LACONIA — The Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) is pleased to announce the addition of Art Franson, Jack Landow and Debbie Bolduc to the Board of Directors.
Art Franson's 44 year professional career took him around the world, including 17 years overseas, doing business in a total of 35 countries. With a background in financial management, Franson rose through the ranks to senior executive positions with international/globally focused Fortune 500 companies. From 1973 thru 1993 Art had a second career as doing taxes, accounting, financial planning, operations planning and analysis for individuals and small independent businesses in Massachusetts.
"I may have spent my professional executive career in very large companies. However, the small, independently owned, local enterprise is the lifeblood of America, and certainly here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire" states Franson. Art and his wife relocated to Laconia after decades of visiting the area. They have three grown sons who now have families of their own.
Jack Landow had been an Instructor for Belknap College and worked for the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services Department in various administrative positions during his 35 year career before retiring in 2004. Landow is very involved in the community having served three terms on the Laconia School Board. He has also volunteered for a number of local organizations including "Got Lunch Laconia", the Laconia Christmas Village, and the Hazel Duke Thanksgiving dinner.
Landow's interest in BIBA is simple. "I believe that a successful and engaged business sector is key to creating the type of vibrant and successful communities in which we choose to live." Jack resides in Gilford with his wife, Charlotte.
Debbie Bolduc is the owner and director of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, a boutique marketing firm focusing on the needs of small businesses. A life-long resident of the Lakes Region, Bolduc has worked with and for small, independently owned New Hampshire businesses most of her life. BizBuzz Marketing was founded in 2011 in response to the growing number of small businesses in New Hampshire and the fast-paced changes occurring in the world of marketing.
Bolduc is an active volunteer for the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and a member of Women Inspiring Women as well as Solo PR Pros, a national organization for those independents working in the public relations industry. She lives in the Lakes Region with her husband in an 1880's home that has been in the family since his great grandparents. They have two adult children.
BIBA, an affiliate of AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance), is a nonprofit organization helping communities sustain their local independent businesses and keep organizations alive for local entrepreneurs. Across the country, local businesses owners like those in the Lakes Region are creating alliances to promote the many benefits of supporting and growing the local economy. BIBA supports locally-owned, independent businesses in the NH Lakes Region through marketing, promotions, programs, education and events ... driving customers to think local first!