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Global Relief Technologies to be Featured in “First Class Business” Segment

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When disaster struck in Haiti last month, Portsmouth-based Global Relief Technologies was quickly on the scene providing the technology necessary to upload critical medical information. Now they’re being hailed as a “First Class Business” as part of Jack Heath’s “New Hampshire Today” show on WTPL 107.7 FM on Wednesday, March 3rd at 4 p.m.

grtGlobal Relief Technologies (GRT) was founded to help organizations in remote, disconnected and extreme environments report critical information in “real time.” They developed the software and the PDAs to help rescue workers and relief organizations like the American Red Cross gather and process information during a crisis. Currently, their satellite linked handheld computers are providing vital medical assessment information which is helping to give Haitian amputees a much higher chance for survival and recovery.

“This is a company that is improving the lives of others not only domestically, but internationally,” said Heath. “In an age where communication is key, this is a technology company that is linking people with important information in the most adverse circumstances.”

GRT Vice President of Operations Art Cleaves, a former Regional Administrator for FEMA Region I, will be the special guest for the segment which will highlight the company’s rapid growth and future plans.

“First Class Business” appears on a monthly basis as part of the “New Hampshire Today” program that runs from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on “The Pulse.” “New Hampshire Today” host Jack Heath and New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald share good news about innovative new products created by New Hampshire companies, community service projects undertaken by local businesses and firms that are thriving despite a tough economic climate.

To listen live, tune in to WTPL 107.7 on Wednesday, March 3rd at 4 p.m. or visit WTPL online at www.wtplfm.com.

Division of Economic Development Collecting Business Storm Damage Info

Friday, February 26th, 2010

In an effort to better marshal services for the business community, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development wants to hear from companies adversely affected by the past day’s storm damage.

storm“It’s important to collect as much information as possible so that we can determine the extent of the damage and then go about seeking assistance,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy. “If a business has sustained physical damage, is out of operation or has simply seen production affected by the storm, we urge them to contact us at 271-2591.”

The Division is contacting local economic development officials and resource partners to elicit information about affected businesses and to develop a game plan for assistance. For more information, please contact the Division at 271-2591.

It Makes Perfect Business Sense to “Get Wild”

Friday, February 26th, 2010

How many times in a business situation do you think that it pays to “get wild?”

Well, I’m here to tell you that next Friday, the entire state of New Hampshire will go “Wild for Innovation” as we partner with Public Service of New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire to host a daylong celebration of some of the finest innovative initiatives in the nation.

Our good friend Allen Voivod of Epiphanies, Inc. just wrote a great blog about our upcoming event – here’s what he had to say:

Networking, Innovating and Getting Wild About Business

Here’s one thing that 2009 taught us – everything you think you know about business can change very rapidly, and cause even the most stable of companies to get nervous, get shaky, and in some unfortunate circumstances, go under.

innovations22Here’s something else we know – out of recessions come some of the most powerful, profitable, game-changing companies. General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, CNN, Federal Express, Burger King, and dozens of other giants started out in what some would consider the worst of economic circumstances.

One of the keys to their survival through thick and thin is their ability to innovate – to constantly search for ways to improve the way they do business, internally and externally. This is the overriding theme behind “Wild for Innovation,” billed as “a unique opportunity for New Hampshire businesspeople to converge with some of the brightest at UNH for a day of learning, sharing, celebration.”

It’s happening Friday, March 5th, at UNH in Durham, starting at 12pm and continuing through 5:45pm, after which there’s going to be a tailgate-style networking dinner. (You can stay and watch UNH’s hockey team take on Boston College at 7:30pm and make a night of it, too.)

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t planning on going originally, even though one of our clients is involved in putting on this event. But I’ve since changed my mind, and the reason why is because of what I learned from studying up on trade shows a couple of years ago:

If you want to stand out in your field, look at what’s happening in different industries to get fresh ideas, find out what’s working (and what isn’t), and bring some of that into your own presence as appropriate.

Same thing goes for innovation – if you want to get in the innovation mindset, surround yourself with open-minded business professionals who are thinking in that direction. Surround yourself with people who are actually innovating for a living. Get fresh input from different fields that you can take back and put to work in your own business.

You’re going to get that (and a lot more) from Wild for Innovation Day. It’s an event unlike others I’ve seen put on here in NH in the past, tickets are limited for it, and half are gone already, so don’t wait until the last minute – jump on it today.

To learn more, visit: http://wildforinnovation.eventbrite.com/.

Doing Business in Afghanistan and Pakistan Focus of Roundtable

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

New Hampshire businesses interested in taking advantage of new government funding allocated to stimulating economic growth in Afghanistan and Pakistan are invited to take part in a special free coffee roundtable discussion at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development (172 Pembroke Road) on March 4th from 10 a.m.-noon.
pakistanPakistan, whose economy is estimated to grow at least 4% this year with anticipated strong international economic recovery, features import opportunities in industrial machinery and computer parts among many other products. With private investment projects backed with national support beginning to pick up steam, Afghanistan features import opportunities in capital goods, foodstuffs, textiles and other manufactured goods, and petroleum products.

This discussion, offered by the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center, will be led by Waheed Mansur, the newly appointed Commercial Consul to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, Mansur is currently in the software development industry in New Hampshire, having worked for Digital Prodigy Ltd., Best Connectivity LLC and Eastern Trading International. He is experienced in international business, development and management in South Asia and the Middle East, primarily in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UAE.

afghanistan-flagTo register for this free event, contact Katy Reno at (603) 271-8444 or katy.reno@dred.state.nh.us

Administered by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s Office of International Commerce, the ITRC plans, develops and administers programs for international trade promotion and foreign market development.  For more information about the ITRC, call (603) 271-8444, or visit their website at www.exportnh.org

Automated Export System Training to Be Offered

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center will be offering two hands-on training sessions of the Automated Export System (AES) on Tuesday, March 2nd with the first session to take place from 8-11 a.m. and the second from noon-3 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.

aeslogo2Special guest Kenneth Soo of the AES Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau will be on hand to discuss how New Hampshire companies can avoid penalties and delays by having a firm understanding of how to file electronically through AES.

Topics to be discussed include how to check shipment status, how to make templates, the submission process for Electronic Export Information (EEI) and the ins and outs of AES’ sophisticated editing system.  

There are 28 seats available in each class; availability is first come first served. The cost for the session is $40 and full registration details can be found at www.exportnh.org/calendar/registration.aspx. For questions, contact Katy Reno at (603) 271-8444 or katy.reno@dred.state.nh.us

Administered by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s Office of International Commerce, the ITRC plans, develops and administers programs for international trade promotion and foreign market development.  For more information about the ITRC, call (603) 271-8444, or visit their website at www.exportnh.org

Governor Lynch Announces Business Outreach Series

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Gov. John Lynch today announced a series of regional business outreach sessions designed to directly connect New Hampshire businesses with state leaders and state services. The sessions will give businesses an opportunity to hear from and question state agency heads about state services.  

During Gov. Lynch’s Jobs Cabinet Roundtable Series held over the last several months, many businesses leaders asked about what services may be available to them to help grow their companies and make them more competitive. Others had questions about regulations such as permitting, and about how to better connect and do business with other New Hampshire companies. 

john_lynch“We continue to work to make state government more accessible to businesses and citizens. Through these outreach sessions, business leaders will be able to hear directly from and question commissioners from a number of agencies,” Gov. Lynch said. “Through these sessions, business leaders will get a better understanding of the services available to them, be able to ask questions about regulations and make suggestions about how to improve state government.”  

The first regional business outreach session will be held on Friday, March 19, in Lebanon at the Courtyard by Marriott Hanover/Lebanon beginning at 7:30 a.m. The two-hour session will feature presentations by state agency leaders, and will provide business leaders the opportunity to meet directly with state agency heads. It will also give business leaders the chance to network with other New Hampshire businesses. 

The commissioner of the departments of Employment Security, Resources and Economic Development, Labor, Insurance, Environmental Services, Administrative Services and Revenue Administration, and officials from the Community College System of New Hampshire will present overviews of their departments and the types of business services they provide. 

“New Hampshire is a business friendly state, and this outreach effort will allow Commissioners to reinforce the close relationships we want with business leaders,” Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald said. Bald also serves as the chairman of the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet. 

A second session is being planned for April 16 in Laconia. Additional regional sessions will be announced soon. 

“I want to make sure we are doing all we can to foster our business friendly environment here in New Hampshire. Over the last several years we have worked to provide businesses with the tools they need to become more competitive,” Gov. Lynch said. “We want to make sure business leaders are informed about all of the services and programs available to them which will help them grow, create jobs and strengthen New Hampshire’s economic future.”

Crash, Burn, Recover, Live

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

What could you achieve if you weren’t afraid of crashing and burning? What business ideas could you bring to fruition? How could you change your life in such a profound way that it would change your entire world view?

crashburn1“Crash, Burn, Recover, Live” is the title of my new blog posting on the NHBR Network which can be accessed here: http://nhbrnetwork.ning.com/profiles/blogs/crash-burn-recover-live.

If you’re ready to dream big, live big and become more personally satisfied with your life and career trajectory, I think that this will be an interesting read for you.

The NHBR Network is the state’s online business-to-business networking site that is providing businesspeople around New Hampshire with valuable information, tips and assistance from a team of contributors that include NHBR Editor Jeff Feingold, Andy Volinsky, Chuck Sink, Heidi Page, Steven Feinberg, CPA, Bill Ryan, Jason Blais, Deb Titus, Deb LeClair, Cindy Kibbe, Bob Sanders, Dr. John Benson, Clyde Terry and your humble “No Bull” business blogger…me. Sign up today!!

-Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

Business Tip Helps in the Creation of Local Jobs

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A business tip by the State’s Business Development Manager helped lead to the opening of two local restaurants that hired 51 workers.

Michael Bergeron, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s Business Development Manager, provided technical assistance regarding a tax credit program to Five Guys Burgers and Fries which assisted in their decision to open a location in Nashua on 341 Amherst Street.

“In meeting with the restaurant owners, I wanted to be sure to let them know about all of the incentive programs that are available to them,” Bergeron said. “I’m thrilled that they were able to take advantage of the tax credit program and create a business that is helping New Hampshire citizens find solid full-time jobs.”

five-guysFive Guys Burgers and Fries utilized the Enterprise Revitalization Zone Tax Credit Program (ERZ) by locating their business in an ERZ designated area in Nashua. With the ERZ Program, a business may be eligible for tax credits to be used against their Business Profit Tax and Business Enterprise Tax in a qualifying ERZ Program project. It is a two step process, whereby the municipality first applies for the designation based upon specific criteria, and secondly, a business applies for the actual tax credit.

ZAGAT survey rated every year since 2001, Five Guys Burgers and Fries now has two Granite State locations, one in Nashua and the other located at 1111 South Willow Street in Manchester. The Manchester eatery, slated for a March 1st grand opening, will feature 100 seats and 15 delicious burger toppings.

“The Division of Economic Development was very instrumental in educating me on how a small business can benefit from the many resources that the State of New Hampshire has to offer,” said Five Guys Owner Cort Mendez. “In today’s difficult economic environment, it’s great to know that the Division of Economic Development shares common ground in wanting small business to be successful. Programs such as the ERZ offer a great advantage to assisting small businesses in creating jobs in New Hampshire.”

To learn more about Five Guys Burgers and Fries, visit www.fiveguys.com.

We’re Starting a Revolution!!!

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Psssst…..close the door behind you and draw the shades….make sure that no one else is in the area…..this is between me and you….get closer to your computer speaker….it’s time for a secret. How would you like to like to discover how Facebook, Twitter and blogs can help your business or organization maximize its productivity goals? The Communication Revolution is underway….don’t you want to be part of the brigade?

Allen and Lani Voivod of Epiphanies, Inc.

Allen and Lani Voivod of Epiphanies, Inc.

Next Wednesday, February 17th from noon-1 p.m., you’re invited to take part in the free NH BizCast webinar titled “New Mediums, New Messages – How Social Media is Transforming Communication.” Our presenter, Allen Voivod, co-owner of Gilford-based Epiphanies Inc. is a straight up creative genius.

For the past year, the Division of Economic Development has been fortunate enough to work with Allen and his wife/business partner Lani and they’ve completely transformed the way that we view our outreach efforts. With their assistance, we’ve built a growing Facebook fan base, maximized our use of Twitter for quick blasts about new grant offerings and breaking news and created the “No Bull Business Blog” that now accounts for over 40 percent of the entire traffic to our nheconomy.com site. How’s that for success?

Allen and Lani are the type of visionary thinkers who develop innovative solutions to communications issues – if there’s an audience out there for your information, they’re able to find it. In addition to being the architects of the first ever New Hampshire Social Media Summit last year at Public Service of New Hampshire, they also work with businesses large and small to maximize their use of emerging social media mediums. In so many ways, I believe that they have helped place our communications efforts ahead of economic development agencies four times our size and with 100 times our budget. Trust me when I say that this free webinar will change the way you view your own outreach strategies to your customers.

To take part in the webinar next Wednesday, you can visit http://www.nheconomy.com/bizcast/. You can also be part of our live audience at the Comfort Inn at 71 Hall Street in Concord – please arrive 15 minutes early. To learn more about our good friends at Epiphanies, Inc., visit http://www.epiphaniesinc.com/.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

Export Controls Officials from U.S. Government Speak at Seminar in Portsmouth

Friday, February 12th, 2010

A “who’s who” of U.S. export controls agencies will be traveling to Portsmouth to speak at a three-day seminar on U.S. export controls from April 20-22 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel. Licensing officers from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), as well as the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), will be on hand over the three days to present up-to-date information on current export controls regulations and answer questions on companies’ export control concerns and issues.

international-tradePresented by the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center (NHITRC) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s BIS and U.S. Department of State’s DDTC, the first two days will consist of a “Complying With U.S. Export Controls” overview that will cover Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and how they impact exporters as well as compliance with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. The third day will consist of a one-day seminar for companies producing or selling defense articles that will help clarify what the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governs, what the U.S. Munitions List (USML) is, what it means to a company if a product is ITAR-classified and how to complete a license application or a Commodity Jurisdiction request (CJ).

This event will be the only one in the New England area this year with BIS and DDTC officials presenting. Don’t miss out!

Participants are invited to attend the two-day BIS seminar, the one-day DDTC seminar, or the full three-day event. Please visit http://www.buyusa.gov/newhampshire/bis.html for more information, or www.exportnh.org/calendar/registration.aspx to register. For questions, contact Katy Reno at (603) 271-8444 or katy.reno@dred.state.nh.us, or Justin Oslowski at (603) 953-0210 or Justin.Oslowski@mail.doc.gov

Administered by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s Office of International Commerce, the ITRC plans, develops and administers programs for international trade promotion and foreign market development.  For more information about the ITRC, call (603) 271-8444, or visit their website at www.exportnh.org