Spaulding Youth Center honors local firm



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Erin and Frank Perkins, owners of Great Northern Cleaning, hold a plaque they received upon being honored with the Spaulding Youth Center's Arthur H. Nighswander Community Partner Award. “We are proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication to the health and well-being of the students and staff of Spaulding Youth Center and look forward to our continued partnership with the organization for years to come,” Frank Perkins said upon receiving the award. (Courtesy photo)



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SCORE offering session on tax tips for businesses


LACONIA -- A workshop on tax-planning for businesses will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce office, 383 South Main St.

The workshop, sponsored by SCORE Lakes Region, will be led by Randy Hylek, a certified public accountant.

Hylek will discuss such issues as the basics of business taxation, understand basic compliance, record-keeping and tax planning, and taxation of various legal structures. The purpose of the workshop is to provide details to enable business owners to understand the proper business tax planning and compliance.

Hylek has been a CPA for more than 40 years and been a chief financial officer for a multinational company. He has also been involved with 10 acquisitions and four divestitures.

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Autism not holding local entrepreneur back

LACONIA -- Don’t tell Dan Fife he’s limited in what he can achieve, he will prove you wrong.

At an early age, Dan Fife had a list of goals, one of which was to travel to every state in the country. Fife, who is autistic, made quick time of his goal achieving this goal early in life. “I love to travel and see new places”. Fife will be quick to concede that his favorite place is Orlando, Florida, but this year's travels took him from New Orleans to Palms Springs, California, making memories.

Another goal was to be self-employed and own his own business. With his business degree from Plymouth State University, another achievement, Fife tapped into his Lakes Region “celebrity” and launched a travel/entertainment website, called “Whenever I meet someone they have become fifed!” Fife’s marketing skills and his website tell all the readers of the events and happenings in the Lakes Region, but he’s not done. “My next goal is to go statewide,” said Fife.

In addition to the website, Fife offers a variety of merchandise, from T-shirts to shot glasses but his next project is near and dear to his heart. This year, Fife has launched a 2018 calendar, “The Life of Fife” with some of the proceeds going to autism charities. “I hope people like my calendar, it’s filled with photos and special days that are important to me.” It’s a full color, glossy calendar of some of Fife’s favorite spots across the state.

To order a calendar, you can go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Dan Fife holds his 2018 calendar which he produced. It's just the latest of Fife's projects. (Courtesy photo) 

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Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce taking nominations for best businesses

Each year, the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses for their economic development, construction or improvements in the Lakes Region or Twin Rivers regions at the Annual Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting. This year's 99th Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith.

The Chamber is seeking nominations for this year's outstanding organizations that have remodeled, renovated or rebuilt in the 2017 calendar year. Categories for eligible businesses are: retail (large or small); commercial; municipal; industrial; and non-profit.

The Golden Trowel Award recognizes a business for their accomplishments for rehabilitation, addition, new landscaping, maintenance or other visible improvement.
The Golden Hammer Award recognizes an organization for any noticeable construction completed in 2016.
The Environmental Award recognizes a business for efforts and investments to be environmentally friendly, sustainable or green.

The Economic Improvement Awards are prominent recognition. These awards exemplify organizations that have a vested interest in our local economic development and are truly committed to making positive changes in our communities.

To nominate a business, use the form available onlineat

Completed forms including a minimum of one photograph may be submitted electronically or mailed to the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. Please note that all nominations submitted must be complete with full description plus one photo to be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 22.

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HPM Insurance expands offerings by Byse Agency


LACONIA — HPM Insurance of Amherst and Bedford has expanded into the Lakes Region with its recent purchase of the Byse Agency, Inc.

Incorporated in 1932, the Byse Agency has its home office in Laconia, with branches at Bristol Insurance Agency in Bristol and Franconia Insurance Agency in Franconia Notch.

Jeffrey Flanders, who will remain as general manager of the Byse Agency, said, “We decided to join HPM Insurance, as we wanted to ensure our clients and employees would continue to appreciate what we had built while providing access to additional resources to move the agency forward.”

Lyle Fulkerson, president and chief executive officer of HPM insurance, said, “We’re actually quite excited about it. There will be no internal changes, but we have quite a few more carriers and choices. We look forward to building out the area and expanding Byse Agency and the Byse reputation.”

Fulkerson said he has fond memories of the Lakes Region, having worked with an ambulance service in Wolfeboro several years ago.

Prior to acquiring the Byse Agency, Fulkerson had purchased four other insurance agencies, two of which — Holt and Proctor — trace their roots to the 1800s. The Byse purchase establishes HPM in seven locations.

“At this point in time, we’re branding with HPM recognition, but the Byse name has been there a long time,” Fulkerson said. “We’ll offer more carriers, knowledge, and expertise.”

He cited a recent medical seminar at the Byse office as one of the benefits HPM is bringing to the Lakes Region.

“At HPM, one of the things that’s critical to us is we believe in being engaged in the community,” Fulkerson said, “through events and organizations. We will be looking to do more than the Byse Agency has done historically to become active members of the community, and we’re excited about that.”


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