Thursday, May 28, 2009

Newsmaker of the day: Woman to be honored as first generation of Connecticut tradeswomen

Norwich Bulletin
Posted May 02, 2009 @ 10:59 PM

In the news: Katherine Marceau of Norwich is one of 19 women who will be honored May 16 in an event recognizing the first generation of Connecticut tradeswomen to reach retirement age.

Katherine Marceau

Background: Marceau, 54, was born and raised in Norwich. She graduated from Norwich Free Academy, started working in a paper box factory after high school and ultimately became a carpenter at Electric Boat. She completes 32 years there in May. Over the years, she’s built stages for other workers, installed soundproofing material and put insulation in submarines.

A man’s world: Marceau was 5 feet 1 inch tall and 105 pounds when she started working at EB. There were few female carpenters there at the time. “And it was hard, because some of the men just really didn’t want you there. But as a woman you’re trying to make your way,” she said. She said she came home in tears some nights, but she also had drive. “It got my competitive nature going. I did have a few battles with men. But by the time I was done, they did prefer to work with me.” The backing of her union, Local 1302 helped, she said.

The award: The event, called “Thirty years and Still Building: Connecticut’s Groundbreaking Women Celebrate Their Lives in the Trades,” is sponsored by the Connecticut State Building Trades, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and the Carpenter’s Union. It will be at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford and will feature a documentary video interviewing the women. The Connecticut State Building Trades Council includes 17 trade unions in Connecticut. The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women is an arm of the Connecticut General Assembly.

Quotable: “I’m really honored,” Marceau said. “When I got called, I almost fainted. I just thought of myself as a woman in a shipyard. I didn’t think it would be such a big thing.”

Congressman Forbes to Host Free Government Contracting Seminar for Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses in Chesapeake, VA

Washington, D.C., May 13 -Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) is hosting a free Government Contracting Seminar for minority-owned and women-owned businesses to be held at the Lifestyle Center at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center on June 8th, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. The seminar is free and open to any minority-owned and women-owned business person in the Fourth District who is interested in gaining insight and information into contracting to the federal government.

WHO: Congressman Randy Forbes, all interested representatives of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the Fourth District, representatives from the Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center, the Small Business Administration, and a successful small business owner.

WHAT: "Government Contracting Seminar for Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses." A seminar to provide minority-owned and women-owned businesses who contract to the government with an overview of the federal registration process, including, small business regulations and Central Contractor Registration; an overview of small business programs, including 8A, Small Disadvantaged Business, HUBZone and Mentor Protege; information on tools to use in government contracting and on how to look for opportunities in the federal government.

WHEN: Monday, June 8, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m.

WHERE: The Lifestyle Center at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

800 Battlefield Blvd N.

Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Any minority-owned or women-owned small business person who would like to participate should register online at They may also visit for more information, including directions and an agenda, or may call Congressman Forbes' Chesapeake office at 757-382-0080. To ensure an adequate amount of resources are available for our participants, RSVPs are required for this event.


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