Archive for October, 2010
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Ten years ago, a new American Hockey League franchise was born in the Queen City. With an enterprising president (Hello Jeff Eisenberg!), a business model built around providing the best possible fan experience and a region that quickly became christened “Monarchs Country,” the Manchester Monarchs became not only a thriving business in the state, but part of the fabric of our community.
Winners of the 2005 PRISM award, a designation earned by the top minor league franchise in the country, the Monarchs have always been about the fans. Whether it’s sending players into the classroom to encourage reading, coordinating a clothing drive for the needy or hosting a “teddy bear toss” to provide toys for underprivileged youngsters, the Monarchs have always been cognizant of the fact that success in the community is just as important as success on the ice.
Since its inception in 2001, the Monarchs Care Foundation (Hello Cheryl Abbott!) has donated more than $1.6 million in monetary and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout New Hampshire. Think about that for a second…..$1.6 million. That’s an awful lot of food for the hungry, equipment for youth sports and donated items for organizations ranging from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to the New Hampshire Food Bank.
And let’s not forget the team’s success on the ice. In their ten year history, the Monarchs have only failed to make the playoffs once and made it to the Eastern Conference finals last year, falling just short of the Calder Cup finals. They are perennial contenders and have sent dozens of players to the NHL including Mike Cammellari, George Parros, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Kevin Westgarth, Jonathan Bernier, Tom Kotsopoulos and many others.
What would be the perfect birthday gift for the team that has provided this much joy to the Granite State? How’s about a visit or two to the Verizon Wireless Arena this season? Games are affordably priced, the action is unparalleled and the entertainment value is off the charts. If you haven’t made the trip to Monarchs Country in awhile, mark a date on the calendar for your return and enjoy some great AHL hockey. Thanks for your decade of dedication and Happy Birthday Monarchs!!
– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director (and Monarchs Charter Season Ticket Holder!)
P.S. Join “New Hampshire Today’s” Jack Heath and NH Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald for the “First Class Business” segment featuring Monarchs President Darren Abbott next Wednesday, November 3rd on WTPL 107.7 FM at 4 p.m. Darren will talk about the team’s success on the ice this season and discuss how the Monarchs have been able to grow and sustain their business over the years.
Monday, October 25th, 2010
The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development announced today that Ellie White has been hired as International Training Manager as part of the state’s International Trade Resource Center.
ITRC International Training Manager Ellie White
In this role, coordinated through a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, White will be responsible for organizing educational seminars for New Hampshire companies on various international trade topics.
“With New Hampshire export numbers continuing to rise, it is vitally important to provide our companies with the most up-to-date information and training,” New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy said. “Ellie White, a skilled professional with varied international experience, is the perfect person to lead our educational efforts and help local firms find success in the international marketplace.”
White previously served as Product Marketing Manager at Transparent Language, Inc. where she was responsible for managing the creation of foreign language learning software including localization and product marketing needs.
White brings to the International Trade Resource Center a wealth of international experience she gained through living, traveling and studying abroad. In addition to English, White is fluent in German and Russian, and has conversational knowledge in Mandarin Chinese and French as well as basic communication skills in various other languages. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington with concentrations in Business/Economics and Chinese/French as well as a minor in Political Science.
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Our Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) team might be the best kept secret in state government. A dedicated group of business professionals, our PTAP staff consistently help New Hampshire businesses to sell their products and services to the federal and state government, earning millions of dollars in contracts along the way.
Here’s a great narrative from PTAP Program Manager David Pease regarding the success of his team at the Northeast Regional Council Matchmaker event recently held in Portland, ME.
PTAP Program Manager David Pease
The entire NH-PTAP staff participated, supporting 112 New Hampshire small business registrants representing 83 companies. New Hampshire was the most represented state at the event, with Maine and Massachusetts a close second and third. Small businesses came from as far as Texas, Minnesota and Florida to seek sales opportunities with Federal and State agencies and large Prime contractors.
The first day of the event was dedicated to training. Agency small business specialists, contract specialists and contract officers and Prime contractor Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLO) received a six-hour program that provides up-to-date details on all aspects of small business programs, including subcontracting programs, participation programs, and reporting via eSRS.
In the afternoon, a separate training session was presented by the regional PTACs, for 195 small business people, providing an overview of all aspects of Federal government contracting. Approximately 75 people stayed on for an additional program specifically for small businesses that were new to the Matchmaker process.
On the Wednesday Matchmaker Day, 27 government agencies and 55 Prime contractors staffed 82 tables, as hundreds of small businesses vied for 10-minute appointments. Each table was scheduled for thirty-seven 10-minute appointment slots, but many of the agencies and Primes made opportunities for far more contacts – DEW Construction (Hanover, Williston VT.) recorded 62 sessions with small businesses. By the end of the day, we had word that at least three New Hampshire small businesses would be awarded subcontracts within one week as a direct result of the matchmaker. This rapid success is very unusual, and is encouraging.
For those not busy on the main Matchmaker floor, there were breakout rooms for small businesses to get together or to work solo, using the hotel’s wireless internet service. There were also a variety of breakout sessions, including one featuring recent changes in eMall. Lieutenant Commander Phillip Deboe, Deputy Program Manager for DLA eMall, answered questions, and with Jerry Smith, OSBU Regional Director for GSA, clarified recent changes that both agencies have implemented that are significantly impacting companies in the region.
For the Primes, PTACs and Federal Agencies, a third day was dedicated to a half-day open meeting of the Regional Council. Presentations were made by Steven Kempf, Commissioner, GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), the portion of GSA that deals with government-wide procurement; Sean Crean, Director, U.S. Department of Navy, Office of Small Business Programs; and William Shear, Director, GAO, Financial Markets and Community Investment.
PTAP participation in this event and the commitment of time and resources was well justified by the knowledge gained and the positive outcomes for New Hampshire companies.
Congrats to David Pease, Martha Keene, Kathy Frenette and Amanda Duquette, our tremendous PTAP team!!!
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
A panel of judges on behalf of the NH High Technology Council (NHHTC) selected eight semi-finalist companies vying for the opportunity to win the 2010 Product of the Year award.
The semi-finalist companies are as follows: Warner Power, Hypertherm, Ektron, JitterJam, GSSI, Skyscan, Travel Brains My Tour Guide, and VGO.
Company representatives will make formal presentations and the judges will select up to five finalists. All finalists will be awarded the Product of the Year Judges’ Award. These Finalist Judges’ Award Winners will pitch their products at the Product of the Year banquet held on November 15th at the Radisson Hotel-Center of NH in Manchester.
“We had a very strong pool of applicants this year and the judges will be challenged to narrow it down further. The quality of products coming out of New Hampshire companies right now is very high and we should be excited about the product development capabilities of our technology sector,” said Art Bruinooge, member of the NHHTC Board of Directors and POY event chair.
The event requires audience engagement and participation, as the entire audience casts their vote for their top product after the presentations are made. The audience vote counts towards 50% of the final tabulation and the initial judge’s vote counts for the remaining 50%. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the banquet and will earn the prestigious NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed for the Council by Pepi Hermann. The trophy and the finalist’s winning product will be on display in a highly visible location at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the past four years were Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, and Holase, Incorporated. Several prominent organizations are sponsoring this year’s POY event. They include DYN, FairPoint, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt, Manson PLLC, Sadler Insurance Agency, One Beacon Technology Insurance, GT Solar, Public Service of New Hampshire, Dell and JBC Communications. Additional sponsorships are available. For more information and to register, go to www.nhhtc.org.
Winners will be announced next week.
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
When all was said and done, the business and economic development community decided that a “bull free” news diet was in order. The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s “No Bull Business Blog” has been named “Best of Class” in the “News Communications” category of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association’s (NEDA) 2010 Literature and Promotions Competition.
The Division of Economic Development’s communications efforts were recognized at NEDA’s recent 54th Annual Conference at the Renaissance Providence in Rhode Island with three awards in total, an “excellent” rating in the “Single Print Ad” category as well as a “best of class” rating in both the “News Communications” and “Print Ad Campaign” categories. The print ad campaign was designed by Square Spot Design of Manchester, New Hampshire.
“This is great news for the New Hampshire business community,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Communications & Legislative Director Steve Boucher. “We’ve learned that businesses want a departure from acronyms and jargon and favor having their news presented to them in an entertaining way. By standing out, we’re delivering the message that New Hampshire welcomes innovation and celebrates creativity.”
The Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA) was formed in 1956 to promote economic and industrial development in the Northeastern region of the United States. The association encourages an informal exchange of ideas and serves as a medium by which its members can benefit from the experiences of other professionals.
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
It was a real pleasure for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development to be a sponsor of last night’s New Hampshire Business Review “Business Excellence Awards” at Southern New Hampshire University. This was a great celebration of New Hampshire’s best and brightest companies and the good folks at NHBR were rewarded for their hard work with a packed room.
Special congrats are in order for “No Bull Business Blog” guest blogger Dr. Russ Ouellette of Sojourn Partners who was recognized with an award in the “Business Services” category. Way to go Russ!!
Here’s a recap of last night’s festivities:
New Hampshire Business Review honored 14 individuals at the 2010 Business Excellence Awards, which recognize the efforts and achievements owners of businesses with 100 employees or fewer.
More than 50 nominations in 13 categories were received, making the job of the 14 judges that much more difficult.
More than 300 people attended the Oct. 20 event, which was held at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.
Because of the extraordinary number of accomplished candidates, NHBR also named a tie in the Retail category and finalists in several other categories.
NHBR also announced two inductees into the Business Excellence Hall of Fame, which singles out people whose entire careers have been marked by a consistent and impressive record of accomplishments, both in their chosen fields, in their communities, and across the state and beyond. These honorees were selected by a separate panel of judges.
“Each of the businesspeople who receive these honors has a different story to tell,” said Sharron McCarthy, president of McLean Communications and publisher of NHBR. “But what they have in common is determination, industriousness and the ability to come up with innovative solutions that have allowed their businesses to survive and thrive, regardless of economic conditions, and a commitment to serving their communities.”
NHBR Editor Jeff Feingold
Jeff Feingold, editor of NHBR, said, “We would like to salute all of the nominees, the people who nominated them and the winners themselves for their contributions toward making New Hampshire a great place to do business.”
Emcee was Charlie Sherman, host of WGIR-AM’s morning news talk program.
A portion of the proceeds from the evening benefited Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, which advocates for New Hampshire children in the state’s court system in cases of neglect and abuse.
The winners of the 2010 NHBR Business Excellences Awards were:
"Business Services" winner Dr. Russ Ouellette
• Excellence in Business Services — Russ Ouellette, Sojourn Partners LLC, Bedford
• Excellence in Construction — G. Hayden McLaughlin, Belknap Landscape Co., Inc., Gilford
• Excellence in Financial Services — Frank Teas, The Nashua Bank
• Excellence in Health Care — Joshua Siegal, M.D., Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, Exeter
• Excellence in Hospitality — Carol Sheehan, The Red Arrow 24 Hr. Franchising Inc., Manchester
• Excellence in Media & Marketing — Linda Fanaras, Millennium Integrated Marketing Inc., Manchester
• Excellence in Nonprofits — Peter Kelleher, Partnership for Successful Living, Nashua
• Excellence in Professional Services — Jonathan Halle, Warrenstreet Architects, Concord
• Excellence in Real Estate — Quentin Keefe, Regency Mortgage Corp., Manchester
• Excellence in Retail (tie) — Susan Lozier Robert, Frederick’s Pastries, Amherst; Curt Jacques, West Lebanon Feed & Supply
• Excellence in Technology — Jason Alexander, Alexander Technology Group, Bedford
The 2010 NHBR Business Excellence Hall of Fame Inductees were:
• Alex Ray, founder, Common Man Family of Restaurants
• Lew Feldstein, former chairman, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The judges for the 2010 NHBR Business Excellence Awards were:
• Jennifer Boulanger, loan officer at Capital Region Economic Development Corp. in Concord and former executive director of the Belknap County Economic Development Council based in Laconia
• Robin Comstock, president and CEO, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
• Roy Duddy, interim director, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development
• Lou Guevin, former chairman, Junior Achievement of New Hampshire
• Julie Gustafson, president and CEO, Amoskeag Business Incubator, Manchester
• Richard Hanson, professor, accounting and taxation, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester; executive director, Institute for Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, SNHU
• Mahboubul Hassan, professor, economics and finance, SNHU
• Lise Howson, vice president and business banking relationship manager, Citizens Bank
• Witmer Jones, New Hampshire district director, U.S. Small Business Administration
• Dave Juvet, senior vice president, Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire
• Patrick F. McDermott, economic and community development manager, Public Service Company of New Hampshire
• Tim Sink, president, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
• Ashley Smith, business editor, The Nashua Telegraph
• Chip Underhill, senior marketing manager, FairPoint Communications, Manchester
Sponsors of the event were FairPoint Communications, Laconia Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Public Service of New Hampshire, J Maze Design, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, Merrimack Street Volvo, WGIR-AM 610, New Hampshire Public Television and Southern New Hampshire University. — NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
It’s always nice to see two awesomely creative people get together and form a partnership, especially one that helps build a stronger business community. With that, I give you the following press release from fellow NHBR blogger Deb Titus and NH Conference for Women guiding light Leslie Sturgeon:
WOMEN INSPIRING WOMEN AND DALE CARNEGIE-NH JOIN FORCES
Women Inspiring Women and Dale Carnegie-NH announce their partnership and commitment to women’s leadership development in New Hampshire. Their initial 5-session program, Stand Up, Stand Out: Communicate and Influence for Business Women, launches on Monday, November 8, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:30 at the Highlander Inn in Manchester, NH.
Participants will be led by expert Dale Carnegie coach, Deb Titus, and will enhance their ability to assert themselves without appearing aggressive; increase their visibility; strengthen ability to maintain control rather than having circumstances being in charge, heighten leadership, interpersonal effectiveness and project confidence. This intensive, interactive program includes five live sessions concluding in early January, 2 webinar coaching sessions, reinforcement emails, books and resource materials.
Women Inspiring Women was founded in 2007 by Leslie Sturgeon and has become New Hampshire’s largest organization for women’s empowerment, personal development and networking. They host bi-weekly events in the Lakes Region, Concord, Nashua, Manchester and Portsmouth. Dale Carnegie Training is represented in all 50 of the United States and over 75 countries. Deb Titus is President of Human Capital Solutions, LLC, authorized Dale Carnegie Director in NH.
Both Titus and Sturgeon are award-winning professionals, having been recognized by the NH Business Review as their 2010 Outstanding Women in Business. Deb Titus was awarded the Best of Business Award in the category of career coach for the NH Business Review in 2010 and Leslie Sturgeon was named the 2009 Small Business Administration’s Women in Business Champion for NH. According to Sturgeon, “Deb Titus and Dale Carnegie are renowned in business and leadership training in NH, we are honored to partner with them to carry out our mission of women’s personal and professional development.”
For more information on the Stand Up, Stand Out series visit www.wiwnh.com – or call (603) 744-0400.
Friday, October 15th, 2010
Governor John Lynch today joined state and Rochester city officials in announcing the creation of 500 new jobs in the city over the next several years.
Governor Lynch made the announcement at Albany Engineered Composites, an aerospace composites manufacturer and subsidiary of Albany International, which employs about 225 workers at its existing Rochester facility.
After working directly with the state over the last two years, Albany has decided to construct a new plant next to the existing facility in Rochester, which will directly result in 300 new jobs.
Anticipated additional investment in Albany’s existing operations, in addition to its new facility, is expected to create a total of about 500 jobs in the area over the next several years.
“As Governor, my top priority is getting people back to work today and investing in our workers so New Hampshire can attract companies and compete for good jobs. This major announcement today is a direct result of our hard work,” Governor Lynch said.
“Albany could have chosen to locate this new facility elsewhere, but they recognized that we have a winning economic strategy in place here in New Hampshire. We worked intensively with the company over the past two years to bring this new plant and hundreds of jobs to Rochester,” Governor Lynch said.
The company also announced today it was relocating its corporate headquarters from New York to New Hampshire.
“These two announcements reflect the growing importance of AEC to Albany International’s future. It also reflects the strength of the partnership that we have forged with the city of Rochester and the state of New Hampshire,” said Joseph Morone, Albany’s President and CEO. “We are especially appreciative of the efforts of Governor John Lynch and his administration. The new jobs that our new plant will create are the direct result of his efforts on behalf of state of New Hampshire.”
The State, through the Community College System and Employment Security, has committed to working with Albany to provide job training and other services to help find the workers for these new highly skilled jobs.
“The new facility will employ cutting edge technology and techniques and we will make sure our workers are ready. That’s what we do so well in New Hampshire,” Governor Lynch said. “Through our Job Training Fund, we have provided training to more than 7,000 workers from hundreds of companies over the last three years. Having the ability to train and retrain a skilled workforce is one of the reasons Albany has chosen New Hampshire.”
Employment at the Rochester location, which has grown by 23 percent over the past two years and is now at 225, is expected to increase by the later part of the decade to approximately 700, making it the company’s largest global manufacturing operation.
“Rochester is proud to be chosen as Albany’s corporate headquarters and as the location for its new facility and expanded workforce. We have supported their growth in the past and continue that commitment to advanced technology and manufacturing,” said Rochester Mayor T.J. Jean. “We sincerely thank the State of New Hampshire, Rochester’s economic development team and the leadership of the City Council for encouraging and supporting this opportunity.”
“This is great news for the City of Rochester and for the region as a whole,” said Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald. “Job creation is the key to successful and thriving communities and we’re pleased that Albany Engineering Composites is building upon its investment in New Hampshire. Albany is a top-notch company and has created a center of excellence in the world of composites. We are indeed fortunate they are located in our state.”
“As we emerge from this recession, my focus has been getting people back to work now and making sure New Hampshire is positioned to continue to lead the nation’s economy in the future. This exciting announcement helps further those goals. It is going to help put people back to work. In addition to the hundreds of new skilled manufacturing jobs, there will be many men and women in the construction industry building this new plant and this project will also expand the tax base for the city,” Governor Lynch said.
“This is a great day for the State of New Hampshire,” Governor Lynch said.
Friday, October 15th, 2010
The October 20 NH High Tech Council Entrepreneur Forum will feature IPlayerHD and Securlytics CEOs presenting their products to a panel of experts and a live audience to gain feedback and insight on marketability and finance strategies. Stay Work Play and Resara representatives will also be on hand for “sky dive pitches” designed to create visibility and engagement with the audience.
The October 20 event will be held at the FIRST headquarters in Manchester New Hampshire from 5:20 until 8:30 pm. iPHD and Securlytics won the right to present at the Forum following a very competitive application and review process. The cost for the event is only $25 for NHHTC members and $30 for non-members and individuals can register online at www.nhhtc.org or by calling 924-4311.
Panelists include the following:
Bill McCullen is director of the Boston office of LaunchCapital. He has several years experience as a private investor in companies in the networking, semiconductor, clean energy and on-line markets. Prior to LaunchCapital he was a sell side equity analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group in Boston covering telecommunications and networking stocks. Bill has also worked in senior product marketing and business development roles at local start-ups WindSpeed Access Systems, Teraphase and Sycamore Networks. Bill began his career at Lucent Technologies where he held a variety of technical and marketing positions.
David Cutler is president of Creative Business Development and serves as an integrated marketing, advertising, and sales advisor for companies of all sizes that want to discover innovative ways to take advantage of new opportunities with the Internet and New Media. Graduating from Boston University, he headed to Madison Avenue and settled in Boston doing business development for print, TV, events, Internet, mobile, and social media. Clients include: Anheuser-Busch, AOL, Campbell’s Soup, Cisco, Discovery, General Mills, Hasbro, Kodak, Lifetime, McCann Ericson, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Pioneer, QVC, Rainbow, Roche, Royal Caribbean, S&P, Showtime, Starwood Resorts, Stop & Shop, Sun, Viacom, Yahoo!
iPlayerHD is a powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use tool that delivers a stunning web video experience. iPHD’s simple interface makes it a breeze to quickly upload video content and immediately display it on customizable iPHD web pages or within customizable embedded players. iPHD is a profitable, subscription-based HD web video hosting and streaming video solution. Their platform is ad-free so video messages are branded by the customer. The company currently is based in Newfields, New Hampshire.
Wes Moore, founder and CEO of iPlayerHD, will make the presentation. He has 25 years experience as an entrepreneur. iPlayerHD is his eighth start-up. Over the last ten years, Wes’ focus has been on video, first with Moore Digital, which he launched in 2000 and sold to Homemovie.com in 2003, followed by MooreCast.com, which delivers do-it-yourself websites with heavy emphasis on web video. Prior to 2000, Wes owned a string of successful companies including Material Handling Installations, which peaked at six million in sales in 2000 and Moore Staffing Solutions which he sold in 2001.
Securlytics targets user persona and delivers targeted relevant content to the users. Securlytics usage metrics tracks the user behavior, and suggests content based on keyword searches made by peers. For content publishers, Securlytics secures their intellectual property from unauthorized distribution, enhances their ability to improve the content based on analytics provided and target content delivery based on the user behavior. Securlytics focuses on content distributed using physical media and cloud delivered content. The company is currently based in Northborough, MA.
George Adams will represent Securlytics. He is a 25 year veteran in information technology, with over 10 of those years specializing in IT security and compliance. Before co-founding Securlytics, he was CEO of SSH Communications Security Inc. which he built from start-up to a world-leading developer of software solutions for scalable secure Internet communications, and co-led the SSH $400M IPO. More than 200 of the Fortune 500, all major US Government agencies, and over 4,000 SMB’s now use SSH Tectia to secure file transfers and data-in-motion. Prior to SSH, George was VP of Marketing and Business Development at Phoenix Technologies Ltd. He also started/built successful new businesses at Sun Microsystems, VC-funded Cyborg Corp, Intel, and Analog Devices.
Sky Dive presenters are as follows:.
Stay Work Play NH, Inc. was established as a nonprofit organization in 2009 to further the 55% Initiative, and support and advance several recommendations made by the Governor’s Task Force on Young Worker Retention. It serve as an independent organization that runs a comprehensive website and associated marketing effort regarding what New Hampshire can offer to the 20-30 year old demographic in terms of staying, working, and playing here.
Resara LLC is a software company that was founded in 2005 by two passionate, young entrepreneurs. The company launched with a Linux computer solution for schools, which has built Resara into a reliable small business. Today, Resara is diversifying its offerings with a new product geared toward small businesses, with the aim to significantly grow the company over the next five years.
The event includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and networking opportunities, as well as the presentations and opportunities to engage the presenters at the event and in questions and answer sessions.