StayWorkPlay - Nomination Deadline Approaching for NH’s Rising Stars Awards

Submit your nominations in one of six categories before the July 25 deadline



Manchester, N.H. -- New Hampshire’s Rising Stars Awards, honoring New Hampshire’s young professionals, community organizations and businesses for five years, is calling for nominations for the 2014 awards before the July 25 deadline.


Nominations are welcome in six categories for individuals, leadership programs and businesses across New Hampshire, including:


·             College Student of the year

·             Young Professional of the Year

·             Civic Leader of the year

·             Coolest Companies for Young Professionals

·             Leadership Development Program

·             Young Entrepreneur of the year (New!)


Winners will be honored at a celebratory event on October 6. Reserve your ticket here.


The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals, entrepreneurs, and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.


 “I am thrilled that this year marks the fifth year that Stay Work Play will honor individuals, businesses, and leadership programs with the Rising Stars Awards recognizing their dedication to creating a positive environment across the state for young people to live, work and find success in New Hampshire,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.


“However, we still need your help in finding this year’s honorees and we hope you will consider nominating a deserving individual, business or leadership program for an award before the July 25th deadline.”


This year’s newest award, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, will be presented in partnership with the Alpha Loft and the New Hampshire High Tech Council.


More information about The Rising Stars Awards and nomination forms for the awards can be found at: .

PHOTO: (RisingStars_Portraits_Oct 2013)


The 2013 Rising Stars Awards “ Young Professional of the Year” finalists standing with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, Governor Maggie Hassan and Stay Work Play Executive Director, Kate Luczko.

Pictured left to right: Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; Tonya Rochette, Partner & VP HR Solutions, Human Resource Partners LLC; Steve Smith, Owner, Main Street Radio LLC; Ashley Conley, Epidemiologist, City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services; Ryan Barton, Founder & CEO, Mainstay Technologies; Kate Luczko, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH; Governor Maggie Hassan.

Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,  or (603) 860-2245.


About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.