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EMPLOYMENT

Attorney Christine Conley has joined The Law Office of Embry Neusner Arscott & Shafner, LLC in Groton. She is a 2007 graduate from Western New England University School of Law. She lives in Groton. Attorney Conley can be reached at 860 449-0341 or cconley@enaslaw.com.

Barry W. Dunn has joined the Westerly Community Credit Union as the Small Business Lending Officer. He comes to WCCU with over 6 years’ experience in the industry, most recently from People’s Credit Union, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and M.B.A. from Bryant University. Dunn lives in Middletown, R.I. He can be reached at (401) 637-4436 or bdunn@westerlyccu.com. For more information, visit www.westerlyccu.com.

WORKSHOPS

The Montville Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Small Business Resource Forum at Montville High School Cafeteria, Sept. 24, 6-9 p.m. Information and networking with federal, state and local agencies will be available. These include: Small Business Administration, Montville Economic Development Commission; Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT; Small Business Development Center; CT Economic Resource Center; SE CT Enterprise Region; SCORE; Foundry 66; and Signature Properties of New England. The moderated forum will provide agency overviews and time for visiting table displays. For more information or to register, visit www.ChamberECT.com/events or call 860-701-9113.

The Women's Business Development Council will host:

"Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Set, Go – SBA Program," Tuesdays, Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 5:15–6:45 p.m., Frank Alvarado, Presenter. WBDC, 300 State St., Ste. 419, New London.

"Small Business Workshop in Spanish" Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, Moraima Gutierrez, Presenter. WBDC, 300 State St., Ste. 419, New London.

Programs are free. Register at www.ctwbdc.org/ or contact Susan Hackett at shackett@ctwbdc.org.

SCORE will host:

"How to Use QuickBooks to Manage Your Business Finances (I)," Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter, Elizabeth Santaus.

"QuickBooks: Advanced & Hands-On," Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic.

“Fundamentals of Starting or Growing Your Business, #1: What's the Big Idea?”; Session One of our free 5-Session Small Business Workshop Series, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., United Bank, 654 Long Hill Road, Groton; presenters are Arlene Saffron, Eric Munro and Anne Driscoll.

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

NETWORKING

The Southeastern CT Women’s Network is sponsoring their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Langley’s Restaurant of Great Neck Country Club, 28 Lamphere Road. Bridget K. Brown, owner of StoryMatters, LLC, will lead an interactive workshop on the topic: Your Networking Speech: How to be remembered from one networking event to the next. Reservations are required by midnight on Sunday, Sept. 15 at www.sectwomensnetwork.org/events. The cost is $25 if pre-registered, or $30 at the door. Cash or check only.

The University of Connecticut Avery Point will host a panel discussion and networking event entitled “Women Leaders Making a Difference” on Sept. 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the campus Student Center Auditorium. The Keynote Speaker is Kate Farrar, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. Joining her will be panelists Wendy Bury, Executive Director at Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition; Tricia Cunningham, Director of Community Relations at Fairview; Hannah Gant, Civic Entrepreneur and Regenerative Economist, RD86 Space; Ornet Hines, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at Liberty Bank; and Beatrice Jennette, Founding Director of S.T.E.P.S. The event moderator is Suzette Tibus, owner of Simply Majestic Jewelry. For more information, contact Janene Vandi at (860-405-9022 or j.vandi@uconn.edu.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business After Hours with Mystified and First Physical Therapy, Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers before Sept. 16, with an additional $5 after. For more information or to register, visit www.ChamberECT.com/events or call 860-701-9113.

Young Professionals of Eastern CT will host a YPsocial at Il Gesto Trattoria in the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods on Sept. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer are provided. To learn about joining the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s Young Professionals or register for the event, visit www.ypect.com or call 860-701-9113.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. co-hosted by Preston Ridge Vineyard, Canggio Restaurant and These Guys Brewing Co. Starting at 5:30 p.m. guests will gather at Preston Ridge Vineyard for an evening of networking. $10 members and $15 non-members. RSVP to the GNACC at 860-887-1647 or register online at www.norwichchamber.com/events.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Coffee Break with Eric Gjede, CBIA VP from Government Affairs, on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 8-9 a.m. at the New London County Mutual Insurance, 101 High St., Norwich. $5 members and $10 non-members. Continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, visit www.norwichchamber.com or call (860) 887-1647.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Multicultural Networking Night for Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Professionals on Sept. 16, 5:30-7:30, at Rebeka Fresh Pasta in East Lyme. To learn more or register, visit www.ChamberECT.com/events or call 860-701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host its Annual Sunset Dessert Cruise aboard Cross Sound Ferry's high-speed ferry on Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy sampling treats from Mohegan Sun, Ivy's Simply Homemade, the Celiac Epicurean, Flanders Fish Market. Reservations are $35 person. To learn more or make a reservation, visit www.ChamberECT.com/dessert or call 860-701-9113.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Fall Foodie Fun event on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Maple Lanes Park, 45 Bozrah Road, Bozrah. $15 GNACC members and $20 non-members. For more information, visit www.norwichchamber.com or call (860) 887-1647. 

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual State of Norwich Update on Friday, September 20 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Norwich City Hall, 100 Broadway. Presenters include Mayor Peter Nystrom, Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow, and Bob Mills of Norwich Community Development Corp. $5 GNACC members and $10 non-members. Refreshment will be provided. For more information, visit www.norwichchamber.com

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Boulevard, Norwich. The chamber is looking for businesses and manufacturers to meet with students throughout the day. For questions or to attend, contact Angela Adams at (860) 887-1647 or angelaadams@norwichchamber.com. Visit www.norwichchamber.com/events for more details.

EVENTS

Applications for the Mystic Chamber of Commerce's Groton Fall Festival are open. The festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Poquonnock Plains Park. Register for a booth at www.mysticchamber.org or call 860-572-9578.

Registration is open for the Mystic Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Registration fee is a new or like new toy/jacket. Items will be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. To register your boat, visit www.mysticchamber.org or call 860-572-9578.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is registering restaurants for 2019 Mystic Restaurant Week (Nov. 4-10). Visit www.mysticchamber.org or call 860-572-9578.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Healthy Living Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave., featuring free flu shots and additional healthcare screenings, distracted driving course, free kids bike helmets (while supplies last), petting zoo, reptile show and tell, car seat safety check-up, AMBER Alert, and K9 demonstration. Still accepting applications for vendors. SEAT Bus will be available to and from event. For more information, visit www.norwichchamber.comor call (860) 887-1647.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendors for its Annual Healthy Living Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave. For more information, visit www.norwichchamber.com or call (860) 887-1647.

GRAND OPENING

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Taphouse Craft Kitchen & Beer and River Ridge Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at River Ridge, 259 Preston Road, Griswold. No charge. For more information, visit www.norwichchamber.com/events or call (860) 887-1647.

Best Cleaners has opened in the Old Lyme Marketplace at 90 Halls Road. On Sept. 6, managers and staff members gathered with neighboring business owners, and customers to officially “cut the ribbon” and celebrate the grand opening. Shawn McCann, Best Cleaners’ owner and president, also presented a $500 donation check to representatives of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. In June the third-generation drycleaning company acquired the location from Shalett’s Cleaners, renovating the exterior and interior. It is the 13th location for the 65-year old, Middletown-based operation. For more information visit www.bestcleaners.com or call 888-950-BEST (2378).

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will help Stifel celebrate their move to 38 East Main St., Mystic, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26, 9-10 a.m. For more information, visit www.ChamberECT.com/events or call 860-701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will celebrate the opening of the new Waterford office of Eastern Connecticut Ear, Nose & Throat and The Center for Facial Cosmetics at 914 Hartford Tpke., Waterford, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.ChamberECT.com/events or call 860-701-9113.

HONORS

The Washington Trust Company was recently named one of the nation’s Best Banks to Work For by American Banker magazine as part of its annual list organized by the Best Companies Group. Washington Trust is the largest Northeast bank and the only Rhode Island-based institution named. The recognition is based on workplace policies and practices, as well as a survey of employees regarding work environment, morale, benefits and growth opportunities. For more information, visit www.washtrust.com.

GIVING

The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub raised over $700,000 during this year’s Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute fundraiser, which took place from July 8-Aug. 4 at all 106 Ninety Nine restaurants across New England and upstate New York. This year marks the 14th year of partnership with the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that has resulted in $5.3 million to do date. For more information, visit www.99restaurants.com.

MEMBERSHIP

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes its newest members: Creation Shots Photography, COSTCO Wholesale, Crowned Fit, LLC, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen and Bar, High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Sports Lounge, Scorpion Bar Foxwoods, SERAC: Social Advocacy Organizations, Shrine/Red Lantern at Foxwoods, Tidal River Clothing Co. & Trove Men's Provisions, and University of Rhode Island College of Business. Visit www.ChamberECT.com to discover a full Chamber member directory.

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