The day – Business briefs


Brandon DonahueOwner of Westerly Paints Inc. to the west, and Mystic Painting & Decorating at Mystic, was recently named one of eight winners of the 2022 Independent Home Improvement Industry Young Retailer of the Year Award by the North American Hardware and Paint Association. The Young Retailer of the Year program recognizes the individual achievements of industry retailers aged 35 and under in the United States and Canada. Donahue has worked at Westerly Paints since childhood, and after graduating from Rhode Island College, he took over his father’s operations. Since taking over as owner, Donahue has transformed the store into a Benjamin Moore “signature store” and then a “store of the future”. Donahue remains active in his community through the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, he donated a van to the organization to use for events it hosts, and he and his father hosted a celebration for Westerly’s 350th anniversary that was attended by over 10,000 people. In 2014, Benjamin Moore organized his Main Street Matters campaign, which rewarded 20 cities across the United States and Canada by painting these downtown areas for free. Donahue is part of a band and offered his band to perform at a downtown event to raise money for the Bricks and Murals project.

Linda Riquier of Windham joined the Southeast Connecticut Chapter of SCORE as a volunteer, leading the chapter’s community outreach efforts in Windham County. SCORE is a nonprofit organization and resource partner of the US Small Business Administration that provides free, confidential counseling and educational resources for small business owners. Southeastern Connecticut SCORE serves small businesses in New London and Middlesex counties. Riquier will now focus on County Windham. For more information, visit


GOAL will host:

“The fundamentals to start your business” Session #1: “What’s the big idea?” », Tuesday, April 5, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“How to Start and Run a Successful Nonprofit,” co-hosted by The New London Public Librarypresenter SCORE advisor Bob PotterWednesday April 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at [email protected]


The Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting event at The lighthouse property and stablesNew London County’s newest disability services facility on April 27. Register at

Dr Raja MangipudySenior Vice President, Global Head of Drug Safety Research and Development, Groton Site Director at Pfizer, will provide an overview on April 27 and update Pfizer’s latest work on the COVID-19 vaccine and therapies. Register at or 860-701-9113.


Career fair TheDay.Jobs will take place on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mystique Marriott Hotel & Spa. Job seekers can register for free at More than 50 employers will participate. The job fair is sponsored by The Day, in partnership with Groton Public Library, Hall Communications, American Job Center, Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce, East CT Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Mystic Chamber of Commerce and the Human Resource Leadership Association.

Additionally, a free seminar, “Resumes: Basics & Beyond,” will be hosted by the Groton Public Library. Resume review and job seeker counseling will be provided by the Groton Public Library and the American Job Center. Interview coaching (for virtual and in-person interviews) will be offered by the Human Resource Leadership Association. State Department of Labor Veterans Unit and Business Services representatives will be available to discuss available support.

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