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Business briefs for Nov. 3

Published November 03. 2013 4:00AM

Earlier this month Crystal Mall in Waterford welcomed temporary retailer Toys R Us and a Go! Calendars kiosk. FroYoWorld Frozen Yogurt Lounge has officially opened as well. Fashion retailer Crazy 8 and restaurant Timari Essence of Asia will open this November.

Toys R Us will be open for two months to serve Crystal Mall shoppers during the holidays. Toys R Us is located lower level mid-mall next to Men's Wearhouse. Go! Calendars is located on the upper level next to Justice. FroYoWorld is on the upper level near Macy's.

Crescent Beach BNI has a new leadership team for 2013-14: President: Brian Mayo of Dynamic Alliance; Vice President: Glenn Bammer of Flo-Tech; Secretary/Treasurer: Rosemary Vann, CPA; Education Co-ordinator: Dawn Robinson of Barnum Financial Group; Membership Committee: Mark Christensen of Green Acres, Sue Kumro of Mermaid Liquors, Kevin Mace of Harbour Mortgage; Visitor Hosts: Wes Firmin of Northease Financial Group and Kevin Mace; Events Co-ordinator: Teri Smith of Smith's Acres; Public Relations: Mike Johnson of Maple Print Services.

With 27 members, Crescent Beach Business Network International represents potential sources of business referrals in the real estate, health and wellness, financial, business services and marketing and events. The Crescent Beach chapter meets every Tuesday at Main Street Grille, 252 Main St., Niantic at 7:15 am. Contact Brian Mayo with questions: 860-701-0058 or bmayo@dynamic-alliance.com.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an educational seminar, "Employees Gone Wild! Why Every Business Needs A Social Media Policy," on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Three Rivers Community College; $10 members/$15 non-members. The seminar is presented by attorney Rich Pascal. Go to www.norwichchamber.com to register.

The Arc New London County has received a $500 grant from Chelsea Groton Foundation in continued support of the agency's aquaponics project.

Aquaponics, a growing system combining aquaculture and hydroponics, provides employment training opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the cutting-edge field of agricultural science.

To learn more about The Arc New London County's aquaponics project, visit www.thearcnlc.org, or contact Meghan Horan, 860-889-4435. The Arc New London County supports more than 550 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in southeastern Connecticut.

The Westerly Community Credit Union will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys and selling $1 paper medallions through Nov. 30 to benefit the Minis Making A Difference charity. Donated toys will be accepted during regular business hours at all four branches in Westerly, Richmond and South Kingstown. All toys and donations will benefit Toys for Tots and Children's Wishes of Rhode Island.

Minis Making a Difference is a 501c3 non-profit charity. For more information, visit www.minismd.org. For more information on Westerly Community Credit Union visit www.westerlyccu.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will offer its members a free Brown Bag Seminar on Social Media on Wednesday, Nov. 13. An expert from Miranda Creative, a Norwich-based design and marketing firm, will explain how to maximize your social media around the holidays.

There will also be time for any social media related questions during this informative, casual luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Register at www.chamberECT.com/chamber-activities or call (860) 701-9113. Space is limited.

General Woodcraft, Inc., a New London specialty building supply company, has named Joan M. Horwat a Senior Kitchen Designer. She brings more than 10 years industry experience to the position. Most recently, Horwat owned and operated Kitchens by Armstrong in Mystic

General Woodcraft, 531 Broad St., is a specialty building supplier serving both the wholesale and retail markets. Their product and service offerings are concentrated in four areas: Custom Kitchen Design, Mataverde Premium Decking and Siding, Hardwoods, Plywood and related products, and Millwork. Additionally, they have one of the largest inventories of FSC hardwood materials.

Visit www.generalwoodcraftinc.com or www.mataverdedecking.com for more information.

Custom Marine Canvas of Noank has received an award of Excellence in the Sailboat Exterior Category in the Industrial Fabrics Association International's Achievement Awards. Nick Olsen and Aaron Norris won for their work building new deck awnings for the Coast Guard barque Eagle. The award was made at the Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center.

RE/MAX Bell Park Realty, 610 Hartford Pike, Dayville, has merged with Loomis Real Estate, 25 Providence Str., Putnam. The new office will operate under the name RE/MAX Bell Park Realty. With the merger, the new office will hold the number one market share in Windham County.

Michael Meehan is Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Bell Park Realty. Dick Loomis is Broker/Owner of Loomis Real Estate.

Between the two offices, RE/MAX Bell Park Realty will have a combined total of 34 agents.

For more information, visit www.remax-newengland.com.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a two-part educational series, "Creating A Winning Business Plan," on Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Solution Center, 210 Route 32, North Franklin.

Business advisers and local experts will coach entrepreneurs through the steps to create and develop a business plan. This is a two-part class and one-on-one appointments with a business adviser from the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford will be available.

Go to www.norwichchamber.com to register.

Centerbrook Architects of Essex has won several design awards for the Biomass Heating Facility at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, which recently earned the top design awards from both the American Institute of Architects New England and from AIA Connecticut, as well as the Alexion Award of Excellence, the top "Green Architecture" award of the Connecticut Green Building Council.

The biomass plant heats the independent school's campus, with its 600 residents and 85 buildings, by burning sustainably harvested woodchips. The 16,500-square-foot building is part of Hotchkiss' commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2020.

Centerbrook Partner Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, led a design team that included Project Manager Alan Paradis, Mark A. Herter, Peter Cornell and Erik Lübeck. For more information, visit www.centerbrook.com.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, in partnership with six other organizations, will present the first of two Tourism Marketing Boot Camps on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Hilton Mystic. Attendees are invited to this mini-conference, sponsored in part by the Greater Mystic Visitors Bureau, to learn about tourism marketing from industry experts.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by rotating workshops on topics such as Facebook, Twitter, brochure design and Google Analytics. The boot camp will conclude with lunch over an informative session about the free resources offered by CTvisit.com and Mystic.org. To learn more or register, visit www.ChamberECT.com or call (860) 701-9113.

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