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2012 U.S. Export Controls Seminar

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The Granite State District Export Council, the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center and the New Hampshire Export Assistance Center are excited to announce that the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will return to Portsmouth, NH from April 17-19, 2012 for three one-day export control seminars.

Seminar Topics and Registration Fees:

  • April 17:  Essentials of U.S. Export Controls – $225*
  • April 18:  How to Develop an Export Management & Compliance Program (EMCP) – $225*
  • April 19:  Complying with the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) Regulations – $225*
  • April 17-19:  All Three Programs – $650*

*Please note these are Early Bird Registration Fees which are in place until March 17, 2012. Fee is per attendee.


Location: Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel , 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 To register and for additional details, please visit:

Division of Economic Development Announces New Staff Members

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development has announced the hiring of three key new members of its team.

Gary Chabot and Christine Davis will serve as Business Service Specialists covering the Greater Manchester/Nashua and Seacoast areas respectively while Leanne Spees has been named International Trade Resource Center International Trade Officer. In their new positions, Chabot and Davis will work hand in hand with companies on issues ranging from permitting and site selection to energy efficiency and workforce training while also providing strategic counsel to local community and economic development officials. Spees will work to educate New Hampshire businesses on the finer points of exporting products and services abroad.

Gary Chabot

Gary Chabot

Chabot previously worked as a Certified Business Counselor for the NH Small Business Development Center in all regions of the state and for the VT Small Business Development Center in the Connecticut River Valley.  His real estate experience includes serving as an internal business consultant for an international real estate corporation, Coldwell Banker Corporation, in NH and VT, as Executive Director of a housing agency, as Real Estate Director for the Pease Development Authority, and as a Vice President in real estate firms involved with investment, development, leasing and appraisal of major commercial properties in southern NH.

Christine Davis

Christine Davis

Davis was most recently the Executive Director of the NH Women’s Business Center, a statewide non-profit that provided educational support to women-owned businesses.  Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Franco-American Centre in Manchester, an educational and cultural organization that promotes the history, culture and language of French-speaking individuals.  Davis serves on the board of CONFR, the Council of Non-Profit Fundraising and is a committee member for the Exeter Chamber Children’s Fund.

Leanne Spees

Leanne Spees

Spees worked for over 18 years in international trade and finance for Irving Trust Company and Bank of New York in New York City, and FleetBoston Financial in Boston, MA.  In these positions, she called on small businesses and large corporate clients that conducted business in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.  Spees speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish, has traveled extensively, and has lived abroad in Switzerland, Brazil, and Kenya. She is a Board member and Treasurer of Art-Speak, the City of Portsmouth’s Cultural Commission, and a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club. 
“The addition of these three top shelf business professionals is excellent news for the New Hampshire business community,” New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy said. “With skill, enthusiasm and expertise, they will make a very positive difference in our efforts to grow and sustain a world class economy.”

International Protocol to be Explored at Seminar

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Looking at someone directly in the eyes might result in a hostile situation in some countries while in other countries, avoiding direct eye contact might provoke the same response. To ensure that New Hampshire business owners are knowledgeable about business customs abroad, the International Trade Resource Center (ITRC) will be holding an International Protocol workshop on Thursday, February 11 from 9 a.m.-noon at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, 172 Pembroke Rd. in Concord.

business_etiquette_training2ITRC Director Dawn Wivell will provide an overview of what cultural aspects are important to know as an American engaging in business and formalities with delegations, business clients and families from different countries and cultures.

For instance, did you know that:
• If you are interacting with the Japanese, it is important to understand that they make decisions by consensus, starting with the younger members of the group;
• The Germans give a firm handshake with one pump while Middle Eastern people will continue to shake your hand throughout a meeting;
• You should always use both hands to present your business card to visitors from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore;
• In Turkey, if taken to a restaurant, it is customary for the person who extended the invitation to pay;
• In Japan, it is considered improper to point with your chopsticks during dinner.

The cost of the program is $40 per person. To register, please visit www.exportnh.org. For questions, 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

7th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing & High Tech Summit Scheduled

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

 Growth and sustainability is the theme of the 7th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 13th from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center.

Coordinated by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP) and the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire and sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Association for Operations Management and New Hampshire Business Review, the summit will provide participants with tips for accelerating reliable growth in their businesses.

beth-goldsteinMorning speaker Beth Goldstein, author of The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit, will lead participants in an interactive discussion on the art of developing a powerful brand based on customers’ needs, spending patterns, pain points and the value they derive from your company.

Later workshops will center around the following subjects: “Case Studies on Lean Green and Energy” (Jay Fallon, Continuous Improvement Manager, BAE Systems and Art Christianson, Vice President of Manufacturing, High Liner Foods), “Growing Your International Business: Successful Export Growth Strategies” (Michael Stone, Stone & Associates, Dawn Wivell, Director, NH International Trade Resource Center and Justin Oslowski, Director, NH Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce), and “Introducing a System for Reliable Growth” (Patricia Giavara, Assistant Director and Growth Coach with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center and Jane Ely, NH MEP Project Manager).

Keynote speaker Michael Reopel, Principal of Deloitte Consulting, will present the results of his report “Reexamining Advanced Manufacturing in a Networked World – Prospects for Resurgence in New England.” This report identified five subsectors within the New England manufacturing industry that are poised for growth, discussed the challenges that these industry subsectors face and identified the opportunities they provide for sustainable economic growth even during these difficult economic times.

The registration fee for the summit is $85 per participant; lunch is included. Interested parties can sign up online by visiting www.nhbia.org’s “Calendar” page and clicking on October 13th. For more information, call Zenagui Brahim or Cathy Doty at the NH MEP at (603) 226-3200.

Safety, Security, Aerospace & Defense Initiative Launched

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

In an effort to target some of the fastest growing worldwide industry sectors, the NH International Trade Resource Center is launching a “Safety & Security and Aerospace & Defense” global export marketing initiative at its new Concord facility (172 Pembroke Road) on Thursday, September 3rd from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

aerospacewrklc2These identified industry sectors are growing exponentially despite the global economic downturn and top markets include India, Japan, Canada, the UK, Germany, UAE, China, France and Brazil. The U.S. is the preeminent supplier of technologically advanced aerospace, defense, safety and security products to the world.


At this session, participants will learn how to penetrate the markets looking to procure these high tech products and services. In order to help local companies to enhance their global presence, the NH International Trade Resource Center has developed a global marketing consortium that will identify key marketing avenues and discuss how New Hampshire firms can address those needs.


Guest speakers will include Don Bliss, Director of the National Infrastructure Institute’s Center for Infrastructure Expertise, Dawn Wivell, Director of the NH International Trade Resource Center, Karen Wyman, NH International Trade Resource Center International Trade Officer, Gerald Gulley, Senior Vice President, Erudite, Inc. and Justin Oslowski, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce.


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. 


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.


– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director