SCORE of Southeastern Connecticut Launches "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" 
FREE Small Business Workshop Series

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Wednesdays, February 28 - March 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm
At CURE Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT.
Sponsored by Canon U.S.A.
Old Saybrook, CT – SCORE (, mentors to America’s small business, with the support of IGNITE Thames River, introduces a new business planning workshop series to aid start-up entrepreneurs.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series helps entrepreneurs, and those interested in learning more about business, test a small business idea and begin to plan a start-up.

This program is ideal for individuals in small business, those thinking about starting a new business and ‘students of life’ who want to learn more about business fundamentals.

This SCORE educational program includes 5 workshop sessions, each with a key focus area:

  1. “Start-up Basics” (February 28th, 2018)
  2. “Business Concept” (March 7th, 2018)
  3. “Marketing Plan” (March 14th, 2018)
  4. “Financial Projections" (March 21st, 2018)
  5. “Funding Sources”  (March 28th, 2018)

Each session includes exercises to help the entrepreneur plan for success.  The workshop itself is delivered at no cost to the participants, and SCORE also includes free and confidential mentoring sessions as part of the workshop series. Space is limited - register today!

Attend all five sessions, or any individual session. For more information and to register, visit

About IGNITE: Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place, sparks ideas, businesses, and innovative growth in the Thames River region by producing events, sponsoring education, and connecting entrepreneurs. Ignite is committed to growing the economy of southeastern Connecticut by creating high value companies, and to supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in our region. Ignite and the Thames River Innovation Place are made possible with support from CT Next. To learn more, visit

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About SCORE: SCORE was established 50 years ago and is a resource partner of the SBA, the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE has more than 10,000 volunteers in 380 chapters nationwide. The southeastern Connecticut SCORE chapter office is located in the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce building with volunteers who provide free business mentoring each month in Guilford, Madison, Essex, Old Saybrook, Middletown, Waterford, Norwich, New London and Mystic.

To learn more about how you can become a SCORE volunteer or to schedule a free  appointment with a SCORE mentor, go or contact Southeastern Connecticut SCORE at 860-388-9508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Southeastern Connecticut Chapter
1 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475


Contact for questions/info:Buz Sawyer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / (914) 563-6058



45 Students Will Benefit From Credit Union’s Scholarship Program


Waterford, CT – January 16, 2018 – For the second consecutive year, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union will be awarding $90,000 in college scholarships this spring to students in New London and Windham counties.

The credit union will accept scholarship applications now through Thursday, March 15, 2018. Applications must be submitted electronically, and can be found at Applicants must be members of the credit union; non-members can visit any branch location or call 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237 to become a member, and to become eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.

A total of 45 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship program rewards students who are involved in their local communities through volunteer activities and who maintain a strong grade point average. The credit union prides itself on community involvement, and has awarded more than $2 million since 2009 to college-bound students, non-profits and community organizations.

This unique scholarship program will reward at least one high school senior from each eligible high school in New London and Windham counties with a $2,000 scholarship. Most high school student applicants will essentially be competing against their peers, rather than competing with students throughout eastern Connecticut.

Current college students are welcome to apply; their applications will be reviewed and scholarships will be awarded at Charter Oak’s discretion. All scholarship recipients will be recognized during a private reception this spring at Charter Oak’s headquarters in Waterford.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.05 billion as of September 30, 2017. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. For more information about Charter Oak’s broad range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at, or contact our Call Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. 

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is like a bank, just better! We've been proudly serving eastern Connecticut since 1939 and we offer great checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investment products. And because we're a credit union, we're owned by our members, not by shareholders. So we can offer lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. It's easy to become a Charter Oak member: simply live, work, worship, learn, or volunteer in New London or Windham counties. So join today and see why Members Bank Better at Charter Oak! Learn more at, or visit any of our convenient branches, or simply call 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.

Shaun Formica, Community Relations Manager
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Duncklee receives National Leadership Award from Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating

Duncklee receives National Leadership Award from Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating

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Jonathan Duncklee, President and CEO of Duncklee Cooling & Heating Inc. receives National Leadership Award from Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating in December 2017 in Dallas, Texas at their training and technology facility.

Thirteen out of 3,500 of the country’s most elite Mitsubishi Cooling and Heating diamond contractors were chosen by Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating as leaders in the ductless technology based on sales, education, innovation and leadership and were recognized with the National Leadership Award. In addition, these industry leaders were requested to meet with the Mitsubishi executive team to strategize for the upcoming year to continue to provide customers with the most efficient and comfortable ductless technology and services.

Mitsubishi Electric is a world leader in ductless cooling and heating technology for both residential and commercial installations — and # 1 in Ductless in the United States. So, with Mitsubishi Electric, you can be sure that you’re getting the latest, most efficient technology, including the most advanced, inverter-driven heat pump systems in the world

In keeping with the Mitsubishi philosophy for designing and building the best product, Duncklee Cooling & Heating has delivered dependable, high quality cooling and heating products for more than forty-five years. Duncklee Cooling & Heating has been servicing the Eastern Connecticut & Western Rhode Island area since 1973, offering custom system design, installation and total service. Their commitment to comfort, quality and value has allowed them to become the area’s leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology and service.

Jonathan Duncklee is proud to be selected from more than 3,500 individuals from across the nation to be recognized with the National Leadership award from Mitsubishi

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 GBA’s January Meeting Kicks Off the 2018 Networking Year


GROTON – The Groton Business Association (GBA) will kick off its 2018 networking year with its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 18.

The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Incredible Weight Loss Center at 565 Long Hill Road.

The GBA will present the awards for the 2017 Groton Holiday Lights Parade.  These presentations have been a tradition for the first meeting of the year.

The meeting is open to all members of the Greater Groton business community.  GBA membership is not required.  There is no admission charge.  Attendees are encouraged to become members of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Mystic.

Bring your business cards and any concerns you have about how things are going in Groton. Coffee and breakfast will be provided by the Incredible Weight Loss Center.

The GBA’s February general meeting will be held at the newly renovated Center Groton Branch of Chelsea Groton Bank at 1317 Gold Star Highway.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Contact us at:


Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton Business Association
of Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
(860) 446-4095
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