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Root Center for Advanced Recovery Donating to St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Middletown

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What: Root Center for Advanced Recovery will present an $8,000 check to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Middletown to support the effort to fight hunger amid the COVID19 crisis. The pantry serves over 25,000 meals each month to residents in need, and Root Center’s donation will cover food cost for one month.

When: Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 10:00am

Where: St. Vincent de Paul, 617 Main Street, Middletown, CT

Interview/photo ops:
- MaryEllen Shuckerow, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul
- Brain Swan, Board President, St. Vincent de Paul
- Steven Zukerman, President and CEO, Root Center for Advanced Recovery
- Bruce Simons, Board President, Root Center for Advanced Recovery

About Root Center for Advanced Recovery (Boilerplate)

Hunger hits our community at its core. It impacts everything, undermining feelings of safety and security and creating strain in families and communities. The Root Center for Advanced Recovery recognizes the critical role that food security plays in our patient’s everyday lives, and for this reason, we are partnering with the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and donating $8,000 to help address hunger in the Middletown area. We believe that sharing our strength empowers communities and fosters lasting, positive change.

Root Center for Advanced Recovery is a holistic behavioral health center, headquartered in Manchester, CT, that serves over 5,500 patients each day. Root Center offers an array of treatment services for adolescents and adults with mental health and substance use disorders; services include medication assisted treatment, intensive outpatient programming, and outpatient therapy services. Root Center began serving the community in 1871, and continues to create relationships that empower clients and support change. Center locations include Bristol, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, New Britain, New London, Norwich, Torrington, and Willimantic.

Absolute Air Services, LLC honored as one of 18 Smart-E Loan Top Performers for 2019

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On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, the 18 Smart-E Loan “Top Performers” of 2019 were honored at the Connecticut Green Bank in Rocky Hill. These 18 contractors are headquartered and serve customers across the state, from New Milford to North Stonington and South Windsor to Stratford, and include HVAC, home performance and solar-focused companies. In 2019, the Top Performers helped over 300 Connecticut families make home energy improvements – allowing them to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and live more comfortably in their homes.

In partnership with nine participating local lenders, the Top Performers’ projects equaled $4.1 million in closed Smart-E Loans. Financed projects include insulation and window upgrades, solar, high efficiency heating and cooling solutions, and more; all helping the state of Connecticut work towards meeting its climate change plan, which focuses on three mitigation wedges: decarbonizing electricity generation, decarbonizing transportation, and decarbonizing buildings.

Out of more than 400 contractors who participate in the program, the Smart-E Loan Top Performers were chosen based on criteria including more than just closed loans (though each had many!). The contractors scheduled in-person Smart-E training for their staff, used Smart-E marketing materials, developed partnerships with Smart-E lenders, and avoided inspection issues. These 18 contractors embraced the Smart-E Loan in 2019, utilizing the flexibility of the product to best serve their customers across the state.

The 2019 Top Performers (in alphabetical order)

SBA Announces Connecticut's 2020 Small Business Week Winners

Congratulations to Sharon K. Lewis, AdviCoach


CONNECTICUT – Matthew Beaudoin, President & CEO of Mystic Knotworks in Mystic, CT has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s top award, according to an announcement made by Mark S. Hayward, SBA’s Interim District Director.

“We are extremely delighted to honor a truly amazing line up of small business owners and champions this year, said Mark S. Hayward, SBA’s Connecticut Interim District Director. It is important to recognize these outstanding small businesses in the state as they are the job creators, innovators and the fabric of our local communities!” “We hope the small business community will join the SBA and our host, Connecticut SCORE for an inspiring awards luncheon on May 7th in New Haven, CT.”

SBA Connecticut Winners 2020

  • Small Business Person of the Year - Matthew Beaudoin, Mystic Knotworks
  • Exporter of the Year - Richard Leite, Simtech, Inc.,
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year - Maysa Akbar, Integrated Wellness Group
  • Microenterprise - Susan & Paul Doyle, Oasis Senior Advisors
  • Woman-Owned Business of the Year - Kelly Fisher, Kelly Construction Services
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Yr. - Dr. Rachel Stansel, Environics
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Maria Pinto, Industrial Strength
  • Home-Based Business of the Year - Sharon K. Lewis, AdviCoach
  • Financial Champion of the Year - Gary Besser, M & T Bank
  • Womens Business Center of the Yr. - Women's Business Development Council, Southeastern CT

These prestigious awards have been recognized every year since 1963. The President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, the dates are May 3 -9, 2020 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Charlotte, Denver, and Orange County/Inland Empire.

As part of National Small Business Week being celebrated May 3-9, Connecticut SCORE has invited the U.S. Small Business Administration to highlight the impact of outstanding small business owners and small business champions throughout the state.

The slate of leading small business owners in Connecticut will be honored at the annual award luncheon at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven on May 7.  For more information and to register:

Connecticut CPA Firm Announces Acquisition and Name Change

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Shelton, CT, January 2, 2020 — The full-service accounting firm MAWC, LLC -- with offices in Killingworth and Shelton -- has announced the acquisition of Lawrence P. Lemieux & Associates, LLC, effective January 1, 2020. The combined firm is now doing business under the new name of AO & Company, LLC, and the firm’s new web address is

With an experienced and committed team of more than 20 accountants and consultants, AO & Company, LLC will offer a broad range of services ranging from tax planning and auditing to bookkeeping and business advisory services.

“We are excited to make this move, because we believe that a larger organization will allow us to strengthen our overall capabilities in serving our clients, particularly in the areas of audit, tax and business consultation, said John Accavallo, AO’s Managing Partner. “This also allows us to add more depth to our team. Finding and retaining excellent people is a constant challenge for most CPA firms, and a larger organization will also mean our associates will benefit from stronger career growth opportunities.”

All employees from both MAWC and Lemieux are being retained in their current roles, and some part-time employees will become full-time in the months ahead.

“We value the relationships we have built with our clients and we look forward to continuing to provide them with outstanding accounting services for many years to come,” added Mr. Accavallo.