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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

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.

Green Stuff, Harleys & Tweets

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Happy Monday everyone and hope that you all had an outstanding weekend. Why not start your week off right by visiting No Bull TV (http://www.youtube.com/user/nobulltv) and seeing what we’ve been up to?

img_0200We’ve just uploaded three new videos – one detailing all of the happenings at Greenerpalooza II, another chronicling our “No Bull Football Jam” at the Verizon Wireless Arena and the last showcasing the “No Bull Motorcycle Run” that we developed in coordination with our friends at Laconia Harley Davidson.

So if you want to be energy efficient, learn the benefits of tweeting in the middle of the third quarter and find out why “Born to Be Wild” would qualify as our summer theme song, visit No Bull TV today!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

Tweets and Touchdowns Rule the Evening

Monday, July 27th, 2009

From exhortations to score a touchdown to birthday wishes for a six-year-old, Manchester Wolves fans and occupants of the “No Bull” cheering section were tweeting away at Friday night’s “No Bull Football Jam” at The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

no-bull-football-jam-0151The “No Bull Football Jam” represented the first time in North American sporting history that professional sports fans could not only enjoy football action but then share their experience with the rest of the world via Twitter. At two locations strategically located in the Verizon Wireless Arena concourse, Best Buy set up two laptop computers for the express purpose of allowing fans to tweet throughout the game.

no-bull-football-jam-011The purpose of the “No Bull Football Jam” was to find a new and creative way to introduce social networking tools to New Hampshire residents. Businesses and economic development officials were invited to take part in the event by registering to sit in the “No Bull” section of the arena – the “No Bull” moniker of course refers to the title of this blog.

Special thanks to Manchester Wolves General Manager Stephanie Bike (www.manchesterwolves.com) for her partnership and assistance in planning the event as well as to Alan Voivod, co-owner of social media gurus Epiphanies, Inc. (www.epiphaniesinc.com), for providing expert advice to any fans interested in learning more about social networking. Kudos as well to Best Buy (www.bestbuy.com) for generously donating staff and computers to make the evening a success.  And yes, before I forget, thanks to my super intern Sarah Feugill of New England College for helping to pass out 500 “No Bull Football Jam” promotional pieces as folks made their way through the turnstiles.

It was quite a scene to see an 80-year-old man learning how to send a tweet just ten minutes after a group of teenagers sent a flurry of messages into cyberspace. Social networking is interactive, engaging and, on this occasion, worthy of a touchdown dance.

P.S. Best wishes to the Manchester Wolves as they take to the road for the first round of the af2 playoffs – go Wolves!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

To the Victor Goes the Humongous Trophy…

Monday, June 8th, 2009


The outcome was in doubt until the last possible second, but when the dust settled and the results were tabulated, the men’s team led by North American Equipment Upfitters President Michael Dunican narrowly edged out the women’s squad led by Print Savvy Owner Lisa Landry at the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Business Bowl held last Friday evening at The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.


Held at halftime of the Manchester Wolves/Albany Firebirds game, the Business Bowl pitted two teams of six players in a series of interactive contests including paper plane flying, the printer cartridge dash and the “Fling a Football” challenge. Both squads brought their respective cheering sessions as well as a healthy amount of trash talking and gamesmanship.


Prior to the Business Bowl, both teams were treated to an onfield pep talk by Wolves Coach Danton Barto and a pregame reception at Piccola Italia Ristorante. At the reception, participants learned about free State services available to assist their businesses and had the opportunity to hear from event sponsors NH Business Review, WGAM, Cartridge World and the Manchester Wolves.

Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Wolves General Manager Stephanie Bike for her enthusiasm and dedication to making this event the best yet. The women have already issued a challenge for a rematch next year – Mike Dunican is reportedly mulling over the offer as he prepares his “threepeat” strategy.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

The Battle of the Sexes Revisited

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

business-bowl-013Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs was just an appetizer. The main course in the battle of the sexes will actually take place on Friday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m. as a team of six female business professionals takes on a team of six male business professionals as part of the Second Annual New Hampshire Business Bowl at The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

During the course of the Manchester Wolves – Albany Firebirds af2 football game, two teams of six local business professionals will take part in fun and competitive “office Olympics” style events which will test their teamwork skills. The women’s team will be led by Print Savvy CEO Lisa Landry while North American Equipment Upfitters President Michael Dunican will be at the helm of the men’s squad. The winner of the competition will receive the second annual Business Bowl trophy, tickets to Canobie Lake Park and tickets to Wolves games for the remainder of the 2009 season.

“Last year’s Business Bowl demonstrated the great teamwork that it takes to build a winning organization and we’re glad to be able to introduce an interesting new twist to this year’s event,” said Manchester Wolves General Manager Stephanie Bike. “We all know that men and women each contribute to the success of local businesses and play a vital role in writing a Granite State success story both in the boardroom and on the playing field.”

New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Communications & Legislative Director Steve Boucher added that the Business Bowl is part of his agency’s desire to reach out to new clients in innovative and non-traditional ways.

“Rather than hosting a regular business after hours or scheduling a typical ‘getting to know you’ networking session, we want to engage the business community in an enjoyable and interesting way,” he said. “Building new relationships and establishing partnerships is supposed to be fun – who really gets jazzed up by business as usual?”

Prior to the Business Bowl event, the Business Resource Center, the Wolves, event sponsor Cartridge World and media partners New Hampshire Business Review and WGAM will host a free business appreciation reception for the first 50 business respondents at Piccola Italia Ristorante at 5:30 p.m. To make reservations for the free reception or purchase tickets to the game (at the special Business Bowl price of $10 per ticket), contact the Manchester Wolves at 627-9653 or sbike@manchesterwolves.com.