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Happy Thanksgiving from NHEconomy!

November 26th, 2014

Here comes Thanksgiving, on its way via a snow storm, which is a nice way to start the holiday season. It’s a nice time of year in New Hampshire.

It is also a busy time, a time to wrap up projects for the year, chart a course for the coming new year and somehow, find the time to make merry and enjoy the company of friends and family.

From all of us at the Division of Economic Development, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving … and a safe one, if you are traveling.

And, of course, being a champion of business and the economy, we have some business of our own to pass on.

DED-annual-meeting-socialFirst, our 19th annual meeting is coming up on Dec. 9. It’s a day when we bring together our colleagues from across the state and talk about the economy, some trends and what’s ahead. Thanks to sponsorship from our friends at Public Service of New Hampshire, this year’s event is at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and the theme is Live Free and Grow. Expect, as always, an interesting keynote speaker, some lively panel discussions and presentation of awards from Commissioner Rose. We’ve squeezed in time for lunch and socializing with colleagues.

Registration is free, but seating is limited (and those seats are going fast), so we need you to register. Take a moment and click over to the registration page and we will look forward to seeing you.

By the time our annual meeting rolls around, you may be already started on your Christmas list. A good day to get started is Small Business Saturday, coming up this Saturday.SmallBizSaturday

Our state abounds with small businesses, some of the 23 million in the country. Since 1982, small businesses have increased 49 percent and since 1990, they’ve created 8 million jobs. Of all U.S. sales, 54 percent happen at a small business.

Small businesses here are everything from manufacturers to Main Street merchants. They employ our friends and neighbors, they give our communities identities and make them a nice place to live. In terms of dollars and cents, if you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the community.

See you around town.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
NH Division of Economic Development

 

NH SBDC Turns 30! Join the Celebration!

November 13th, 2014

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center celebrates 30 years of helping people turn their dream of opening a business into reality. State Director Mary Collins is our guest blogger today and she joins us at 3 pm next Wednesday (Nov. 19) on our radio show on WTPL-FM 107.7, New Hampshire Business Matters. Happy Anniversary and many more. – Ed.

There’s more to a business than bricks and mortar. Inside every door are people who took their dreams and passion and put them to work. For every single business in New Hampshire, big or small, there’s a story and who doesn’t love a good story?

SBDCThe New Hampshire Small Business Development Center turns 30 this month and we’ve been having a great time telling the stories of some of the thousands of people we’ve met since 1984, helping them to forge their vision, turning it into a business and success.

We’re also throwing a party, and you’re invited, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

NH SBDC is reaching out across the years to connect with clients, partners, staff, advisory board members, supporters and friends with one simple request – we want your face. Email your photos, along with your name, affiliation, and how you are/were connected with us to nh.sbdc@unh.edu or post it to our Facebook page, or tweet it @NHSBDC #nhsbdc30th.

For the past few weeks, we have been featuring these folks on our Facebook and Business Tips pages. All the photos received will become part of the Faces of SBDC slideshow at the upcoming anniversary party.

Set aside 5:30 to 8 pm next Thursday (Nov. 20) at Dyn (150 Dow St., Manchester) for the celebration, which will feature refreshments (including wines, craft beers and mead) and door prizes, many from our past and present clients. We’ll premiere our short film and Gov. Hassan has been invited.

Register here.

We couldn’t turn 30 with our anniversary sponsors: Northeast Utilities – PSNH; Business NH Magazine, TD Bank; UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics; Peter T. Paul, and Peter Paul Wines.  And we also thank our funding partners for 30 years:  U.S. Small Business Administration, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and the University of New Hampshire.

Mary Collins

State Director

NH Small Business Development Center

A Different Kind of Marketing Conference

November 10th, 2014

 

When you see “Dare. Play. Breakthrough.” on the signs promoting a business conference, you know you’re in for a different kind of experience.

The ‘A-Ha!’ Summit, which this agency helped launch back in 2009, is celebrating its sixth year of bringing the latest information in marketing and social media to New Hampshire professionals. This year, the conference is happening from 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday (Nov. 13) at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

Lani and Allen Voivod, the co-owners of Epiphanies, Inc. in Gilford and co-founders of the Summit, say that they’re thrilled to showcase “top experts in email marketing, mobile marketing, digital media, Instagram for business, content creation, results-driven success coaching, community building, online visibility, and energetic technology.”

The mix, they say, has to do with delivering the right combination of cutting-edge stuff, plus topics that help people get better at the things they’re already doing, and sessions and activities that get people out of their comfort zones.

Definitely not your typical business event.

Of course, we’ve been to the conference every year, and there’s a great opportunity for networking, too, since it draws attendees from a wide range of industries. Business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing managers and staff, and nonprofits groups have all been represented in the past.

One new wrinkle in the event is their keynote speaker, Roderick Russell, and his bio is unusual, to say the least. He’s described as a “professional sword swallower, mentalist, hypnotist and  speaker, driven by an intense desire to explore the fringe of human experience. The author and host of Remarkably Human: The Art & Science of Being Remarkable, his work has been also featured on the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, CNN, MTV, Maxim Magazine, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and more.” Seems like the right guy to be giving a talk called “Dare to Be Remarkable.”

The other notable in the agenda is the “Online Domination” panel, which promises to cover “branding, responsive design, Internet performance, inbound marketing, search engine optimization, and trend-watching in business for 2015 and beyond.” And what conference would be complete without a free lunch and continental breakfast?

Lani and Allen tell us there are a few seats left, and the place to get tickets is at http://AhaSummit.com. Be sure to find us there and say hello!

Comcast Opens Hudson Call Center to Answer Customers Calling

October 20th, 2014
Dignitaries cut the ribbon at Comcast's new call center in Hudson.

Dignitaries cut the ribbon at Comcast’s new call center in Hudson.

 

A great big red ribbon was cut Friday morning in Hudson for the ceremonial opening of Comcast Cable’s brand new, state-of-the-art call center. Already, 122 people are employed here; another 65 are in training. Eventually, 600 people will be hired, providing support to 1.6 million customers in New Hampshire, Maine and eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands.

With the new positions, Comcast will have more than 1,700 employees across the state, and more than 5,000 across its reach from Greater Boston.  The call center joins 12 offices in the Granite State and last year, its total employee investment, including payroll, payroll taxes, benefits, healthcare, training and tuition reimbursement, totaled more than $150 million. Comcast also contributed nearly $2 million in community investment across the Granite State.

“The opening of Comcast’s new facility is exciting for the Hudson community and the State of New Hampshire, creating hundreds of good jobs and representing why New Hampshire is as well positioned as any state to lead the country in innovative economic growth,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Since Comcast announced its plans last May to develop the call center, the transformation of the 127,000-square-foot building has been dramatic. Light, bright and open, the center features the latest tools and technologies at the fingertips of its employees.

Company officials say locating the center in New Hampshire puts in the middle of an outstanding pool of talent.

“In addition to being a center for superior customer care, all employees in Hudson will be afforded continuous professional growth opportunities and we’ll add hundreds of new team members in the near future,” said Matthew Cohen, vice president of Customer Care Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “This is an ideal location with a strong and talented labor market and we’re grateful to once again be growing in the Granite State.”

Congratulations Comcast!

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
NH Division of Economic Development

 

Seeing the Light and Shining It in Hillsboro

October 10th, 2014

When it’s employee appreciation day and the company, one of the few remaining automotive light source manufacturers in the US, has a new partnership with Ford (as in the automaker), how do you celebrate?

At OSRAM SYLVANIA in Hillsboro, you donate a 2015 Ford F-150 with LED headlamps made at the plant to the local fire department.

Because the fire department depends on volunteer firefighters, many of whom work at the plant.

According to OSRAM, the Hillsboro Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to a community that covers about 42 square miles, with a population of about 6,000. Last year, it responded to around 1,000 calls.

The new F-150 is equipped with a full LED forward lighting system, a technology made possible by OSRAM, Tier 1 supplier Flex-N-Gate and DBM Reflex. No other light-duty pickup truck on the road today has LED headlamps.

Cheryl Blackwood and Hillsboro firefighters

Cheryl Blackwood and Hillsboro firefighters

“Hillsboro counts on the dedicated men and women of our fire department to protect us from harm’s way,” said Cheryl Blackwood, Hillsboro plant manager, “and now they can count on our innovative lighting system to help keep them safe on the roads. We hope Hillsboro residents will be proud to see their local heroes driving around town in the all-new F-150 with the beautiful LED headlight system designed and assembled right here.”

Officials say the new partnership with Ford has enabled OSRAM to make significant investments in the New Hampshire plant and to hire and train new employees.

Great story, OSRAM … thanks for sharing.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

What a Week for New Hampshire Manufacturing!

October 1st, 2014

We’re halfway through New Hampshire Manufacturing Week today and wow … it’s been fantastic. The measure is this: Over 42 manufacturers across the state, joined by our community colleges, opened their doors this week to over 1,000 visitors. Most of these visitors were high school students, who got to see advanced manufacturing up close and hear about the opportunities waiting for them when they graduate.

This is the second year of the initiative and this year is another success, with participation from companies in the North Country, right out to the Seacoast. Thanks to all you manufacturers who took time out to introduce yourselves to the next generation of innovators.

 

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New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Director Carmen Lorentz at Hitchiner Manufacturing, Milford

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Manchester Central student flexes his strength at Velcro USA/Velcro Americas, Manchester

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Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development

 

Annual Manufacturing/High Tech Summit Theme: Manufacturing Matters

September 12th, 2014
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Mark Godfrey ~ Chairman ~ NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership

For over 10 years, there has been a day every October that brings together hundreds of manufacturers from around the state for a day of discussions and education about trends, best practices and the climate of New Hampshire’s top industry.

The 12th annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit will be held from 8 am – 2 pm, Oct. 2, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Registration is open and as this is typically a sell-out event, take a moment to sign up today. The conference is presented by the Business and Industry Association; the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.

Dr. Charles Wessner, who teaches global innovation policy at Georgetown University, delivers the keynote address – US Strengths and Challenges in Innovation – and will also discuss state regional innovation initiatives, focusing on state leading those initiatives.

Widely recognized his expertise on innovation policy, such as public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, 21st century manufacturing, cyber security, and the special needs and benefits of high-technology industry, Wessner’s address will be timely for the New Hampshire audience.

Pinkerton Academy students visited Wirebelt in Londonderry during last year's Manufacturing Week.

Pinkerton Academy students visited Wirebelt in Londonderry during last year’s Manufacturing Week.

Workshops this year include topics on implementing Lean initiatives; how advanced manufacturing industries are collaborating with community colleges and universities; building a workforce for the future and growth strategies.

The manufacturing summit falls during New Hampshire Manufacturing Week. Now in its second year, the event is an opportunity for manufacturers to host visits from high school students and their parents so they can see where things come from and how stuff is made and the career opportunities waiting for them to graduate … right here in the Granite State. Scores of manufacturers and hundreds of students are already signed up.

More information is available on the registration page. Take a minute and register and we’ll see you Oct. 2.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

Lights! Camera! Action! Curtain Rises on Video Contest

August 28th, 2014

The back-to-school bells are ringing across New Hampshire this week and students are getting back to the business of learning.

PrintCoinciding with the start of another academic year, Gov. Hassan and Commissioner Rose have launched the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest. Aimed at 8th graders, the contest will pair students with a local manufacturer with a goal of introducing them to the prospects in advanced manufacturing that await them when they graduate in just a few years.

Through their lens, they will have fun exploring the manufacturing process, the cool things things made right here in the Granite State and a possible career opportunities.

“By creating partnerships between job-creating manufacturing companies and local schools, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest will help our students understand that they can stay in New Hampshire and find jobs here that are interesting and exciting,” Gov. Hassan said. “This contest will also help build relationships that can lead to a stronger workforce pipeline to fill the jobs that growing businesses are creating here in New Hampshire, helping this critical industry continue to thrive.”

Nashua High School helped us in producing a pilot video. Students partnered with Johnson Precision in Hudson and together, they came up with a terrific video that even has a twist at the end. (Click here to view it.)

“This video contest is a great introduction for students to meet their local manufacturers – manufacturers they may pass on their way to school every day,” Commissioner Rose said. “The contest brings both of them together so that these companies can showcase exciting opportunities to the students, some of whom may well become employees in a few years. Advanced manufacturing and our middle school students are the future in New Hampshire and this is a way for them to connect.”

Students and their advisers can begin working with a local manufacturer on the video at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and must submit their projects by Dec. 1. A winner will be selected in early 2015 and we are working on some really great prizes for the winning videos.

Teachers interested in taking part can get more information here on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules. You may also contact me at 271-2341 or via email.

Lights! Camera! Action! We can’t wait to see your video.

 

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

Division of Economic Development

Hooksett Welcome Centers: Northbound Soon to Offer Some Services

August 21st, 2014

 

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Carmen Lorentz of the NH Division of Economic Development and Alex Ray of the Common Man

The redevelopment of the Hooksett Welcome Centers, north and southbound on Interstate 93, has been watched by daily commuters since construction began.

Now, the liquor store and convenience store on the northbound side are getting ready to open in the next few weeks; southbound will follow in a few months.

On our monthly radio show, New Hampshire Business Matters, on WTPL 107.7 FM, Carmen Lorentz, director of the Division of Economic Development, talked with Alex Ray of the Common Man, about the project and how it is going to do more than welcome visitors to our great state.

Listen in on the link below.

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development

Madbury Commons Transforming Downtown Durham, Technology

August 11th, 2014

Carol Miller is the director of broadband technology here at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. She reports on the groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 6, signifying the start of one of the state’s largest developments getting underway. Ed.

 

Education and investment are alive and well in Durham, as the development of Madbury Commons gets underway in the downtown.

Jeff Rubin, Golden Goose Capital, developing Madbury Commons.

This is a large multi-use project by Durham-based Golden Goose Capital. It will feature 126 apartments housing 525 students and 45,000 square feet of commercial space. The anchor tenant in this $30 million development will be the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Lab. UNH officials signed a 20-year lease earlier this year.

The development is one of the largest in motion in New Hampshire and hits the right themes in terms of the state’s economy. As the home to hundreds of college students and the IOL, Madbury Commons is going to be a boon on many fronts. From this, we can expect to see about 1,500 visitors annually, from all over the world.

The IOL is a technology company wholly-owned by UNH, which is dedicated to the testing of wireless products for companies such as Samsung, Google and Apple. The UNH-IOL is dedicated to fostering cooperation within the data communications industry, while providing hands-on experience to future engineers.

This development will require large capacity gigabit broadband to serve the needs of students, the IOL and other commercial tenants

Madbury Commons is the remarkable result of vision, investment and education and I look forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony in about a year’s time, which will signify the opening of this development.

 

Carol Miller

Director, Broadband Technology

NH Division of Economic Development

 


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