Chamber City Lights Committee decorates downtown with American flags
DOVER — The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce City Lights Committee put up 65 American flags throughout downtown Dover on Friday, May 13. The City Lights Committee is a volunteer group of Dover Chamber members and residents dedicated to hanging American flags during the summer months as well as illuminating the downtown with holiday lights in the winter months.
The hanging of the flags was made possible by volunteers Phil Rinaldi of the Rotary Club of Dover, Janet Glazier of Garrison Players Arts Center, Bill Stowell of Central Park Garage, Stephanie Loignon of WIN Home Inspection, Doug and Kelly Glennon of Jewelry Creations, Noah Morency of Clean-O-Rama, and Dover resident Seth Rafferty.
The funding for the flags comes from the Chamber’s annual Festival of Trees holiday event.
Meet the Commissioners and Executive Councilors Networking Reception
PORTSMOUTH — The Business and Industry Association – New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce will host a Meet the Commissioners & Executive Councilors Networking Reception, on Monday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Hotel Concord, 11 South Main St., Concord.
BIA presents this networking opportunity for business leaders to get to know the individuals directly responsible for and involved in implementing policies and passing regulations that affect business in New Hampshire. Join this reception of hors d’oeuvres and networking. For more details, a list of commissioners and executive councilors confirmed to attend and to register visit biaofnh.com.
State of the State
ROCHESTER — Join the Greater Dover, Greater Rochester and Falls Chamber of Commerce for the 2022 Tri-Chamber State of the State breakfast forum featuring Governor Chris Sununu on Tuesday, June 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Inn, 78 Wakefield St., Rochester. This event provides an opportunity to meet your legislators. Invitations have been extended to elected officials representing Dover, Rochester and Somersworth.
Cost is $25 per person and includes a full hot breakfast. Register at rochesternh.org/stateofstate.
Firefly Wedding Chapel is coming to Kittery
KITTERY, Maine — Firefly Wedding Chapel will be celebrating its grand opening with an open house over Memorial Day weekend, and is now taking reservations for wedding ceremonies throughout 2022 and beyond. You don’t need to run off to Las Vegas to elope in a wedding chapel! Just pick up a marriage license at the town hall beforehand and you can opt for one of the 30-minute or one-hour ceremony packages Firefly Wedding Chapel has to offer — starting at just $950.
A one-stop shop that includes an elegant indoor setting, decorative flowers, on-site wedding officiants, festive ceremony music, and in-house photography services, this intimate inclusive venue caters to couples seeking a small but spectacular wedding ceremony at an affordable price. Designed, constructed, owned and operated by local married couple Tara Price and Joaquin Gonzalez Pallares, this unique location specializes in elopements and micro weddings of up to 30 guests.
Maine has long been a popular wedding destination spot, and Firefly Wedding Chapel provides the option to marry on the seacoast without the high cost, or the worry of unexpected rain. Low on fuss, but big on fun — and conveniently located at the famous Kittery outlets — you can find out more about their open house or reserve your wedding date by visiting fireflyweddingchapel.com.
Local brokerage Next Level Realty ‘Levels Up’ with growth milestone
PORTSMOUTH — For Peter and Rebecca Beauchemin, 50 is an exciting number. Although the entrepreneurial couple understood the potential challenges of rebranding and opening a company during a global pandemic, they sensed an opportunity to impact the Southern New Hampshire real estate market by introducing Realty ONE Group, the industry’s fastest growing franchise. Their calculated gamble would pay off quickly, with their brokerage adding three satellite offices and more than doubling its agent count from 17 in September 2020, to 49 by April 2022. Now in May, ROG Next Level has reached a new milestone, officially signing their 50th agent.
With headquarters in Bedford, N.H., and satellite offices in Portsmouth, Concord and Nashua, Realty One Group: Next Level is committed to attentively serving homebuyers and sellers across New Hampshire. Additionally, they are now fully licensed in Massachusetts and Maine.
Homeless Center for Strafford County to host celebration in June
ROCHESTER — Meredith Village Savings Bank is proud to support the Homeless Center for Strafford County with a $5,000 event sponsorship for their upcoming celebration of the brand new “Home for Now” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, in Rochester. The event will recognize the organization’s success of their new building and their work to place families in need.
“We are excited for the upcoming event,” said Tracy Hardekopf, Executive Director at the Homeless Center for Strafford County. “The support we have received from MVSB and the local community has been greatly appreciated. The last few years have been challenging for many in our area and these donations help open the doors for a lot of people in need.”
“Investing in the community is at the heart of our mission at MVSB and, as we prepare to open our new branch, we have been asking community members where resources are needed,” said Jolene Whitehead, Rochester Branch and Business Development Manager. “With limited affordable housing options available, the basic need of shelter is something we’ve heard over and over again and we’re incredibly proud to invest in an organization that not only aims to provide that, but also supports local individuals and families as they strive for a permanent home they can afford.”
This contribution is in addition to a $15,000 grant donation to the center in January through the MVSB Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The fund awarded $121,000 in grant funding to 30 local nonprofits organizations this year. MVSB also purchased $10,000 in tax credits through the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) in 2021 to support the construction of the shelter.
The Homeless Center for Strafford County provides community members and families with shelter, case management, and educational programs that lead to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Go to homelesscenterforstraffco.org or find the center on Facebook to learn more or to donate.
Dover Chamber seeing a rise in membership and participation
DOVER — The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce has seen a spike in membership since the turn of the calendar year. To date, there have been 30 new members since Jan. 1, more than triple the amount of new members in the same time frame last year. This month, there have been seven businesses that have joined the Chamber.
Along with a growth of members, the Chamber has also seen a rise in participation with its business programs. There were 40 participants in April’s Business Open House and 30 more for the May Morning Mixer – both the most the Chamber has seen since COVID.
The Chamber’s newest members: Northeast Audiology LLC, Admiral Property LLC, Wildside Candle Company, The Growth Coach of Southern New Hampshire, Clean-O-Rama, St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Beankeeper Accounting LLC.
For details on Dover Chamber membership and programs or for a schedule of activities, call 603-742-2218 or visit www.dovernh.org.
Partners Bank, donates $1,000 to help give families a place to start
SANFORD, Maine—Partners Bank will donate $1,000 to A Place to Start for its May 2022 Employee Donation Program contribution, as designated by Sandy Mower, Part Time Loan Servicing Associate.
A Place to Start offers support to families with a loved one diagnosed with dementia through personal consultations as well as mentorship, navigation, and fostering community. “In our experience, dementia is an ever-changing disease affecting you, your loved one and your family,” they say. “There are always new issues, situations and emotional support needs that arise. We want to help take some of the stress of the unknown away!”
When Mower learned that she had the opportunity to select a nonprofit to receive a donation, her response was immediate: “I would like A Place to Start to be my recipient.” The decision was personal for Mower—she and her family are caring for a loved one with dementia, and A Place to Start has proven to be an invaluable resource for them.
“It is always a pleasure to get to know some of the organizations that our employees choose for this very special donation,” said Partners Bank President and CEO Blaine Boudreau. “A Place to Start is certainly an organization that is needed to help people through a trying time in life.”
Mower is the 74th Partners Bank employee to be given the honor of designating a nonprofit to receive a donation through the Partners Bank Employee Donation Program. Employees are selected monthly and at random. Partners Bank has now donated a total of $42,500 to employee selected nonprofits through this program. To learn more about A Place to Start and their services, visit aplacetostartfordementia.org or call 207-502-7238.
Chamber welcomes Pedi Quest Reflexology to Springvale
SPRINGVALE, Maine — The Sanford Springvale Chamber Ambassador Committee recently welcomed Holly Aguilo Owner of Pedi Quest Reflexology located at 596 Main St., in Springvale. Holly is an RN and Certified Reflexologist for hands and feet. She is also the owner of Essentially Healing Leaves. Come visit Pedi Quest and start your journey to health and relaxation. Pedi Quest can be contacted at 207-468-5970 or [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Chamber hangs flags, register for State of State: Seacoast business news