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Enterprise Center plans workshop for small businesses

PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth is offering a bonus workshop titled "Start and Grow Your Small Business" at the Warren Town Hall on Thursday, March 27, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, Michael Tentnowski, will share his insights and knowledge from 20 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs to help start, run, and grow your own small business. Focusing on opportunity, management, and finance, Tentnowski will teach the fundamentals of a simplified business plan, pricing strategies, and cash flow. Additionally, Tentnowski will offer simple, cost-effective tips to help business owners to move their business forward.

This event is offered free of charge, but space is limited. Those who wish to attend should click the "Seminars" page on the ECP website www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contact the Center office at 535-3222, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:39

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LACLT Debt Triage Workshops March 27th and 29th

LACONIA — Due to increased interest in financial education, the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) has added two Debt Triage classes in March, both sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

The first class takes place Thursday, March 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The second class takes place on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Both classes are free and take place in the Community Room at the Laconia Police Department on 126 Salem Street in Laconia. Light refreshments will be available..

Debt Triage classes cover budgeting, cutting waste, changing behaviors, prioritizing debt, repairing credit, improving and understanding credit reporting, and more. Designed for those on a tight budget, the class will also focus on financial preparation to achieve specific goals, such as reducing debt, reestablishing credit or preparing to own a home. Learn to eliminate waste, prioritize expenses, understand your spending habits, stretch your dollars, and get on the path to healthy spending habits. Learn tips and strategies for saving. All class participants are eligible for individual budget/credit counseling.

Register today by calling Debra Drake, Homeownership Director of LACLT at 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance registration is required.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:14

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Patrick's Pub is hosting the next Business After Hours on March 26

GILFORD — Patrick's Pub & Eatery of Gilford will host the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on March 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the restaurant located in Gilford. Jeff and Allan Beetle, co-owners of Patrick's and in their 20th year, invite chamber members and guests to their restaurant.

Opened in 1987 by Walter Kelleher and named after his father from County Cork, Ireland, Patrick's was an instant hit in the Lakes Region. Seven years later, Patrick's was sold to brothers Jeff and Allan in 1994, instilling a new spirit of quality, enthusiasm and service and has now been in operation for a total of 26 years.

Since that time, Patrick's has established itself as a quality restaurant that gives back to their community. They have been recognized with several prestigious awards including Restaurant of the Year (New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association), New Hampshire Good Neighbor Award (National Restaurant Association), the Corporate Soul Award (Belknap County EDC) and most recently the Beetle family received the Irwin Award, recognizing their community leadership.

Guests attending this event will enjoy a delicious variety of appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Craft beer and wine sampling will be available for the beer and wine enthusiast. The evening will also feature live music beginning at 5 p.m. Several door prizes will be raffled including a pass for 4 to play 18 holes upstairs at the indoor golf club. Guests are welcome to visit the indoor golf club that afternoon as Callaway will be featuring their latest golf equipment for the upcoming season.

For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at www.LakesRegionChamber.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:04

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New Scholarships Available For Fire Science Students at Lakes Region Community College

LACONIA — The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation has announced that a new scholarship fund is now available for students in the Fire Science Programs at Lakes Region Community College.

The Frank Fernald Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to carry on Fernald's legacy of firefighting and informing the public about fire protection and fire science. The Frank Fernald Scholarship Fund is for students who are enrolled part- or full-time in fire technology, fire protection, or fire science at Lakes Region Community College. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2015.

Fernald was a firefighter who retired from the Portsmouth Fire Department with the rank of captain. He passed away in 2011. During his time as a full time, active duty firefighter, Fernald attended classes nights and weekends to earn his degree in Fire Science from Lakes Region Community College.

After his retirement from the fire service, Fernald continued his passion for firefighting by photographing fires battled by many New England departments. These photographs became a resource for training and investigations. He also became well known by sharing these images through slideshow presentations throughout the State and region.

Fernald understood the importance of civil service. Upon his passing, many people spoke of what a great influence he had on their lives. He inspired many people to become firefighters in Portsmouth and the surrounding Seacoast area. He encouraged people to follow their dreams with his contagious smile, great sense of humor and an expectation of success.

Frank's family and friends have joined together to establish an endowment fund in his memory in the hope of enabling others to pursue their passion for a career in firefighting. The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation website features the scholarship application and a donation page for friends who wish to contribute to the scholarship fund: www.ccsnh.edu/foundation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:41

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