Business News in Brief, week of Oct. 7, 2018



Connex donation boosts animal shelter fund

HAMDEN — The town’s Animal Shelter Gift Fund recently received a donation of more than $900 from Connex Credit Union through the credit union’s philanthropic program, Coins-for-Change.

The Coins-for-Change program contributes more than $13,000 annually to local charitable organizations as part of the ConnexCares initiative, according to a release. Through the program, Connex charges a fee to use its coin-cashing machines; each quarter, 100 percent of that money is donated to local groups, the release said.

Hamden’s Animal Shelter Gift Fund was created so shelter donations could only be used for a new Hamden or Regional Animal Shelter. The town currently rents space from the North Haven animal shelter.

“Connex Credit Union is proud to support those making a difference in the community and having a positive impact in towns where we live and work,” Carl Casper, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Connex Credit Union, said in the release. “On behalf of Connex, thank you for supporting our Coins-for-Change program to further help organizations such as these.”

Local nonprofit or charitable organizations interested in participating in the “Coins-for-Change” program can contact Roquita Johnson at Connex Credit Union at 1-800-CR-UNION or [email protected]

As of this time, the town of Hamden is actively working on plans for its own shelter; currently it rents space from the North Haven animal shelter.

Housatonic River Job Network to meet

ORANGE — The Housatonic River Job Network will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

Guest speaker will be Linda Van Valkenburgh, owner of My Executive Career Coach LLC. Topics will be “Social Media — The Things You Just Can’t Ignore” and “How To Organize Your Job Search And Track Your Way To Success.”

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SEO workshop offered

GUILFORD — The Southeastern Connecticut chapter of SCORE is offering a free business workshop, “Search Engine Optimization (SEO),” from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St.

SCORE is a nonprofit that works to aid in the success of small businesses.

The workshop will be presented by marketing and e-commerce veteran Anne Driscoll, and the event is sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank.

For information, visit

Women Redefining Retirement to meet

MILFORD — Women Redefining Retirement will meet at 7 pm. Monday at Golden Hill Rehabilitation Pavilion, 2028 Bridgeport Ave.

Speaker will be pharmacist Fred Mason, who will give a presentation on senior citizens and common drug interactions. Members are urged to bring any outdated or expired prescription drugs with them (please don’t bring the whole bottle, just the pills in a baggie) for proper disposal.

Warm winter clothing will be collected for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Food donations will benefit the Beth El Center. New Members always welcome.

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Girls Night Out in Orange

ORANGE — The Network of Executive Women will hold a Girls Night Out from 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road.

Event wil lfeature networking, wine, raffles, auction, goodie bags, food tastings by local restaurants, and local authors.

For information or tickets, visit Advance ticket discount available when ordering online.

Chamber sets awards breakfast

ORANGE — The Orange Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2018 Awards Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at Grassy Hill Country Club, according to a release. The event is sponsored by Coldwell Banker.

The event celebrates “businesses and individuals who contribute to the community and economic well-being of the Town of Orange,” the release said.

According to the release, restaurant chain TGI Fridays will be honored with the Notable Newcomer award; the Chamber Service Award will go to two recipients, the Town of Orange and Eli’s Orange; the Community Service Award is being given to Avangrid; the Milestone award will go to Eagle Leasing; Business of the Year will go to Coldwell Banker; and the Business Person of the Year award will be presented to Vincent Marino of Cohen & Wolf Attorneys at Law.

Guest speaker will be forensic scientist Henry C. Lee, currently director of Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Professor in Forensic Science of the University of New Haven.

Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 203-795-3328 or email [email protected]


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