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Scene @ CCSU: ITBD Executive Breakfast Series to offer small business insights

Sunday, September 30, 2012 9:26 PM EDT

By Richard C. Mullins, Jr.
Director, CCSU ITBD

Central Connecticut State University’s Institute for Technology and Business Development, at 185 Main Street, in downtown New Britain, will kick off a its seventh annual Executive Breakfast Series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with a focus on small business development.

The three-program series is supported by TD Bank. John E. Cookley, TD Bank’s regional vice president for commercial lending and a 1985 CCSU alum, will give opening remarks.

The program will be moderated by Professor David Fearon, PhD., a faculty member from the CCSU School of Business’ Organization and Management Department.

The programs are open to the public, begin at 7:30 a.m. and will run less than 2 hours. We encourage New Britain’s business owners to attend.

“Growing Your Business’’ is the topic of Session I on Oct. 10. It will include a panel of four CCSU alumni who have experience expanding their businesses. They are:

n Jay Rasmus ’82, a partner at Mahoney Sabol & Co. LLP, a mid-size accounting firm in Middletown

n Ed Vescovi, ’84, founder of Fidelity Mortgage Services Inc. of Branford

n Clint MacKeen, ’96, founder and managing partner of Apex Lighting Solutions, a lighting technology firm in Middletown

nMaryEllen Hadelman, ’74, owner of Chase Volvo Subaru in Watertown.

In the first panel discussion, Dr. Fearon will explore with the panelists how they’ve grown their businesses, how they generate customers, how they’ve used technology, and how they control receivables.

They will each be asked for their personal advice on starting or growing a business.

“The Connecticut Economy with a Small Business Focus” is the subject of Session 2 on Jan. 10, 2013 (snow date: Jan. 11).

Panelists will include: Patrick Flaherty, economist at the Connecticut Department of Labor; John E. Cookley ’85, Regional Vice President of Commercial Lending at TD Bank; Fernando Rosa ’75, of the Hartford Economic Development Corp.; and Mark Cousineau, president at Connecticut Community Investment Corp. The panelists will discuss products in lending and Small Business Administration tools to support businesses.

“E-Business Distribution Successes for Small Business,’’ is the topic of the final session on March 13, 2013. This session will explore the electronic tools that successful companies are using for marketing, growth and financial management, such as banking tools for smart phones, tablets and computers.

Panelists will include: David Drake, president of International Plating Technology of Bristol; Bob Rosol, president of New Britain-based Martin Rosol’s, a manufacturer of kielbasa, frankfurters and more; and Mark Bernacki, ’78, president of Sir Speedy Printing Center.

Registration fees are $25 per session or $70 for all three sessions and include a full breakfast.

Register online at: www.ccsu.edu/panel or call CCSU ITBD at (860) 832-0700 for more information


To learn more about how ITBD can help your business grow by building relationships and participating in networking opportunities, please call: (860) 832-0700 OR visit us at: www.ccsu.edu/itbd.
 
   

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