The day – Business briefs


Kevin O’Leary was named vice president of business development and marketing at Mystical seaport. This newly created position reports to the Senior Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and provides leadership and oversight of the Museum’s business development, sales, marketing, communications and digital content teams in support of revenue objectives. handsets of the institution. Prior to joining the Museum, O’Leary was Director of Business Development for Guru Media Solutions in California and Vermont. He lives in Middletown, RI For more information, visit

Chelsea Groton Bank promoted 21 employees following a board meeting. Katherine Allingham of Preston, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer; Kelly Allard of Sprague, first vice-president; Richard Balestracci of Stonington, first vice-president; Tamela Higgins of Westerly, first vice-president; Jean McGran of Norwich, first vice-president; East Lyme’s Kristin Zummo, SVP/Director of Business Intelligence; Melinda Burridge of Waterford, vice-president; Chrissy Caplet de Bozrah, vice president, chief operations and security officer; Jennifer DeLucia of North Franklin, vice president; Sarah Dion of Oakdale, vice-president; Dawn Sandvoss of Mystic, Vice President; Lisa Fields of Griswold, assistant vice president, facilities manager; Vira Fiore-LaBrecque of Waterford, assistant vice-president; Maria Grenier of Scotland, Deputy Vice-President; Sara Lundy of Oakdale, assistant vice president; Yana Kozleva of Preston, assistant vice-president; Rebecca Magner of Pawcatuck, assistant vice president; Mandy Crispim of Norwich, Assistant Treasurer; Damen Norton of Groton, assistant treasurer; Elizabeth Owen of Norwich, Assistant Treasurer; and Timothy Rich of Norwich, assistant secretary. For more information visit


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce will host its first Business After Hours of 2022 on January 26 at Mystical luxury cinemas, featuring networking and a film. Register at or 860-701-9113.


GOAL will host:

“Website Planning 101,” Jessica Baldwinco-founder of Cardsetter, Tuesday January 25, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Building Your Marketing Playbook (or 5 Thrifty Marketing Games for Small Businesses)” Sarah BlécherThursday February 3, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“Small Business Loans: Issues and Options”, Chelsea Groton Bank, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Small Business Administration and Community Investment CorporationThursday, February 10, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom.”

“How to Start and Run a Successful Nonprofit,” SCORE Advisor Bob PotterWednesday February 16, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at


Stonington Harbor Yacht Club was named Boaters’ Choice Award Winner by for the fourth consecutive year. The list of 2021 recipients includes a wide range of marine businesses, from private yacht clubs to utility yards, and locations from the West Coast to’s hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. Stonington Harbor Yacht Club offers dock space to visiting yachtsmen, May through October, on their 240ft floating dock just inside the breakwater on the starboard side of the harbour. Dock guests are welcome to dine in the restaurant and take advantage of the many amenities including showers, laundry, ice, water, electricity and Wi-Fi. Reservations can be secured by visiting


Centerville Bank Charitable Foundation awarded $319,864 in funding to 37 organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut. This round of charitable donations brings total grants awarded to $1,114,764 for 2021, the highest annual donation amount in the bank’s history and the second consecutive year to top the $1 million mark.

Recipients included: Madonna Place, Norwich, $5,000; Martin House, Inc., Norwich, $1,500; Thames River Community Service, Inc., $4,000; Ledyard pantry; Pomfret pantry; Pin Project (People in Need) Pantry (Moosup); Friends of Assissi Food Pantry, Danielson; Putnam Interfaith Human Services; St. Vincent de Paul Square, Norwich; St. Mary’s Pantry, Griswold. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit:

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded $4,750 in grants to four organizations dedicated to supporting arts and culture, as well as youth services. The grants were announced by Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Alberts. A grant of $1,500 was awarded to the administrators of Roseland Park; the Preston Historical Society, Inc. received a grant of $1,250; Opera New England of Northeastern Connecticut and Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. received $1,000 each. For more information, visit


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce welcomes its new members: Krave Wellness, LLC; Swad Tandoori restaurant, New London; Just throw it away, Old Lyme; and Mohegan Trading Post, Ledyard. Visit for the full directory of Chamber members.

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