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5 Questions: Jeff Feingold, New Hampshire Business Review

Friday, August 14th, 2015

With so many ways to get the news of the minute, hour, day or week, the sheer volume can take up valuable time. In New Hampshire, we’re fortunate to have venerable publications that devote space and talent to covering the people, trends and opinions about the businesses and industries that keep our economy humming. Today’s guest is Jeff Feingold, editor of the bi-weekly NH Business Review, who does, in fact, mind our business and offers his tips for getting his publication’s attention about your news.

Jeff Feingold ~ NH Business Review

Jeff Feingold ~ NH Business Review

1. What kinds of business news are you looking to publish these days?

We publish a wide range of news about New Hampshire businesses and nonprofits. In addition to our staff-written articles on issues and trends affecting business, we regularly publish features and interviews with businesspeople and others of interest to our readers. We also welcome announcements of new products/services, staff changes, relocations, awards and honors, charitable donations — you name it.

2. Can businesses still get a garden-variety press release published in NHBR anymore?

We do publish information from press releases, mostly in our regular feature, The Latest. We also have a calendar we update daily online and appears in print each issue.

3. What are two to three suggestions businesses can do better to increase the chances their news release will be used in NHBR?

– Make sure it’s applicable to our audience, news that our readers would be interested in.

– Include an interesting photo.

– Make sure the press release is short, to the point and written in plain English. Press releases filled with jargon and those that take two or three paragraphs to get to their point definitely have less of a chance of being read all the way through and making it to print or online.

4. What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve seen business professionals make in trying to get you to publish their news for them?

Sending releases to a publication without even having read an issue and not knowing what the frequency of a publication is. If you’re contacting a publication about a time-specific event or story, it’s a good idea to do it well before the event’s date. You increase your changes of getting the event covered if you give advance notice.

5. How do businesses best go about submitting a release for your consideration?

The best way to email it to me at jfeingold@nhbr.com, or our assistant editor, Liisa Rajala, at lrajala@nhbr.com

#NHTelecom Summit a Great Success

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This post was provided by State Broadband Director Carol Miller who was one of the driving forces behind the Telecom Summit – great job by all associated with this event!

The 2011 NH Telecommunication Summit on May 11 at the Radisson in Manchester NH was an exciting gathering of service providers, technology companies, state agencies, regional planning commissions, municipalities and business.  Sponsored by NH Business Review, the NH Division of Economic Development, the New Hampshire Telecommunications Association, Head Networks and G4 Communications.

telecom-summitRoy Duddy, Interim Director, Division of Economic Development welcomed a crowd of close to 150 participants. He thanked everyone for their support and interest in the discussion surrounding expansion of broadband to unserved and underserved communities in the State of NH.

Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Technologies at the Division assumed the role of master of ceremonies keeping attendees on track for the keynote, breakout sessions, and a service provider panel as Industry Leaders share their insight.

“This represents the first time in several years that providers, municipalities, and businesses have gathered to share information and resources about telecommunications,” she said.

The keynote was delivered by Scott Valcourt, UNH on the Network NH Now, and other initiatives that build upon the federally funded assets in construction that will build middle mile fiber to all 10 counties of NH.  The Public Safety Microwave Project encompasses a planned upgrade of state agency facilities to a multi-user platform to free up space on state owned mountain tops for wireless broadband providers.  The New Hampshire Fastroads LLC will bring that fiber to the customer premise in two last mile projects in Rindge and Enfield.   In addition, Valcourt talked about the impact to economic development and the way it will change and enhance telemedicine, education, and job growth opportunities for the people of NH.

Breakout sessions included “Wireless/Cellular Technology Today” by AT&T’s Brian Krause,  “Where’s My Broadband?”  by Michael Blair of the NH Mapping and Planning Program at UNH, “Telecom 101 for Businesses and Municipalities” by Cisco’s Paul Gasparro and “Who Needs Broadband?” hosted by Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Technologies for the State of NH.

The Service Provider Panel was moderated by Matt Cookson, Executive Director of NH High Tech Council.  The Panelists were Brad Scofield, Regional Director of Product Management for Comcast, Jeremy Katz, CEO of segTEL, Gunnar Berg, CEO of Cyperpine Wireless and Bill Meehan Director of Segment Marketing of FairPoint Communications.

Each  panelist described their company products and footprint.  They answered questions about expansion to rural areas, and business incentives to enhance investments in infrastructure.

Allen Voivod of Epiphanies Inc., provided the social media blitz for the Summit thanks to the generous sponsorship of G4 Communications.  Video from the event can be seen online at the following location: http://www.youtube.com/NHEconomy, and photos can be seen at http://on.fb.me/2011TelecomSummit. Read the event’s comments on Twitter by following the hashtag #NHTelecom.

Inspiring Women in Business Conference Scheduled for National Small Business Week

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

woman-entrepreneurWith American Express reporting that the number of businesses owned by women in New Hampshire has grown by 37.2 percent in the last 14 years, there is no better time to be a female entrepreneur in the Granite State.

Recognizing that fact, Women Inspiring Women will present “Inspiring Women in Business” on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at SERESC Conference and Training Center, 29 Commerce Drive in Bedford. The day will celebrate National Small Business Week and include five educational sessions, exhibitors and networking.

Workshops include “Tap Into Your Inspiration” with Deb Titus of Dale Carnegie-NH, “Master Your Money Mindset” with Kathleen Burns Kingsbury of KBK Wealth Connection, “Fearless Marketing” with Nancy Clark of the Glen Group and “Growing a Successful Business” with Dr. Deborah Osgood of the Knowledge Institute. “We Mean Business,” a panel discussion featuring NH Business Review’s 2011 “Outstanding Women in Business” will also be held. These honorees and panelists include Maureen Beauregard of Families in Transition, Maren Boothby of Boothby Therapy Services, Robin Comstock of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Johnstone, Esq. of Bernstein Shur and Karen Pollard of the Rochester Department of Economic Development.  It will be moderated by Leslie Sturgeon of Women Inspiring Women, also an “Outstanding Women in Business” honoree.

“We felt the perfect way to recognize National Small Business Week and the fact more women are starting businesses than men in NH was to bring business women from around NH together for a day of education and inspiration,” according to Leslie Sturgeon, founder and president of Women Inspiring Women.”

As a result of a generous contribution from Microsoft BizSpark, NH Division of Economic Development, Public Service of New Hampshire, and Exeter Health Resources, the registration price is only $40 and includes lunch. Reservations are needed and space is limited. Contact Women Inspiring Women at (603) 744-0400 or visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jtyn8ccab&oeidk=a07e3npt4qia831e39f for more information and to register.

Women Inspiring Women was founded in 2007 in the Lakes Region by Sturgeon to give women of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to get together at educational, fun and inspirational events on a monthly basis. Since that time the organization has expanded to Concord, Nashua, Manchester, Bedford and the Seacoast, hosts bi-weekly events including the NH Conference for Women in November, and quickly become the state’s largest organization for women’s empowerment, personal development and networking.

Businesses, Government and Providers to Gather at Telecommunications Summit

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Imagine a day without email, teleconferencing, online videos, Google or cell phone access. In today’s world, broadband access is critical—especially to business growth, economic development, education and telemedicine—as we become more reliant on digital communication, from email to teleconferencing and social media.

telecomHow State government, municipalities, businesses and providers can work together to expand and improve broadband access throughout New Hampshire will be the focus of the 2011 New Hampshire Telecommunication Summit, which will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown. Sponsored by the NH Division of Economic Development, the NH Telecommunication Association (NHTA), HEADNetworks and NH Business Review, the summit will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from leaders in the industry and see the latest in voice and data technology.

According to Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Technology for the State of New Hampshire, “This represents the first time in several years that providers, municipalities and businesses will gather to share information and resources about telecommunications. While we’re justifiably proud that New Hampshire ranks second in the nation for households with broadband access, we still have a lot of work to do to expand broadband to rural areas. Businesses tend to locate where broadband is, so making broadband, including wireless, available in rural areas is important to our economy.”

On the agenda will be an address by Scott Valcourt, UNH Adjunct Faculty Member in
Science & Technology Division, Computer Information Systems Program, who will speak on “New Hampshire’s Newest Broadband Initiative.” A panel discussion by New Hampshire service providers on “Statewide Broadband and Business Expansion Incentives” will be moderated by Matt Cookson, executive director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council.

Three breakout sessions—“Wireless/Cellular Technology Today,” “Where’s My Broadband?” and “Telecom 101 for Businesses and Municipalities”— will be offered, as well as lunch and ample time to meet with exhibitors.

Cost to attend the summit is $75 per person, which includes lunch. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., with the program running from 8:45 a.m. to approximately 2pm. Register online at www.nhtelecom.org/Summit2011. For more information, call NHTA at 1-800-400-NHTA (6482) or email Summit@nhtelecom.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Lodging is available at the Radisson, which is located at 700 Elm Street in Manchester. Call (603) 625-1000 and use “NHTA” to receive the attendee discount.

15th Annual NH Economic Development Summit to Explore “Growing on Solid Ground”

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Want to succeed in business? Try putting a smile on your face. Productivity and the power of positive thinking are inextricably linked in today’s global economy according to Paul Boynton, author of Begin With Yes, and keynote speaker at the 15th Annual NH Economic Development Summit to take place at Southern New Hampshire University on December 1st from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.   

"Begin With Yes" Author Paul Boynton

"Begin With Yes" Author Paul Boynton

“The world’s most successful entrepreneurs have all discovered that whatever you focus your attention on is what you attract into your life,” Boynton said. “Thinking happy, productive and positive thoughts leads to the type of bottom line results that make the difference between a good idea and a Fortune 500 company. It sounds simple, but those who’ve mastered this philosophy swear to its effectiveness not only in the boardroom but in life.” 

Boynton, an award-winning human services CEO who has been recognized for distinguished service and excellence in nonprofit management, published Begin With Yes last year and embraces its message, donating 10% of all book sales to non-profits. A personal coach, corporate consultant, and motivational speaker with degrees in social work and counseling, Boynton writes the column Making Good Things Happen at Work and hosts the weekly television talk show, Begin with Yes on MCTV. 

Boynton was a fitting choice for this year’s Annual NH Economic Development Summit which has set “Growing on Solid Ground” as its theme. Presented by the NH Division of Economic Development in cooperation with Public Service of NH, Sales Protocol and media sponsor NH Business Review, the Summit features three panel discussions – “Innovation and Inspiration – the New Hampshire Entrepreneur,” “Look Beyond the Label – Workplace Inclusion Makes Perfect Business Sense” and “Keeping It Young – Youth Retention in the Granite State.”    

Songwriter/Musician Jim Tyrrell

Songwriter/Musician Jim Tyrrell

“We really wanted this year’s event to demonstrate that New Hampshire’s economy remains vibrant, strong and creative,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy. “We are well positioned for growth both in-state and in terms of business attraction, so why not accentuate the positive and showcase some excellent programs and people?” 

“Public Service of NH is once again pleased to sponsor this summit which brings together economic development practitioners, elected officials, business professionals and educators to gain insight into the economy,” said Public Service of NH Economic & Community Development Manager Pat McDermott who will provide an overview of the Hydro Quebec Project. “Information sharing is key to ensuring the strength of our business community and this event gives us a chance to network with and learn from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds in New Hampshire.” 

For the third consecutive year, Scott Spradling of The Spradling Group will serve as the guest emcee of this daylong event that will also feature the “Commissioner’s Awards for Economic Development Excellence.” Songwriter/musician Jim Tyrrell, who recently released his third full-length album Onward to Yesterday, will perform throughout the day at the Summit. 

Admission is free but is limited to the first 200 people. To register, contact Leslie Sherman at lsherman@dred.state.nh.us.

WIW and Dale Carnegie-NH Stand Up for Women’s Business Leadership

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 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.   

Deb Titus

Deb Titus

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.  

Leslie Sturgeon

Leslie Sturgeon

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.

Wind, Solar and Geothermal….Oh My….

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Over 30 exhibitors will be displaying the latest energy efficiency offerings at Greenerpalooza III, scheduled for August 12th at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford.

A number of "green" vendors will be displaying their wares at Greenerpalooza III.

A number of "green" vendors will be displaying their wares at Greenerpalooza III.

Sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire, Citizens Bank and media sponsor NH Business Review in coordination with the NH Business Resource Center, Greenerpalooza is a celebration of energy efficiency efforts in the Granite State. Set against the backdrop of a Sheryl Crow/Colbie Caillat concert, this is a truly an event that encourages the exchange of information between green businesses and 5,000 concert goers.

This year, attendees will be able to visit with the following exhibitors:
Public Service of New Hampshire
Citizens Bank
Acorn Organic Salon
Build Green NH
Lakes Region Heating & AC
Ultra Geothermal
GDS Associates Inc.
Lakes Region Community College
Dawn Solar Systems
KW Management Inc.
Frase Electric LLC
Energy Audits Unlimited
ConVerdant Vehicles
Green Alliance
Water Energy Distributors
Just Be Products LLC
Sendout Cards
Atlantic Home Systems
The Mountain
The Water Depot of New England
NH Department of Environmental Services
Upper Valley Green
Greensource Energy Solutions
Stay Work Play
Resource Management, Inc.
NH Division of Economic Development
NH Business Review
Epiphanies, Inc.
Belknap Landscape Company

Greenerpalooza will also feature an appearance by Reverb this year. Reverb is a non-profit environmental organization that educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability. It was founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Guster guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner.

Reverb’s greening services include carbon neutral concerts and venues; biodiesel for vehicles and generators; waste reduction; biodegradable catering products; recycling; green bus supplies and cleaners; energy efficiency; green contract rider; eco-friendly merchandise; green sponsorship; and on site and on-line fan outreach.

To purchase tickets to Greenerpalooza III, visit www.meadowbrook.net.

14th Annual NH Economic Development Summit to Venture “One Step Beyond”

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

In announcing plans for the 14th Annual NH Economic Development Summit to take place at the Radisson Hotel Nashua on December 15th from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., NH Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy had a simple message to the business community – explore your creativity and be prepared to take “one step beyond.” 

“In today’s challenging economy, we all need to reexamine the way that we’ve traditionally done business and employ more creative and innovative strategies,” he said. “There has never been a better time to take chances and to pursue new ideas that might stimulate activity and lead to business growth.”

tomhayesbwFittingly enough, “One Step Beyond” is the theme of this year’s Annual NH Economic Development Summit. Presented by the NH Division of Economic Development in cooperation with Public Service of NH and media sponsor NH Business Review, the Summit will feature two keynote speakers, Tom Ticknor of Ticknor & Associates who will present “Building a Brand – Positioning Your Community for Success” and Tom Hayes, master salesman and life motivator, who will tell how he grew his Fuji Medical Systems sales territory from $200,000 to over $50M a year by building and motivating a top sales team. Selected by Showtime Networks as a “Funniest Person” award winner, Hayes lives by the motto, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

Workshops at the Summit will include “Granite Greatness – Tales of NH Entrepreneurship” featuring Laura Boucher (Hunter IdeaNeT – creator of the Snow Sleeve snow removal device), Michael McGloin (The Mountain – creator of the wildly popular “Three Wolf Moon” t-shirt) and Nancy Brown (Three Acre Kitchen – creator of outstanding balsamic based specialty foods), “New Mediums, New Messages – How Social Media is Transforming Communication” featuring Epiphanies, Inc. Owner Allen Voivod and “Mission Transmission – The Hydro Quebec Project” featuring Public Service of NH Economic & Community Development Manager Pat McDermott and Public Service of NH Municipal Relations & External Affairs Specialist Allison McLean.  
Three Wolf Moon t-shirt image

Three Wolf Moon t-shirt image

“Public Service of NH is once again pleased to sponsor this summit which provides economic development practitioners and business owners with the latest information they need to keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward,” said Public Service of NH Economic & Community Development Manager Pat McDermott. “New Hampshire continues to outpace its New England neighbors in terms of business growth and we welcome the opportunity to highlight some of our emerging companies at this showcase event.”

For the second consecutive year, Scott Spradling of The Spradling Group will serve as the guest emcee of this daylong event that will also feature the “Commissioner’s Awards for Economic Development Excellence.”

Admission is free but is limited to the first 200 people. To register, contact Leslie Sherman at lsherman@dred.state.nh.us.

To the Victor Goes the Humongous Trophy…

Monday, June 8th, 2009


The outcome was in doubt until the last possible second, but when the dust settled and the results were tabulated, the men’s team led by North American Equipment Upfitters President Michael Dunican narrowly edged out the women’s squad led by Print Savvy Owner Lisa Landry at the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Business Bowl held last Friday evening at The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.


Held at halftime of the Manchester Wolves/Albany Firebirds game, the Business Bowl pitted two teams of six players in a series of interactive contests including paper plane flying, the printer cartridge dash and the “Fling a Football” challenge. Both squads brought their respective cheering sessions as well as a healthy amount of trash talking and gamesmanship.


Prior to the Business Bowl, both teams were treated to an onfield pep talk by Wolves Coach Danton Barto and a pregame reception at Piccola Italia Ristorante. At the reception, participants learned about free State services available to assist their businesses and had the opportunity to hear from event sponsors NH Business Review, WGAM, Cartridge World and the Manchester Wolves.

Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Wolves General Manager Stephanie Bike for her enthusiasm and dedication to making this event the best yet. The women have already issued a challenge for a rematch next year – Mike Dunican is reportedly mulling over the offer as he prepares his “threepeat” strategy.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

Women’s Business Bowl Team Announced

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Just heard from Lisa Landry, team captain of the women’s squad in the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Business Bowl and it seems that she has assembled quite the formidable squad. Just check out the talent on her roster as well as her pinpoint scouting report:

Lisa Landry, President & CEO of Print Savvy, and survivor of 4 (yes, 4!) completely natural childbirths. (I think that alone proves how tough I am!)

Ami D’Amelio, our Savvy Senior Account Executive – a whirlwind on and off the field – honored in 2008 by the Union Leader as a “Top 40 under 40” among many other achievements, professional and personal.

Donna Hardy, National Administrative Manager at CSI Wireless (and also black belt in Kung Fu). This lady can break bricks! Look out!

Deb Titus, Dale Carnegie Training Educator, Public Speaker, tough competitor and all around people person (and a really, really good singer, too!)

Melinda Linstad, Retired New England Patriots Cheerleader, currently staying at home to spend time with her beautiful baby boy, Nolan. She brings that great cheerleading vibe & determination to our team!

Juli Holt, Stylist at Silk Day Spa. She has over 10 years of experience and a family history of brining out one’s inner beauty – but don’t let her fool you, she is tough as nails!

Connie McCullion, President of Healthcare Review, brings 23 years of running a dynamic business to the table. If she can deal with all those docs and insurance companies, she’s got to be strong!


For those who aren’t up to speed on the Business Bowl, during the course of the Manchester Wolves – Albany Firebirds af2 football game, two teams of six local business professionals will take part in fun and competitive “office Olympics” style events which will test their teamwork skills. The winner of the competition will receive the second annual Business Bowl trophy, tickets to Canobie Lake Park and tickets to Wolves games for the remainder of the 2009 season.

Prior to the Business Bowl event, the Business Resource Center, the Wolves, event sponsor Cartridge World and media partners New Hampshire Business Review and WGAM will host a free business appreciation reception for the first 50 business respondents at Piccola Italia Ristorante at 5:30 p.m. To make reservations for the free reception or purchase tickets to the game (at the special Business Bowl price of $10 per ticket), contact the Manchester Wolves at 627-9653 or sbike@manchesterwolves.com.

Join us for the free pre-game reception at Piccola and purchase tickets to the game now by calling 627-9653.