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Oct052014 - The Rising Stars Awards 

The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, hosts the celebratory awards ceremony to announce winners in six award categories including: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, and Leadership Development Program of the Year.

Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” the event includes food from O Steaks & Seafood, cupcakes from White Mountain Cupcakery and a cash bar, silent auction, live music, and lots of cool people from across the state to mingle with.

Reserve your ticket 



October 6, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



Brady Sullivan Plaza, 3rd Floor 
1000 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101



To celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, the initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. 



Governor Maggie Hassan
Mayor Ted Gatsas

Kate Luczko, Executive Director, Stay, Work, Play
Keynote speaker, Victoria Arlen, a NH-native from Exeter & Paralympian Swimmer 
Members of Young Professional Networks from across NH
Virginia Prescott, Emcee
Live music from Pat & the Hats
Click here to see the 2014 Rising Stars Awards Finalists


About The Rising Stars Awards 
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 workers, entrepreneurs, and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

More information about The Rising Stars Awards:

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.




LONDONDERRY Today, Scott Brown continued his “Better Jobs For All” tour at Verani Realty Corporate Headquarters to discuss the challenges of Obamacare's employer mandate. 

“Obamacare's mandates are straining this business at many levels, from the administrative office to the self-employed agents,” said Brown. “I will vote to repeal Obamacare to eliminate uncertainty for small businesses and unleash New Hampshire's economy.  Granite Staters are disappointed that Jeanne Shaheen blindly voted for this bill despite the job-killing mandates and new taxes hurting New Hampshire families.”
Verani's administrative staff employs just under 50 people, and is concerned about expanding their staff due to Obamacare's upcoming employer mandate.  Under Obamacare, businesses with 100 or more full-time employees must offer health insurance or pay a $2,000 per employee penalty starting January 1, 2015.  This mandate will be extended to businesses with 50-99 employees in 2016. ​  Self-employed agents also disapprove of the government mandates in Obamacare which prohibits them from visiting the local Derry hospital, Parkland Medical Center, that is not included in the exchange.  Verani Realty is an area leader in real estate with 15 offices located in southern New Hampshire.  
“Obamacare is a major challenge to businesses like ours where we are trying to expand, create jobs and provide the people of our state with much needed services,” said Giovanni Verani, President of Verani Realty. “We appreciate Scott Brown coming here to discuss the need to repeal Obamacare and get rid of the regulatory uncertainty that comes with it.


MANCHESTER Today, Scott Brown released the following statement after President Obama's economic address:

"President Obama is trying to make the case for economic recovery but the people of New Hampshire know the truth: good jobs are hard to come by, and for those who are working it's hard to remember the last time they got a decent raise. The Obama-Shaheen agenda of higher taxes and more regulation is making it hard on job creators. One of my main concerns is the Obamacare business mandate that takes effect in January. This will act as a wet blanket on jobs by deterring growth and expansion. If people like the direction we are going in as a country, and want to gamble with our economy, they should vote for Jeanne Shaheen, a reliable rubber-stamp for Obama and his policies. But if you believe as I do that we need to change course, and create more good jobs that people can count on, then voters should support my campaign for U.S. Senate."

SNHU - It's Not Too Late! 


There Is Still Time! 


It's not too late to join us and AAPR NH for the Encore Entrepreneur Event to learn how to put your business dream into action. 

The forum will feature five well-seasoned business professionals presenting on different topics regarding business owning for entrepreneurs over 50. 

Meet our presenters: 

  • Huge Curly: Huge joined the Concord office of the SBA in 2009 with over twenty years experience in the area of Economic and Business Development. He serves as an Economic Development Specialist and is involved in marketing SBA products and services to business owners, lenders, and economic development officials throughout the state. 
  • MaryAnn Manoogian: MaryAnn comes to the CWBA with over 25 years of leadership and nonprofit management experience. She spent eight of those years in state government where she served as a policy advisor and represented the interests of three New Hampshire governors. 
  • Kerry Pfrimmer: Kerry serves as the New Hampshire District Director for SCORE. He is an award-winning senior executive advancing from the ranks of sales and marketing into general and executive management. His 30+ year career has spanned small businesses into specialty retail, automotive and recreational product segments and senior executive roles at startup, middle-market and Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont and GE. 
  • Pattie Hayes: Pattie launched Compass Care Family Solutions in 2013 to coach families on negotiating the complex maze of senior care options and resources. She earned a B.S.. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has shared her experience and talents with many community organizations. 
  • Jamie Bulen: Jamie is the Associate Director for Communications and has guided AARP New Hampshire's communications and public relations since 2002. She also manages AAPR's multi-year campaigns related to Work@50+, wise use of medicine, and frauds/scams. 

If owning or growing a small business is going to be the next chapter in your life, you do not want to miss this event.

When: Tuesday, September 30th 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: SNHU Hospitality Center 2500 N River Rd Manchester NH 03106

This is a free event but we ask that you register. (Space is limited).

Sponsored by: 



Concord - Merrimack County Sherriff Scott Hilliard today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to address questions about a new report about her small business record. Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Shaheen co-managed a family store that was later found to have sold stolen goods.


"Senator Shaheen's connection to this tarnished business raises serious questions that should be addressed. It is troubling that Senator Shaheen never disclosed this information during her many years in politics as she campaigned on her small business experience.  


"If Senator Shaheen has nothing to hide she should immediately answer questions about her involvement in this business and be open and transparent with her constituents."





2004: SHAHEEN: "I also understand the importance of small business on a very personal level because for the first eight years that my husband and I were married, we were involved in a partnership and a family business. We had a very small business, a seasonal business in York Beach, ME. But it was enough to teach me at a very personal gut level the issues that you deal with as business people. I had to deal with the personnel issues, withmeeting the payroll, with paying the bills, paying the taxes, and all of the bureaucratic regulations that go along." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Remarks At Women Impacting Public Policy Conference, 9/28/04)  6:31


2008: SHAHEEN: "Now my husband and I started our married life with a small business. I understand what it is like to pay the bills and meet a payroll. And I think we have got to make sure that they enjoy economic opportunity, and so we need to see some action in Washington to help them." (Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Senate Debate, 10/6/08) 14:19


2011: SHAHEEN: "'As a former business owner, I understand that it's business and not government that creates jobs,' Shaheen said during a speech to the New England Council, an alliance of businesses, health and academic institutions. 'But I also know that government has a critical role to play fostering a positive business environment. It has a role to play in making sure that we recover from this recession and that we remain competitive.'" (Greg Kwasnik, "Shaheen Sees U.S. Role In Jobs," The Union Leader, 1/25/11)