September - Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT

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September - Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT
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Norwich, CT
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(860) 464-7373
(860) 464-7374
www.chamberect.com
Business Center
Need help for your business? Visit the Chamber! SCORE, a free, confidential organization supported by the Small Business
Administration, is available at the Chamber office every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Dime Bank in Norwich every second
and fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Benefit Center representatives are available every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
An advisor from the Small Business Development Center will be available the first and third Thursday of each month to provide free
one-on-one counseling at the Chamber offices to the general public. For more information, call the Chamber at 860-464-7373.
Special Thanks to Our Regional Benefactors
September 2009
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this fall?
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www.chamberect.com/
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39 Kings Highway
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
PLAY
Broadway producer featured at next
Business Breakfast
past 24 years. Currently
on Broadway: Burn the
Floor. Past productions
include: “The Producers,”
“The Norman Conquests,”
“Hairspray,” “Gypsy,” “Young
Frankenstein,” and others.
See page three for an
opportunity you won’t
want to miss!
Members: Have news?
WORK
The Chamber of Commerce
of Eastern CT is pleased to
announce famed Broadway
producer Tom Viertel as the
guest speaker at our next
Business Breakfast.
Viertel has produced a wide
range of plays and musicals
on and off Broadway, in
London and on tour for the
Viertel is a member of the
Executive Committee, Board
of Governors and Tony
Management Committee of
The Broadway League and
Chairman of the League’s
Government Relations
Committee. He is Chairman
of the Board of The Eugene
O’Neill Theater Center in
Waterford, Connecticut.
He is a graduate of Harvard
University and a member
of the Board of Trustees of
The Choate Rosemary Hall
School.
B2B Connections
In addition to his work
in theater, Mr. Viertel has
had a 40-year career in
commercial real estate
as an executive of
Presidential Realty Corp.,
a White Plains, NY based
real estate investment
trust.
The breakfast is
sponsored by Comcast
Business Class and will be
held on Friday, Sept. 18
from 7:45 - 9 a.m. at the
Seaman’s Inne at Mystic
Seaport, Mystic. The cost
is $17 for members and
$25 for non-members.
For more information or
to register, visit
www.chamberect.com or
call 860-464-7373.
Council Events
The Chamber’s next B2B
Connections will be
held at 8 a.m. Friday,
September 11, at
CorePlus Federal Credit
Union, 255 Route 12.
Stonington Meadows.
B2B also goes on the
road with our Council
of the Stoningtons
at 8 a.m. Tuesday,
September 15 at
Visit www.chamberect.
com/chamber-activities
or call 860-464-7373 for
more information.
And don’t miss our
regular B2B session
from 8-9 a.m. October
1 at Panera Bread in
Waterford.
www.chamberect.com
Annual State of Ledyard
Breakfast
with Mayor Fred B. Allyn
Wednesday, September 16
7:45-9 a.m.
Ledyard Town Hall Annex
Lyme-Old Lyme Council Meeting
with Jeff Andersen, Director,
Florence Griswold Museum
Thursday, September 17
6:15-9 p.m.
Cherrystones, Old Lyme
Phone: (860) 464-7373
Fax: (860) 464-7374
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Voice
Look for our
Chamber Calendar
The new Chamber Calendar is coming to a
mailbox near you!
With the help of some very special
sponsors, the Chamber is pleased to
announce
our
15-month
calendar,
spanning
from
October
2009
through
December 2010. Our theme focuses
on helping businesses navigate tough
economic waters to achieve success.
If you’re a Chamber member, you will
be receiving your calendar by mail midSeptember. Please feel free to let us
know what you think! Send an email to
[email protected]
Improving Non-Profit
Performance:
Getting From Talk to Action
Using Results- Based Accountability
Internationally renowned author and
speaker, Mark Friedman, will present a
workshop on his talk-to-action methods for
improving quality of life for customers and
communities.
Mr. Friedman is author of the book
Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough, used by
government and non-profit agencies in over
40 states and countries around the world.
The event will be held Wednesday,
September 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at
the Radisson Hotel, 35 Governor Winthrop
Boulevard, New London and is sponsored
by the Community
Foundation of
Southeastern CT
and the Liberty Bank
Foundation.
The cost to attend is
$50 per person.
Visit www.chamberect.
com/chamber-activities
for more information.
September 2009
CHAMBER STAFF
TONY SHERIDAN
President
[email protected]
SHERI COTE
Director of Operations
[email protected]
DENNY HICKS
Director of Strategic Planning
[email protected]
HEATHER GIFFEN LEONARD
Director of Programs and Events
[email protected]
MEGHAN WHITEHEAD
Program and Events Coordinator
[email protected]
LIZ MUGAVERO
Marketing and Communications
Coordinator
[email protected]
KATHY CHARTIER
Business Services Representative
[email protected]
RON HAUBERT
Sales Coordinator
[email protected]
LAURA CAPSHAW KRAMER
Sales Coordinator
[email protected]
New Members
Anytime Fitness
Children First Southeast CT
Color Salon & Green Retreat
DKerr Consulting
Fusion Grill
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Mortgage Access Corporation
MystvStudios
Professional Eyecare, LLC
Re/Max Home Team - Waterford
The Spirit of Broadway Theater
Timberlines LLC
Tri Town Foods
Turick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Wylee’s Wood Fired
Wynding Hill Plaza
Engage
with the Chamber
LORI THOMPSON
Bookkeeper
[email protected]
Follow us on Twitter:
@ChamberECT
DEBY MARTINEZ
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
Join our discussions at our blog:
www.chamberect.com/blog
SATOMI RASKA
Marketing Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
Become a fan on Facebook:
www.facebook.com
BEN FEINBERG
Web and Graphics Designer
[email protected]
View photos on Flickr:
www.chamberect.com/flickr
KATHLEEN GAITO
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
FRANK MCLAUGHLIN
Downtown Development &
Investment Coordinator
[email protected]
September 2009
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Voice
News and Editorial
Promoting tourism in the
region
In an effort to promote the region’s
year-round tourism potential, the
Chamber has produced a DVD
focusing on area attractions for use
on the Cross Sound Ferries. The
goal, said Chamber President Tony
Sheridan, is to stimulate awareness
of what eastern Connecticut has to
offer.
“Many people view New London as
simply a place to get on or off the
ferry, but we want them to realize
this is a great place to stay and visit,”
Sheridan said. “Eastern Connecticut
has something for everyone.”
The Chamber received a grant from
Northeast Utilities to produce the
DVD. Look for it around Labor Day on
Long Island and Block Island ferries.
Chamber to hold political candidate training
The Chamber of Commerce
of Eastern Connecticut
believes that the region’s
social and economic fabric
is highly dependent on a
healthy competitive political
environment. To this end, the
Chamber is concerned with
the increasing number of local
and state political offices that
go uncontested on an annual
basis. If this trend is allowed to
continue, it could potentially result
in a negative impact on the region’s
ability to ensure a healthy social and
economic environment for future
generations.
Based on these concerns, the
Chamber has organized a nonpartisan Candidate Academy for
individuals interested in running for
Breakfast with David Whitehead
political offices –
the first of its kind
in the region.
Session topics
are: “A Passion for
Public Service,”
focusing on the
choice to enter
the public service
field, the party
endorsement
process, fundraising and reporting
requirements; “The Campaign,” focused
on planning and running a successful
campaign; and “I Won, Now What?”,
focused on media relations, press
coverage and servicing the public.
The Academy will be held September 16,
23 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Chamber
office, 39 Kings Highway, Gales Ferry. The
cost for the 3-session program is $50. Visit
www.chamberect.com for an application.
For more information, call 860-464-7373.
Thank you to The William W. Backus
Hospital President and CEO, David
A. Whitehead, for speaking at the
Chamber’s August Business Breakfast. A
special thank you to United Healthcare
for sponsoring our event.

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