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Friday
May152015

NH Stay Work Play Opens Nominations for 6th Annual Rising Stars Awards

Prestigious program adds video nomination process for College Student of the Year nominations

Manchester, New Hampshire – Stay Work Play is now accepting nominations for its sixth-annual Rising Stars Award program and is ready to recognize a new class of exceptional young people, companies and organizations, and programs. The Rising Stars Awards will accept nominations through July 15. The competition also invites eligible college students to create and share 15-second videos as part of College Student of the Year nominations.

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) to celebrate and recognize remarkable young workers and college students in the Granite State as well as the companies and initiatives that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. It includes six awards:

  • College Student of the Year, which honors a New Hampshire college student who is an academic rising star and is giving back to the community;
  • Young Professional of the Year, which honors an outstanding professional between the ages of 18 and 40 who works and lives in New Hampshire;
  • Civic Leader of the Year, which honors a person who, through his or her volunteerism, philanthropy or community involvement, demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening the community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations;
  • Coolest Company for Young Professionals, which honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals;
  • Leadership Development Program of the Year, which honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization aimed at a young professional audience to propel personal and professional growth; and
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which was added last year, honors a young entrepreneur who dedicates his or her time to starting and/or operating a new business, is making a positive contribution to the state’s economy and adds community vibrancy.

 

“We look forward to recognizing the standout people and companies who understand the importance of making New Hampshire a great place to set down roots,” said Kate Luczko, Stay Work Play’s executive director. “Past winners have gone on to accomplish incredible things and continue to nurture a positive economic and cultural climate for young professionals.”

To nominate a person, company or program, visitstayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards for complete rules, nomination materials and a sample College Student of the Year Award video. Finalists will be selected by judging panels appointed by Stay Work Play, and winners will be announced at a celebratory event at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 5.

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org, (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.

 

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Stay Work Play Provides $8,000 for NH Student Loan Repayment 

Manchester, NH – As a part of Stay Work Play’s Challenge Grant Program, the organization has leveraged $8,000 in grant funds from NH EPSCoR to help pay back New Hampshire studentloan debt. There are fourteen employees from five different companies who benefited from this program including Dyn in Manchester, GYK Antler in Manchester, Paragon Digital in Keene, Profit Tools in Lee, and Website Publicity in Peterborough.

 

“When we first heard about Stay Work Play’s Challenge Grant Program we couldn’t wait to get involved,” said Travis York, Chairman, President & CEO of GYK Antler. “It’s not only a great benefit that helps us attract and retain talent, it’s also another way we can help our employees out. This program is important to us because it shows our employees that we are dedicated to them and to their success.”

 

New Hampshire is known for providing an excellent college education; however, college graduates in the Granite State are faced with the highest student loan debt (on average) in the country. The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program helps address this directly by showcasing New Hampshire employers who agree to contribute $8,000 to pay down college loans of newly hired graduates over the first four years of employment.

 

“As a mother of three who have benefited greatly from the community and educational institutions of New Hampshire, and the employer of a half-dozen area college graduates, I have seen firsthand great home grown talent and professionalism” commented Susan O’Neil, CEO and Founder of Website Publicity. “I want these young people to come to work here in New Hampshire to help us all grow and compete - and not dash across the border. That’s why Website Publicity participates in the Challenge Grant and supports our most recent college graduate/employee in paying back her federal loans. It’s putting money where our mouths are.”

 

To remain competitive, businesses and organizations in New Hampshire need to be thinking about preserving our vibrant communities while simultaneously being proactive about recruiting more young professionals. The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program is open to any company that employs individuals working in New Hampshire in an entry-level position. To be eligible, a student must be a graduate of a New Hampshire college or university within the past 18 months. Incentive awards are phased incrementally over four years totaling $8,000.

 

For more information or to become a participating organization, visit http://www.stayworkplay.org/challengegrant

 

Partial support for this program is provided by a grant to NH EPSCoR from the National Science Foundation, award # EPS-1101245. No federal funds are used in the payment of student loans.

 

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org .

 

About NH EPSCoR: NH EPSCoR – Linking Education, Research and Economic Development – is supported an award from the National Science Foundation to build capacity in research and education in science, engineering, mathematics and technology necessary for a highly skilled state workforce.  Additional information can be found on the website, nhepscor.org , or by contacting theCommunication Manager, Evelyn Jones, evelyn.jones@unh.edu

Saturday
Nov082014

Matt Toy Joins Stay Work Play¹s Board of Directors 

Manchester —Stay Work Play, a New Hampshire nonprofit organization to encourage more young workers to stay, work and play in the state after graduation, has welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors, Matt Toy.

 

Matt Toy is the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Dyn Inc. in Manchester, NH.  Matt is responsible for ensuring that cross company alignment is always driven by what is best for Dyn’s customers.

 

Matt believes in Stay Work Play’s mission and recognizes New Hampshire as a great place for recent college graduates to launch their careers and their lives.

"I feel like I have a relatively common story: born and raised in NH, attended college in NH then went to work in a large city outside of the state,” commented Matt.  “But ultimately I longed for an opportunity to come back home.  Fortunately for me I found that opportunity. I'm excited to be involved with Stay Work Play to help show others that there is opportunity and reason to come back to NH.”

 

With the dedication and enthusiasm Matt Toy has for New Hampshire and Stay Work Play, the organization is delighted to welcome him to the Board of Directors.

 

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org, (603) 860-2245.

 

Wednesday
Oct082014

Stay Work Play NH Announces the 2014 Rising Stars Awards Winners 

Six awards given to winners across New Hampshire as recognition for their hard work

 

The fifth annual Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, welcomed more than 450 guests to celebrate six of New Hampshire’s outstanding young business men and women and organizations who received awards on Oct. 6.  

 

 

The 2014 Rising Stars Awards winners are:  

 

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Michael Carlton, Northwood, Calling All Cargo 

College Student of the Year: 
Ian Gagnon, Enfield, UNH 

Young Professional of the Year: 
Corey MacDonald, Portsmouth Police Department and MacDonald & Black Law Firm 

Civic Leader of the Year: 
Laura Brusseau, Laconia, Interlakes High School 

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:

·             Calypso Communications, Portsmouth 

·             W.S. Badger Company, Gilsum 

·             LAUCHLANWORKS, Exeter 


Leadership Development Program of the Year: 
Leadership College, Leadership New Hampshire 

 

 

“This year’s Rising Stars Awards ceremony was the biggest event yet. In five years we have seen some incredible young people and organizations win these awards, and this year was no different,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.  “I expect to see the competition continue to grow and expand in the future.”

 

 

“This year’s winners are an amazing display of the entrepreneurial talent that lives, works, and plays in New Hampshire. We would also like to recognize and thank all of our wonderful sponsors and all of the local businesses that donated more than 70 auction items and truly help make this year’s event a success. ”

 

 

Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” the Rising Stars Awards works 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.

 

 

The event was hosted by Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and welcomed keynote speaker Victoria Arlen, Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist, Governor Maggie Hassan, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, representatives from the 12 Young Professional Networks from across the state, music from Pat and the Hats, and many others.

 

 

More information about The Rising Stars Awards: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards.

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org  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.

Sunday
Oct052014

StayWorkPlay.org - 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 

 

WHEN

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

 

WHERE

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

 

WHY 

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. 

 

WHO

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: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards.

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org  or (603) 860-2245.