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New London Hospital a “First Class Business”

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Congratulations are in store for New London Hospital whose CEO Bruce King was recently featured on our WTPL 107.7 “First Class Business” segment with host Jack Heath and New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy.

New London Hospital CEO Bruce King

New London Hospital CEO Bruce King

The hospital’s ambitious expansion and renovation plan, Building Towards the Future, includes approximately 46,000 square feet of new construction and 12,500 square feet of renovations. With the expansion slated to conclude later on this month, here are some of the relevant features of the project:

Private Inpatient Rooms – eight new rooms being built along with the renovation of original existing rooms, resulting in ALL private rooms.

Expansion/Renovation of Specialty Services – Appropriate space for patients and clinicians in the areas of Cardiology, Oncology/Infusion, Coumadin and Neurology/Sleep lab.

Attached Medical Office Space – New attached patient/provider friendly medical office building with increased efficiency and improved patient access.

Creation of a United Campus – Pediatric practice, rehab services and billing services being brought to the main campus, decreasing expenses.

Congratulations to Bruce King and the rest of the staff of New London Hospital for their great work and this incredible project!

“First Class Business” appears on a monthly basis as part of the “New Hampshire Today” program that runs from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on “The Pulse.” “New Hampshire Today” host Jack Heath and New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald share good news about innovative new products created by New Hampshire companies, community service projects undertaken by local businesses and firms that are thriving despite a tough economic climate.

To listen live, tune in to WTPL 107.7 on the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. or visit WTPL online at www.wtplfm.com.

Concord Green Drinks to Feature State Energy Efficiency Efforts

Monday, October 12th, 2009

State energy efficiency efforts are the focus of the 5th Concord Green Drinks Gathering to take place on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the B-Lounge of The Barley House, 132 North Main Street, Concord, NH. 

jamesrobbNew Hampshire Business Resource Center Regional Resource Specialist, James Robb, will be the keynote speaker discussing the State’s efforts to assist local companies to become more energy efficient.  Included in Robb’s discussion will be an overview of the Ocean Bank Energy Efficiency Program, energy audits offered by the State, USDA Rural Development offerings and New Hampshire’s annual Greenerpalooza event.

Due to the compelling nature of Robb’s presentation, it is encouraged that attendees arrive on time, as a large crowd is anticipated to attend this gathering.

The new Concord Green Drinks encourages the community to submit their input, suggestions, and recommendations for future gatherings.  Concord Green Drinks are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at The Barley House from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Each attendee is responsible for his/her bar tab. 

If you are interested in sponsoring a meeting, have an idea for a topic, and want to be added to the mailing list, contact Barbara Morris at: barb.morris@zetlandhomes.com.  Go to www.greendrinks.org to learn more about the international phenomenon and drill down to the Concord web page.

NH Bio/Medical Council Announces Winners

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Here’s a press release passed on to us by our friends at the New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council. Congrats to our own Cindy Harrington for capturing the “Conduit Award” as well to all of the other recipients!

The New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council honored industry, government and educational leaders at their gala annual awards dinner held at Wentworth-by-the-Sea Country Club. The event drew over 100 professionals from all over New England for cocktails, dinner, power networking and the awards ceremony all to the sounds of live big band jazz.

Lin Tamulonis, Great Bay Community College, Cynthia Harrington, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and Rick Alteri, Salient Surgical Technologies celebrate their awards at last night's banquet.

Lin Tamulonis, Great Bay Community College, Cynthia Harrington, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and Rick Alteri, Salient Surgical Technologies celebrate their awards at last night's banquet.

Paula Newton, president of the New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council and chairman of NEBA (New England Biotech Association), was the emcee for the evening. Speeches were delivered by Will Arvelo, President of Great Bay Community College, Commissioner George Bald of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, and Jackie Eastwood, founder of Salient Surgical Technologies (formerly TissueLink Medical) and keynote speaker for the event.

Jackie Eastwood’s keynote address was wildly entertaining as she reminisced about spending over a decade enduring Minnesota winters then moving back to New Hampshire “for the weather.” Her message was to stay encouraged, look for more than money from your investors, and to stay in New Hampshire. She went on to tell a story about a top shelf, venture capitalist from Silicon Valley who was too busy and too important to spend more than a few interrupted minutes on his cell phone at their prearranged investment briefing. She got up and walked out.  He walked into a closet, accidentally.  After finding other investors who were interested in partnering and sharing in her success, she co-founded TissueLink Medical now Salient Surgical Technologies, a publically traded company.

During the awards ceremony, the board of directors presented the following awards:  Innovation Award to Salient Surgical Technologies accepted by Rick Alteri, CFO;  Leadership Award to Gregg Fairbrothers and the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center accepted by Jonathan Gould, President; Up & Coming Award to Adimab, accepted by Gravin Barnard, an alliance manager for Adimab; Higher Education Award to Great Bay Community and Lin Tamulonis College, accepted by Lin Tamulonis;
Spirit & Inspiration awarded to Nancy Briefs of Elemé Medical, accepted by Robin Mendenhall; and the Conduit Award to Cynthia Harrington of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.

The Council looks forward to continued momentum and enthusiasm from this event by professionals who have been waiting get more involved, network, and help each other grow life sciences in the state of New Hampshire. For more information visit: www.nhbiomed.org.

“City Moose/Country Moose” Gets World Premiere

Friday, October 9th, 2009

What happens when you take a moose and set him free in Boston’s Back Bay? Will he be able to avoid rush hour traffic and make it to a State House meeting or be able to find his way around a city that’s stuck in warp speed?

“City Moose/Country Moose,” a short video detailing the difference between doing business in Boston vs. New Hampshire’s North Country was unveiled at The Balsams Grand Resort on Wednesday evening as part of a session on northern New Hampshire marketing efforts.


Filmed on location in Colebrook and Boston, the video very clearly illustrates the benefits of doing business in the North Country – a high quality of life, lack of traffic, friendly and productive workforce and the ability to “have it all.”

Thanks to the Town of Colebrook, its tremendously helpful residents and its welcoming businesses. Thanks also to producer Scott Spradling, Nancy Clark and her awesome team at the Glen Group for pulling together a final product that is humorous but states a very compelling message. Be sure to give this new video a look and while you’re at it, check out www.northcountryeconomy.com. The Web site is still a work in progress, but we’re very happy about the shape that it’s taking.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

NHBR Celebrates Business Excellence

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Fourteen businesspeople in 13 different industries and two Business Excellence Hall of Fame inductees were honored Wednesday night at the seventh annual NHBR Business Excellence Awards.

BEAlogonotoutlinedSome 300 people attended the event, which was held at The Event Center at C.R. Sparks in Bedford. The awards are given to owners and operators of businesses or organizations with 100 employees or fewer. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges who reviewed more than 70 nominations.

Because of the extraordinary number of accomplished candidates, NHBR also named finalists in several categories. Emcee was Charlie Sherman, host of WGIR-AM’s morning news talk program.

The recipients of the 2009 NHBR Business Excellence Awards were:

• Steven Ryder, True North Networks — Excellence in Business Services/ Finalist — Edward B. Hopkins, Urban Tree Service/A Tree Health Company Inc.
• William Jordan, Jordan Signature Heating — Excellence in Construction. Finalist — Jerry Kingwell, Cobb Hill Construction Inc.
• Joe Reilly, Centrix Bank — Excellence in Financial Services
• Charles Fanaras, The Prescription Center — Excellence in Health Care. Finalists — Adele & Frank Belfsky, Living at Home Senior Care
• Tom Boucher and Mark Fenske, Great NH Restaurants — Excellence in Hospitality. Finalist — Carol Sheehan, The Red Arrow 24 Hr. Diner Franchising Inc.
• Tammy Boucher, Boucher Public Relations — Excellence in Media & Marketing. Finalist — Laurie Ferguson, New Hampshire Made
• Clyde Terry, Granite State Independent Living — Excellence in Non-Profits. Finalist — Peter Kelleher, Partnership for Successful Living
• Greg Bryant, Bedford Cost Segregation LLC — Excellence in Professional Services
• Karol LaCroix, Granite State College — Excellence in Public Service
• Stephen Duprey, Duprey Companies — Excellence in Real Estate
• Donna Buxton, Buxton Oil and Buxton Water — Excellence in Retail
• Peter Antoinette, Nanocomp Technologies — Excellence in Technology. Finalist — Wayne Croswell, ASA Tire Systems
• Mark Lore, Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp. — Excellence in Transportation

Inducted into NHBR’s Business Excellence Hall of Fame were Jack Middleton and the Dunfey Family.

Middleton is a partner of the regional law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton. With 50 years experience as a trial lawyer and 24 years of service as a New Hampshire District Court judge, he also spends countless hours volunteering and serving on the boards of such organizations as Franklin Pierce Law Center, The Nature Conservancy, The Mount Washington Observatory and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, among many others.

The Dunfey Family built the hotel chain that today is Omni Hotels, one of the country’s largest hotel franchises with over 15,000 rooms and 13,000 employees.

Sponsors of the event were FairPoint Communications, Laconia Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Public Service of New Hampshire, Corks Wine Bar at the Bedford Village Inn, Merrimack Street Volvo, WGIR-AM, New Hampshire Public Television and The Event Center at C.R. Sparks.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, an organization that advocates in New Hampshire’s courts and welfare systems for the best interests of abused and neglected children, so they can grow up in safe, permanent homes. — CINDY KIBBE/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

An Open Letter to Jet Blue

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Good Afternoon Jet Blue,
Greetings from the Granite State, named the “Most Livable State in the Nation” for five out of the past six years and the “Healthiest State in the Nation” as well.

bienvenueAs you are no doubt aware, our friends at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as well as citizens from throughout our great state have been flooding your Web site’s  “Tell Us Where to Jet” online form. Our little grassroots effort is starting to gain steam and we’re no doubt eliciting attention from your excellent airline.

You see, grassroots efforts like this happen every day in New Hampshire – that’s just the type of people we are. Community means a lot here and we truly take care of each other. We share the good times and we work through the rough patches. And you will never find a state with a more welcoming and warm business atmosphere. We are a small, low tax state with a big story to tell.

Unparalleled quality of life? Check. Responsive form of government? Check.  Great school system? Check. A world class airport that has become a tremendous economic engine and prime business recruitment tool? Check.

We truly hope that as you grow your airline, you will consider Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as a perfect site for new airline service. New Hampshire is “the” destination for your business and a willing partner, the likes of which you won’t find elsewhere. In short, you’ll love it here and we’ll greet you with open arms.

The No Bull Business Blog

For anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to join the grassroots online campaign, please visit http://www.jetblue.com/email/citysuggest.asp?intcmp=where_we_fly1 where you will find the following questions:
1. Where should JetBlue jet to next?
2. What city/state should JetBlue serve this city from?

The answers are:
1. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
2. New York and Florida

Don’t wait….do this now!!

API Relocates New England Office From MA to Salem, NH

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Great job by Cindy Harrington from our business recruitment team in helping this company to find its way to Salem – congrats and welcome API!

Advanced Programs, Inc. today announced the relocation of their New England Office from Tewksbury, Massachusetts to Salem, New Hampshire. The new address is: Advanced Programs, Inc., 21A Northwestern Drive, Salem, New Hampshire 03079-4809.

API CEO Steven Rice cuts the ribbon at his company's new Salem, NH facility as Governor John Lynch looks on.

API CEO Steven Rice cuts the ribbon at his company's new Salem, NH facility as Governor John Lynch looks on.

“The New England operation has been an important addition to our corporate structure”, said Steven Rice, President & CEO of Advanced Programs, Inc. “It has expanded both our engineering and production capacity while maintaining the highest standards for quality, consistency and timeliness that our customers demand. One of our first objectives, after acquiring this operation in 2007, was to find a suitable facility that could be optimized for the important work they are performing today and also for the further growth we anticipate. The new site in Salem provides us with exactly what we were looking for.”

Lee Marchman, Vice President & General Manager in the Salem location said, “We are very excited to select Salem as the new home for our Northeast operations. This is a perfect example of great teamwork between the State of New Hampshire’s Division of Economic Development and our company. We’d like to thank everyone involved with the search including the many local and state officials who helped guide us through the process. We look forward to supporting job creation in Salem and creating new opportunities for economic growth.”

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch noted the following, “We continue to foster a friendly business environment here in New Hampshire in an effort to help existing companies grow, and to attract new businesses and emerging industries. I am pleased that Advanced Programs, Inc. has chosen to move to New Hampshire, which will help to strengthen our important high tech sector. We welcome Advanced Programs and look forward to working closely with them as they gain new customers and become valuable members of the New Hampshire business community.”

ABOUT ADVANCED PROGRAMS, INC.: Advanced Programs, Inc. (www.advprograms.com)
provides secure computing and networking equipment to the Military/Intelligence Communities of the United States and its allies. The core business involves participation on program teams requiring the design, manufacture, and supply of TEMPEST equipment and services. Advanced Programs, Inc. has been NSA certified for TEMPEST testing and manufacturing for over 20 years. API also provides: mission critical product development, quick reaction capability (QRC), custom packaging for site deployment, systems integration and production services. The company is headquartered in Columbia, MD. API Europe Ltd (www.api-europe.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Programs Inc. and is located in Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK. It was established to develop additional products and to provide support to API’s Reseller Network throughout NATO Europe. Both facilities are ISO 9001 certified.

No Bull TV: Greenerpalooza Returns to Meadowbrook NH

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council to Applaud Leaders

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

The New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council will honor industry, government and educational leaders on October 8 at their first annual awards dinner held at Wentworth-by-the-Sea Country Club.

The award categories range from “Leadership” to “Inspiration,” “Up and Coming” and “Conduit.” Presenting the awards will be members of the board of directors who have nominated their peers for distinguished service to the industry. 

Jackie Eastwood, founder of Salient Surgical Technologies (formerly TissueLink Medical) is the keynote speaker for the event. Special guests include New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald.

“Growing a business from the ground up in New Hampshire has been a rewarding experience,” Eastwood said. “There is a plethora of educational, professional and industry resources available. Our team made the lifestyle choice to be here and it has paid off. ”

NH Bio/Medical Council President Paula Newton

NH Bio/Medical Council President Paula Newton

“For the first time we are privileged to recognize talented, inspirational, and educational professionals who contribute to the state’s economic growth and are furthering the state-of-the-art for life sciences,” added Paula Newton, president of the New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council and chairman of the New England Biotech Association. “We want to encourage those being honored to continue to lead, mentor and connect others to our industry.”

The council expects almost 100 people at the gala event and looks forward to honoring their strategic partner, BioConnectNH and Great Bay Community College for their continuous support. President Will Arvelo will speak about the many programs in life science for youth and college age students in an effort to develop life science careers in the state of New Hampshire.

Tickets are priced at $35 and can be purchased online at www.nhbiomed.org/annualdinner.

NH Median Household Income Tops in the U.S.

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Here’s some great news for the Granite State courtesy of Laura Chamberlain from the New Hampshire Business Review:

“New Hampshire has the highest average three-year median household income of all states in the country, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

nh_state_seal_33580923_stdThe state also leads the country with a 5.7 percent increase in income between 2005 and 2008, the bureau reported.

According to a Census Bureau report released Sept. 10, the real median household income for the entire United States fell by 0.1 percent in the same period. The national median was $51,233 in 2008, down from $51,283 in 2005.

In New Hampshire, the median household income from 2006 to 2008 averaged $67,508. In 2008, according to the Census Bureau, the median household income in New Hampshire was $68,175.

New Hampshire’s poverty rate, however, like that of the nation’s, rose between 2007 and 2008 to 7 percent. While it was a significant increase in the poverty rate, it wasn’t  nearly as high as the nation’s average, estimated at 13.2 percent. New Hampshire’s poverty rate also was lower than any of its fellow New England states.

The Census Bureau said that the national increase in the poverty rate was the first statistically significant annual increase since 2004.”