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Enterprise Center receives $85k grant for tech assistance programs

CONCORD — The N.H. Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has approved a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award of nearly $500,000 to a group of economic development organizations that offer services and programs for microenterprises. The organizations work with low- and moderate-income people who either own or want to start up a micro-business.

The grant was made to Grafton County, which will oversee implementation of the awards, then subgranted to five programs.

Included on the list of recipients was the Enterprise Center of Plymouth, which received $86,452 for training and technical assistance programs. A partnership between the Grafton County Economic Development Corporation and Plymouth State University, ECP will offer programs on topics such as lending advice, workshops on business skills, and one-on-one counseling for microenterprises that demonstrate promise for success. The award will allow ECP to staff and market their training programs, and benefit at least 35 entrepreneurs in Grafton and Belknap counties in the next year.

The grant awaits final approval from the Executive Council.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:47

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Big Banana Hosting D Acres for organic tea tasting


LACONIA — Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Big Banana, 229 Messer Street, Laconia, D Acres will taste test its  organic, homegrown teas. All are invited, handicapped accessible, off-street parking. DAcres stands for Development Aimed at Creating Rural Ecological Society.

For 17 years, D Acres has been an innovative agricultural and community project. D Acres of New Hampshire is a 501(c)3 non-profit, working organic farm and educational homestead/center where they research, apply, and teach skills for sustainable living and small-scale organic farming.

Located in Dorchester, D Acres is pursuing creative ways to stimulate on-farm economics, such as cottage craft work and making functional and beautiful objects from on-site renewable resources and recycled materials. In addition, they are always developing new ways to connect with other farmers and neighbors.


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Jewett Automotive will handle AutoServ Addition, Renovations

TILTON — Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has contracted with the AutoServ Dealer Group to build an infill addition and provide renovations to its Ford and Chrysler dealerships in Tilton.

This is the fourth project Jewett has undertaken for the AutoServ Dealer Group, having previously completed renovations to both its AutoServ Volkswagen and AutoServ Nissan dealerships. This latest job, designed by Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects, involves a two story, 4,800 square foot parts storage infill addition that will house future restrooms as well as provide additional parts storage on both floors. Jewett's Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors division will install the exterior metal panels.

Jewett Automotive Design & Construction specializes in design/build auto dealership facilities, auto dealership additions, auto dealership renovations and auto dealership fit-ups all across New England—completing close to 60 such projects in the last few years. Other repeat clients include such well-known organizations as Commonwealth Motors, the Grappone Automotive Group, the Route 44 family of dealerships, and RC Olsen Cadillac. Additional information can be found at www.jewettautomotive.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:41

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Lakes Region Child Care Services raffling off Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets

LACONIA — Lakes Region Child Care Services, a non-profit, 501(C)3, is selling raffle tickets for 2 pairs of box seats for the Friday, September 26th game – Boston Red Sox vs. NY Yankees. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. There are two raffles - one for a pair of front row box seats on the first base line along with a parking pass. One hundred of these tickets will be sold for $30 each.

The second raffle is for a pair of box seats in the second row, also on the first base line, selling for $5 each or 3/$10.
"Every year our winners return from the ballpark with great photos to share of their experience," stated Marti Ilg, Executive Director for LRCCS. "The seats are really fantastic and we're so pleased that Pike Industry offers them to us for the raffle each year."

Tickets will be on sale through July 24 and may be purchased from any LRCCS Board Member or by stopping by the Laconia Early Learning Center between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The winners will be announced on Friday, July 25. Proceeds from this raffle will help keep tuition costs low and support program expenses. Anyone wishing more information may call the Laconia Early Learning Center at 524-1235.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:36

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