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    Saturday, December 02, 2023

    Business Briefs


    Bruce McCauley of Danielson has been appointed AVP, Loan Administration at American Eagle Financial Credit Union. He has worked there for the last 13 of his 26-year career in financial services.



    PART ONE “Managing Your Business Finances with QuickBooks,” Intuit ProAdvisor Elizabeth Santaus, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

    PART TWO “Choosing the Right QuickBooks: The Basics of Setting Up Your QuickBooks Company,” Thursday, Dec. 1, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

    “2023: The Year Branding Thrives,” Maria Miranda, Thursday, Dec. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Zoom.

    “The Three-Page Business Plan,” sponsored by Essex Savings Bank, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2-3:30 p.m, Zoom.

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


    Caramia Wellness has opened at 1101 Noank Ledyard Road, Mystic. The business offers nutrition, diet modification and life coaching advice. The staff includes Shelly Laibrandt, RN, Functional Nutrition & Nutrition Response Testing; Hali Ballantyne, Holistic Health Coaching; and Cara Joseph, RN, CCWFN, Functional Nutrition & Nutrition Response Testing. The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Nov. 17. For more information, visit https://caramiawellness.com/ or call (860) 245-4186.


    The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation will present the 37th annual Holiday Gala in-person celebration on Friday, Dec. 16 from 5:30-9 p.m. The event, presented in partnership with the Mohegan Tribe, will take place in the Uncas Ballroom, and will raise funds for the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs.

    After a two-year hiatus from the live event, guests will be treated to a champagne reception as they bid in a silent auction. For more information on the Foundation and its grants, visit www.ChamberECT.com. Donations for the live and silent auction are still being accepted. Contact Shöna Nilsson at snilsson@chamberect.com for donation interest. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a reserved table of 8. For information and tickets visit www.ChamberECT.com/gala or call 860-701-9113.

    GNACC Annual Holiday Bazaar/Small Business Saturday will be held Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd., Norwich. Over 70+ artists and artisans. Free admission. Complimentary hot chocolate and photos with Santa. Sponsors: Holiday Inn, Norwich, and Frontier Communications. To learn more, visit www.norwichchamber.com/events, call (860) 887-1647, or Email: info@norwichchamber.com.


    S&P Oyster Restaurant and Bar in Mystic donated 20 percent of its Veterans Day revenue to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. Co-Owner Cathleen Holland pointed out that many of the restaurant’s staff and customers have served in the armed forces.

    On Nov. 5, Nature’s Art Village, home of The Dinosaur Place in Montville, made their annual donation to Safe Futures of Southeastern CT, a program that serves victims of domestic violence in New London County. Customers donated $5,000, which was matched by Nature’s Art Village.

    The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded grants totaling $32,500 to eight local food pantries. Grants in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to stock pantry shelves at Interfaith Human Services of Putnam, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, Inc. (TEEG) and Saint Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City. The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Inc. (PNC) was granted $5,000 to pay for gasoline for two PNC vehicles used for food pantry pick-ups/deliveries and a handicap accessible van used for free transportation for seniors.

    Two grants were awarded to Project Pin Food Pantry, Inc. – a $5,000 grant will fund their new food delivery service, plus a $500 grant awarded in recognition of Jewett City Savings Bank’s former President and CEO, Kevin Merchant.

    Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson received $3,500 and the Jonnycake Center of Westerly received $2,500 to stock pantry shelves. The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. was granted $1,000 for the Mobile Food Pantry at Griswold High School.

    This year the Foundation awarded 73 grants totaling $116,000.

    The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub raised more than $387,000 for local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout New England and upstate New York during the company’s annual Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser held in October. All 101 Ninety Nine restaurants were involved in helping to provide for 59 local chapters.

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