The Day – Trade Summaries


brandon donahueowner of western painting inc in the West, and Mystic Painting and decoration in Mystic, was recently named one of the independent home improvement industry’s eight Young Retailers of the Year 2022 by the North American Paint and Hardware Association. The Young Retailer of the Year program recognizes the individual achievements of industry retailers aged 35 and under in the US and Canada. Donahue has worked at Westerly Paints since he was a boy and, after graduating from Rhode Island College, took over operations from his father. Since he took over as owner, Donahue has transitioned the store into a Benjamin Moore “Exclusive Store” and then a “Store of the Future.” Donahue stays 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 Westerly 350th anniversary celebration attended by more than 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 their downtown areas for free. Donahue is part of a gang and volunteered his group to perform at an event downtown to raise money for the Bricks and Murals project.

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


SCORE will host:

“Fundamentals of Starting Your Business” Session #1: “What’s the Big Idea?”, Tuesday, April 5, Noon-1:30pm, Zoom.

“How to Start and Run a Successful Nonprofit,” Co-hosted by The New London Public Librarypresenter SCORE counselor bob potterWednesday, April 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at


The Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting event at The Light House Homestead and StablesNew London County’s newest disability services center on April 27. Register at

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


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

In addition, the Groton Public Library will host a free seminar, “Resumes: The Basics and Beyond.” The Groton Public Library and the American Job Center will provide resume review and tips for job seekers. The Human Resources Leadership Association will offer interview training (for virtual and in-person interviews). The state Department of Labor Veterans Unit and Business Services Representatives will be available to discuss available support.

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