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Tuesday
Jul012014

SNHU - And the winner is... 

 
 

And the Winner Is... 

 
 
 


The Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University and our sponsors are pleased to announce the 2014 Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge winners!

Danyelle McCormick and Cristy Martel of Four Paws Inn took home this year’s first place package - $5,000 from the Marandos Family, accounting consulting services from Brayman, Houle, Keating & Albright, legal services from Devine Millimet, and a membership to Epiphanies’ AHA! Tribe. Four Paws Inn is a dog daycare and boarding facility located in Meredith, NH.

 

 

 

The $2,000 second prize from the Thibodeau was awarded to Jen Lutzen from High Street Farmhouse, an American style restaurant located in a turn of the century farmhouse in Goffstown,NH.

 

The other three finalists received $500 as honorable mentions:

Ann Connor and CS Wurzberger from Wildly Profitable Businesses, which provides business professionals with comprehensive and affordable business advancement tools so they can grow their businesses.

 

 


Ken and Shelley Fajans from Road Ink, an on-demand personalized printing company that fills the gap between premade bumper stickers and expensive custom automobile decals.

Cheryl Hajjar and Amy Perreault from Indigo Pixies, multi-cultural fairies that help children build the confidence they need to

Friday
Jun272014

NH House Republican Leader Reacts to NH Ranking 30 th in CNBC’s Top States for Business 

Concord- House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) released the following statement in reaction to CNBC’s recently published ranking of the top states to do business. CNBC ranked New Hampshire 30th in the nation to do business, slipping from 27th in 2013.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“New Hampshire’s strength has always been attracting and retaining business. This should serve as a red flag that the next legislature must work diligently to improve New Hampshire’s business climate in order to ensure the high ranking we enjoyed in previous years. Republicans have fought back as the current majority sought to suspend several business initiatives that were passed by the previous legislature, however the majority continued to over spend and over regulate businesses in New Hampshire causing us to slip from 19th to 27th in 2013 and 27th to 30th in 2014. This is unacceptable.”

“There should be a serious focus on making this state more business friendly. We should be meeting with businesses to see what they need to thrive in New Hampshire, and not pass laws based on what we think they need. We need to compete regionally and nationally in order for businesses to locate, grow and create jobs here in New Hampshire. Our long term economic viability depends on it.”

Thursday
Jun262014

NH HRA Comments on New Hampshire’s Drop From the Top Half of the Country to the Bottom Half in CNBC’s Ranking of Top States for Business 

The House Republican Alliance issued the following statement in response to news that New Hampshire’s ranking on CNBC’s list of best states for business has continued to slide under the Democratic majority in the NH House of Representatives.
 
“In 2010 through 2012, the two years that the Republicans were in last a majority in the New Hampshire, we began the recovery from the prior overspending and over regulating under the then prior Democrat majority, which had dropped New Hampshire to near the middle of the country as a whole in CNBC’s ranking of states best for business.  In fact, we were able to bring New Hampshire up to the 19th position and the signs looked good for continued improvement.  Unfortunately, the current Democrat majority and their overspending and anti-business efforts have undermined our successes and caused New Hampshire to fall to 27th in the 2013 rankings and now to 30th in the 2014 ranking released by CNBC today.  If that Democrat majority and therefore this trend of dropping an average of over five positions a year continues to the end of the next term, New Hampshire will be below 40 in the rankings and in the company of Louisiana, West Virginia and Rhode Island as states businesses avoid,” said Rep. Bill O’Brien, Mont Vernon.
 
“This slide toward economic stagnation in New Hampshire will only end when we return to a state government that understands that if New Hampshire businesses have to pay more taxes than Massachusetts businesses, as they do now, and operate under an ever-increasing burden of California-style regulations, as again they do now, then they will not be able to produce the jobs and prosperity that once made New Hampshire the envy of its neighbors.  The time for change and reform is on us.”

Thursday
Jun192014

Daniels For NH Senate - Attends BIA Roundtable 

State Representative Gary Daniels of Milford, a candidate for State Senate in District 11, participated in the 2014 Greater Nashua Area Business Roundtable Discussions held yesterday at Hitchiner Manufacturing Company in Milford. The event was sponsored by the Business and Industry Association and was held to solicit input from area business representatives relative to the economy, energy, the environment, health care, jobs and taxes. This input will be used to assist the BIA in formulating their 2015 legislative goals.
 
Daniels said of the roundtable, “There was a very good exchange of ideas and information that helped me to verify that my focus on jobs and the economy is accurate and that this area will be one of primary importance facing the state over the next two years. The identification of future jobs in the workforce as a major concern of business leaders enables me to proactively seek creative, responsible and common-sense solutions to address this concern, while contributing to the establishment of a pro-business and pro-economic growth environment in New Hampshire.”
 
Daniels has served on the House Labor Committee for 18 years. State Senate District 11 is comprised of the towns of Amherst, Merrimack, Milford and Wilton.

Friday
Jun132014

NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph: "Hassan made the correct choice" on Turkey

Granite State Business Owner Tom Blais: "It’s huge to go"

 
Key Quotes: 
Nashua Telegraph Editorial: The Governor "chose the more responsible of the choices that were before her. Now that the decision has been made, the important thing is that everyone have a safe trip and that they build the kind of relationships with their Turkish counterparts that open doors and result in an increase in trade for businesses seeking new trading partners."
 
And Tom Blais, President and owner of ROKON, told NHPR: "This is what people don’t understand the most. It’s huge to go. Particularly if you’re a small business. Big business has a lot more reach. But small business, a critical ingredient is credibility. When we travel with the governor, whether it was with Steve Merrill years ago, or Governor Hassan, we’re allowed to get in the room with critical decision-makers in these countries that we wouldn’t ordinarily get into." 
 
 
Nashua Telegraph Editorial: Hassan made the correct choice

 

Gov. Maggie Hassan a few months ago issued a ban on out-of-state travel for state employees in response to April budget revenues that came in much lower than anticipated.
 
The executive order signed by the governor also banned equipment purchases from the general fund and imposed a freeze on hiring.
 
Those seemed like prudent things to do in an effort to shore up the state’s financial position – or at least not make it any worse.
 
Then, Hassan went forward with plans to take a state-sanctioned trip to Turkey.
 
Predictably, Republicans were beside themselves and accused the governor of not living up to the terms of her own executive order.
 
[...] But that doesn’t mean the governor should have canceled the trade mission. 
 
[...] she chose the more responsible of the choices that were before her.
 
Now that the decision has been made, the important thing is that everyone have a safe trip and that they build the kind of relationships with their Turkish counterparts that open doors and result in an increase in trade for businesses seeking new trading partners.
 
 
 
NHPR: The Currency: Who's Going On The Turkey Trade Mission, And Why They Say It Matters
 
One of those companies that signed up is Rochester-based ROKON.  And they make motorcycles unlike anything you’ve ever seen. [...] Tom Blais is President and owner of ROKON.  He says international trade is important to the company’s success. [...]

Q: Businesses going on the trade mission have to pay their own way, and I also understand a fee to the state.  So why not just go on your own?  Is there a benefit to having a state dignitary like Governor Hassan coming along?

A: This is what people don’t understand the most.  It’s huge to go.  Particularly if you’re a small business.  Big business has a lot more reach.  But small business, a critical ingredient is credibility.  When we travel with the governor, whether it was with Steve Merrill years ago, or Governor Hassan, we’re allowed to get in the room with critical decision-makers in these countries that we wouldn’t ordinarily get into.  The state is able to connect with the right groups.  In this case, we’re going with a Turkish businesspersons’ group called TUSKON.  And their reach across Turkey is legendary.  So our ability to connect with TUSKON, with the credibility angle from the state, particularly with Governor Hassan, allows us to get in the room—I’m going to meet the head of Search and Rescue, for the entire country of Turkey.  That would not happen.  And to be able to meet with the largest manufacturer of ATVs in Turkey, that probably wouldn’t happen.  These are big deals for small business. And I encourage other small business in New Hampshire to make this effort.  I know it’s time consuming, I know it’s expensive.  But it pays off.”

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