APRIL 2013                                                                   seCTer NEWS
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April 2013
Southeastern CT News

      Spring has finally arrived in seCTer and the daffodils at
Harkness State Park are in their full and beautiful bloom.  With spring new business initiatives are also blossoming in the region, including the Southeastern CT Entrepreneurs and Emerging Business Council, and the expansion of the Quinebaug Manufacturer's Council into New London County.

        In North Stonington, development of a new Plan of Conservation and Development is well underway, with residents and business owners contributing their ideas and concepts in to develop a vision for the community that effectively meshes its beauty and rural character with successful economic development.

        On the tourism and maritime heritage side of business, the US Coast Guard has made its formal announcement of New London as the site for its National Museum, the citizens of Norwich are moving ahead with plans to create two world-class attractions -- a Botanical Garden at Mohegan Park and a Heritage Center at Uncas Falls. Meanwhile planning for the fall 2013 Schooner Festival is ramping up with over a dozen schooners currently signed on to participate. 

      Lots going on in our corner of Connecticut.

Manufacturer's Council News     
         On April 25, the southern "branch" of the Quinebaug Manufacturer's Council met at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) to continue discussions and planning for a unified Council for the entire Eastern CT Region.  Among the news was the announcement by TRCC's Peg Stroup of the expanded Pre-Manufacturing Certificate Program that will be offered for the second year at the college.  The program begins on June 3 and runs through August 16 from 9am to 3:30pm five days a week.  The 300 hour program is designed to help participants launch rewarding careers in Manufacturing.  The program is free to certain eligible students.  For more information call Ms. Stroup at 860.885.2608. 
Entrepreneurs and Emerging Business Council News and Survey
       "Good entrepreneurs have the 'creative irreverence' of a pirate and the discipline of a Navy Seal." That was the message given on April 26 by MIT entrepreneurial lecturer and leader Bill Aulet to regional entrepreneurs and leaders in new business ventures in bio-science and technology.  The meeting at Union Station was the first planned event for the SECT Entrepreneurs Council, with more to follow. 

        seCTer and Jean Schaefer of Artemis Startup Consulting, who organized the meeting,  ask that anyone interested in this group and its mission to improve the regional economy with expanded entrepreneur/consultant productivity and benefits participate in a short survey to determine next steps for the Entrepreneurs Council.    (Survey Closed)

Upcoming Events

For more information on any of the events listed, visit the web sites or the sponsoring organizations or click on event name.


5/13/2013 Historic Tax Credits for Commercial Buildings, sponsored by New London Landmarks and CT Office of Historic Preservation 


5/16/2013  Historic Tax Credits for Residential Buildings, sponsored by New London Landmarks and CT Office of Historic Preservation


5/21/2013 Annual CT Conference on Tourism, hosted by the CT Office of Tourism


5/23/2013  Annual SiteFinder Showcase, hosted by Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC).


5/31/2013 Local Investing 101 Workshop, sponsored by Thames Valley Sustainable Connections.  


The Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT-PTAP) is offering several workshops in May, on Women and Minority Owned Businesses Set Asides; Doing Business with the Government on all levels and more.  For a complete listing and details, visit the PTAP web site.  

seCTer Board Opens Search for Executive Director
       The Board of Directors of seCTer has opened a search for a permanent Executive Director of the organization to replace long time Executive Director, John Markowicz who passed away in January 2013.  Details on the position are available on the seCTer web site.   Applications are due by May 17. 

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