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Do Well by Doing Good – Great Networking Opportunity TONIGHT!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I know that this is late notice, but trust me, this is information that is of great value to your organization. Have you ever pondered the expression “doing well by doing good?” Well, there’s a New Hampshire business organization that specializes in proactively adopting socially responsible business practices, recognizing that people, principles and profits are inseparably linked.

Tonight, you can learn more about New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR), a non-profit organization that truly recognizes the integral link between social responsibility and the bottom line. Now more than ever, corporate social responsibility is not only a great idea, it is necessary for ongoing business growth. The Organization of American States recently held its XVII Policy Roundtable and concluded that “corporate social responsibility is inherent to an individual’s responsibility as a citizen, but also makes sound business sense since those businesses that fail to pay attention to the social and environmental realities of their consumers run the risk of becoming irrelevant.”

nhbsrlogo_3At tonight’s NHBSR 2009 Annual Member Appreciation Social taking place from 5-8 p.m. at Wiggin & Nourie (670 North Commercial Street, Suite 305) in Manchester, over 100 business professionals will join together for an evening of education, networking and promotional opportunities. NH Public Television President & CEO Peter A. Frid will give an overview of NHPTV’s new “Planet Granite” initiative (http://www.nhptv.org/planetgranite/watch.asp), NHBSR’s 2010 Webinar Series will be unveiled and a great round of speed networking will take place.  In addition, attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary New Hampshire brewed beer and take part in raffles for prizes ranging from box seats to Manchester Monarchs games to multiple overnight stays at venues ranging from the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel to the Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club and Graylag’s Bower Cabin.

To register, contact NHBSR Program Director Kate Luczko at 391-7437 or kate@nhbsr.org. Don’t miss this opportunity!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

European Union Environmental Directives Seminar Scheduled

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Companies exporting electrical or soldered products into the European Union are invited to attend an “Understanding European Union Environmental Directives” workshop at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development (172 Pembroke Road) on Thursday, November 5th from 9 a.m.-noon.

euPresented by the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center, this seminar will feature Bob Straetz, Office of the European Union, U.S. Department of Commerce and will provide an overview of recent changes to environmental regulations and information requirements for exporters to the EU.
This half-day introductory seminar will also address the following: EuP (EcoDesign Requirements for Energy Using Products), RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) and CE Mark.

The cost of the program is $40 per person. To register, please contact Katy Reno at (603) 271-8444 or katy.reno@dred.state.nh.us.

Meaty Issues of the Day

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Here’s a true recipe for marketing success – a Guiness World Records attempt, tasty food and an event that the whole family can rally around.  And yes, it’s a Granite State happening that could attract worldwide coverage and an event that exemplifies marketing and public relations genius.

jimmy-kimmel-worlds-largest-meatball-recordWhat’s all of the hub-bub about? Find out by visiting my blog on the NHBR Network, the state’s first online business-to-business networking site. The link to my latest blog post is http://www.nhbrnetwork.com/profiles/blogs/of-meatballs-and-marketing, but while you’re on the site, you should consider joining the many New Hampshire business professionals who’ve signed up as members. It’s free, easy and the networking opportunities are endless. Take care and happy reading!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

Speed Venture Summit a Great Match for Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Speed dating is usually a hit or miss phenomenon – either you’re wowed by the endless array of attractive members of the opposite sex vying for your attention or you’re scouting out an open window in the restroom as an escape hatch.

Thankfully, that’s not the case with next Wednesday’s (10/28/09) 2nd Annual Speed Venture Summit™ scheduled for 2-5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua with networking to follow from 5:15-7:30 p.m. This Summit is billed as the event “Where Capital and Business Match in Minutes™.”

speed-venture-logoSimply put, the Speed Venture Summit™ is the premier speed dating style event for fast growth businesses and investors in New England, hosted by the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, and brought to you by Gold Sponsor Comcast Business Class.

The Speed Venture Summit™ is an opportunity for companies to privately pitch their growth stories in person to suitable investors.

The first annual Speed Venture Summit™ whisked New England’s hottest young companies together with investors for 15-minute “dates,” leading to dozens of follow-up phone calls and e-mails for promising long-term relationships.

Twenty-six different investor groups ranked the most compelling stories from fifty entrepreneurs, who then pitched to a feverish standing-room crowd of 325 tech leaders from throughout the region.

The fan-o-meter awarded the Summit’s top prizes to Animetrics Inc. of Conway, N.H. for its facial recognition software that uses facial templates like a fingerprint to identify people at a checkpoint, and Foneshow Inc. of Truro, Mass. that enables audio and radio clips to be played on a cell phone.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s event include KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting and the Alexander Technology Group; networking sponsors include Borealis Ventures, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, pllc, Dynamic Network Services, Good Leads and Mass High Tech; promotional partners include the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and the Amoskeag Business Incubator.

To learn more, visit www.speedventuresummit.org. Don’t worry about bringing roses, chocolate or candy – just bring your excellent business ideas and your enthusiasm!

Hunter IdeaNeT Named October “Innovation Rocks!” Award Winner

Friday, October 16th, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered how two people can clear pounds of heavy, wet snow from a car frame in ten seconds or less, you’d best be on the lookout for the Hint Snow Sleeve Snow Removal Device, a new creation that helped Epping-based Hunter IdeaNeT capture the New Hampshire Business Resource Center’s “Innovation Rocks!” award for the month of October.

snow-sleeveManufactured in the Granite State, the Snow Sleeve is a quick and easy way for one or two people to remove snow from vehicles. It slips over the user’s arm and can also be used as a “fabric plow” for heavier snow while also being available for use by two people with the aid of included extension straps. The sleeve’s heavyweight water resistant fabric is safe for all vehicle surfaces and the apparatus is perfect for all types and depths of snow.

“With the rapid approach of winter, Hunter IdeaNeT has created a product that makes snow removal from vehicles so much easier,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy. “The Snow Sleeve is a perfect example of a New Hampshire innovation that saves time and energy. It’s a godsend for anyone approaching a snowy morning.”

For more information about the Hint Snow Sleeve, visit www.snowsleeve.com.

“Innovation Rocks!” is an initiative sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s Business Resource Center in coordination with Rock 101 (WGIR-FM) and the The Pavilion at the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of New Hampshire innovators.

Breaking News: USDA Community Facilities Loans & Grants Available

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Thanks to Mike Firestone in Senator Shaheen’s office for passing on the information about new community facilities loans and grants available through USDA Rural Development.  If anyone is interested in taking advantage, Mike would like to know, so that he and his staff could be helpful. Mike can be reached at: 202-224-6299 (office) or mike_firestone@shaheen.senate.gov.


Now is a great time to finance the capital project you have been planning! There is an unprecedusda-rd_webented amount of available funds. We may not see this amount of $$$ again for years!
Apply now, don’t miss out!


      • To take advantage of unusual funding opportunities, we are not setting an application deadline for grants in 2010.
      • We are encouraging all projects with defined budgets and matching funds to apply as soon as possible.
      • Community Facilities Loans can be the match and we strongly encourage loan/grant combination applications.
      • While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds are still available,  we anticipate they will be committed early in 2010. Apply soon! First come, first served. 
      • Maximum ARRA grant is $100,000; maximum regular program grant is $50,000.
      • Loan funding is plentiful and we anticipate that it will remain so throughout the year.
      • Interest rates remain low – 4.25% through December 31, 2009.
      • Belknap, Sullivan, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Rockingham Strafford, Merrimack Counties:
            Karen Demers at 603-223-6045 or Karen.Demers@nh.usda.gov
      • Carroll, Coos, Grafton Counties: Anne Getchell at 603-447-3318 Ext. 5 or Anne.Getchell@nh.usda.gov

    DETAILED PROGRAM INFORMATION  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/cf/cp.htm

    Why You Should Care What Joe Had for Breakfast

    Friday, October 16th, 2009

    Now that I have your attention, you should sign up for the NHBR Network (www.nhbrnetwork.com), the first online business-to-business networking site in New Hampshire, and check out my latest blog offering entitled “You Should Care What Joe Had for Breakfast.”

    scrambledeggIt details the Division of Economic Development’s foray into the realm of social marketing and why your business should make the jump to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Give it a read!

    – Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

    Great News for New Hampshire!

    Thursday, October 15th, 2009

    This is incredible news for the state of New Hampshire – No Bull loves to share info like this!:

    Two of the nation’s top-performing Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)—New Hampshire-based Community Loan Fund and Kentucky-based Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE)—are the recipients of the 2009 Wachovia NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance. The two CDFIs will receive $8.25 million in grants and low-cost loans and will be honored on Wednesday, October 28th at the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Juliana Eades, NH Community Loan Fund Presidente

    Juliana Eades, NH Community Loan Fund Presidente

    The Community Loan Fund will receive $5.5 million—a $5 million low-cost loan and a $500,000 unrestricted grant. The Community Loan Fund was selected for its expansion of an innovative financing program for manufactured housing mortgage loans, which has the potential to change mortgage financing in the manufactured home sector across the U.S. The Community Loan Fund turns investments into fixed-rate loans and education to create opportunity and transform the lives of people across New Hampshire. Since 1984 the Community Loan Fund has enabled 93 manufactured housing communities throughout New Hampshire, or 20 percent of the market in that state, to convert to resident ownership. The Community Loan Fund has financed more than 1,400 loans totaling more than $100 million, and leveraging more than $348 million, to build housing, create jobs, and support essential services like child care and community facilities.

    FAHE will receive $2.75 million—a $2.5 million low-cost loan and a $250,000 unrestricted grant. The Selection Committee chose FAHE for its innovation and bold strategy in eliminating substandard housing conditions prevalent in the Central Appalachian region. FAHE is the largest provider of community investment capital in highly distressed Central Appalachia. Last year, FAHE provided $41 million in direct financing and its members produced 3,800 housing units. This figure is on target against FAHE’s bold goal to quadruple their performance and achieve 8,000 housing units annually by 2015.

    CDFIs are market-driven, private sector institutions dedicated to meeting the financial needs of disadvantaged and hard-to-serve markets nationwide. They include banks, credit unions, loan funds, and venture capital funds. There are more than 700 CDFIs in the United States.

    Since 2007, the Wachovia NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance in partnership with The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been run by and funded through OFN with support from the Wachovia Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The program recognizes excellence within the CDFI field and is designed to propel high-potential organizations to a next level of growth, success, and staying power.

    A distinguished national selection committee chose the two recipients from a highly competitive field of seven semi-finalist organizations. The award amounts are based on each organization’s asset size—$5.5 million for CDFIs with assets over $50 million and $2.75 for those with assets in the $10-$50 million range.

    “Each award recipient has blazed an unlikely trail on solid ground against expectations,” said Mark Pinsky, president and CEO of the Philadelphia-based OFN, the leading national network of high-performance CDFIs. “These awards recognize the outstanding achievements and extraordinary future potential of two leading CDFIs. The Wachovia NEXT Awards also spotlight how the entire opportunity finance field benefits our nation’s economy through responsible lending, investing, and financial services.”

     “We congratulate the Community Loan Fund and FAHE on their exceptional accomplishments in helping to transform underserved communities,” said Michael Rizer, executive vice president for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company. “We’re proud to continue our long-standing support for the opportunity finance industry with our investment in the Wachovia NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance, which helps innovative, up-and-coming CDFIs grow and create even more economic opportunity for families and communities through access to credit.”

    “The services provided by CDFIs are especially critical today, as the country struggles with the economic crisis and access to capital is constrained,” said Debra Schwartz, director of program related investments for the MacArthur Foundation. “We hope these awards will help more policymakers and investors appreciate the vital role that CDFIs play in our financial system and the valuable contributions they are poised to make in the years ahead.”

    Congratulations Community Loan Fund!!!

    ITAR Licensing Issues Workshop Scheduled

    Thursday, October 15th, 2009

    Companies exporting defense related goods are invited to attend an ITAR Licensing Issues workshop at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development (172 Pembroke Road) on Tuesday, October 20th from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  

    Presented by the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center in partnership with Kazakis International, this seminar will include a review of export licensing considerations for weapons and defense related products as well as an explanation of registration requirements, license types, the license review process, exemptions and record keeping. 

    flagThe International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) covers tanks and military vehicles, aircraft and associated equipment, vessels of war and special naval equipment, military training equipment, protective personnel equipment, military electronics, fire control, auxiliary military equipment, toxicological agents, spacecraft systems and nuclear weapons.

    The cost of the program is $95 per person. To register, please 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.

    NHBR Network Kicks Off

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

    I’d like to thank my friends and colleagues over at  New Hampshire Business Review for allowing me to be part of a new initiative to assist the state’s business community – the first business-to-business networking site in the state.

    nhbr-network1I have become a featured blogger on the NHBR Network, an online business-to-business networking site that is providing businesspeople around the state 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 and yes,  good old me.

    Steve Boucher

    Steve Boucher

    I’m hoping to use this forum to give folks content that is a bit different than what you see here on the “No Bull Business Blog.” It’ll be “No Bull” to be sure, but it will also give a flavor for some trends that I’m seeing in the economic development community, some tips for marketing success and some observations of state government from the inside.

    If you haven’t joined the network yet, please do so by visiting www.nhbrnetwork.com. You can check out my first entry entitled “Guts, Glory and a Dream.” Thanks again to NHBR for the platform and the opportunity.   

    – Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director