The Day – Business Briefs

EMPLOYMENT Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has named Susan Shepherd as its new Mortgage Officer….


Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has named Susan Shepherd as its new Mortgage Officer. Shepherd joined Charter Oak in 2018 in its banking operations. Shepherd has worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years, with 25 of those years dedicated exclusively to providing mortgages for homeowners across eastern Connecticut. To reach her directly, call 860-235-6346 or email [email protected].

Kevin Gervasini has been promoted to Lending Manager at Westerly Credit Union. He began his Westerly Community Credit Union career in 2015 as a Member Service Representative, was promoted to Lending Assistant and then moved up to Consumer Loan Officer. Most recently, he has served as a Senior Underwriter. For more information, visit



“Fundamentals for Starting Your Business, Session #5: Show Me the Money,” Tuesday, April 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Zoom.

“Advertising on and Measuring the Impact of Facebook,” Meghan Crawford from Miranda Creative, Thursday, April 22, noon–1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Managing Your Business Finances With QuickBooks,” Elizabeth Santaus, Wednesday, May 5, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“CT Paid Leave: What You Need to Know,” Thursday, May 6, noon-1 p.m., Zoom.

“Choosing the Right QuickBooks: The Basics of Setting Up Your QuickBooks Company,” Elizabeth Santaus, Wednesday, May 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“Advertising on and Measuring the Impact of Instagram,” Meghan Crawford of Miranda Creative, Thursday, May 20, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

Contact for questions/info: Anne Driscoll at [email protected].

Chelsea Groton Bank‘s 8-week “CU Grow: Online Small Business Bootcamp” will continue on Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. in April and May. The free small business series 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. To learn more and to register, visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a virtual Chamber 101: Membership Benefits and Orientation on Wednesday, May 5, 9–10 a.m.  Register at or call 860-701-9113.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the North Stonington Economic Development Commission will host a virtual Business Roundtable on Monday, April 26, 6-7 p.m. The forum is free, but registration is required at or 860-701-9113.

The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce will host a networking luncheon Friday, April 30 at noon at Venice restaurant on Shore Road, Westerly. $23 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Price includes a $5 per person donation to support the Frank Olean Center whose newly appointed Executive Director, Ruth Tureckova, will be the guest speaker. To register contact (401) 596-7761.


The Groton Public Library and Liberty Bank are hosting a free shredding event in the library’s parking lot on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring up to three file-sized boxes for complimentary safe and secure shredding. Non-perishable food items will also be accepted and donated to local food pantries. Infoshred staff will be taking proper COVID-19 precautions during this event. For more information, visit

Chelsea Groton Bank is providing free secure document shredding services from 9 a.m. to noon on the following dates: Saturday, May 8, North Stonington Branch, 391 Norwich Westerly Road; and Saturday, May 29, Norwich-Westside Branch, 444 West Main St. Chelsea Groton will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank. For more information, visit

Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 25th Annual Virtu Art Festival to be held July 17 and 18 in Wilcox Park, Westerly. Artists may register at


The Coastal Chapter of BNI in Waterford CT welcomes its newest member Danielle Pellerin, of Coldwell Banker Homes. Visit to see complete member directory.  Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. on Zoom.