October - November 2013                                                               seCTer NEWS

170 Leonard Drive
Groton Business Park
Groton, CT

New Construction in business park adjacent to Groton/New London Airport.  Half of building is committed to international technology tenant.  12,000 sq ft half will build to suit by property owner.  All permits and approvals are in place.Rail access.  Great location. All underground utilities.
Upcoming Events  

November 6
7:30am-1pm.  Mystic Hilton.  "Tourism Marketing Bootcamp." Sponsored by Chambers of Commerce, Eastern CT Tourism District. Information and registration here.
November 13: 11am-1pm.  Waterford Town Hall.   seCTer and CT Main Street Center present "Revitalizing Historic Main  Streets and Village Centers." Register Here. 
November 13: 4-6pm. New London Science & Technology Magnet School.  Briefing for members of Southeastern CT Entrepreneurs Network from CT Innovations.  Contact ddonovan@secter.org for information.

November 15: 3pm-5pm.  Best Practices in Training Roundtable.  A program of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance.  Register Here.  
November 21:  8am-10am.  Annual Meeting of the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region. Holiday Inn, Norwich.  Register here.

November 26:  5:30-9:30pm.  Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford.  Annual CELEBRATE CT!  honoring businesses, people and projects that contribute to the State's economic well-being.  Stay tuned for regional honorees!  Register here. 

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At seCTer:
       It has been a busy summer and fall at seCTer.  Steve MacKenize joined the organization in August and is actively engaging with the staff, board, and community, familiarizing himself with seCTer's programs, development issues in the region, and the many goals and actions being worked on by
       Annie Chambers, Director of the Loan Programs of seCTer, has been deeply involved in closing several loans for regional small businesses, and starting the process for several others which we expect to close in the next few months.

      The PTAP program, under new Director Lisa Wood, is continuing outreach and consulting assistance to businesses across CT, helping with government contracting and understanding the requirements to do business
successfully with government.

     The Economic Development & Marketing  Committee and Deborah Donovan, with the design help of Miranda Creative, have completed the design and production of several new marketing pieces, including rack cards, standup banners, and flash drives with seCTer information.  Several new properties have been added to Sitefinder, including a new building under construction by Luther Fence in Groton (see side bar).   Deborah and the committee have been heavily engaged in programming for SECT-en, EAMA, and  other CEDS projects and in planning marketing outreach and Economic Gardening activities for the upcoming year.  
Loan Activity

       On August 21, Kia Booker, the Regional Administrator for Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) at the Department of Commerce/Economic Development Agency (EDA),  conducted a site visit hosted by Steve MacKenzie and Annie Chambers, Director of seCTer's Loan Program. This was the first visit to our region by an EDA/RLF representative in the history of our RLF's. Ms. Booker was very impressed by our clients and our administration of the RLF funds. Clients and former clients who took time out of their busy day to accommodate Kia at their places of business included:  


      All  did a wonderful job explaining how their business impacted the economy of Southeastern Connecticut and how the funds and expertise of seCTer were essential to their success.

      Annie and her loan committee are currently working with a new Green Technologies Manufacturer in Norwich and an Energy -Efficient Building Manufacturer in Franklin. Within a few weeks, The Mystic Cheese Company , with funding provided by seCTer, will begin producing their artisanal cheeses at a cutting edge facility located at the Graywall Farm in Lebanon, headquarters of the Farmer's Cow. 

     Steve, Annie, Deborah and Pat Glynn  visited several of these companies at month end and met  the "ladies" whose milk will be made into Mystic Cheese and the "gents" who will make it happen. 

      The Small Business Administration announced this week that Nicole Melville, a Procurement Specialist with our CT-PTAP program will be given an "Eagle" award at their annual Lenders and Partners meeting on November 14.  Nicole is named an Outstanding Resource to the SBA's programs in CT in "helping...to get more capital into the hands of small business owners than ever before." 

       Lisa Wood, Director of the PTAP program also announced that  Nicole's PTAP office has been moved from downtown Hartford to co-locate with CERC offices at 805 Brook Street in Rocky Hill.  Details on the move are available here.


"Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation:  How do we attract more jobs to our shores?  How do we equip our people with skills to get those jobs?  And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?" 
President Obama, State of Union Address 2013.

seCTer, and the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, are answering part of this question by offering and promoting several hiring incentives for local businesses.   

seCTer  is a 501c (3) non-profit membership corporation whose mission is to stimulate and support economic development within southeastern Connecticut
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