(Manchester, NH) Today the Independent Business Council of New Hampshire (IBC) announced it will expand its staff to better serve and support New Hampshire's small businesses.  Anne Smith will begin serving as the Executive Director. Former President, Roger Wilkins, will move to an advisory role.


Additionally six new members have joined the Board of Advisors;

·         Agility Manufacturing (Dover, NH)

·         Wire Belt Companies of America (Londonderry, NH)

·         iHeart Dining (Manchester, NH)

·         Spectra Access (Manchester, NH)

·         Penchansky & Co (Manchester, NH)

·         Anagnost Companies (Manchester, NH)


“After last week’s impressive gathering at Optima Bank at Pease Tradeport; Agility Manufacturing is enthusiastic to join forces with IBC to deliver a voice for small business.  The IBC Team is reaching out past the traditional circles to develop a real sense of urgency for small business advocacy, unlike anything we have seen in quite some time,” said Agility MFG Inc. Co-Owner Mike McGreevy.


Frank Guinta, Chairman of IBC, released the following statement: "We are excited to have Anne join the IBC Team.  Her commitment to a robust New Hampshire economy and her support of our state's small business owners is second-to-none. Her experiences in local, state and federal government will allow us to better serve our members in fostering a pro-growth economy."


Anne Smith comes to the IBC with small business experience building a government relations practice both in Washington, DC and NH.  While in Washington she served in the US Senate as a Professional Staff Member and later managed an international non-profit foundation as Executive Director.



The IBC continues to grow since its public launch in May 2013.  It has filled its Board of Advisors which now number 31 strong and diverse NH companies.  The larger membership represents various sectors of the NH economy.   As part of its activities, it hosts monthly member receptions highlighting current member businesses.  Electropac of Manchester and Optima Bank of Portsmouth have held receptions in the past and the next one will be set for February.