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WORCESTER - The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Worcester Women's Leadership Conference June 8 at the DCU Center.

It's the third in a series that conference organizer and the chamber's director of programs and events, Cindy Skowyra, said was modeled after a similar program she attended.

"I was just energized, and inspired and really impressed with what these women had achieved. And I realized they weren't necessarily that different from me; I could relate to them," Ms. Skowyra said. "I thought, if they can do that, I can do it too. I felt enriched by their stories."

Ms. Skowyra felt not only personally inspired, but compelled to begin planning such an event for Worcester area women.

The daylong event for professional women will include two keynote speakers, Vernice "Flygirl" Armour, America's first African-American female combat pilot, and Lee Woodruff, a writer who, along with her husband, ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff, wrote the moving story of their experience as he recovered from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2006.

A panel of state officials will examine women's progress in a luncheon discussion, "Are We Going Backwards?" The conference will also include book signings, a vendor marketplace, as well as a choice of two breakout sessions.

More than 200 women attended last year's conference; Ms. Skowyra said more than 300 have signed up for this year's events so far.

Visit the chamber's website at www.worcesterchamber.org for information and links to register.

Savers Bank reports growth

SOUTHBRIDGE - Savers Bank ended fiscal 2011 with fully insured assets of $414 million, up from $401 million in 2010, according to a press release.

Joseph Coderre, the bank's president and chief executive officer, announced at the bank's annual meeting that the institution's surplus increased by 2 percent, and now stands at 10.8 percent of total assets.

Also at the annual meeting, it was announced that Robert E. Murray has retired as a board director after 42 years of service to Auburn Co-operative Bank and Savers Bank. Mr. Murray is the former owner of J. E. Murray Inc.

Director John R. Andrews III has also retired after more than 30 years of service to Uxbridge Co-operative Bank and Savers Bank. Mr. Andrews is the owner and president of Andrews Survey and Engineering Inc.

Shareholders at the annual meeting re-elected three current directors: Terrence J. Hastings, chairman; Dewey J. Tiberii, vice chairman; and Kenneth E. Rizner, clerk.

Solar company changes name

HUDSON - New England Breeze Solar has changed its name to New England Clean Energy LLC, and has introduced a new website, www.NewEnglandCleanEnergy.com.

Founded in 2006, the company has doubled its staff in the past year, from seven to 14 people, company president Mark Durrenberger said in a prepared release.

The company originally sold and installed wind turbines, but has focused on solar energy systems since 2007. The company stopped offering wind power in 2010, because of limited demand in Central Massachusetts.

The company's new name "reflects the focus on renewable, non-polluting energy sources, including solar, and is broad enough to accommodate other technologies that might be offered in the future," according to Mr. Durrenberger.

The company's phone number remains the same, (978) 56-SOLAR.

Sephora opens at The Shoppes

MILLBURY - Sephora, a beauty and perfume shop, opened recently at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley.

The 3,797-square-foot store contains more than 13,000 health and beauty products from more than 200 brands, including Sephora's own collection of makeup, skincare and bath and body products.

Upton company gets energy grant

UPTON - Part of an $11 million pool of innovative research and technology grants to 67 small businesses nationwide was awarded to Upton-based Advanced Thermal Technologies LLC.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Thermal Technologies, at 91 South St., "will develop a technology to enable packaging solutions for more efficient next generation semiconductor materials, that will provide benefits to society in the form of more efficient products that consume less energy and contribute to improved environmental quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The Department of Energy did not provide the exact amount awarded to Advanced Thermal Technologies, but said the grant was "up to $150,000."

Environmental award for CSX

BOSTON - The Environmental Business Council of New England has awarded the John A.S. McGlennon Environmental Award for Corporate Leadership to CSX Transportation "in recognition of the development of the state-of-the-art Intermodal Transportation Facility in Worcester."

Each year, the EBC "recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards Celebration," a press release from the council stated. The awards, presented in June each year, were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and environmental professionals to serve as models for others.

CMFEO awards scholarship

WORCESTER - The Central Massachusetts Financial Executives Organization recently awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to a Millbury High School senior.

Megan Crain, daughter of Steven and Joann Crain, received the scholarship award at the organization's monthly meeting. She has a 3.9 grade point average and is a member of the Millbury High School varsity soccer and basketball teams, vice president of the Student Council, and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Bryant University in the fall and major in marketing.
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