Blog : November 2014

Sarah's First (and likely far from last) Trip to 900 Degrees Pizzeria

By Anna | Nov 6, 2014 | in

Okay Green Alliance friends, gather round. I just experienced possibly world’s best pizza at GA Business 900 Degrees Pizzeria! It was my first time eating at the flagship restaurant in Manchester and the place was packed. The atmosphere was cozy and bright and our server was out of this world nice. Sadly, I was so busy chatting during my business meeting at 900 Degrees that I didn’t have a chance to partake in the pizza. When we got up to leave, I put an order in for 2 pizzas to eat on my way back to Portsmouth and to bring home to my family.

I’ll tell you, that pizza almost caused a few accidents while I raced back to GA HQ. True it was raining, which made the road conditions less than spectacular, but really it was the pizza. I got the Pompeii which is a spicy, wood fired affair covered in jalapenos, hot sausage and spicy Italian salami. I also tried the new specialty pizza which is graced with grilled chicken, figs and a balsamic drizzle, among other things. I’m ashamed to say that I had 5 pieces while I was driving… and consumed all 5 within pretty much the first 10 minutes of my drive back to Portsmouth.

If you live in the Manchester region or find yourself in Manchester on business, like I did on this rainy Thursday, 900 Degrees is a must! And don’t forget your Green Card! As a GA member, you’ll save 10 percent on all food and drinks at both 900 Degrees locations.

Benefit Corporation Coming to New Hampshire; Progressive Businesses Strive to Be Early Adopters of Novel Legislation

By Anna | Nov 6, 2014 | in

Starting January 1, 2015, qualifying New Hampshire businesses can join corporations in over 25 states with a benefit corporation legal status. The Green Alliance, along with W.S. Badger Company, Inc. and Nearby Registry hope to be among the first in the state to adopt this status. This new legislation will help companies include both the public and the environment in their business plans in a new, defendable and promotable way.

Companies that choose benefit corporation status pledge to make a tangible, positive impact on the environment and the community. Businesses designated as benefit corporations make a commitment to meet higher standards of corporate purpose, accountability and transparency. These companies account not only for profit in their business plan but also include people and the environment in what is known as the triple bottom line.

Becoming a benefit corporation can help community oriented businesses target and promote their values, such as community building, environmental awareness, sustainable practices and more. It can also provide marketing opportunities and legal benefits to help companies reach like-minded customers and retain their values over time.

"Benefit corporations have the opportunity to bake their values right into their legal DNA," said Holly Ensign-Barstow, Policy Associate for B Lab. B Lab, the nonprofit organization responsible for the initiation of benefit corporations, promotes the use of higher business standards to solve social and environmental problems.

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Continues to Expand in New England

By Katelyn | Nov 6, 2014 | in

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance has done remarkably well providing home, auto, and other forms of insurance to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont residents, and has lately experienced more expansion into the Massachusetts market. This new development has been facilitated by Jessica Roberts, who recently joined Portsmouth Atlantic, and has more than seven years of experience selling insurance in Massachusetts. She has been a great addition to the team and her experience in Massachusetts has helped the company to further grow into the state. In Massachusetts, Portsmouth Atlantic is able to write insurance with Safeco Insurance, National General, Hanover, MetLife, and the Andover & Concord Group.

This family owned agency represents a variety of insurance companies, with their emphasis on customer and claims service. The goal is to work with carriers that provide customers great service, are reliable, and are there for them during their claims. Portsmouth Atlantic aims to give the greater Seacoast area residents a local option for their insurance needs, as opposed to the large and distant insurance companies. This means that Portsmouth Atlantic can provide its customers with a more personalized experience, quality service, and full disclosure of their business practices, all while being a more environmentally friendly business.

Favorite Foods Rethinks "Big Food" Distribution

By Madalyn | Nov 6, 2014 | in

The American food provider system is largely dominated by big corporations, who care more about their capital gain than what ends up on their consumers' plates. Local company Favorite Foods is fighting against this “big food” way of thinking.

Favorite Foods is a local food provider out of Somersworth, NH that is an independent food distribution company that focuses on serving locally owned and operated restaurants and businesses. They have garnered a reputation for good service and, most importantly, good food.

The company offers a full service approach like the big conglomerate companies but with a more personal, socially responsible approach. They are so earnest, in fact, that they rejected an offer to be a provider for Applebees in Dover. The restaurant was franchised, but the owners of Favorite Foods did not feel comfortable supporting a large corporation.

Get it Going Introduces New "HOPE" T-shirt!

By Katelyn | Nov 6, 2014 | in

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and organizations across the country worked to spread awareness about the disease and preventative steps to take for women to protect themselves. Although October is over, the efforts to promote breast cancer continue, and Get it Going is supporting breast cancer awareness all year long with their new “HOPE” t-shirt!

Get it Going’s “HOPE” shirt was designed by 15 year old Paige Krampetz, who won the design contest at MBCS’s Celebrate Pink 5K Road Race in September. One dollar from each of Get it Going’s new shirts will go to My Breast Cancer Support, an organization serving the Greater Seacoast area, to help relieve the day-to-day stresses patients face. My Breast Cancer Support provides assistance to patients in a number of ways, from helping with home bills, providing comforting gifts, travel stipends to attend conferences and retreats, and so much more.

Sustaining Memberships Surpass the 100 Mark!

By Katie | Nov 5, 2014 | in

These past few months have been an incredibly exciting time for us at the Green Alliance. Through fun events, the appeal of great discounts to over 100 local businesses, and a growing sense of community, the GA has seen a huge spike in memberships. As the community of individuals continues to grow, we were almost blindsided while revamping our Sustaining Membership page (have you seen it yet?) to see the surge of Sustaining Members has pushed us to over 110 individuals! 

Currently, the Sustaining Membership is the highest level of membership offered from the Green Alliance (key word: currently, check back next week)! These individuals are truly dedicated to supporting the local economy and fighting for environmental issues. To see this number grow so quickly in the last few months, is truly inspiring. We are proud to bring together people so dedicated to going green, and know that this represents a bright future for not only the GA, but for the many towns we represent. 

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria featured on the Phantom Gourmet

By Craig | Nov 5, 2014 | in

If you're a foodie living in New England, then you're probably a regular viewer of myTV38's Phantom Gourmet. The show highlights the best of the region's different restaurants - from comfort food diners to upscale, full-course restaurants. It's no surprise that the Phantom Gourmet would stop by 900 Degrees' Manchester location to sample some of the restaurant's authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. If you missed the episode, check out the segment below.

Ultra Geothermal Offers Energy Star Rated Heat Recovery Ventilator

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 5, 2014 | in

Ultra Geothermal, known for their expertise in geothermal installations, has yet again proven their commitment to sustainability. The company has added The PH Imperial 7.15 Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) to their product lineup. HRVs are offered with all Ultra Geothermal system designs but are also used with conventional heating systems.

It's important to install HRVs in tightly built homes as a way to bring in fresh air and provide a safe and clean living environment to eliminate stale air, which causes black mold if there is moisture trapped in the home. During colder seasons, the unit’s heat recovery core (polypropylene core) will reclaim the heat from the outgoing stale air and use this heat to temper the incoming fresh air, which reduces the cost of effectively ventilating your home during winter. The HRV is strongly recommended when insulating to high standards so that you can allow fresh air into the home.

Tom Steyer visits Green Alliance

By Sam | Nov 5, 2014 | in

Last Friday, Green Alliance headquarters had a very special visitor!

For those who aren’t familiar, Tom Steyer, billionaire philanthropist and environmental advocate, is the founder of NextGen Climate, an organization that supports candidates who take interest in environmental issues. He is traveling across the country speaking about the importance of environmental legislation, and the importance of people’s votes, especially in the upcoming elections. 

Steyer spoke to a full room of business owners and non-profits. Many of our Green Alliance business partners were there, including but not limited to: Seacoast Energy, Blue Ocean Society, Progressive Asset Management, Newmarket Dental, Great Bay Stewards, Eolian Energy, and more. The discussion ranged from the impending transition to renewable energy as the dominant source of power, to the small steps people can take in their local community to make positive changes for the environment. 

Acorn School's Fall Fundraiser Features Comedy, Food, and Drink!

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 5, 2014 | in

To purchase tickets for the Back to School Comedy Night email info@acornschoolnh.com or call 603-778-8285.

Smuttynose Opens Arizona Market With Arizona Beer and Cider Company

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 5, 2014 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Co, New Hampshire’s leading craft brewer, is adding Arizona to its distribution footprint, continuing its 2014 expansion by entering business upstart distributor, Arizona Beer and Cider Company.

While both the state and wholesaler may seem new and uncharted, this business relationship actually began in Chicago in 2009. Arizona Beer and Cider Company is owned by Jim and Jason Ebel, the two brothers behind Two Brothers Brewing Company and previous owners of Windy City Distribution, to whom Smuttynose sells beer in Illinois. That previous experience with an Ebel-managed distributor left a strong impression and when Jim and Jason approached Smuttynose Founder and President Peter Egelston about signing on to their upstart business in Arizona, it was a very easy “yes.” “If the Ebels had asked us two years ago, we would have had to say ‘no’ to such a unique opportunity,” said Egelston, “but the capacity and efficiency of our new brewery means we can now say ‘yes’ to excellent opportunities like this one. These guys really know how to sell and care for craft beer, so I’m sure we’ll make good use of our new equipment.” In addition to Arizona, Smuttynose has entered Texas and Tennessee this year.

ABC is starting strong thanks to 13 years of experience. Initial sales have already begun while 15,000 sq ft of refrigerated warehouse space is online and ready to be filled with the finest beers and ciders. “It’s rare to see such a large cold room right out of the gate with a new operation,” said Smuttynose’s Egelston, “if that’s not a signal of intentions, I’m not sure what is.”

Acorn School is seeking preschool teachers!

By Sam | Nov 4, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Join Acorn's team for the 2014-2015 school year! Candidates will be considered to fill their morning and afternoon openings. Continuing education and retirement benefits. Mail your resume & cover letter to: Acorn School, PO Box 570, Stratham NH 03885 or email to: info@acornschoolnh.com.

Ladder the Inflatable Fin Whale Visits Little Harbour School

By Madalyn | Nov 4, 2014 | in

The Little Harbour School is excited to host an interactive program for their students, thanks to the Clews family, who won a contest sponsored by Blue Ocean Society. The School will be visited by Ladder, an inflatable fin whale. Students will not only visit with and learn about the biology, anatomy, and behavior of whales, but also have the chance to go inside of Ladder!

Earlier this year, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation welcomed a new addition to the family, a 65-foot model inflatable whale, named Ladder, for educational programs and events. Fin whales are the second largest animals to ever live on the planet reaching lengths of 60-70 feet long, so Ladder is an authentic representation of the size of fin whales. The whale is modeled after a real fin whale, who Blue Ocean Society has been studying since 1996.

The model is available for indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) programs at schools, libraries, Scout meetings, and other events. Blue Ocean Society is excited to begin giving presentations with Ladder throughout New England.

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

By Madalyn | Nov 4, 2014 | in

By Katie Seraikas

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!”

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Earth Baby Works

By Katelyn | Nov 4, 2014 | in

Who: Green Earth Baby Works

What: Green Earth Baby Works, is a storefront and online cloth diaper retailer, offering a wide-range of cloth diaper products, accessories, and services in an industry known to produce an abundance of waste that threatens the environment. The average child uses 6,000 to 8,000 disposable diapers in their first three years, much of which sits in a landfill for decades. Disposable diapers also expose children to toxic chemicals that act as irritants and can cause severe rashes. Green Earth Baby Works offers a number of different monthly service plans for a cost-effective alternative to disposable diapers. The company provides diaper delivery and pickup service to Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire as well as southern Maine and northern Mass.Green Earth Baby Works will wash the cloth diapers for customers, or customers can purchase 100 percent natural compound detergents in store or online to safely and effectively clean soiled laundry at home. Green Earth Baby Works is the only cloth diaper service in the state of New Hampshire and recently opened a sister operation, Green Earth Laundry Works, offering local businesses green laundry services.

Where: 285 Calef Highway, Unit 4, Epping

Web: www.greenearthbabyworks.com

Call: (603) 292-6500