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Small Business Tech Day

How to Use Current Technology to Maximize Productivity and Profits in Your Business While Staying Protected and Secure

October 13, 2023

I-M Technology's President Stuart Bryan would like to invite you to an event he is hosting in a few weeks that’s designed to help small businesses in Southern New England succeed and profit in 2024.

This free online event includes celebrities like Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec, Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer, best-selling author and entrepreneur extraordinaire Mike Michalowicz, as well as our own NMC Member Company Representative Stuart Bryan, President of I-M Technology

The event is designed to help small businesses equip themselves with the best technology and practices available today to increase productivity and profitability and protect them against online threats.

You will learn from well-known business leaders, tech experts and leading minds who will show small businesses how to compete and succeed in many aspects of their business with a concentration on utilizing technology to be productive, profitable and protected​.

  • When: November 16th at 9 am EST
  • What: Small Business Tech Day, 4 virtual sessions  
REserve your spot today! 

If your company is outside CT or RI, please pick the state in which you do the most business. 


Groton's ThayerMahan wins $19 million defense contract

Congressman Joe Courtney's Office

Press Release; October 13, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Joe Courtney applauded the new $19 million Department of Defense contract awarded to ThayerMahan of Groton, Connecticut to sustain the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ undersea and maritime advantage. The contract will allow ThayerMahan to continue developing autonomous maritime sensing technology.

“This federal contract will help strengthen the Navy’s and Marine Corp’s eyes and ears undersea through advanced and innovative autonomous maritime systems, which will be a critical capability in the 21st century. There’s no question that ThayerMahan is a leader in this work, which is why my office and I have long advocated for this Groton-based company to receive federal contracts like this. Congratulations to ThayerMahan and your skilled employees who are leading the design, engineering, and operation of this critical technology,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, Ranking Member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

“We appreciate the continued support and confidence of the Office of Naval Research as we help generate much needed undersea sensing capacity to sustain our undersea advantage. We are also thankful for the critical role played by Congressman Joe Courtney and his staff. They are a big reason why Southeastern Connecticut is the epicenter of undersea innovation,” said ThayerMahan CEO Mike Connor.



Unlock Your Business Potential with Lean! Register for Friday's Webinar.

Lean methodology has been a game-changer for businesses worldwide for over three decades. However, it's often misunderstood and underutilized. It's time to demystify Lean and harness its power for your organization's growth and success.

Webinar Title: Lean Leadership and Strategy - Building a Future You Can Invest In

Join us for an insightful webinar this Friday morning featuring Paul Critchley, President and Lead Consultant at New England Lean Consulting. With over two decades of experience in organizational leadership, Paul is a renowned expert in harnessing continuous improvement and employee engagement to elevate business performance.

Date: Friday, October 6th
Time: 11 am
Registration Link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/843273075799492704

What to Expect:

  • Gain a deep understanding of what Continuous Improvement truly means.
  • Learn how to leverage Lean principles effectively.
  • Discover the secret to incorporating Lean into your company culture for sustainable growth.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business Leaders
  • Managers and Executives
  • Anyone passionate about driving success through Lean principles

Why Attend:

For those of you who joined us at the Thames River Working Group in November 2022 for Paul's presentation, you'll know that this expanded look into Lean is not to be missed. Paul's expertise and engaging insights will undoubtedly provide you with valuable takeaways to implement in your organization.

About Paul Critchley:

Paul is an internationally-recognized thought leader in employee engagement and continuous improvement. In additional to being the Founder/President of New England Lean Consulting, he's a former Board Member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and a passionate advocate for creating sustainably engaged organizational cultures. Paul is also the co-author of "The Whole Professional," a book that offers fresh perspectives on work/life balance and achieving greater levels of success.

Paul's Credentials:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University
  • M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University
  • Holder of U.S. Patent 5,927,868

Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the true potential of Lean and revolutionize your business. Register now to secure your spot!

Let's embark on a journey towards a culture of continuous improvement together. See you at the webinar! 

Reserve your spot today!

SBIR/STTR Virtual Office Hours

Please see the below message from Michael Invernale of CTNext and the CT SBIR/STTR Consortium.

Join me, Michael A. Invernale, PhD, an entrepreneur and SBIR/STTR expert, this October as I host VIRTUAL office hours to advise small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking SBIR/STTR resources, training, and assistance.

This complimentary service is sponsored by CTNext, an organization that develops programs and funding to help businesses grow in Connecticut.

Book a virtual 20-minute appointment via the links below:

Check out the links below for more information on CTNext and how to become a part of their programs and utilize their resources:

If you have any questions or do not attend these institutions but would like to book a separate call to explore SBIR or CTNext, please reach out to me at [email protected].

Michael A. Invernale, PhD
[email protected]


USS Groton Monument Fundraising Campaign

For more than 100 years Groton has been the Submarine Capital of the World. Here on the banks of the Thames River, hundreds of submarines have been built by the men and women of Electric Boat, the nation’s first submarine base was established, and hundreds of thousands of submariners have been trained at Sub School. Yet no lasting monument exists to recognize the men and women who build, design, suppliers, support, operate and maintain the United States Navy’s submarines.

The USS Groton Sail Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization focused on building a lasting public monument to celebrate our region’s contribution to our nation’s defense. The centerpiece of the monument will be the USS Groton’s sail and rudder, which will serve as a permanent tribute to the Navy’s submarine community, past, present and future.

Dedicated to the men and women who design, build, operate, and maintain submarines and the families and communities who support them.

USS Groton Monument

The monument will be located right outside the Groton Public Library. Kent + Frost Landscape Architects have designed an environmentally conscious earthen berm in the true size and shape of a submarine. Its centerpiece will be the USS Groton’s sail and rudder. The monument will feature a design plaza, family garden, community connection walk, and an underway plaza with a memorial walkway and historical storyboards. This monument will provide a place for celebration, an educational backdrop to the evolution of the submarine industry and submarine service.

The USS Groton Sail Foundation is now raising $2 million to build the monument. The foundation has raised close to $500,000 in funding from grants, donations and corporate support and is engaging people throughout our nation to participate in this important endeavor. To learn more about the monument or to purchase a paver, a memorial tree or simply make a donation please visit www.GrotonSail.com


Munger Construction Recognized as Top 100 Metal Builder in North America

Pat Munger Newsletter
June 16, 2023

Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc., is thrilled to announce its recent recognition as one of the Top 100 North American Metal Builders by Metal Construction News. This honor highlights the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and industry leadership.

The annual Top 100 Metal Builder list compiled by Metal Construction News, recognizes the premier North American metal builders in two categories and Connecticut’s own Munger Construction ranks 95th in square footage [86,795 sq. ft.] and 75th in steel tonnage [609 tons].

Commenting on this achievement, David DeMaio, President of Munger Construction, expressed pride in the company’s success stating "We are proud to be ranked among the top metal builders in North America. This achievement is a testament to Munger's goal of exceeding client needs for design flexibility and affordable building solutions. By taking full advantage of Varco Pruden's comprehensive services and product line we are able to deliver high-quality projects to our metal building customers."

Read more.

Pietro Rosa Group and CCAT sign international partnership agreement

Press Release from CCAT
June 20, 2023

Today at the Paris Air Show, Governor Lamont announced that Pietro Rosa TBM (PRTBM) and New England Airfoil Products (NEAP) have entered into an international partnership agreement with CCAT to accelerate the adoption of additional key manufacturing technologies within the Pietro Rosa TBM Group. The PRTBM group recognizes CCAT as a world leader in applied technology, with a training center that validates, demonstrates, and assists with the adoption of leading-edge technologies into the workplace. CCAT identifies PRTBM and NEAP as a global technology innovation leader with 135 years of committed excellence serving multiple industry sectors.

This partnership focuses on technical experts and complementary resources based on four pillars: manufacturing, quality, workforce development, and funding. Collaboration on innovative programs for joint projects enhances manufacturing efficiency, promotes significant new industrial technologies to maximize cost efficient enhanced output to support manufacturing needs driving growth in the industry sector.

Mauro Fioretti, President and CEO of the PRTBM Group noted, “Prior to this formal Partnership Agreement the potential for this relationship has already been proven, with the successful collaboration between Third Wave Systems and NEAP, facilitated by CCAT. Connecticut has validated itself to be the prime location for our growth in the defense and civil aerospace sectors. This partnership with CCAT will be a further catalyst for our continued growth.”

“The formation of this partnership comes at a critical time, recognizing the urgent need to accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies, processes and practices,” said Ron Angelo, President and CEO of CCAT. “Along with a technology focus comes the need to train the existing workforce to fully utilize the capabilities of advancing technologies and the application of stimulus capital to help lessen the financial burden on SMEs.”

This partnership provides the platform to implement these technologies, push the boundaries of innovation and the art of the possible. By working together, PRTBM, NEAP and CCAT will continue to solidify their positions as leaders in their respective fields.

About Pietro Rosa TBM
Pietro Rosa TBM is a leading international manufacturer of compressor airfoils and mission-critical components in the energy, aerospace, oil & gas and marine markets. The group invests heavily in R&D and innovation and has built up its intellectual property in hot forming, machining, and surface finishing technologies through a solid collaboration with universities and research centers globally. Pietro Rosa TBM has plants in Europe and the USA. Media Contact for PRTBM: [email protected]

About CCAT
CCAT, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 and headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., is a dynamic and innovative applied technology organization that leads regional and national partnerships that assist global industrial companies and the manufacturing supply chain across industry sectors in driving advancements, efficiencies, and the adoption of leading-edge technologies. Media Contact for CCAT: Denise Gordon: [email protected]

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