Business Briefs

WORKSHOPS

SCORE will host the following workshops:

"The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis," Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Westbrook Public Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive, Westbrook. Presenter is Economic Development Specialist Lisa Powell of the Small Business Administration.

"How to Use QuickBooks to Manage Your Business Finances (I)," Thursday, Sept. 20, 10–11:30 a.m., Chester Town Hall, 203 Middlesex Ave., Chester. Presenter Elizabeth Santaus; sponsor Essex Savings Bank.

"Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" series on Wednesdays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 10, 24 and 31, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit https://sect.score.org/simple-steps-starting-your-business.

"Cost, Price and Profit," Thursday, Sept. 27, 9:30-11 a.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. Presenter is SCORE mentor Eric Munro; sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop about "Storytelling for Business Development" on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Atria Crossroads Place, 1 Beechwood Drive, Waterford. Workshop presenter Michelle Yozzo Drake, a public speaking coach, will offer how-to's of telling a memorable story to build a business' brand and create stronger connections with clients. Admission is free for employees who work for a business that belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. Non-member admission is $10. RSVP by visiting www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop about "How to Become a Translator or Interpreter" on Friday, Sept. 21,  2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford. Presented by Language Link Corporation, this workshop teaches the protocols of professional interpreting practices and shows guests how to put their language skills to good work. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP to adelabarra@mylanguagelink.org. Learn more at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Young Professionals of Eastern CT and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Community Concierge program have organized "Adulting 101: Resource Expo for Young Adults," taking place Thursday, Oct. 4, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich. This resource expo is intended for young adults learning life skills, personal growth, and long-term financial stability. This event is part trade show, part workshop series. Attend a number of seminars or explore display tables from local businesses. Professional headshots will be offered for a $20 fee. Admission is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested to MGilbert@ChamberECT.com or (860) 701-9113. To learn more, and to learn how to participate as an exhibitor, visit www.CommunityECT.com.

NETWORKING

The Connecticut Department of Labor will hold a Micro Career Fair Sept. 19 at the Montville American Job Center. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the job center, 601 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Suite 1, Uncasville. Participating employers are registered on www.CTHIres, Prior to attending the career fair, jobseekers are required to register by visiting www.CTHires.com. Employers attending the with open positions are Charter Oak Credit Union, Companions & Homemakers, Doncasters and People Ready.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a "Chamber 101: Membership Benefits" workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, 2nd floor, Waterford. Guests are encouraged to bring a laptop or mobile device. Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's next Business After Hours networking event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Inn at Mystic, 3 Williams Ave. Admission is $15 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members. RSVP in advance to avoid paying an additional $5 fee for walk-ins at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business Breakfast with Sen. Chris Murphy on Monday, Sept. 17 from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Holiday Inn – Norwich, 10 Laura Boulevard, sponsored by We Work for Health CT. Chamber member admission is $17 and includes breakfast provided by Holiday Inn. Non-member admission is $25. RSVP in advance to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Young Professionals of Eastern CT and guests from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Community Concierge program will participate in a combined Community Concierge Connections and YPsocial event on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Hygienic Art Park, 76 Bank St., New London. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.CommunityECT.com or call the Chamber at (860) 701-9113. Community Concierge is a program of the Thames River Innovation Place, supported by CTNext. YPECT, managed by the Chamber, is a networking and volunteer group open to all. Its sponsors include Homestead Funding, Atlantic Broadband, and Charter Oak Federal Credit Union.

OPEN HOUSES

Advantage Personal Training will celebrate its new addition on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Advantage Personal Training, 2906 Gold Star Highway, Mystic. There will be food, and friends are encouraged to bring a potluck dish. The 2,100-square-foot addition was built over the spring and summer. Greg Drab, who started APT in 1999, said it was needed because the growing clientele was squeezing the existing space. Additionally, Advantage is offering a new app that allows clients to access training programs, nutrition, and track their activity while in and outside of the gym. For more information, visit www.advantagepersonaltraining.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will co-host an Open House with the Cherenzia Companies on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 99 Mechanic St., 3rd floor, in Pawcatuck. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested to Heather@Cherenzia.com. Learn more at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

HONORS

Westerly Hospital was recently recognized for its work in promoting enrollment in state organ and tissue donor registries. Through the Workplace Partnership for Life campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, Westerly Hospital was among 244 hospitals nationwide to receive bronze recognition status. The hospital’s efforts to increase organ donations included an information table in the main lobby staffed by Anna Pelchat, LICSW, from the hospital’s case management department during April’s Donate Life month and an organ donor and tissue drive held on-site. For more information on Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, visit www.westerlyhospital.org.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT is seeking nominations for its annual Social Service Awards. One outstanding citizen will be recognized with the new SAVA Insurance Group Guided by Heart Award, which honors someone who leads with their heart, who treats others with respect and compassion, and who expects nothing in return. Additional awards will be presented to a volunteer of the year, staff member of the year, executive director of the year, and board member of the year. Honorees will be recognized at the Chamber's annual Business Breakfast Honoring Social Service Agencies on Nov, 30 at Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Boulevard, Norwich. Start your nomination by visiting www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT is seeking nominations for its annual Military Community Support Award. The recipients will be honored at the Chamber's 9th Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast on Nov. 2 at Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Nominated businesses must belong to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. Self-nominations are allowed. Nominations close on Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. Get started at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call (860) 701-9113.

GIVING

The Chelsea Groton Foundation will be accepting applications for the fall grant cycle through the foundation’s online application portal until Friday, Sept. 21. Local and regional charitable organizations in the areas of Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, Housing, and Youth Recreation and Activities, should visit www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.  

The Great Neck Country Club Women’s Golf Association held their 8th annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament to benefit TBBCF on Aug. 7 and raised $12,000. Since 2010, Rally for the Cure has raised over $47,000 for TBBCF. 

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