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We’ll Drop the Gloves for You

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Honestly can’t remember too many photo shoots that begin with the line, “Do you want my teeth in or out?” But alas, when you’re getting ready to conduct a shoot with Manchester Monarchs tough guy Richard Clune, the rules of the game are different.

Layout 1The whole point of our “We’ll Drop the Gloves for You” shoot was to get across a couple of basic facts of life: 1. That the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development will do almost anything to ensure that local business owners get the answers and assistance they need and 2. That our blog isn’t “business as usual” i.e. that it has a viewpoint and a unique approach to providing information that business owners need to have.

We thank Monarchs Vice President of Community Affairs Kim Mueller for her assistance in arranging the shoot – Kim has been a longtime friend and supporter of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and we value our longstanding partnership. We thank the Glen Group’s Nancy Clark and Kris Mariani as well as photographer John Hession for creating an ad that is certainly capturing some great attention and we also thank Richard Clune who couldn’t have been any nicer as we tried different scenarios before finally settling on the set-up that you see on this blog post.

Besides running in the current edition of New Hampshire Business Review, this image is also used in the new Division of Economic Development display at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Come pay it a visit the next time that you’re in the mood for some great hockey!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

10th NH Young Professional Network Launched

Friday, January 21st, 2011

New Hampshire now has its 10th young professional network, the Central NH Young Professionals Group (CNHYPG), based in Plymouth and a partner of the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.

young-workers“The CNHYP is a great addition to our region, as we are hoping to attract new layers of people who do not traditionally seek out a chamber of commerce for support,” said Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Stephens. “With this kind of group we can get more professionals interested in networking and getting involved in their community.”

Stay Work Play has created a young professional advisory group to bring representatives from all 10 young professional networks (YPN) together monthly to share upcoming events and news, best practices, allow mentoring from more established groups to those just arriving on the scene, and offer ways to help the YPNs.

“We truly value our role as a convener of young professional organizations throughout the state and as an ambassador to the business community,” said Stay Work Play Executive Director Kate Luczko. “Stay Work Play, the young professionals organizations and our many business partners share the same goal of retaining our best and brightest minds and building the strongest possible economy in New Hampshire.”

The other nine, regionally based, young professionals networks include: Catapult (Seacoast), Concord (CYPN), HYPE: Helping Young Professionals Excel (Salem), iUGO (Nashua), Keene, Lakes Region (LRYP), Manchester (MYPN), Mt. Washington Valley (MWVYPN), and the Young Professionals of Sullivan County. Collectively these groups have close to 10,000 NH young professional members.

Join Stay Work Play and network with young professionals from across NH at a Manchester Monarchs’ hockey game on Saturday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. Details may be found at: https://www.monarchsjungle.com/stay-work-play-night

A Decade of Dedication – Thanks Manchester Monarchs!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Ten years ago, a new American Hockey League franchise was born in the Queen City. With an enterprising president (Hello Jeff Eisenberg!), a business model built around providing the best possible fan experience and a region that quickly became christened “Monarchs Country,” the Manchester Monarchs became not only a thriving business in the state, but part of the fabric of our community.

monarchsWinners of the 2005 PRISM award, a designation earned by the top minor league franchise in the country, the Monarchs have always been about the fans. Whether it’s sending players into the classroom to encourage reading, coordinating a clothing drive for the needy or hosting a “teddy  bear toss” to provide toys for underprivileged youngsters, the Monarchs have always been cognizant of the fact that success in the community is just as important as success on the ice.

Since its inception in 2001, the Monarchs Care Foundation (Hello Cheryl Abbott!) has donated more than $1.6 million in monetary and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout New Hampshire. Think about that for a second…..$1.6 million. That’s an awful lot of food for the hungry, equipment for youth sports and donated items for organizations ranging from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

And let’s not forget the team’s success on the ice. In their ten year history, the Monarchs have only failed to make the playoffs once and made it to the Eastern Conference finals last year, falling just short of the Calder Cup finals.  They are perennial contenders and have sent dozens of players to the NHL including Mike Cammellari, George Parros, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Kevin Westgarth, Jonathan Bernier, Tom Kotsopoulos and many others.

What would be the perfect birthday gift for the team that has provided this much joy to the Granite State? How’s about a visit or two to the Verizon Wireless Arena this season? Games are affordably priced, the action is unparalleled and the entertainment value is off the charts. If you haven’t made the trip to Monarchs Country in awhile, mark a date on the calendar for your return and enjoy some great AHL hockey. Thanks for your decade of dedication and Happy Birthday Monarchs!!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director (and Monarchs Charter Season Ticket Holder!)

P.S. Join “New Hampshire Today’s” Jack Heath and NH Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald for the “First Class Business” segment featuring Monarchs President Darren Abbott next Wednesday, November 3rd on WTPL 107.7 FM at 4 p.m. Darren will talk about the team’s success on the ice this season and discuss how the Monarchs have been able to grow and sustain their business over the years.

MA Companies Invited to Get “Big & Rich” in NH

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

New Hampshire economic development officials today invited Massachusetts business owners to get “big and rich” in the Granite State through a special promotion involving a chauffeured limousine, a multi-platinum country music duo and a well honed business pitch.

Over 900 Massachusetts business owners will be receiving an individualized invitation to take part in the “Get Big and Rich in New Hampshire” promotion which will see one lucky winner receive a limousine ride from their home to the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire where they will receive VIP passes to see Grammy Award nominees Big & Rich (“Save a Horse,” “8th of November,” “Coming to Your City,” “Lost in This Moment” and “Wild West Show”), backstage passes and access to a pre-concert reception at Meadowbrook’s Center Stage Buffet with New Hampshire Division of Economic Development business recruiters. Ten other winners will receive tickets to the show and access to the reception.

big-rich-21“At a time when companies are looking for the best possible state to expand or relocate their business, we feel that New Hampshire has a compelling story to tell,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Communications & Legislative Director Steve Boucher. “With no sales tax, no income tax, no capital gains tax and a tremendous quality of life, New Hampshire is truly a state where companies can get ‘big and rich.’”

Back in November, the Division of Economic Development unveiled the “Open Invitation” initiative, a business recruitment program aimed at attracting Massachusetts firms to the state.

As part of the initiative, a chauffeured limo provided by Capital City Limousine drives Massachusetts business prospects from their company home to a special luncheon at a Common Man Restaurant location. After a discussion with a New Hampshire business recruiter, the prospect is given an overview of New Hampshire’s business atmosphere before being led on a guided tour of available properties. Later, the company owner has the opportunity to ski at Cannon Mountain, take in a Manchester Monarchs game or attend a concert at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion before spending a restful evening at the Radisson Hotel Nashua.

“The ‘Big and Rich’ recruitment idea and the Open Invitation initiative are innovative ways to draw attention to what New Hampshire has to offer,” said Pat McDermott, Economic & Community Development Manager at Public Service of New Hampshire, sponsor of the new promotion.  “In challenging economic times, the public and private sector have to join together to think creatively and not rely on old approaches. This promotion is a great step in that regard.”

Though 900 individualized letters are being sent to Massachusetts business owners, the promotion is actually open to any Bay State business interested in registering for the contest.

“As always, New Hampshire stands ready to speak with any companies interested in bringing new jobs and new opportunities to the state,” Boucher said. “We’re very excited about meeting new friends at the Big & Rich concert and showcasing a state where you can grow, thrive and turn great ideas into profitable businesses.”

Grammy nominated Big & Rich formed in Nashville around 1998, when ex-Lonestar vocalist John Rich began collaborating with songwriter Big Kenny. The duo established a performers’ roundtable at a local dive, and the event — dubbed the “Muzik Mafia” — soon gained a reputation for its casual nature and notable special guests including Gretchen Wilson and James Otto. Three releases and eight Top 40 hits later, Big & Rich are a chart topping, critically acclaimed musical force that incorporates country, rock and hip hop into their performances.

To learn more about the “Big & Rich” promotion and New Hampshire’s “Open Invitation,” visit www.nhopeninvitation.com.