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BIBA Holds Day-Long Retreat on Developing Local Initiatives

LACONIA — BIBA Board members, new and old, enjoyed a full day workshop facilitated by Joe Grafton, Director of Development & Community Engagement for AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance). AMIBA is a non-profit organization helping communities launch and successfully operate "buy-independent, buy-local" campaigns, develop pro-local policies, and other initiatives to support local entrepreneurs and vibrant local economies. Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) is a member of AMIBA.
Thanks to a grant from NH Charitable Foundation and American Express Open, three New Hampshire local alliances were able to benefit from individual, professionally facilitated workshops. In addition to BIBA, the other two included Seacoast Local and Monadnock Buy Local)
Board members along with Executive Director Kate Hamel, and Grafton met at My Coffee House in Laconia for introductions and a brief period of networking before convening to the Gale Memorial Library's Volpe Room for the day, breaking only for a quick lunch at Burrito Me. They topped the day off with a quick round of appetizers at the Brickfront Restaurant. "We practice what we preach" states BIBA President Randy Bullerwell, noting that these businesses are independently owned, local businesses.
Topics of the day-long event included operational planning, value propositions, differentiation, activities and legal duties of board members. "With half of us being new to BIBA's board in just the past few months, this workshop offered a great opportunity to identify and redistribute duties as well as clarifying where we are with BIBA and where we want to go from here", stated Debbie Bolduc, one of the newest members.
Art Franson, Jack Landow and Bolduc recently joined Randy Bullerwell, David Buffington and Chris McCarthy, bringing the total number of board members to six, who along with Hamel manage all aspects of the organization. "The dedication of these individuals is to be commended", states Grafton. "Most of them are business owners and sole proprietors who gave up an entire day from their own work for the betterment of BIBA and the independent business community".
BIBA members benefit from a website listing, a decal to place in their shop window, participation in the Buy Local Advantage Card program and the right to use the BIBA logo in all advertising. "With the buy local movement continuing to grow, it's more important now than ever for businesses to identify themselves as locally owned independent businesses" states Buffington.
Recent studies show businesses in communities with an active buy-local movement experienced a 3-7% revenue increase in 2013. "In the strongest local economies, most dollars are spent at locally-owned businesses, where they recirculate several times in the community. This multiplier effect is a critical, but often overlooked factor in creating community wealth," said Hamel.
These statistics verify the need for organizations like BIBA. Membership fees and sponsorships help cover the expenses and allow BIBA to continue to offer more support to the independent business community. "Much like public television and radio, everyone benefits regardless if they invest in it or not, but without those investments, the entity can't exist" says Landow.
The annual membership drive is underway with current focus being on renewals of existing memberships, to be followed shortly by efforts to gain new members. Membership forms are available online at bibanh.org, or by calling 582-7270 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 07:55

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Inter-Lakes Alumni hosting ‘90 for 90 Challenge’ to mark 90th Anniversary

MEREDITH — The Meredith/Inter-Lakes Alumni Association will be celebrating their 90th Anniversary at this year's Annual Alumni Brunch. The Association was started by the Meredith H. S. Senior Class of 1924 and the Alumni Association is planning a number of events to help commemorate this special anniversary year.

One of these events is a "90 for 90 Challenge" The Association is challenging all local business owners to assist the Alumni Association with its fund raising efforts by contributing $90 in celebration of this 90th Anniversary Year. These contributions will help support:

-The 3 Annual $1,000.00 Alumni Scholarships for deserving seniors at I-L High School

-The cost of meals and recognition for the members of the 50 Year Class of 1964

-The purchase and engraving of the Annual Alumni Loyalty Cup, which was first awarded in 1929 by the Meredith High School Alumni Assoc.

-As well as other costs associated with this 90th Anniversary Celebration

In return for your support your business will:

-Receive one free ticket to the Annual Alumni Brunch (More tickets are available at the special 90th Anniversary price of $19.24 in honor of the Class of 1924!)

- Your business will be recognized in news articles before and after the Annual Alumni Brunch

-As well as other featured recognition at the Annual Event.

All contributions may be sent to Meredith/I-L Alumni Assoc., PO Box 1076, Meredith, NH 03253. Please direct any questions to Ann Sprague at 677-2196 or Nancy Morrill at 279-6657.

The Alumni Association would also like to reach out to business owners who may be alumni and own businesses elsewhere. In order to do this we are asking all alumni to post this "90 for 90 Challenge" on their Social Media page in hopes of reaching alumni businesses everywhere. The alumni FB page is under the name "Inter-Lakes Alumni Association" so please go to our site and sign up as a member. Encourage your classmates and other alumni friends to do the same.

We are asking all alumni to mark their calendars for Sunday, June 1 at Church Landing in Meredith from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get a group of classmates and friends to join in the festivities.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 09:35

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Sen. Forrester hosting minimum wage talk on April 16

PLYMOUTH — Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 16 to 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the
Pease Public Library in Plymouth to discuss the state's minimum wage and proposed legislation coming before the Senate later this session. Senator Forrester will be joined by David Juvet, Senior Vice President at the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, Jeff McLynch, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, and Bruce Berke, of the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group, who represents a number of small New Hampshire employers, including businesses in the tourism, lodging, retail, and restaurant industry. Time will be allotted for a question and answer period following the panel.

The panel discussion is open to the public but seating is limited. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Liz Sheil at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 271-4980 by Monday, April 14 at noon.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 09:32

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Nursery Guild Holding Spring Boutique

LACONIA — The LRGH Nursery Guild will be holding their Annual Spring/Summer Children's Boutique on Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center. Those who are looking for quality, gently used Spring/Summer clothing, shoes, toys and furniture (no cribs or car seats) will find this is place to come. The semi-annual clothing boutiques are the biggest fundraisers for the Guild. Proceeds raised from these event are given back to the Lakes Region communities.
For those are interested in consigning or donating, items will be accepted during the following times. Wednesday, April 9, 6-9 p.m. and Thursday, April 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center. Items we are accepting are Spring and Summer children's clothing (newborn to size 16), toys (no stuffed animals) and children's furniture (no cribs or car seats please).
For more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 524-3211 ext.3018.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 09:22

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