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Archive for May, 2009

The Future of NH Rocks!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I know that many people furrow their brows and worry about the future of our state but I’m not amongst them. That’s probably because I had the benefit of being a judge at yesterday’s Social Entrepreneurship Student Leadership Challenge event at the Radisson in Manchester.

Each of the high school and college teams was tasked with developing creative solutions to challenges facing the Granite State and to say that these teams were creative would be like saying that Amy Winehouse likes a good party. In short, these young people had a passion for ideas and a tremendous will to improve their communities, their state and their planet.

One team looked at the beautification of a neglected outdoor area at their school, another wanted to share information about the spread of Lyme Disease and another sought to build inclusion of children with disabilities into the mainstream student population. All of the teams made their presentations with the flair of public relations professionals who had been promoting their ideas for years.

Congratulations to the students who took part in yesterday’s events, to the teachers, parents and friends who supported them throughout the competition and to the folks who inspired them to community service and entrepreneurship along the way. Special thanks to SESL Executive Director Elizabeth Foy and University System of NH Associate Vice Chancellor of External Relations Matt Cookson for their excellent work in creating an event that all of New Hampshire can be proud of.

The future of New Hampshire in doubt? Hardly…..

 – Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

No Bull Allowed…..

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Tired of bailouts, stimulus plans and endless talks about budgets and inertia? Well, guess what? So are we….

That’s why we’ve checked out of “government as usual” and tossed the status quo into the scrap pile where it lies amongst boilerplate marketing plans, three Martini networking events and stale information served as new.

As New Hampshire businesses or prospective New Hampshire businesses, you not only demand more, you deserve more. Our pledge to you is to give you some great information on a daily basis whether it be a new grant, a partnership opportunity or an excellent new economic development tool….only the good stuff, only the timely stuff…no bull allowed.

Billy Joel once bragged in a song that “We didn’t start the fire” but here I stand with a can of kerosene and a head full of crazy ideas that just might work. This is both revolution and evolution wrapped into one. Don’t think Michael Buble or Yanni….think Marilyn Manson and Korn. Economic Development is no longer a waltz, it’s a mosh pit of innovation, creativity and ingenuity. Anything with a speck of dust or a feel of bureaucratic rhetoric will be cast aside in the new look “Live Free or Die” state.

So welcome to day one of the No Bull Business Blog…..welcome to a real approach to the nation’s best economy….welcome to government as “unusual.”

 – Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director