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Finance & Finger Foods: Preparing for Resiliency in Times of Economic Uncertainty
Thursday, September 28, 2023, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Category: NMC Hosted Meetings & Events

NMC's Finance & Finger Foods with Chelsea Groton Bank:

Preparing for Resiliency in Times of Economic Uncertainty

Date: September 28th, 4:30* - 6:30 pm
Location: Mystic Aquarium's Milne Center
Cost: $5 for NMC Members; $10 for guests (registration opens to guests on 9/7). Payable as a donation to Mystic Aquarium at the door.
Audience: Business Owners, General Managers, Finance Professionals, Operations Personnel within Manufacturers & Suppliers, Engineering firms, and Construction companies serving the defense industrial base and offshore wind industry.

*You are invited to arrive at 4:00 pm to explore the Aquarium. Details are included in your confirmation email.

About the Event:

The NMC is partnering with Chelsea Groton Bank to co-host a networking event complete with an educational talk about how to ensure your company is resilient during these times of economic uncertainty. During this 2-hour event, you will learn how to position your balance sheet, your operations, and your workforce for the years ahead, have some finger foods with folks from the NMC community, and learn more about Chelsea Groton Banks' opportunities to serve your company. All WHILE being surrounded by some of New England's most beautiful marine life.

The event is being held at Mystic Aquarium's Milne Center. Thanks to Chelsea's Groton's generous sponsorship of the event, your registration and $5/$10 donation includes admission into the aquarium from 4:00 - 4:45 pm. Imagine leaving work so you arrive at the Milne Center by 4:00, and then taking a 45-minute walk around the grounds, calming your mind as you take in the Jelly Fish, Beluga Whales, Penguins, and more. Talk about being prepared for all the great learning and conversation you will be engaging in starting at 4:45 pm as you head back to the Milne Center to meet with the rest of the guests and grab your seat for the talk, which begins promptly at 5 pm.

We expect this event to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today. All attendees will provide at least a $5 donation ($10 if you are not a member of the NMC) to the Mystic Aquarium, payable at the door. Upon registration, you will confirm your donation amount to reserve your spot. We are excited to support the continued research at Mystic Aquarium. To learn how they are helping in offshore wind development locally, visit

Will you join us?



Are you a details person? Want to know more about the talk and our speaker?

We've got you covered! Read on.

About Our Talk:

Reflecting back on the last few years, we have experienced many challenges, from supply chain disruption, inflation, workforce shortages, and wage pressure. While many of these challenges have begun to stabilize and businesses have adapted, there are many lessons that can be gleaned from our experience. With varying opinions about the current and future state of the economy, preparing for resiliency is prudent as the one constant that can be expected is change. We’ll discuss some things to consider as you position your balance sheet, your operations, and your workforce for the years ahead.

About Our Speaker, Rich Balestracci:

Rich is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Chelsea Groton Bank. His background is largely comprised of working with local manufacturers, service providers and real estate developers on a wide range of projects and initiatives. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of New Haven. A lifelong Stonington resident, he currently serves as treasurer for several local non-profit organizations and is a member of the Loan Administration Board for the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (SECTER).


  • 4:00 - 4:45 pm Check In & Explore the Aquarium (Last entry to Aquarium will be at 4:15 pm)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM Check In & Mingle within the Milne Center
  • 5:00 - 5:05 Introduction - Chelsea Groton
  • 5:05 - 5:35 Talk: Preparing for Resiliency in Times of Economic Uncertainty
  • 5:35 - 6:20 Networking
  • 6:20 - 6:30 Closing remarks - Chelsea Groton, NMC

It's decision time. Are you in?


Through 9/7, registration is available only to NMC members and community partners. On 9/7, it will open to the public. Please contact Shell at [email protected] if you would like to be placed on the wait list.