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Frederick Aldrich of Uxbridge, Mass., has joined Northeast Marketing Associates, LLC of Groton as as Sales Service Manager. Aldrich has held a variety of senior management positions with Harvey Building Products since 1984. He will take responsibility for contractor promotion programs, CRM management, lead fulfillment, and the sale of specialty product lines to national two-step distributors. Northeast Marketing Associates represents manufacturers of exterior building products in New England and eastern New York. For more information, visit


Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place, will hold its monthly Office Hours program with Marcum Associates on Dec. 17. Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to schedule a one-on-one appointment for tax advice between the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. by emailing There is no fee to participate. All appointments will be held at the Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Road, Groton. More information at or

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop about "Working with Trust – Creating a Rewarding and Productive Workplace" on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Chamber's office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, second floor, Waterford. Workshop presenter is Richard Hews of Pathways of Growth. Admission is free for anyone who works for a business affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. Non-member admission is $10. Learn more and RSVP at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the Community Foundation of Eastern CT will host a Nonprofit Conference on the topic of "Leading Practices of High-Performing Boards" on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn – Norwich, 10 Laura Boulevard. Admission is $40 per person and includes access to the full-day program, along with breakfast and lunch. Contact the Community Foundation of Eastern CT to inquire about scholarship availability. Learn more and reserve your spot at or (860) 701-9113.

SCORE will host workshops on:

"(Taking the Fear out of) Small Business Selling," Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5-6:30 p.m., The Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St. Presenter is Eric Munro.

"Maximizing LinkedIn for Your Professional Career or Business," Wednesday, Dec. 12, 9:30–11:30 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative.

“Small Business 401K,” Monday, Dec. 17, 5–6:30 p.m., The Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St. Presenter is John Bairos. Sponsored by Edward Jones.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at


The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Montville American Job Center is holding a Micro Career Fair Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 601 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Suite 1, Uncasville. Prior to attending jobseekers are required to register at Employers attending the fair are Connecticut Home Care Solutions, Foxwoods Resort Casino, People Ready, Project Genesis and Rand-Whitney. 

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a breakfast discussion about Wind Energy in Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday, Dec. 12,7:45 to 9:00 a.m. at Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Boulevard, New London. Representatives from Constitution Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource will share their long-term vision for eastern Connecticut. This program is free to attend and includes light breakfast. Register by Dec. 10 by visiting or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's Community Concierge program invites residents to a "Connections" networking event at the Thames Club, 290 State St., New London, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Admission is free and open to the public, but an advance RSVP is required at or by calling the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT at (860) 701-9113. Community Concierge is managed by the Chamber and is a program of the Thames River Innovation Place, supported by CTNext.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Noodles and Rice Bistro on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at 165 Bank St., New London. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP. Learn more at or call (860) 701-9113.


Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded 17 WCCU Teacher Grant Awards, totaling just over $7,500, to teachers or staff from Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Stonington and Westerly. WCCU awards grants annually to support creative and experiential educational projects or programs in the area’s school districts. For more information visit

Ocean State Job Lot's "Choose, Give, Get" donation program has been extended through Dec. 24. The program funds the OSJL Charitable Foundation, which supports non-profits that deal with the military and veterans, food insecurity, child welfare, healthcare, education, animal welfare, performing arts, and homelessness. For more information, visit


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT is seeking nominations for its next Citizen of the Year through Jan. 7. The Chamber presents its Citizen of the Year award annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations in bettering the economic, business, and/or community climate in eastern Connecticut. The winning candidate will be announced in spring 2019 and will be celebrated in May 2019. Visit to find additional information and nominating criteria.

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