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April 28. 2014 7:49PM

Executives at 3 NH companies vie for Entrepreneur of Year award

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire High Tech Council has chosen executives from three New Hampshire companies to compete for the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award: Newforma, Scribe Software and Single Digits.

The May 5 award event — when the judging panel's final choice will be announced — will feature robots, startup company demonstrations, networking, food, drink, and remarks from Gov. Maggie Hassan and a keynote address by Carbonite co-founder David Friend.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. Registration and ticket purchases can be completed by going to NHHTC.org. Tickets are $80 for council members; $100 for nonmembers.

"The factors we consider as we narrow the pool of applicants and nominees are risk, innovation, growth, competition, profitability, and employment growth, all with a strong New Hampshire presence," said Matt Benson, chair of the council's EOY Committee, in a statement.

The nominees are:Robert Goldstein, CEO, and Stephen Singlar, president, Single Digits

Single Digits, an Internet network operator for property owners, began in 2003 with three employees and has grown to more than 100. The company, which recently moved from Manchester to larger space in Bedford, helps such clients as hotels and shopping malls connect consumer devices to private networks and position them to take advantage of evolving business models and revenue while reducing costs.

The company won the New Hampshire Tech Council's Product of the Year award in November.
Peter Chase, founder/executive vice president of business development, and Lou Guercia, president/CEO, Scribe Software

Sports teams are tapping more and more information collected from their websites, ticket agencies and social media to better market themselves to fans and potential customers. Helping more than 20 pro sports teams in that effort is Manchester-based Scribe Software, which is based in the Brady Sullivan Tower on Elm Street.

"We're there to help companies that want to leverage all of that data to be able to do that in a way that maximizes their relationship with the customer," Guercia told the New Hampshire Union Leader last September, when the company reported having 70 employees.
Bob Batcheler, co-founder/executive vice president of strategy, Dave Plunkett, executive vice president of development, and Ian Howell, CEO, Newforma

Manchester-based Newforma software connects architecture, engineering, construction and owner organizations.

Company sales have grown by more than 30 percent year-over-year for the past three years. Newforma employs 185 people, most of which are based in Manchester.

Major sponsors of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards event include FairPoint Communications; Dyn; Nanocomp Technologies; Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson; Baker Newman Noyes; Dunn Rush & Co; the University of New Hampshire at Manchester; and John J. Flatley Co.

For more information visit NHHTC.org. Contact the council at info@nhhtc.org or 603-935-8951.



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