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Manchester Business Week to Honor Local Small Businesses
 
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:00 am

Five Manchester small businesses were named finalists in the Mayor’s first annual Small Business Awards, held as the culmination of Manchester Small Business Week, co-hosted by the Manchester Economic Development Office. The businesses are Dyn Inc., XMA Corp., Liquid Health Labs Inc., Print Savvy, and Regency Nursing Home Care. The weeklong (May 16–20) series of programs and events will celebrate the contributions that Manchester’s small businesses bring to the economic vitality of the City, while providing business owners with information and resources they need to grow and thrive.

“Manchester is home to many of the most innovative and fastest-growing companies in the Northeast,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. “These awards provide the City the opportunity to recognize and highlight the outstanding contributions the small business community has made to Manchester.”

The winners in each of the three award categories of “Growth,” “Innovation,” and “Community Service” will be announced at a breakfast hosted by Mayor Gatsas on Friday, May 20 from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.

The Small Business Growth Award recognizes a small business that have shown strong growth in sales, market share, employment, exports or other similar factors. The two finalists in this category are:
Dyn Inc., which is not unlike many tech startup stories, beginning with a couple guys in a college dorm room at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a big idea. Former classmates Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO, and Tom Daly, CTO, started DynDNS.org in 1998 as a free dynamic DNS. From its simple beginnings, Dyn has grown to become a world leader in Internet infrastructure services–not to mention, one of Manchester's fastest growing companies. To accommodate their rapid growth, which includes a staff that has more than doubled since 2009 (from 25 to more than 70 employees), Dyn is moving to a spacious, 23,000-square-foot office space located at 150 Dow St. in one of the city's historic mill buildings.

XMA Corporation began with two employees and a business concept. In eight years, XMA has grown from two employees to 27 employees with plans to expand in the coming years. The company manufactures passive microwave components for the United States military and other commercial customers. XMA’s future growth was recently solidified when it received a loan through the City’s Revolving Loan Fund. The increase in workforce and recent influx of capital has allowed XMA to more than double the square footage of their facility, from 5,027 square feet in 2008 to 10,701 square feet today.

The Small Business Innovation Award recognizes innovations in a range of areas including products, services, business practices, marketing campaigns, design, construction, and energy savings. The two finalists in this category are:

Liquid Health Labs Inc. is a market leader in dispensing technology and the creator of the PowerCap, an innovative bottle cap dispensing system that allows users to fortify beverages with vitamins, minerals and flavors. Liquid Health Labs has the potential to transform the way vitamin-enhanced beverages, such as Gatorade and Vitamin Water are delivered.  The PowerCap stores the powered beverage in the cap, protecting the sensitive active ingredients and flavors from water, heat, and light. The company began in 2004 and has recently moved to the abi Innovation HUB, home to many of Manchester’s most innovative start-up companies.

Print Savvy was started in 1998 by Lisa Landry as a printing company, offering print service solutions for businesses in the greater Manchester area. In order to meet the changing reality of the printing industry, Landry changed the company’s business model and added graphic design, copywriting services, web development, promotional products and tradeshow event support to their list of services. This approach to adapt to the changing printing industry has created a special niche for Print Savvy.

The Small Business Community Service Award recognizes a small business for its contributions to the city’s social, artistic and cultural life through support of nonprofit social services, arts and cultural programs and organizations, participation on civic and community boards, committees, commissions and organizations, support for community events, philanthropy, and implementation of socially responsible business practices.
Print Savvy - In addition to Print Savvy’s innovative business approach, Landry and her employees have shown dedication and a passion for the Manchester community. Landry has created an environment that encourages employees to be active members of the community, instituting a spirit of volunteerism throughout the organization and supporting key employees so that they can devote time to serve as volunteers and board members.

Regency Nursing Home Care is a home health care provider that was started by owner Paula Gagne in 2000 and has made community service a top priority.  Since the business began, Paula and her employees have demonstrated their core values and shown a solid commitment to the Manchester community, doing their part to give back and make Manchester a better place to live.  Regency Nursing sponsors many health education events at local area hospitals and recently initiated a new program with the American Heart Association for children.  Gagne herself serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc., an Executive Leadership member for the American Heart Association and a member of the Manchester Rotary.

“The Mayor’s Small Business Week and these awards are a great way to recognize and support Manchester businesses for the different ways that they contribute to the city’s economy and overall quality of life,” said Jay Minkarah, director of Manchester’s Economic Development Office. “Through this week-long program of events and these awards, we hope to increase appreciation for the many great things happening in our economy both within Manchester and beyond; encourage business growth, innovation and community involvement; and help to provide increased exposure for the individual businesses themselves.”  

Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off Small Business Week Forum event to be held on Monday, May 16th from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.  The Forum will also feature a panel discussion on financing options for small businesses, followed by a Small Business Resource Fair. 

Registration forms for the Small Business Week Forum are now available online by visiting www.yourmanchesternh.com and clicking on the Small Business Week link.

The Manchester Small Business Week is made possible by presenting sponsor Citizens Bank.  Other supporting sponsors include Devine Millimet, DYN Inc, Fairpoint Communications, Public Service of New Hampshire, MVP Health Care, WEDU and Printer’s Square. 

For more information about the programs and events scheduled during Manchester Small Business Week or to register for an event please contact Chris Wellington at 603-624-6505 or visit www.yourmanchesternh.com/smallbusinessweek/default.aspx.


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