football home opener against the University of New England Nor'easters on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Eastern Connecticut residents, especially those who have recently moved, are invited to a pre-game networking party at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Alumni Center, followed by free tickets to the game. Admission is $15 per person and includes food and drinks at the pre-game party and one game ticket. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Register at www.CommunityECT.com or call (860) 701-9113.

SCORE of Southeastern Connecticut will host a networking event Wednesday, Aug. 22, 5–7:30 p.m. at RD86 Space, 86 Golden St., New London. Sarah Kessler, author of "Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work," is the featured speaker. Free food, soft drinks and a cash bar will be available. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, email Arlene Saffron at arlene.saffron@scorevolunteer.org.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours networking event at United Community Family Services, co-hosted with 1000 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza and Pub 45, 226 East Main St., Griswold, on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. 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 www.norwichchamber.com or (860) 887-1647.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host a BizBlender Networking at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Norwich New London Turnpike, Uncasville. Admission (includes lunch) is $10 for GNACC members and $15 for non-members. Registration is limited at www.norwichchamber.com or (860) 887-1647.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host their quarterly New Member Meet & Greet on Friday, Sept. 7 at GNACC, 114 Main St., Norwich, from 8–9 a.m. Coffee and pastries provided. Learn more at www.norwichchamber.com or call (860) 887-1647.

EVENTS

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Healthy Living Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave., Norwich. Local health-related business interested in participating can call (860) 887-1647, email info@norwichchamber.com or visit www.norwichchamber.com.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce BizEd Committee is accepting vendor applications for their annual Holiday Community Bazzar on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd., Norwich. For more information, call (860) 887-1647, email info@norwichchamber.com or visit www.norwichchamber.com.

GRAND OPENING

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will present a Ribbon Cutting for the new location of Groton Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union on Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. A light reception will follow the ceremony, located at 44 Plaza Place inside the Groton Shopping Plaza. The credit union also has developed a new logo and a new tagline of “It’s all about you: the member today, tomorrow and always.” To facilitate the move the Credit Union will close the office at 295 Meridian St. at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. The new office will open Monday, Aug. 20 and follow its normal hours of operation 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info visit www.grotonmefcu.com  or call 860-446-4121. 

HONORS

Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Derek Pirruccello, CFP, has been recognized on Forbes’ 2018 "America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors" list, published on July 25. In all, 247 Merrill Lynch advisors are included on this year’s list, the most of any firm. Pirruccello lives in Waterford and has been a part of Merrill Lynch’s New London office for 11 years.

GIVING

The Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Connecticut to purchase beds for families in financial need. Mike Wuesthoff, treasurer of the furniture bank, said the beds go to families that are victims of fire, flood, and bedbug infestations, single parents, veterans and young military families, immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, individuals with AIDS or mental health problems, the elderly, the formerly homeless, and most recently families who have moved from Puerto Rico after their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

Wireless Zone, an authorized Verizon Wireless retailer, recently kicked off a statewide initiative to collect toys for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center toy drive. Until Aug. 25 during normal store hours, all seven local Wireless Zone locations owned by Neil Ryan and Scott Gladstone will serve as drop‐off points for new, unwrapped toys and games suitable for children of all ages. The donations will be brought to the brand’s corporate office the week of Aug. 26 to be sorted by age group before being transported to the Medical Center for distribution to the children. Locally Wireless Zone stores can be found by going to www.wireless-zone.com.

Charity Painting, a house painting contractor at 1791 Center Groton Road, Ledyard, has raised and donated over $240,000 for women's health and children's education in Guatemala. For information call Tom Sullivan at 860-464-0743 or visit www.charitypainting.com.

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