NH Business Newsreel
Four firms awarded job-training grants
CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch announced Monday that four companies were awarded Job Training Fund grants in May. The grants totaled nearly $75,000 and will be used to provide enhanced training to nearly 100 workers.
Gov. Lynch made it a priority to reinstate the Job Training Fund in 2007 as part of the state's successful economic strategy. Since then, the state has issued nearly $5 million in grants to help train over 13,000 New Hampshire workers.
'Having a skilled workforce is critical to our economic success and the he Job Training Fund continues to ensure we are making smart investments in our workers and our companies,' Gov. Lynch said.
The four companies that received grants are Medtronic Advanced Energy of Portsmouth; Laminated Films and Packaging, also in Portsmouth; Seacoast Imported Auto of Stratham; and J&B Auto Sales in Northwood.
Companies interested in applying for Job Training Fund grants should visit www.nhjobtrainingfund.org for more information.
Platform to assist small business capital
PETERBOROUGH - PeoplesVC.com announced Monday it has opened its stock crowdfunding platform to small businesses seeking capital.
Startups and existing businesses can raise up to $1 million through equity-based Crowdfunding Portals, as a result of legislation passed on April 5. The new law, part of the JOBS act, allows companies to sell stock directly to the public and also authorizes general solicitation through social networks and other on-line avenues.
Companies that move quickly to get themselves listed will have a competitive market advantage, and starting right away is important as the underwriting process takes time, according to PeoplesVC.com. Like any initial offering of stock, there are required steps for preparation, and PeoplesVC.com has automated the process for startups and existing businesses.
Comfort Keepers franchise is sold
LACONIA - A private agency supporting independent living for the aging population of central and northern New Hampshire is under new ownership.
Comfort Keepers of Central New Hampshire, which provides non-medical, privately-funded home care and assistance to residents of 78 communities from Laconia to Lebanon, has been sold by Through the Woods Inc. of Campton to Swats Ventures Inc.
Maundy Mitchell, owner and administrator, sold the company May 14 to Martha Swats, another New Hampshire resident.
Swats said she is retaining all current management personnel as well as caregivers and homemakers, so clients should see no change in the service they receive.
The agency is licensed by the State of New Hampshire, and is part of the Comfort Keepers national franchise system. It employs approximately 45 people living in Belknap, Carroll and Grafton counties. In addition to private care and homemaking, the agency also works with veterans under contract with the Veterans Administration. It has offices in Campton and Lebanon.
Health summit slated for North Country
WHITEFIELD - Improving the health of communities in northern New Hampshire is the focus of a day-long summit June 14 at the Mountain View Grand.
Organized by North Country Health Consortium/Northern NH Area Health Education Center, the Health Improvement Planning Summit brings together community leaders, health care professionals, government officials, businesses, educators and the public to talk about the best ways to improve the health of North Country residents.
For the last three years, Coos County has ranked 10th out of the 10 counties in the state in health outcomes according to the County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Registration is $30 a person. Deadline to register is June 7. To learn more or register, go to nchcnh.org/CPH.php or contact Kate McCosham at 259-3700, Ext. 231.