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Business in Brief: December 23, 2012

Published December 23. 2012 4:00AM

Scient Federal Credit Union in Groton has teamed up with Madonna Place for the second year in a row to help out families in need this holiday season.

The credit union, 60 Colver Ave., donated to three families consisting of eight children and six adults. The 52 employees that make up Scient bought numerous cleaning supplies, towels and toiletries for all three families, as well as more than 50 additional gifts. Scient also conducted a basket raffle in which employees made baskets, bought tickets for the baskets they were interested in, and drew winners' names at random. The basket raffle brought in $355, all of which went toward buying additional gifts for the families.

The credit union brought their two car loads of gifts to Madonna Place, located in Norwich.

For more information, call 860-445-1060 or 1-877-860-6928, or visit www.scientfcu.org.

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) has been announced as a sponsor of the Jan. 16 Business Breakfast organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut to hear the governor's budget proposals.

Tony Sheridan, the chamber's president and CEO, announced the sponsorship of the program that will feature Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who will outline his budget proposals and the state's economic situation. The program at the Holiday Inn Norwich begins at 7:45 a.m.

To register, or for additional information, call the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit www.ChamberECT.com and click on programs and events.

Panera Bread has named its Associates of the Quarter, which include:

Daryl Ramos of Groton, Groton store; Daniel Cornish of Occum, Lisbon store; Ben Perry of Montville, Waterford store; and Elvin Rodriguez of Willimantic, Foxwoods store.

For more information, go to www.panerabreadhbg.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation is accepting grant requests for the coming year from organizations that focus on children.

Although the amount raised at the foundation's recent Holiday Gala at the Mohegan Sun hasn't been announced, foundation Chairman Lou Ziegler said the event was successful, and encouraged eligible non-profit organizations to apply.

A downloadable application form is available at www.ChamberECT.com by clicking on About Us and scrolling down to 501(c)3 Foundation.

The application deadline is Feb. 8. Grant recipients will be announced before the end of March.

Those who bought the discounted Business After Hours subscription from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will be able to use their first ticket Jan. 9 at Hoffman Audi of New London.

Additional subscriptions are still available for $150 (a $75 savings) at the chamber. Call 860-701-9113, or by visiting www.ChamberECT.com and clicking on programs and events.

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