The Day – Business Briefs


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop about “The Press Release – Getting the Media to Notice You” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber’s office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, second floor, Waterford. Media expert Brian Scott-Smith will share tips for how any business can use their press releases to get the media to notice their activities and take up their stories. This workshop is the first of a two-part series on working with the media. Admission is free for anyone who works for a business affiliated with the Chamber. Non-member admission is $10. Reserve at or (860) 701-9113.

SCORE will host the following workshops:

“Search Engine Optimization (SEO),” Thursday, Oct. 11, 4–5:30 p.m., Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. Sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank.

“QuickBooks: Advanced & Hands-On,” Thursday, Oct. 18, 10:00 a.m.-noon, Chester Town Hall, 203 Middlesex Ave.

“The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis,” Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7 p.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Economic Development Specialist Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Administration.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at [email protected].


The Connecticut Department of Labor will host a Micro Career Fair at the Montville American Job Center 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. The job center is located at 601 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Suite 1, Uncasville. Jobseekers planning to attend are required to register in advance by visiting Employers attending the Oct. 10 fair are A La Maid, Advantage Resourcing Warehouse Workers, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Nordson and Stonington Institute.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT has announced a lineup of speakers for its Diversity in Leadership Business Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic. At this breakfast-time event, local immigrant business leaders will highlight their paths to success and share the struggles they faced along the way. Panelists include restaurant owner Tai Au; Sunil Bhatia, Professor and Chair of the Human Development Department at Connecticut College; Ornet Hines, AVP and Branch Manager for Liberty Bank’s Norwich Branch; and David Preka, owner of The Advanced Group and President of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Eastern CT. The panel will be moderated by Len Wolman, Chairman and CEO of the Waterford Hotel Group. Admission is $17 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members, and includes breakfast provided by Hilton Mystic. RSVP in advance to avoid paying an additional $5 fee for walk-ins at or call (860) 701-9113. Waterford Hotel Group and the Chamber’s Community Concierge program are sponsors.

Nancy D. (Seely) Butler, CFP, CDFA, CLTC, a motivational speaker and author, will be the morning speaker for “The Well Healed Women,” a one-day conference presented by Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. Her topic is “Living life to the fullest. You have one life to live.…tips and tricks to make it the best it can be, regardless of your age.” The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Mystic Marriott from 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, go to

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly Business After Hours event on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mystic Luxury Cinemas. A screening of the movie “Mystic Pizza,” released 30 years ago, will be available at 6:45 p.m. and is included in the price of admission. Members $10, guests $20. Register at or 860-572-9578.


Small Potatoes gift shop will celebrate their Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut membership in conjunction with the expansion of the shop to a new location at 204 Sturtevant St., Norwich The public is invited to celebrate over 5 years in business and be introduced to some of the unique gift items in the shop that are curated from local artists and other small businesses from across the U.S. The event will take place Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses.

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