Category Archives: Mount Washington Valley Business

Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

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Holy Rosary Credit Union and Northeast Credit UnionPartner in 8th Annual Spaulding High School CU 4 Reality Fair

June 1, 2017, Rochester, NH – The 8th Annual Spaulding High School (SHS) CU 4 Reality fair was held on Wednesday, May 17th. Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) and Northeast Credit Union (NECU) partnered in sponsoring the event. A number of credit union staff were on hand volunteering and working with the kids. Over 350 SHS and homeschooled students participated in the fair.

The CU 4 Reality program is an event where students are taught basic financial literacy skills like budgeting, saving and planning for unexpected life expenses. Being able to have an opportunity to develop these skills, before students venture into the real world, can be greatly beneficial in leading to success in life.

Students are given the opportunity to meet with various representatives of businesses from the community to discuss real-world monthly expenses for needs like housing and transportation, while also being given spending options for entertainment and other discretionary expenses.  At the program’s completion, each student’s spending is evaluated against the monthly income for their selected occupation and they get a feel for how within budget, or over budget, they may be.

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“The CU 4 Reality program is a fantastic approach to introducing students to real world financial decision-making,” states Tim Collia, Northeast Credit Union President and CEO. “The kids take on the challenge with enthusiasm, and come away with their eyes open to the importance of smart spending habits. We believe the fairs truly have a lasting impact on the students.”

“Between our high school branch and assisting with events like CU 4 Reality, we are very proud to continue helping the education of the youth in our community on financial literacy,” said Brian Hughes, President and CEO of HRCU. “Something we always hear is that “I wish a program like CU 4 Reality existed when I was a student” because it really can be eye-opening to see first-hand what the real cost of living can be. Providing this education early on is a real bonus to students”

Community members from HRCU, NECU, Bernier Insurance, Northeast Planning Associates, NH Banking Department, NH Department of Education, Broadview Animal Hospital, Hannaford, First City Motor Sales, CU Alliance, Delta Management Associates, Hourihane, Cormier & Associates, Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce & SHS Guidance Counselors volunteered as advisors during the event.

Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) is a state-chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $250 million and serving over 21,000 members in Rochester, Dover, Farmington and Spaulding High School. For more Information visit www.hrcu.org or call (603) 332-6840.

Northeast Credit Union (NECU) is a state chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $1.1 billion in assets and serves over 111,000+ members at branches throughout New Hampshire. For more information visit www.necu.org or call (888) 436-1847.

For more information please contact:
Brian Hughes, HRCU – bhughes@hrcu.org * 603-332-6840
Andrea Pruna, NECU – apruna@necu.org * 603-422-9815

Cigar Shenanigans Grand Opening

Welcome a new business to the Mt. Washington Valley, Cigar Shenanigans Cigar Bar & Lounge, on Saturday, June 10th from noon to midnight and beyond. Join the fun at this special event with raffles, gifts, live music by Taming Strange, tastings, drink specials, a cigar ‘how-to’, and a food truck offering delicious fare! Paul Joyal of J Grotto Cigars is a special guest at the event to discuss his brand and offer discounts.

While this is a cigar and cocktail lounge, smokers and nonsmokers are welcome! Cigar Shenanigans boasts a nearly silent air filtration system that is constantly cleaning the air, making the place comfortable for everyone that enters.

For more information, visit Cigar Shenanigans on the web at www.cigarshenanigans.com or by phone at (603) 307-1036.

 

White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603-356-3200.

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Long Time Cog Railway Partners Announces Retirement

Press Release by Cathy & Joel J. Bedor
603-616-5907
jbedor@roadrunner.com

Mount Washington, New Hampshire –Cog Railway partners Joel and Catherine Bedor have announced their retirement effective April 30, 2017, and sale of their interest in The Mount Washington Railway Company to their partner, Wayne Presby.

“A dedicated and expert group of managers and staff have made it possible for us to restore an aging and tired business founded in 1869 and make it the leading attraction in the White Mountains,” said Joel Bedor. “I am confident that under the continued leadership of Wayne Presby the Mount Washington Cog Railway will continue to prosper and be a major economic engine for the White Mountains of New Hampshire.”

The Bedor and Presby families and a group of other investors purchased the Cog Railway from Ellen Teague in 1983 and have operated the Railway since then.  Joel Bedor has served as the Company’s Treasurer for 34 years, was President from 1986 to 1991 and has served as Chairman of The Board since 1991.

The Presby and Bedor families with other investors bought the Mount Washington Hotel in 1991 and Joel became the President of that Company until its sale in 2006.  During the last 34 years, the Cog has been a family affair, with Cathy Bedor serving as the Company’s marketing director, and son William working during high school and college in several positions including engineer and more recently CFO.

The Bedors and Presbys brought a commercial power line to the base station, built a new base lodge, restored an aging fleet of steam locomotives and coaches and more recently have replaced many of the steam locomotives with eco-friendly biodiesel locomotives, and have updated the coaches with larger and more comfortable models allowing ridership to more than quadruple during their 34 years of ownership.   In addition, major portions of track have been replaced and more efficient solar powered hydraulic switches have been designed and installed on the mountain.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Its first locomotive, Old Peppersass, reached the summit of Mount Washington on July 3, 1869, making it the world’s first mountain climbing railroad using a toothed cogwheel to engage the rack between the rails.

For more information, contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

A Successful Ski Season for Alpine and Cross Country Areas in New Hampshire 2016-17

Press Release from Ski New Hampshire

CONWAY, NH (April 24, 2017)-As the weather warms and the chairlifts stop spinning for the 2016/17 season, Ski New Hampshire’s 34 ski area members reported a successful season overall, thanks in part to well-timed snow storms in the Granite State and the greater Boston area.

Though final numbers are still rolling in from the trade association’s member resorts, a consistent weekly tally of skier visits from 10 of the state’s alpine resorts shows that skier visits for the 2016/17 season are up 31 percent over last year. Nordic ski areas also saw a much healthier skier visit base than last season.

“Winter storms blew through when it really mattered this season: during Christmas vacation, leading up to Presidents’ Weekend and February vacation, and during March for many resorts’ spring events,” says Karolyn Castaldo, Communications and Marketing Manager for Ski New Hampshire. The late season snow storms even allowed some resorts that typically close early to extend their season by a week or two.

For those skiers and riders who want to take advantage of great deals in preparation for next season, many resorts are offering season passes for the 2017/18 season at http://www.skinh.com/season-passes at discounted spring sale rates. Deadlines begin on April 30 and will run through early June, depending on the resort.

But just because the snow is diminishing doesn’t mean that these resorts will stay dormant for long. A growing number of summer activities are available at these resorts, which typically open on or around Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Columbus Day.

About Ski NH
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, visit http://www.visitNH.gov.

Fun and Fresh, Francesca’s Outlet Coming to Settlers Green Streetside

Press Release by Laura Tuveson, OVP Management, Inc.
Marketing & Administrative Assistant

April 5, 2017 (North Conway, NH) – Francesca’s Outlet, a boutique shop that specializes in jewelry, dresses and shoes, is the latest store to be announced for Settlers Green Streetside, the 50,000 square foot expansion project at Settlers Green that is currently under construction.

Francesca’s brand offers an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts. Established in 1999, in Houston, Texas, the company now has 670+ boutiques in 48 states.

“Francesca’s popularity continues to grow and it will be a perfect addition to our mix of jewelry, accessories and fashion stores,” said Laura Tuveson, assistant director of marketing and events at Settlers Green. “It’s fun and fresh, and we think our customers are going to love it.”

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Francesca’s joins Columbia Sportswear Outlet and Polo Ralph Lauren as new stores opening at Settlers Green Streetside. Settlers Green Outlet Village has its fair share of new stores coming in including Express Factory Store and Corningware, Corelle & More expected to open this spring.

In addition, Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton has relocated within Settlers Green Outlet Village to Suite C22 and Brooks Brothers Factory Store will soon be relocated to Suite C8. There is also a new restaurant opening on April 20 at Settlers Corner. Wicked Fresh Burgers will serve up fresh ingredients on its original menu of burgers, hand cut fries, and shakes.

The addition of Settlers Green Streetside will increase Settlers Green to 300,000 square feet of commercial retail development. Settlers Green Streetside is expected to open this summer. It will have a total of 10 brands including a new concept restaurant featuring an extensive list of craft beers from around New England and the world.

About OVP Management, Inc. 
OVP Management, Inc., a Newton, Massachusetts based real estate development company, has developed over 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in North Conway, including Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner.

Public Art Proposal Deadline Nearing for Settlers Green and the New Streetside Expansion

North Conway, NH:  In early February, Settlers Green announced a Request for Proposals for Art/Craftwork (RFP) for new or existing artworks to grace both the existing shopping center and the new Streetside expansion.  The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017 and General Manager, Dot Seybold, encourages local, state and regional artists to enter existing works of art as well as proposals for commissioned pieces.  “We have received inquiries from fabulous artists working in all kinds of media from metal and stone for sculptors to muralists working with digitally printed images.  It’s been so interesting talk with and meet these accomplished artists. “stated Seybold. 

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The RFP can be downloaded from the Settlers Green Streetside Art RFP website at http://www.settlersgreen.com/settlers-green-streetside-art-rfp.  Artists will find the actual application, along with the original press release and additional information within this page.  As construction on Streetside continues, Settlers Green is planning the grand opening celebration to include arts related activities and celebrations including music, dance and original art on display.  “We are really excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with the community.” Seybold added.   

Interested artists can contact Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com with any additional questions.  Please limit correspondence to email. 

Measure Your Success: Free Email Marketing Analytics Workshop


The last workshop in a series of workshops by Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout For Business, is rescheduled for Thursday, March 30th from 9:00-11:00am at the Technology Village in Conway, New Hampshire. The workshop is free, supported through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant, and is a great opportunity for business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities.

Metrics – can be like magic.

Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it.

 You’ll learn:

  • How email open- and click-through reports can help you know which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best resultsOut of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy
  • The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK
  • Best times, days and ways to get the response you want
  • How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, andfrequency your connections really want
  • How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!

Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. To register, interested participants may visit the register page here, or by calling 603-447-6622.  Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

New and Exciting Business Workshops at the Tech Village in Conway NH

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For business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities, the Tech Village in Conway, New Hampshire welcomes Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout for Business as she instructs three business workshops starting January 31 and extending into the month of February.  The workshops are free, supported in part through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant. Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

January 31 – Standout Subject Lines: Get Your Email Opened!
How are your subject lines working – or NOT working – to capture the attention and interest of your audience?

February 2 – Look Great in the Inbox: Best Email Design Practices 
First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact!

February 16 – Measure Your Success: Email Marketing Analytics
Metrics can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed?

Pre-registration for the workshops is required. To register, please email alisha@mwvec.com or call 603-447-6622. You may also register for workshops online by visiting the events calendar at https://www.sproutforbusiness.com/event-calendar.html. Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

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Northeast Credit Union Announces Promotion of Two Executives

Portsmouth, N.H. – Northeast Credit Union (NECU) proudly announces the promotion of two members of the senior leadership team, Andrea Pruna and Steve Giguere.

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Pruna’s new role as Senior Vice President – Chief Marketing and Retail Officer will expand her duties to include oversight of the Marketing and E-Commerce departments, as well as leading the branch network and product management. Andrea Pruna joined Northeast Credit Union in 2011. She happily serves as a member of the Social Responsibility Committee, the Marketing and Business Development CUNA Council, and the Marketing Committee for New Hampshire Credit Unions.  Andrea holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and a BS in Business Administration from EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.  She resides in New Castle with her husband Max, two sons Lucas and Emilio, and wonderful dog Coco. In her free time, Andrea can be found spending time with her family, cheering her boys’ soccer teams on from the sidelines, serving on the PTO and volunteering in the community.

photo-2-steve-giguereGiguere’s new role as Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer will expand his duties to include oversight of Finance, Risk Management and General Services. Steve has been with Northeast Credit Union for over 31 years, and brings a multitude of experience in operations, accounting, and lending. He earned his Economics degree from The University of Maine at Orono, and his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, he resides in Dover with his wife Pam and two children, Belle and Jeremy, and his rescue dog Elliot. When not at work, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and riding his bike on the many scenic coastal roads of New England.

“The outstanding commitment, passion, and knowledge that Andrea Pruna and Steve Giguere have demonstrated are absolutely vital to the success of our organization,” states Tim Collia, NECU President and CEO. “Their expertise and strong leadership is invaluable to our team, and we are excited to see them thrive in their new roles.”

About Northeast Credit Union

Northeast Credit Union (NECU) has been a trusted neighbor and the financial partner of choice for people since 1936. Our central focus is our members and the communities in which we serve. We have over $1.1billion in assets and serve 110,000+ members at branches in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Exeter, Gorham, Lebanon, Lee, Manchester, Merrimack, Northwood, Plymouth, Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Rochester. We offer a full range of financial products and services. Along with traditional checking and savings accounts, they include mortgage and auto loans, investment products, business accounts, credit cards, and innovative online and mobile services. For more information, please visit www.necu.org.

Written by Andrea E. Pruna
Vice President of Marketing, Northeast Credit Union

Grand Celebration at Locally-Owned 7-Eleven in North Conway

Nicole L. Milewski, owner of North Conway 7-Eleven, welcomes the community to their grand celebration on Friday, January 20th, in celebration of becoming a locally-owned franchise. Visit 7-Eleven at any time during their regular business hours to participate in door prizes, free samples, lottery raffles, and give-a-ways. Join the fun and welcome a community-centered, generous franchise owner to the Mount Washington Valley!

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The North Conway 7-Eleven Store is located at 2039 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. For more information about this event or the store itself, please call (603) 356-5858.