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