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EMPLOYMENT

The Coastal Gourmet Group has promoted Executive Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez to Executive Director Culinary Operations. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his cuisine and innovative approach to the culinary arts and is the co-author of "Prescription for Healthy Weight Loss and Ultimate Health." Additionally, Chong-Jiménez is an adjunct professor at Manchester College and the producer of www.ChefDanielOnline.com. The Coastal Gourmet Group was established in 1993 by Charles Spathakis, as President and Founder. David Griswold is Senior Vice President. The company owns Mystic Market Kitchen & Eateries in Noank, Mystic, Old Saybrook and Westport, Aspen Restaurant in Old Saybrook, and Latitude 41 Restaurant in Mystic, as well as Coastal Gourmet Catering. For more information, visit www.coastalgourmetct.com.

Mystic Aquarium recently announced Tina Couch has joined the organization as Vice President of Development. She is responsible for all aspects of fundraising and membership. Most recently, Couch worked at an independent K-8 school.

Andrew Rogers has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer & Senior Vice President of Operations for the Westerly Community Credit Union and Meg Sisco has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President of Retail Experience. Rogers has been with WCCU since 2001, most recently serving as the Vice President of Operations. He lives in Stonington. Sisco has been with WCCU since 1998, most recently serving as the Vice President of Marketing. She lives in Westerly. For more information, visit www.westerlyccu.com.

Andrew Alaya has been promoted to Vice President – Aftermarket Sales at Davis-Standard, headquarted in North Stonington.He has held various customer-centric positions at Circonix Technologies, a division of Davis-Standard. He can be reached aalaya@davis-standard.com. For more information about Davis-Standard's aftermarket services, visit www.davis-standard.com/service-support.

WORKSHOPS

SCORE:

"Managing Your Business Finances with QuickBooks," Intuit ProAdvisor Elizabeth Santaus,Tuesday, March 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Zoom.

"Choosing the Right QuickBooks: The Basics of Setting Up Your QuickBooks Company," Elizabeth Santaus, Tuesday, March 9, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

"Media in Motion," Ron Wertz, Digital Marketing Specialist at Miranda Creative, Thursday, March 18, noon–1:30 p.m., Zoom.

"The Three-Page Business Plan," sponsored by Liberty Bank, presenter Eric Munro, Wednesday, March 24, 2–3:30 p.m., Zoom.

Contact for questions/info: Anne Driscoll, anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org.

NETWORKING

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host Chamber 101: Membership Benefits and Orientation on Wednesday, March 3, 9-10 a.m. The event is free, but registration is requested at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Virtual Forum: Offshore Wind Energy on Thursday, March 18, 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants may choose to attend individual sessions at $10 each; or all three for $25. The event is sponsored by Burns & McDonnell. Speakers, agenda, and registration are available at www.ChamberECT.com/events or call 860-701-9113.

Young Professionals of Eastern CT will host a Virtual YPsocial Trivia Night on Thursday, March 18, 6-7:30 p.m. Young professionals network while playing a "Family Feud" style game. YPECT is a program of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, sponsored by Charter Oak Federal Credit Union and Keith Turner Homestead Funding Corp. To register or learn more, visit www.YPECT.com or call 860-701-9113.

EVENTS

More than 20 restaurants have signed up to be a part of Mystic Restaurant Week. Patrons who dine in or take out from participating restaurants, for any meal can enter to win prizes donated by Greater Mystic Chamber members. When eating at a participating restaurant, patrons will receive a text to win number and key word.  A complete list of prizes can be found at www.mysticchamber.org/mystic-events-calendar/mystic-restaurant-week. Anyone who spends a minimum of $75 on a take-out order can choose from a fleece blanket, a travel wine tumbler or a pair of expresso cups while supplies last. For more information about Restaurant Week, visit www.mysticcamber.org.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce EPIC Blood Drive is Friday, March 19 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redCrossBlood.org (sponsor code:  EpicNorwich). 

HONORS

R&W Heating Energy Solutions of Salem has been named a 2020 Smart-E Loan Top Performer, making this their third consecutive year reaching this achievement. They were recognized at a virtual ceremony on Feb. 26. For more information, call 860-848-9993.

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is the number one 1 residential mortgage lender in eastern Connecticut for the 11th consecutive year, originating over 900 mortgages in New London and Windham counties combined during 2020 with a total value exceeding $138 million. Since 2010, when Charter Oak first became the top residential lender in eastern Connecticut, the credit union has originated almost 11,000 mortgages in both counties combined with a total value of nearly $1.4 billion, based on annual data compiled by The Warren Group's Residential Mortgage Marketshare Report. For more information, visit www.thewarrengroup.com and www.CharterOak.org.

GIVING

The Chelsea Groton Foundation is accepting applications for the spring grant cycle until Friday, April 16. Local and regional charitable organizations in the program areas of Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, Housing, and Youth Activities, should visit www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.   

MEMBERSHIP

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes their newest members Street Stuff, Inc., Norwich; Sweet Momma's, Norwich; CT Heat Pros, Danielson; HR Masterpiece, LLC, Old Lyme; Neighborhood Renovation and Training Program, Inc., Norwich; Blooming Into Greatness, Norwich; Netwerk Guardian, LLC, Canterbury. For more information, visist www.Norwichchamber.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes its newest members: Jersey Mike's in Groton and Little Man's Bakery. Visit www.ChamberECT.com to discover a full Chamber member directory.

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