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Business in Brief: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Published December 30. 2012 4:00AM

Pierre Boutros has announced the opening of The Bayou Smokehouse's new location at 214 Rt. 12 in Groton.

The barbeque and Cajun- style restaurant's hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

The new location hosts a much larger seating capacity than the restaurant's previous home in Westerly.

To contact the restaurant or for more information, call 860-440-8776 or visit the Bayou Smokehouse Facebook page.

New London Harbour Towers has joined the Connecticut Municipal Energy Cooperative to sponsor the business breakfast organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Jan. 16 featuring an address by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The governor will focus on the state of our economy and his budget plans for the upcoming legislative session. The event is scheduled to take place at the Holiday Inn Norwich starting at 7:45 a.m.

To reserve a place, or obtain additional information, contact the chamber, 860-701-9113, or visit www.ChamberECT.com and click on programs and events.

Tom and Joanne Kasprzak, co-authors of the book "Plain Vanilla with Rainbow Sprinkles," have distributed $500 to The ARC of New London County, based on book-sale proceeds.

The book, which chronicles their daughter Mary's' life and the mystical events surrounding her death in 2003, was published in January 2009. The story relates to the donation of Mary's heart to Kerry Keenan, the dignity of life and the importance of organ and tissue donation.

To learn more, visit www.plainvanillawithrainbowsprinkles.

The ARC of New London County is a nonprofit organization serving more than 550 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its website is www.thearcnlc.org

All Big Y Supermarkets donated $194,000 in proceeds from their October initiative "Partners of Hope" to 17 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Among the recipients were the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation in New London.

Since 2007, the Massachusetts-based chain has raised over $863,000 for this cause.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has organized a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 11 at Country Doc Walk-In & Wellness, LLC at 391 Norwich-Westerly Road in North Stonington.

The event is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception that continues to 7:30 p.m.

The state's captive insurance trade organization has announced that its new website is up and running.

The website provides comprehensive information regarding Connecticut's Captive Insurance Initiative, including a tutorial on captive insurance, why Connecticut should be a domicile of choice, the latest industry news, links to state and industry resources, and information about the CCIA and its membership.

Captive insurance involves companies forming an entity to insure their own risks.

The new website can be found at www.ConnCaptives.org.

The business-training group SCORE is hosting a workshop from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Essex Savings Bank in Madison to discuss "Your Business Finances."

Presented at the bank's office at 99 Durham Road, the workshop will be presented by Michael Del Vecchio, a SCORE counselor and former chief technical officer for a large insurance company.

The free workshop will cover the major elements of small business finances that insure success from start-up planning to establishing relationships with financial institutions.

For more information or to register, visit www.southeasternctscore.org.

Liberty Bank has completed a three-week holiday children's book drive at its 44 locations, collecting over 4,000 new and gently used books for donation to Branford-based Read to Grow, a nonprofit dedicated to early childhood literacy.

Both customers and employees contributed to the drive, with well over 100 books collected in Berlin, Middletown, Mystic and Colchester alone.

Read to Grow (www.readtogrow.org) promotes early literacy for all Connecticut children.

Katie Jeffrey, owner of FitNutrition in Stonington, has completed the Am I Hungry? Facilitator Training Program and announced the introduction of her eight-week Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshop, "The No Diet Approach to Reaching Your Optimal Weight and Feeling Great."

Jeffrey will offer the workshops beginning on Jan. 29. For more information, call 860-917-6131 or visit www.fitnutrition.net.

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has compiled a webpage listing a variety of resources for those who ask "what can we do?"

On the Council's Sandy Hook webpage you can find organizations that are involved in response efforts, ways to donate to group or individual funds and resources for talking with children.

There are also tips for what NOT to do, such as donate goods without checking with the organization first.

For more information, contact Nancy Roberts at 860- 525-5585, nroberts@CTphilanthropy.org.

A ribbon cutting ceremony has been organized at the Frame Shop at Firehouse Square in New London by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

The ceremony and a reception to follow is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 239 Bank St. at the full-service framing and matting store.

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