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Chelsea Groton Bank kicks off their 5-week “Cultivating Great Business: Small Business Bootcamp” on Oct. 5. The free small business series, designed for aspiring and established entrepreneurs, is offered through the bank’s financial education program, Chelsea University, in partnership with the Norwich Community Development Corporation and the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce. The instructor-led curriculum was developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Each class will be delivered by Chelsea Groton Bank team members and local professionals. All classes will be offered in person and via Zoom on Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. at Chelsea Groton’s Westside Branch, 444 West Main St., Norwich, and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at Foundry 66, 66 Franklin St., Norwich, from Oct. 5–Nov. 4. To learn more and to register, visit


“Advertising on and Measuring the Impact of LinkedIn,” sponsored by Essex Savings Bank; presenter is Brand Manager Meghan Crawford of Miranda Creative; Wednesday, Sept. 15, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“The Three-Page Business Plan,” SCORE mentor Eric Munro, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2–3:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Getting Your Non-Profit Organization Organized,” Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at


A Job Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. The event is being hosted by The Day, in partnership with the Groton Public Library, Hall Communications, American Job Center, the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. About 30 employers in fields such as communications, education, healthcare, hospitality, manufaturing, military/defense and social services will participate. In addition there will be free job seeker resources provided by the Groton Public Library and American Job Center, including a free seminar, “Resumes: Basics & Beyond,” at 10:30 am. Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged at

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business After Hours at Waterford Country School, 78 Hunts Brook Road, Quaker Hill, on Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $25, additional $5 for registrations on or after Sept. 20. Visit or call 860-701-9113 to register.


Sunday Fundays are returning to the streets of downtown Westerly Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 10 and 17 from noon-8 p.m. The outdoor marketplace features multiple live music acts, street vendors and artists, and restaurants and bars that extend their services and seating onto High Street, which is closed to vehicular traffic. Retail stores have sidewalk sales. Visit for the weekly list of performers.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce Healthy Living Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at Dodd Stadium. This free events will feature healthcare screenings, interactive demonstrations, public safety and kids section, face painting, vendors, Amber Alert and crafters. Applications being accepted for vendors, farmers, businesses/organizations. For information email Angela Adams at or visit or call at (860) 887-1647.


Aquarion Water Company, a public water supply company based in Connecticut that services Stonington and Mystic, was recently honored by the American Water Works Association Connecticut Section with the organization’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Utility Award. Each year, the AWWA Connecticut Section recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has established or maintained a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages and utilizes each team member’s unique talents. For more information, visit

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