Blog : November 2014

Kennebunk Savings Community Promise

By Anna | Nov 20, 2014 | in

At some point or another, everyone knows that awesome neighbor who bakes cookies, lends you their lawn mower, or is always willing to lend a helping hand. Kennebunk Savings wants to be that awesome neighbor. They believe in caring about, connecting with and investing in the people and organizations found in their community.

At Kennebunk Savings, community development is an important and lasting concern. Roughly 10 percent of their annual earnings is donated to charitable organizations each year. These donations focus on five key categories: arts, education, civic initiatives, human services and, of course, environmental programs. Since the program began in 1994, Kennebunk Savings has donated more than $9.5 million to local charities and non-profits.

Introducing Green Earth Laundry Works

By Madalyn | Nov 20, 2014 | in

In a world that is constantly moving and looking towards the future, it is important to recognize those companies who make sure that their actions will have the right kind of impact for the best possible future.

Green Earth Laundry Works (GELW) is a small, local commercial laundry company that caters to a select clientele. GELW is a subsidiary company of Green Earth Baby Works, the only cloth diaper and retail delivery service in NH!

Now expanding their services, Green Earth Laundry Works makes the door-to-door experience of laundry easy for local businesses. But it does more than make it easy, it makes the laundry service personalized. GELW is explicit in their complete dedication to their clientele and make sure clients have the best possible experience of customer service. GELW have a small network of clients so that the services they receive are highly personalized; specifically, pick-ups can be scheduled to fit the client's schedule and needs.

Get it Going's New "LOCAL" Tote Supports the Kittery Farmers' Market

By Katelyn | Nov 20, 2014 | in

The farm season may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support the Kittery Farmers' Market in all four seasons. Get it Going is introducing their new “LOCAL” tote that features an awesome design by Kittery resident Caroline Couperthwait, who won the contest held at the Kittery Farmers' Market this summer.

The Kittery Farmers' Market was launched in 2013 by Dot Avery, a Kittery native and mother of four, who wanted to bring farm fresh products to families in her hometown. She now manages the market and works with local farmers and businesses in the area to provide residents access to locally grown produce and goods. Sales of the “LOCAL” tote will support the Kittery Farmers' Market with one dollar of each tote sold going back to the farmers market.

Heating System Giveaway

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 19, 2014 | in

Winter means more time indoors. Keeping warm at home during a harsh winter can lead to higher heating bills. Thats why Aucella Heating & Cooling is offering a heating system giveaway. The giveaway will provide one lucky household with up to $5,000 for a complete heating installation!

The contest is for owner occupied, single family homes. Entrants must be adults and legal residents of New Hampshire. Entrants must also be homeowners and fully empowered to make purchase and home improvement decisions regarding their residence. Homes entered must be located within the Aucella Heating and Cooling service area, defined as: Strafford County and Rockingham County (New Hampshire).

Snappii Sets the Bar High for Codeless Mobile Apps

By Anna | Nov 18, 2014 | in

These days, everyone and their mother, and in some cases, grandmother, has a smartphone, tablet or some way of accessing the internet. In this modern age of technology, apps are becoming increasingly prevalent and important. Consumers and business owners alike want fast, easy to use mobile apps so they can access information on the go. The problem is, apps can be expensive and take a long time for developers to make. With Snappii, it doesn't have to be that way. Businesses can develop their own apps, exactly the way they want them, in a fraction of the time and at a substantially lower cost.

In October, Snappii announced several major enhancements in their latest version Snappii 3.0. With Snappii 3.0, users can personalize the interface of their apps in more ways than ever before. Companies can decide what questions to show or hide, control what is shown in dropdown menus, choose from a wide selection of predefined color themes and even have the ability to pre-fill the form field with predefined data, among other things.

Celebrate Green Friday and Shop Local This Season

By Craig | Nov 18, 2014 | in

You can wait in line in the cold outside the big box stores on Black Friday, or you can shop locally with our Business Partners and call it Green Friday. But why wait until November 28?

We're getting a jump on the biggest holiday shopping day of the holiday season by offering Green Alliance memberships for $20 (that's a $15 savings)! You can purchase this discounted membership starting right now through December 1. Why are we offering such a low price? We want to encourage you to think and shop local this year. With your Green Alliance membership you will save money at nearly 100 green businesses when in the greater seacoast region. And those discounts are available all year long.

Whether you're looking to get a home energy audit, a discount on a solar heating installation, save money on dinner out and more, our membership has a little something for everyone. And our members are given the chance to win prizes and free admission to exclusive Green Alliance events throughout the year.

So how do you get in on the deal? Click here to get your membership today!

Administrative Assistant Network Group Hosted by Cultural Chemistry

By Katelyn | Nov 18, 2014 | in

Administrative assistants are responsible for keeping up with the everyday tasks of the office and making sure that businesses run smoothly on the day to day basis. Offices are dependent upon their administrative assistants and the work that they do, so how can they expand their knowledge and connections in the field?

Cultural Chemistry helps companies of all sizes to create more positive and efficient workplaces, and will be hosting an Administrative Assistant Networking Group to share experiences and information about the career, while expanding professional networks. This group will help administrative assistants meet others with similar careers and will allow the guests to connect and learn from one another.

Local Investment Group Offers New Fund to Advance Women

By Madalyn | Nov 18, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

NEWMARKET – The expansion of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) options for investors who want to express their progressive values has reached a new plateau.

Mike Smith, the Newmarket-based representative for Progressive Asset Management (PAM), a socially responsible investment division of Financial West, cited the recently launched Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund as the latest SRI innovation.

What makes the Pax Ellevate Fund unique, Smith explained, is the partnership between Sallie Krawcheck, one of the highest profile female executives in the financial services industry, and Pax World Management, one of the nation’s top socially responsible mutual funds. It’s the first fund specializing in investing in companies doing the most for advancing women.

Intro to Snappii Mobile Business Solutions Webinar on November 19

By Anna | Nov 18, 2014 | in

Join Snappii on Wednesday, November 19th at 2 p.m. EST to learn about mobile business apps. The online webinar will cover how to easily and quickly mobilize any business and provide information about Ready Made Apps and customization. During the webinar, you can see Snappii build an app and watch it run on your devices. They will also include success stories from enterprises like Hyster®. Register for this exciting and cost effective business opportunity today.

Snappii is the leader in Business Apps and Codeless App Platform Development. With over 80 mobile business Apps and industry specific Apps, Snappii can jump start mobile apps deployment for any company. Furthermore, Snappii Codeless App platform can enable any company to develop business Apps in days, not months. Consumers and business owners alike want fast, easy to use mobile apps. The problem is, apps are expensive and take a long time to develop. With Snappii, it doesn't have to be that way. Businesses can develop their own apps, the way they want them, in a fraction of the time and at a substantially lower cost.

To register for Snappii's webinar, click here.
To learn more about Snappii and what they can do for your business, click here.

New England Fishery Management Council Proposes to Eliminate Critical Habitats

By Katelyn | Nov 18, 2014 | in

Here in New England we love to spend our summers by the water, taking in the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells that the coast has to offer. We take pride in protecting our shores and the marine plants and animals that inhabit them, keeping them healthy for future generations.

Off of the coast of New England, there are currently crucial areas that are protected from harmful fishing practices of dredging and bottom trawling. These zones provide marine species with a safe place to reproduce and feed, and are essential in sustaining populations in the New England waters. Marine plants and animals, such as whales and cod, rely on the areas for their survival, and would be in danger if the protected zones were removed. From recent studies, it has been determined that only a mere 3 percent of the Gulf of Maine cod population is considered healthy. This is an all-time low for the species in this region and it demonstrates the population is in dire need of protection to have any chance of recovery.

Green Alliance Holds Forum to Help Small Progressive Businesses with Social Media and Staffing

By Katie | Nov 18, 2014 | in

Running a business is a lot like solving a puzzle. There are so many pieces that need to come together to get you to that final product or vision. You can work tirelessly at the puzzle, arranging the mish mashed shapes into a cohesive unit, only to find you’re missing a piece. With a lot of focus and attentiveness, the puzzle will eventually come together but most small business owners need help.

“One of the things we have found that most of our partnering businesses struggle with, is using the ever-changing social media landscape to help grow a business or a brand and the other common problem area for many small biz owners is hiring, firing and managing existing employees,” explains Sarah Brown, GA Director and founder. “So we thought we’d bring folks together with experts in these fields and help to get them educated on strategies that work!”
The Green Alliance, a union of over 100 local, sustainable businesses and nearly 4,000 green-leaning community members, wants to help their business partners solve some of the most challenging pieces of the successful business puzzle. Their Green Business Learning Series to be held on Thursday November 20th will bring social media and human resource experts together with the sustainable entrepreneurs that are hungry for this knowledge. The event, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the GA’s headquarters at 75 Congress St., Suite 304 in downtown Portsmouth, hopes to provide business owners with some useful tools to tackle both social media and staffing conundrums. 

Announcing the First Annual Children's Drawing Contest!

By Katie | Nov 18, 2014 | in

After the incredible success of our first ever Children's Essay Contest this summer, we decided we want to hear from local kids again! This time, we are taking a different approach; a drawing contest! 

With the holiday season fast approaching, we want to get in the spirit with some fun, holiday-themed drawings! Kids 12-and-under are welcome to submit a drawing of something their family does every year around the holidays to better the environment. We'd love each drawing to have a small paragraph or sentence accompanying it to describe the environmentally conscious actions taken by the family. Do you get out and shovel as a family, instead of using a plow or snowblower? Or perhaps you make decorations out of materials in your recycling bin! Whatever it is, we want to hear! 

Green Community Leaders Among Us

By Katie | Nov 18, 2014 | in

Since 2009 the GA has seen tremendous growth; signing over 100 Business Partners while gaining over 3,500 individual members from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts including over 100 Lifetime Sustaining Members. With this growth we realized we are surrounded by dedicated, green individuals and families in our local communities. We want to continue to grow, and we want Green Community Leaders (GLC) to help us grow. 

We recognize the amazing efforts of citizens all around us, who strive to make their community more environmentally conscious. Whether through educational efforts, or proactively fighting for eco-friendly policies, these individuals show a leadership we are proud of, and they should be too.  

The GLC is the highest level of membership offered in the GA and shows the utmost dedication to a sustainable community. This dedication will provide the financial means to the GA necessary to add more businesses from a spectrum of fields, and extend geographically -- all while pushing companies to make environmentally conscious business decisions and promoting the local economy. 

NH Solar Garden to Install Solar Panels

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 14, 2014 | in

The town of Milton's board of selectmen have entered into a lease contract with NH Solar Garden. NH Solar Garden will install solar panels on the Milton transfer station's capped landfill. NH Solar Garden sells the electricity received from the solar panels to PSNH.

Milton's board of selectmen are currently looking for local businesses to join the town in participatig in the NH Solar Garden program. It is similar to joining a membership club and will allow participants to save one cent off the retail price of electricity. To participate, the business must be a PSNH customer and receive their electric bills directly from PSNH and not a third party provider. The program allows the participants to remain with PSNH and pay their monthly bill to PSNH.

At the end of the year participants receive a rebate check from NH Solar Garden. There is no fee cost to the participant. The rebate amount is a percentage of the electricity cost incurred during the hear. For every kWh a participant uses, NH Solar Garden will pay one cent/kWh.

November is National Diabetes Month

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 14, 2014 | in

November may be the month where family and friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, but it is also National Diabetes Month. The month is part of an effort to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease and focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.

One of the symptoms of diabetes is impaired vision, which is why Harbor Eyecare Center is doing everything they can to raise awareness and help stop diabetes once and for all.

Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among adults. Often there are no symptoms until the disease is advanced. Anyone with diabetes is at risk for diabetic eye disease. That’s why Harbor Eyecare recommends anyone with – or at risk for – diabetes have a comprehensive, dilated eye examination at least once a year. Early detection and treatment are key to maintaining healthy vision.