PLYMOUTH, N.H.- From the minute Tom Armstrong stepped through the door of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), he knew the prospects for his growing business became a little brighter. Armstrong, a Plymouth State alumnus, owns Narrative 1, a Holderness-based commercial property appraisal software developer seeking to expand its market share nationally, and the ECP provides a convenient, fully-staffed workspace with access to Plymouth State University's award-winning business faculty and staff.
"We're very excited about the quality of the space, and the technology behind it, this is a facility we badly needed but couldn't find," said Armstrong, who now employs a dozen people. "We sell our software to banks and government agencies and they will come and visit our office before engaging in a transaction with us; this space allows us to show them a professional business atmosphere."
ECP Executive Director Michael Tentnowski said Narrative 1 is a great example of how a business incubator should work.
"Welcoming the first member into the building highlights the progress the facility is making in creating jobs and economic opportunity for entrepreneurs across the region," Tentnowski said.
The ECP, located at 1 Bridge Street, is a joint partnership between Plymouth State University and the Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC), whose goal is to support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire. Governor Maggie Hassan, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and Dinah Adkins, past President of the National Business Incubator Association and expert on rural economic development, will address guests during the 5:30 p.m. grand opening ceremony October 15 in the lobby of the Silver Center for the Arts.
The GCEDC is providing the physical location and building, using $2 million in federal, state and corporate funding; PSU is providing incubator staffing, business services and intellectual capital through the College of Business Administration. Essentially, the ECP provides a "one stop shopping" location for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring, and networking.
Unique features of the ECP include a sales skills development video production room and space dedicated to professional focus group services. Both of these are currently provided by PSU's College of Business Administration and are very popular with students and entrepreneurs alike. The ECP will also act as a headquarters for an enhanced business outreach effort in central New Hampshire by PSU staff and graduate students.
The Enterprise Center at Plymouth officially opens Oct. 15. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 08:16
GILFORD — A VIP parking spot, Red Sox and Bruins tickets, golf foursomes, airtime on Binnie Media, restaurant certificates, gift baskets, and much, much, much more will be available at the annual Gunstock Ski Club Dinner Auction on Saturday, October 19 at the Gilford Youth Center in Gilford Village.
Sponsored by Bank of NH this year, the event will feature an elegant meal provided by Fratello's and entertainment by Phil 'n the Blanks. Jim St. Jean of JSJ Auctioneers will be in charge of the Live Auction. Auction items, large and small, have been donated by community partners as well as ski club members, and a wide array of items are up for grabs. Other valued sponsors include TripAdvisor, Belknap Landscape Company, Cantin Chevrolet, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, AutoServ Tilton, John Beinoras DDS, Patrick's Pub, LRGHealthcare, Meredith Village Savings Bank, NE Duplicator, Beacon Equity Partners, Belmont Self Storage, Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, and Amoskeag Beverages.
All proceeds from the auction will go to the GSC Clubhouse Repair and Renovation Fund. The GSC clubhouse was built in the 1980's with donations of building materials and work done by ski club members. This facility is unique in New Hampshire but is sorely in need of repairs to keep it safe and operational. The ski club operates it but is independent from the Gunstock Mountain Resort and so must constantly raise money to operate its programs.
The ski club runs alpine ski racing and training programs during the ski season on weekends and school vacations for youth aged 7 to 18. Racing is sanctioned by the NH Alpine Racing Association and the US Ski Association and many races attract racers from all over NH as well as New England and the Eastern Seaboard. Established in 1918, the Gunstock Ski Club is the oldest ski club in New Hampshire. The Gunstock Ski Club is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
For more information check out the GSC website at www.gunstockskiclub.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 08:14
MOULTONBOROUGH — Silent and live auctions will be held at the Moultonborough Lions Club on Saturday, November 9, to benefit the Moultonborough United Methodist Church.
The live auction will begin at 6 p.m. sharp. The doors will be opened at 4:30 p.m. for preview and food will be available. More than 200 items will be auctioned in the balloon, silent and live auctions. Any businesses or individuals who have one or more items they are willing to donate to this very worthwhile cause are asked to call Kate and Mike Lancor (476-8409) or Amy Norton (986-0357). Those who are getting ready to move, or just need to downsize their belongings, can call to donate items which will be picked up and stored prior to the auction.
This will be an "old-fashion live auction" with no buyer's premium and each item going to the highest bidder. Auction items will include gift certificates and gift cards from numerous local and area businesses and entertainment venues, as well as all types of furniture, household items, antiques and collectibles.
This year's Annual Moultonborough United Methodist Church Auction is the eighth auction being conducted by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Auctions. HOPE Auctions was formed for the sole purpose of raising funds for charity organizations. Everyone associated with HOPE Auctions volunteers their time and efforts and every item to be auctioned must be donated.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 07:51
MEREDITH — The last installment of Moulton Farm's Good Gardening Workshop series will feature Ask the Farmer on Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m.
"Although many people think the gardening season is over, this is the perfect time for the workshop," explains John Moulton, owner of the farm. "We're still growing things and will be harvesting for a few more months, but we're also doing things to prepare for next year's garden season. Home gardeners should also be doing a number of things to help prevent problems in next year's garden and encourage good harvests. Plus, it's a great time to ask questions about things that happened in your garden this year, while they are fresh in your memory."
Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality products while preserving its rich soil for future generations. More information is available at moultonfarm.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 07:48
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