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Archive for November, 2012

Catching Up With … Secured Network Services

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

We hopped up to Littleton the other day to visit with Kevin Low of Secured Network Services for a project on which we are working.

The business is what is says – a secured place for servers and networks, vital things needed in today’s society so we can do something as easy as hitting send on an email to processing monetary transactions.

Low moved the business – and his family – north from Massachusetts nearly a year ago, setting up in the Littleton Industrial Park, which in his search for a location, was appealing because of its fiber optics network and industrial power supply, as well as its distance from major population centers.

Why is that important?

Last month, one of the North Country’s newest companies was far enough away from the destruction of Superstorm Sandy to help businesses maintain continuity, which helped untold numbers of people maintain their continuity.

Although many of us well out of harm’s way had some inconvenience, like when our banks’ servers were affected, we suspect Kevin’s company got many others back on track, from the heart of the White Mountains.

So go ahead, we don’t mind — email a link to this post to your friends or tweet it to the universe.

Because you can …

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
NH Division of Economic Development


Wednesday, November 7th, 2012



International trade has been a big focus for us over the past year and as well as meeting with companies from all over the state that are already exporting their products, we also put together some educational programs, like the one today.

Dr. James Chan, founder of Asia Marketing Management, was the featured speaker at Doing Business in China, which drew more than 30 people who are interested in trade and partnerships with that country.

(We are pleased with the attendance today, since China is our third largest trading partner.)

Dr. Chan was an engaging, animated and knowledgeable speaker and the first five minutes of his program set the stage for the next two hours, as the audience heard about the five most important words to remember when doing business in China.

Hint: The acronym is … C.H.I.N.A.

While we don’t generally like to impose on your time with lengthy videos, this one is a must-watch if you are thinking about trading with China.

The International Trade Resource Center is your first stop for finding information and assistance as you explore exporting.


Today’s program was funded by the State Trade Export Promotion grant. For more information about the STEP grant and how it can help your business take a step toward exporting, watch this video.



Let’s Get Social …

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Social media. It’s the buzz word these days. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Pinterest. The world can’t be found just in your grandfather’s newspaper anymore – it’s only as far as your computer screen and keyboard.

How to navigate these exits off the worldwide web is now a necessary part of the way we do business and that’s one of the reasons we helped Lani and Allen Voivod of Gilford-based Epiphanies Inc. to found the A-Ha Social Business Summit. It’s happening at Southern New Hampshire University Friday, Nov. 16 and we hope you will join us.

(Today is the last day for early bird registration and now in its fourth year, it’s always been a sell out.)

Naturally, if you can’t make the live event, Allen and Lani have added a Digital Pass option, so you can watch the summit in real time, with streaming online video. Also, each session video will be available on demand, via your computer, for a year after the conference.

Presenters and panelists include leaders from Constant Contact; Dyn, Inc.; HubSpot; Stay Work Play; The Common Man; The Moore Center; Southern New Hampshire University; Flyte New Media; Flock Marketing; The Meltwater Group and Epiphanies, Inc.

Topics include mobile marketing, Facebook, Pinterest, online branding, digital engagement, viral video, inbound marketing, content strategies, social storytelling, reputation management, measurement and metrics and more.

Sounds serious and time consuming. But social media can be fun and creative — and it can be done from anywhere, as Lani and Allen found last week when they were stranded in Las Vegas, awaiting a flight home after attending a social media conference.

While we’re on the social media topic this morning, are you following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?

Give us a click. Hope to see you at the summit.


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

New Hampshire Division of Economic Development