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  • 01/05/2022 11:09 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    The Falls Chamber of Commerce is seeking an upbeat and enthusiastic people-person with excellent written and public-speaking skills to join our team as Executive Director. 

    To learn more about this exciting opportunity, view the full job posting: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=executive+director&jk=cce2651db4a83ac2&_ga=2.226075098.1161677378.1641310865-335375489.1640636978

    Please feel free to share with anyone you know who may be interested! 


  • 01/05/2022 9:59 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    From Somersworth Economic Development Manager, Robin Comstock:

    Dear Somersworth Business ,

     

    • First,   I wish you a Happy 2022 !

     

    • Second, Is that the New Year means that it is time for our Annual Business Visitation Program. Your feedback in invaluable,  so please take a couple of minutes and respond to as many questions that you have time to answer,  to let us know how you and your business are doing.  Please return the survey either by an email, mail , or even a quick phone call . Your feedback helps ensure the Economic Development Office is responding to your interests and needs, in ways that work for you.

     BVP. 2022.pdf

    BVP. 2022.docx


    • Third, know too -  that if your business is located on : Route 108, The Chinburg Mill , or Malley Farm , you are in an Economic Revitalization Zone ( ERZ) , and if you’ve purchased equipment and hired even 1 employee , you may qualify for this tax incentive, which deadlines on February 10 , 2022 ( for 2021 efforts) . I’ve attached a FAQ and application for your review. ( See the attached for more information )

     ERZ . Intro Letter. 2022 (1).pdf

    ERZ-Application . 2022.pdf

    FAQs for Businesses 2022 (1).pdf


    • Finally, Remember that City Hall now hosts the  Small Business Development  Center ( SBDC )  – Business Advisor on the second Thursday of each month. This means  that as a Somersworth business you are able to obtain business consultation from an expert councilor at absolutely NO CHARGE ! ( See the attached for more information )

     NH SBDC - On Site Business Advisor. 2021-22 (1).pdf

    Thank you for all you do and make possible for the culture and economy of Somersworth!

    Sincerely,

    Robin A. Comstock, Economic Development Manager

    City of Somersworth

    One Government Way

    Somersworth, NH. 03878

    O (603) 692-9516|M (603) 496-5841

    rcomstock@Somersworth.com


  • 01/03/2022 12:11 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Dear Chamber Members, 

    With the New Year comes big changes for our Chamber. The biggest change will be in leadership, as I have made the difficult decision to step down from my position as Executive Director by the end of February. 

    While I love this community and I am passionate about the work I have done to contribute to it, I have been presented with an opportunity to fulfill my life-long dream of moving to a warmer climate.  With this new door opening, it is time for me to close the door on my journey with The Falls Chamber of Commerce and pass the baton to the next generation.

    In the coming weeks, I will be working closely with the Board of Directors to carefully and thoughtfully select a new Executive Director, knowing that the right person will do great things and take the Falls Chamber to the next level. Rest assured, my exit will be slow by design, to maintain continuity for our members and to ensure that the incoming ED will have the tools, resources, and support necessary to succeed. 

    Somersworth, Berwick, and the entire "Falls" community will always have a place in my heart. The love that I have for this community and our Chamber Members has made this decision so much more difficult.  I will forever be grateful for the amazing opportunities that came with this position. I have learned so much, met some amazing people, made lifelong friends, and accomplished what I first set out to do, help people.

    It has been an honor to serve this community, to meet so many great people, and to work with an incredible Board of Directors. I strongly believe in the chamber’s mission and purpose in our community, and the Board’s ability to continue to steer the ship in the right direction. I am confident that we’ll find an exceptional replacement to continue to build on the foundation that I am proud to have helped pave.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I wish you all nothing but the best in your business ventures and I will remember you all fondly.

     

    Respectfully, 

    Allison St. Laurent

    Executive Director


  • 12/29/2021 3:07 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. – The staff of Dover Fire & Rescue will be better prepared to manage and treat medical emergencies thanks to a $37,000 donation from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

    The grant is part of the hospital’s continued support and advancement of Dover Fire & Rescue’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Program. 

    “Quality care at Wentworth-Douglass begins with our local EMS workers. We see their professionalism firsthand, and this is a small way for us to say thank you for the life-saving work they do every day in our community,” said Jeff Hughes, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

    “Ongoing education, and continuous quality improvement, is central to our mission. Once again, I’m extremely grateful to Wentworth-Douglass,” said Chief Paul Hass, who also serves as the city’s Emergency Management Director. “Wentworth-Douglass’ continued collaboration, and support of our EMS system, is an invaluable asset supporting those we serve each day. We’re lucky to have such a great community partner.”

    Wentworth-Douglass conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years as part of its commitment to the community’s well-being. Significant community health needs are identified and are directly addressed by these grants. 

    Dover Fire & Rescue has used previous grants from Wentworth-Douglass to support a variety of initiatives, including monthly EMS trainings on topics like pediatrics, seizure and diabetic emergencies, trauma triage, and caring for at-risk populations and those with special healthcare needs. Grants have also been used for new and re-certifications of staffers.

    “We’ve supported this program for many years, because we know it continues to have a meaningful impact on the health of our community,” said Michelle Hanson, Director of Strategic Planning & Community Benefit. “EMS workers have to be prepared to manage all types of medical emergencies, and we want them to know they have our support.”

    The funds donated are approved by the hospital’s Community Benefit Funding Disbursement Committee and are not raised through any public or private donations.

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    About Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (wdhospital.org) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit charitable health care organization located in Dover, New Hampshire with a 115-year history of compassionate care and innovation. A member of the Mass General Brigham system, Wentworth-Douglass is strategically located in the heart of the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine, which it has served since 1906. The organization is a family of more than 3,500 employees, including more than 400 physicians and advanced practice providers dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of the region’s residents and visitors. The organization includes a 178-bed hospital, more than 30 primary and specialty provider practices and clinic sites, multiple express and prompt care facilities, an ambulatory surgery center, several medical office buildings, The Works Family Health and Fitness Center, and the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation.

     


  • 12/28/2021 3:28 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    New England Sports Hub Event Honors First Responders

    Somersworth, NH – A local cornhole tournament raised $3,000 for the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation, as well as other charitable causes benefitting service dogs and local sports organizations.

     

    The ‘King of the Hilltop Cornhole Throwdown’ was hosted by New England Sports Hub in September, and featured hundreds of cornhole enthusiasts gathered at Hilltop Fun Center in Somersworth – the site of the organization’s future 135,000 square foot sports dome. The event honored first responders and the funds to support Wentworth-Douglass will be used to support The Lawson Family Mobile EMS Simulation Center.

     

    “From the get-go, the Sports Hub team pledged to donate all registration proceeds to the local teams and organizations that helped us drive participation,” said Craig Riotto, Principal of New England Sports Hub. “Since the event was set to take place on 9/11, we also wanted to both honor and give back to first responders. That’s when Wentworth-Douglass Charitable Foundation raised its hand and told us about their mobile simulation center. It was a perfect fit.”

     

    The Lawson Family Mobile EMS Simulation Center provides state-of-the-art, real-time training directly to EMS responders and Fire and Rescue personnel in the field, that is both cost-effective and community based.

    “Our Lawson Family Mobile EMS Simulation Center has been an invaluable community partnership between Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and emergency first responders from Dover, Durham and surrounding Fire and Rescue teams,” says Brian Nicholson, Emergency Services Coordinator. “The training provided mimics emergency situations they see in the field that provide immediate critical care to patients in need.”

     

    Emergency first responders receive continued education and are equipped with real-time training that saves lives and supports a healthy and strong community. Airway management, cardiac simulation, delivering a newborn and team training are some of the simulated training exercises that local providers have participated in.

     

    “We are grateful to New England Sports Hub and Hilltop Fun Center for hosting such a fun event that raised critical funds and increased awareness of the importance of well-trained first responders and the impact they have on the community,” says Jackie Eastwood, Chair, Foundation Board of Directors.  “The funds raised from the King of the Hilltop Cornhole Throwdown will support continued education and training with local fire and rescue departments which ultimately improves patients’ outcomes and the health of our community.”

     

    Along with a competitive tournament format, the event featured barbecue, a gelato truck, a beer tent, vendors, and all the attractions of the Hilltop Fun Center. Over twenty local/regional businesses partnered with Sports Hub to sponsor the event, with Atlantic Broadband, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and Bournival Jeep headlining the fields on event day.

     

    (Photo: Durham Fire Department conduct EMS training with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Lawson Family Mobile EMS Simulation unit.)

    About Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (wdhospital.org) is a not-for-profit charitable health care organization located in Dover, New Hampshire with a 115-year history of compassionate care and innovation. Serving the Seacoast communities since 1906, it is a family of 3,000 employees including 500+ registered nurses and a medical staff of over 480 physicians and advanced practitioners dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of residents and visitors to the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was awarded Magnet® designation in 2016, which was renewed in 2021, joined the Massachusetts General Hospital family in 2017 and includes a 178-bed hospital, several urgent care and walk-in facilities, multiple testing centers, Wentworth Health Partners (primary and specialty provider practices), The Works Family Health and Fitness Center, and the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation.

     


  • 12/14/2021 9:33 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)
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    COVID EIDL Applicants: Join SBA's COVID EIDL Application Completion Office Hours for information about the application process and get your questions answered to apply for COVID EIDL funds. 

    • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET Join here

    Friendly reminder! The SBA strongly encourages submission of Supplemental Targeted Advance applications by today, December 10, 2021. For more information about the COVID EIDL application deadline and more, visit the SBA website. 

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    This week, Administrator Guzman visited New York, New York to meet inspiring small business owners and theatres who were able to pivot, recover and grow with help from SBA programs and resources. Follow the Administrator on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter to see photos and videos of all her visits to small businesses across America.

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    Council on Underserved Communities

    Earlier this week, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the leaders who will serve on the reconvened Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) authorized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), including its appointed Chair, John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman, and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, LLC.

    The CUC will work to further the equity priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration by making programmatic and policy recommendations to Administrator Guzman and the SBA to increase access and opportunity across SBA’s programs and initiatives to help level the playing field for all of America’s entrepreneurs.

    Learn more

    Illustration of a trophy with the following text, 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. Visit sba.gov/nsbw

    The National Small Business Week awards are back! The SBA is now accepting nominations for its 2022 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year. Could you be our next winner? Submit your nomination today. All nominations must be submitted no later than January 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

    Learn more

    National Write a Business Plan Month

     

    A great business plan can impress potential investors and pave the way for your business’s success. In SBA's latest blog, check out the four questions every effective business plan should answer.

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    Women in Business

     

    Earlier this week, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced that the SBA intends to elevate its Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) to directly report to the Office of the Administrator. Under Administrator Guzman, the SBA has also expanded the number of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) to a record 140 locations nationwide. The newest WBC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, opened its doors on December 8, 2021. WBCs offer a network of extensive on-the-ground resources that include free to low-cost counseling, training, business development technical assistance and are dedicated to assisting women entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their enterprises. 

    Learn more

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    Small businesses power America's economy. Today, there are over 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, and they need our help more than ever. Support small businesses in your community and shop small throughout the holiday season. Follow the SBA on Twitter, @SBAgov for the latest updates and help spread the word to shop small with the hashtag, #25daysofsmallbiz.

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    SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up for a series of webinars that highlight programs and services to help small businesses grow and thrive. Join us for the next session on Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET: COVID EIDL and Information Regarding International Trade, Investment and Innovation

    During this webinar, you will:

    • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
    • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
    • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
    • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
    • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration

    Register for the webinar

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    Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal. Follow the steps below.

    1. Find out if your lender is participating. 
    2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
    3. Apply for forgiveness.

    For additional information, visit the SBA website.

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    Thanks to vaccines, small businesses across America have opened back up. Keep the momentum going by getting vaccinated. Find a vaccine provider near you

    Learn more


  • 12/03/2021 4:29 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Bundle up and welcome the holiday season with a Yuletide Bonfire at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, December 4. The celebration will include a variety of holiday traditions and customs, including a Yule log lighting, seasonal music, and poetry readings. Light refreshments will be served, including mulled cider and hot chocolate.

    This outdoor, family-friendly activity is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, unfortunately it will be cancelled. The Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, NH and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center for the community. For more information, consult the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or send an email to paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com.


  • 12/02/2021 4:36 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester, NH: Cornerstone VNA will be hosting a 4-week Virtual Holiday Grief Support Group for adults. The goal of the group is to help individuals cope with feelings of grief, loss, and sadness, which can be especially challenging during the holiday season. The Holiday Grief Support Group will take place on Wednesdays, beginning December 1, from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm and will continue to meet on Dec 8, 15, and 22.

    According to Rev. Maureen E. Steer, MDiv, Holistic Disciplines Coordinator, “As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 world of loss and change, it is more important than ever to gather to support one another.” Any grieving individual can join the support group from a computer, tablet, or smartphone at https://www.gotomeet.me/MaureenSteer. For more information contact 603-994-6976.

    Cornerstone VNA currently serves Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 108 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133

  • 12/02/2021 4:33 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. – Wentworth-Douglass Hospital received a near-perfect score in the 2020 CDC Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey – scoring a 97, well above national and state averages.

    The survey is conducted about every two years and assesses maternity care practices at hospitals nationwide, focusing on specific areas of maternity care related to how babies are fed, including immediate postpartum care, feeding practices, and feeding education.

    Out of 10 categories that were surveyed, Wentworth-Douglass received perfect scores of “100” in most.

    “Wentworth-Douglass is a Baby-Friendly Hospital, meaning we are committed to helping mothers achieve breastfeeding goals. More than 80 percent of mothers here begin breastfeeding, a rate that is well above the national standards. Our care doesn’t end when families leave the hospital. Our board-certified lactation consultants are available to continue offering support,” said Nicole Pendenza, BSN, RNC-NIC, Assistant Vice President of Women’s and Children's Services. “The high scores achieved in the mPINC survey are a testament to the care our professionals offer every family who delivers here.”

    Over 1,400 babies will be born this year at Wentworth-Douglass’ Birth Center, making it the most popular on the Seacoast with moms-to-be. It is also a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Hospital for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

    To learn more about Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Center, visit https://www.wdhospital.org/wdh/services-and-specialties/women-and-childrens-center.


  • 11/22/2021 2:00 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)


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    Dear friend, 

    Today the House passed the Build Back Better Act. This legislation will lower taxes for New Hampshire families, bring down the cost of everyday expenses including child care and prescription drugs, invest in our workforce, small businesses, and manufacturers, and improve services for veterans.

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    It addresses these and other critical issues in a fiscally responsible way - it is fully paid for and doesn't raise taxes on small businesses or people making less than $400,000. And it will reduce the deficit by $112 billion over a decade.

    In America, ensuring our families can succeed should not be a lofty goal. And while there is more work to come, today we started a process to ensure that Granite State families can succeed and thrive. 

    Click here to learn more about this legislation.

    Delivering Heating Assistance for Granite State Households

    As the weather grows colder, it is vital that we quickly make heating assistance available to New Hampshire families. That is why I'm pleased that federal heating funds are arriving at a critical time to help New Hampshire families as winter arrives. Earlier this month, I announced that New Hampshire would be receiving $25 million in federal  funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

    I urged the Biden Administration to take this kind of action to ensure our families' needs are met throughout the winter. No Granite Stater should be forced to choose between heating their homes and making ends meet, and we must continue working to ensure that the needs of Granite Staters are met this winter.

    Learn more about my efforts to help Granite Staters heat their homes.

    Funding for New Hampshire Law Enforcement 

    This week, I announced that New Hampshire will receive $500,000 through DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring grant program. The COPS Hiring program supports state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies’ ability to hire, preserve and/or rehire law enforcement officers and increase community policing efforts.

    New Hampshire law enforcement is among the best in the nation, and I've been committed to securing all resources available to support their work and ensure the highest standards and best practices are in place. This grant will allow local departments to hire additional officers and increase community policing efforts. These federal funds could not come at a more important time as we continue to deal with COVID-19 and related issues, including the continuing epidemic of addiction and substance misuse.

    Federal Funds for Manchester Infrastructure Projects

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    On Tuesday, I helped announce that Manchester will receive $25 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to transform its South Millyard area and improve the movement of people and goods at the center of the Queen City.

    This game-changing federal grant will do more than fund key infrastructure and transportation projects in Manchester - it will make a down payment on creating the kind of bright future that is possible when we make smart, forward-looking investments that create jobs, spur economic development, and improve quality of life. Manchester is New Hampshire’s largest city, home to the largest airport in Northern New England, and is a cultural and economic hub for surrounding communities.

    This RAISE grant project will serve the city, its residents, and those in surrounding communities, and I'm pleased that I was able to help deliver these funds to my hometown. 

    Click here to read more.

    $10 Million for Manchester & Lebanon Airports to Support Pandemic Operations

    On Thursday, I helped announce $9,786,943 in federal funds for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Lebanon Municipal Airport. This funding comes from Airport Rescue Grants funded under the American Rescue Plan Act to help airports prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will receive $8,735,862 and Lebanon Municipal Airport will receive $1,051,081.

    The COVID-19 pandemic required us to refrain from traveling and take new precautions when using mass transportation, including airplanes. Our regional airports, which are a critical piece of our state and local economies, were severely impacted by these changes. I’m excited Manchester Airport will receive these funds to ensure they can continue to respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read more about this funding.


ABOUT THE FALLS CHAMBER

The Falls Chamber of Commerce is a professional association of businesses in  the falls area.  We are the catalyst that facilitates business growth , prosperity, partnership and success for our members. 

       

CONTACTS

Emerson Doiron, Executive Director

info@thefallschamber.com
603.749.7175
office hours by appointment: 472 High Street, Somersworth NH 03878

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