Published DateLACONIA — The Board of Directors of the Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) is pleased to announce that Kate Bishop Hamel has been named Executive Director.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to have Kate as part of the BIBA team. She brings a level of professionalism, creativity, and nonprofit experience that will enable us to promote our members more effectively. Furthermore, as a business owner herself, Kate understands the value that local, independent businesses bring to our community and, therefore, has a passion for BIBA's mission."
She is no stranger to BIBA, having been involved during BIBA's inception (2009) contributing insights and recommendations to support local businesses and the vitality of the community.
She will lead the organization in its efforts to further promote and support BIBA's mission to organize and empower local independent businesses and the Belknap County community. As director, Kate looks forward to working closely with current
members and welcomes new members to raise awareness and change attitudes regarding the importance of supporting local independent businesses through various marketing initiatives, educational materials and strategies.
Hamel's roots are in New England, calling the Lakes Region home for last ten years. She owns her own business, Granite State Mediation Group (GSMG). Based inGilford, she provides mediation (divorce/family, civic & community) and facilitation
services (strategic planning, fund development and board development) throughout New Hampshire. She is a certified Family Mediator offering respectful alternatives to litigation and resolving conflicts with individuals and families. Prior to obtaining
her license, Community Matters was her consulting business working with nonprofit organizations in various capacity building initiatives.
A graduate of Wheelock College & Leadership Lakes Region, she is actively involved in the community including Trustee of the Gilford Public Library, Belknap EDC Incorporator, Collaborative Law Alliance of NH Member & Marketing Chair, NH Bar
Association Family Law and NH Conflict Resolution Association Member.
"I am excited about joining the BIBA team and making a difference to the independent businesses in Belknap County community", says Hamel.
BIBA (Belknap Independent Business Alliance) has named a Kate Bishop Hamel as executive direcor. Show are, left to right, board members, Chris McCarthy (Treasurer/The Insurance Outlet); David Buffington (VP/AMG Financial); Kate Bishop Hamel (Director/Granite State Mediation Group); Randy Bullerwell (President/All My Life Jewelers) and Ryan Robinson (Secretary/Mainstay Technologies). (Courtesy photo)