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Business in Brief: May 5, 2013

Published May 05. 2013 4:00AM

Noank Community Market is the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month.

Noank Community Market opened its doors in May 2012, in the hopes of engaging locals with the tag line of "be local, buy local."

A cooperatively owned community market at 17 Pearl St. in Noank, the market offers sandwiches, pizza, a deli, prepared foods, organic and reasonably priced produce, a bakery and grocery section, locally grown products, organic and gluten-free products and wi-fi.

For more information visit www.noankmarket.com.

To submit your nomination for June's Business of the Month, fill out the nomination form at www.mysticchamber.org or visit the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 2 Roosevelt Ave.

More than 16,000 canned food items have been donated to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center from Eastern CT's Premier Home Show, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut.

Tony Sheridan, the Chamber's president and CEO, thanked all who donated the items, which were used to build five large "Canstruction" structures at the show.

"We are very appreciative of the donations from Tri-Town Foods, Bozzuto's and individual donors," he said. "The teams created spectacular displays and the food will be put to good use."

Citizens Bank was the "tidal" sponsor of the 15th Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race, which was held April 27. The race, which featured 20,000 rubber ducks racing down the Pawcatuck River, raised funds for more than 20 nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has organized a special Business After Hours networking event to note the 75th anniversary of the Niantic-based Smith Insurance agency.

The social will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Great Neck Country Club, 34 Lamphere Road in Waterford.

Reservations are $15 for members, $25 for non-members. To learn more or register, visit www.ChamberECT.com/chamber-activities or call (860) 701-9113.

Chelsea Groton Bank officers, board members and corporators met at Mystic Marriott in Groton on April 25 to review the bank's fiscal 2012 financial results. Attendees also toasted Chelsea Groton's nearly 159-year history and shared a vision for future growth, enhanced wellbeing for business and retail customers, and continued opportunities to create meaningful change within the bank's southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island communities. Net income for 2012 was $4.1 million, compared to $3.1 million in 2011. Deposits grew 6 percent and assets under management jumped 12 percent

At the annual meeting bank officials also announced the appointment of three new corporators: Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe; Daniel R. Dennis Jr., former President and CEO of Norwich Savings Society and Eastern Market Manager for People's United Bank; and Robert W. Tabor, who retired in 2009 from Chelsea Groton as Senior Vice President/Commercial Lending Manager.

For more information, visit chelseagroton.com.

Waterford Hotel Group recently announced the appointment of Alan Miller to the position of General Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott in Norwich. The 120-room hotel is managed by Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm.

As General Manager, Miller will oversee all operational, sales and administrative aspects of the hotel. He joins the Courtyard Norwich team from his most recent roles as Assistant General Manager for the Comfort Inn Mystic and the Residence Inn by Marriott Mystic, where he oversaw both front of house and back of house operations. Miller's prior hospitality experience also includes serving as Guest Services Manager for the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton and Assistant Front Office Manager at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. He lives in Groton.

For more information, visit www.waterfordhotelgroup.com.

Moe's Southwest Grill opened at Groton Square Shopping Plaza, 220 Route 12, on Thursday, April 18. Fifteen percent of sales from that day were donated to Navy Marine Corp Relief Society, a private non-profit organization just down the street from Moe's that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States. This is franchise partners Matt Rusconi and David Vorchheimer's sixth Moe's in Connecticut.

Moe's in Groton will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 860-405-9661 or visit www.moes.com.

Strazzo Consulting will hold a two-hour workshop Saturday, May 18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 11 Main St. in the Old Mystic Mill. A new business in Stonington, the company focuses on teaching businesses conflict resolution and stress management techniques.

The workshop will focus on identifying and clarifying your vision and creating a vision board.

The cost of the workshop is $25 and pre-registration is required. Contact Joseph Strazzo at 860-536-5190 or www.strazzoconsulting.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, in partnership with Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law, will present "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law" on May 14.

Participants will learn about updates on statutes, cases and the NLRB's impact on non-union workplaces. This breakfast seminar will be presented by Attorney Meredith Diette from Siegel O'Connor and Attorney Eileen Duggan from Suisman Shapiro.

It will be held at Best Western Olympic Inn, 360 Route 12 in Groton, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. There is a $15 member or $25 non-member fee, which includes breakfast. Those interested may learn more at www.chamberECT.com/chamber-activities or by calling (860) 701-9113.

Todd Cambio, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist of Pawcatuck, became one of the first Certified Kettlebell Instructors in the StrongFirst Girya school of strength in Connecticut. Cambio spent three days in Boston where he was taught the fundamentals of the StrongFirst system. This certification combined lectures with hands-on practice with heavy kettlebells.

For more information, call Cambio at 860-287-3768 or email him at tcambio@GoPrecisionFitness.com.

Jo Ann Pietraallo, Westerly Community Credit Union's Sales and Services Manager, and Gale Defanti, Financial Services Officer, have completed the Credit Union National Association Financial Counseling School and received the designation of Certified Financial Counselors.

They completed the CUNA Financial Counseling Certification Self-Study Program, which covered various topics including: taxes, insurance, investments, controlling living expenses, understanding consumer credit, matching values to money, retirement, and special financial circumstances.

For more information on WCCU's certified financial counselors or the Take the Challenge program, please visit www.westerlyccu.com or call 401-596-7000.

"Mom's Nite Out" will be held at the Crystal Mall on May 9 from 5-8 p.m. The free event is sponsored by Advanced Improvements and Rethink Varicose Veins.

GoMom.Me, a social network and resource guide for moms on the go, will announce their 2013 Mother of the Year at the event.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CrystalMall or Twitter @ShopCrystalMall.

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