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February 3, 2013

Business briefs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union announces the promotion of Digna Jhonson. She has accepted the Riverwalk Branch Manager position in Lawrence.

Jhonson has been with the Credit Union for the past five years, working in the back office Loan Servicing department. Prior to joining Merrimack Valley, Jhonson worked as a building manager for a local nonprofit organization. She has two children, Joshua and Leslie.

HAVERHILL — The George C. Wadleigh Foundation, Inc., continues its program of grants to local charitable organizations. President of the Wadleigh Foundation, Edmund J. Cote Jr., reports that in December 2012, more than $577,000 was distributed to 17 Greater Haverhill organizations involved in the care and housing of the aged indigent, indigent and homeless.

NORTH ANDOVER — Cowan Bolduc Doherty LLC announces the promotion of Joshua Pfeil, CPA, to the position of principal as of Jan. 1. Pfeil has been an essential member of the CBD team for over 14 years. Since earning his degree in accountancy from Western New England College in 1999, he has developed vast audit expertise in industries such as manufacturing, distribution and real estate companies, construction companies, and employee benefit plans.

Cowan Bolduc Doherty has been providing professional accounting and consulting services in New England for 24 years. For more information, call 978-620-2000 or visit cbdcpa.com.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Membership Services Committee, in partnership with Haverhill Bank, will host former captain of the Boston Bruins and recent inductee into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame Rick Middleton as the featured keynote speaker at the 23rd annual Business Awards Breakfast on Feb. 8, at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., in Haverhill. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The Membership Services Committee holds this event to recognize member businesses that have been active in the Chamber and the community throughout the year. The breakfast will honor the 11 businesses that received the “Business of the Month” awards for 2012. They are: Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank (January), Pentucket Medical Associates (February), Gold Leaf Fine Jewelry (March), Law Office of Attorney Thomas J. Sullivan (April), The Landmark Building (May), Baystate Financial Services LLC (June), Best Western Merrimack Valley (July/August), Spectrum Marketing Inc. (September), Holland’s Flowers of Bradford (October), Pentucket Bank (November), and Ashley’s Hallmark Shop (December).

In addition to these businesses the Chamber will also recognize annual award recipients who have supported the Chamber and their community in 2012, in addition to acting as leaders in their respectful categories. These award winners are: Business of the Year: Pentucket Medical Associates, Education: Career Resources Corporation, Family Owned Business: Nunan Florist & Greenhouses, Healthcare: Holy Family Hospital/A Steward Family Hospital, Manufacturing: Diversified Business Systems, Pioneer of the Year: Cakes by Erin, LLC, Restaurant: Krueger FlatBread, Retail/Wholesale: The Inside View LLC, Interior Designs, Rookie of the Year: Skin Serenity Medispa, Service for Non-Profit: Bethany Homes Inc., Service for Profit: Smile Braces, Technology: Hudson Design Group LLC, Women in Business: Chang’s Taekwondo America.

Tickets to the event are $35 per person or $300 for a table of 10 and include a full breakfast, keynote speaker and awards ceremony. To reserve a seat, contact Jen Cantwell at the Chamber, 978-373-5663 or email jen@haverhillchamber.com. For more information about the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, visit HaverhillChamber.com.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, partnered with the Greater Haverhill Chamber Commerce, and hosted a “Speed Networking” event at the Haverhill Golf & Country Club on Jan. 24. The format for the evening was based on the popular “Speed Dating” phenomenon, with a business twist. Twenty-six local businesses, from both the Salem Chamber and the Haverhill Chamber, engaged in structured, one-on-one networking, that occurred in five minute timed intervals. The event allowed for participants to learn about many other businesses, exchange information about their own business, and gain new business leads, in a short time. For more information about this and other events the Greater Salem Chamber offers, email membership@gschamber.com or call 603-893-3177.

SALEM, N.H. — Quality Response Systems, LLC, a Salem-based company that specializes in the distribution of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), recently donated an AED to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can strike at any time. Studies have shown that the likelihood of survival increases if the victims receive Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or use an AED within five minutes of collapse. The clinically advanced AED is an easy-to-use product, that helps lay rescuers respond quickly and effectively to a SCA event. Quality Response Systems, LLC provides AED and CPR solutions for schools, fitness centers, churches, corporations, police stations, and other organizations that accommodate or serve the public and have a need for providing public access defibrillation. Quality Response Systems, LLC has been awarded the New Hampshire State Contract for New Hampshire State Agencies for the next three years.

LAWRENCE — The Walmart Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (MVWIB) for “Close the Gap” Veterans Services. Walmart funding will be used to support occupational skills training for veterans who are not eligible for any other veteran-targeted federal or state job training. The ValleyWorks Career Center (VWCC) in Lawrence will operate the program through their local veterans employment representatives. Services will take place over the next nine months. The MVWIB/VWCC served nearly 1,000 veterans in 2012, and is on course to surpass this number in 2013.

The MVWIB oversees the VWCC with branches in Lawrence and Haverhill. The VWCC offers resources for business and job seekers under one roof. For more information, visit mvwib.org.

ANDOVER — In 2007, AARP announced a relationship with Genworth Life Insurance Company to provide unique long term care planning solutions designed to meet the needs of over 39 million AARP members.

Carol Kiely of Andover, an independent agent who specializes in Long Term Care Insurance, is now authorized to offer AARP endorsed Long Term Care Insurance policies in Massachusetts. Kiely provides information and analysis on long term care planning through Genworth Life.

Genworth Life was selected for its experience and credibility in the long term care insurance market. As a pioneer and one of the largest underwriters of long term care insurance, Genworth Life has a reputation for service, product innovation and a strong commitment to helping solve the nation’s long term care challenge.

For more information, call 978-886-0277 or visit genworth.com.

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