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Green Collar Careers: Larry Russell, Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

When most people think about sustainability, insurance is not the first thing that comes to mind. Larry Russell is not like most people. For Russell, a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, insurance and finance are at the center of sustainability.

Russell works with his clients to ensure they have well thought out objectives, clear action steps, and a realistic timetable to achieve their financial goals, while protecting the people and things they care about most.

The Massachusetts native prides himself on helping a diverse selection of families, businesses and individuals reach their fiscal goals and plan for the long term while remaining both environmentally and financially sustainable. Part of that comes from Russell's desire to provide people with a sense of security.

Russell is proud to be a part of a company that considers people and sustainability. Northwestern has been around since 1870. The company has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and countless struggles. Russell loves helping people make smart, holistic decisions that have a seamless, positive and sustainable impact as time goes on.

Dreaming of A Green Alliance Christmas!

By Katie | Nov 25, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance sure knows how to throw a party. If you were able to attend any of this year's festivities, from the Spring Music Bash to the sold-out Isles of Shoals Summer Party, the GA Community has made all events a truly special experience. With such great celebrations in 2014 under our belts, we expect the Holiday Bash to be the best yet! 

Celebrate the holidays with the GA Community of green business leaders and individuals who are powering our local green economy. Long-time GA Business Partner, the Portsmouth Brewery, has graciously offered to host this year's party for a second year in a row. On Tuesday, December 23 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. the Brewery will be opening the La Ponza lounge to the GA community. The event is free for GA members and Business Partners, and includes appetizers, great beer (the first one is on us!), and the most spirited company you can find on the seacoast. 

Go Green This Black Friday!

By Katie | Nov 24, 2014 | in

Every year, millions of shoppers swarm to big box stores, on a mission to score the best deals for everyone on their list. Aside from the documented stampedes that have occured, the frustration of finding a parking spot, and so on, there are a number of great reasons to ditch the lines this Friday. 

With that said, we propose "Green Friday" in place of "Black Friday." In fact, the Green Alliance is so excited about Green Friday, that we're going to run our Green Friday special from November 24 through December 1. For the next week, purchase a Green Alliance Membership for only $20, (regularly $35), through our Green Friday promotion! The GA Membership allows you to visit some of your favorite local shops and eateries, (to refuel for more shopping, of course), while enjoying discounts at nearly 100 local, sustainable businesses.

Going Green this Friday not only supports the local economy, at a time when your fellow community members could use the business the most to support their family, but ensures that you are getting great, quality products that are truly unique. Stores such as Prelude, Green Earth Baby Works, The Natural Dog, and nearly 100 more will have the perfect gift for your occassion.

Our Green Business Learning Series

By Sam | Nov 21, 2014 | in

Last night, The Green Alliance held another installment of our Green Business Learning series, this time focusing on social media, hiring and firing, and energizing your workforce. The series was led by social media guru Cary Bowman of Social Kitchen and HR expert Mirjam IJtsma of Cultural Chemistry.

When we planned the event, we were at least a little worried people weren’t going to be interested in the material. We were pleasantly surprised; it was tough to keep them quiet! The questions were flying back and forth like a frenzied classroom of dilligent students.

Get Glad with Plaid at Smuttynose Brewing co.!

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 21, 2014 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Co., New Hampshire’s leading craft brewery, invites everyone to its inaugural Plaid Friday Extravaganza at the new brewery on the historic Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. Doors for this first public event open at 10am on November 28. 

Visitors expecting Smuttynose’s award-winning beer won’t be disappointed, but there are a few other seasonal festivities that are sure to spread smiles and holiday cheer.

S’Mistletoe, Smutty’s first Christmas beer, brewed with sweet cherries, plums and black currants and oak-aged, will debut in limited-edition, ceramic bottles and on tap for samples. The Smerch Store will have special sales on Smuttynose gear and selected

Hungry shoppers (or anyone who needs a break from leftovers or too many family members in a small space) can enjoy inspired sliders from Belle’s on Wheels food truck from 11-4 and everyone is welcome to vent holiday stress at the Fruit Cake Toss, where successful hurling of the much-maligned holiday dessert will yield great rewards.

Plaid Friday will also mark the beginning of what is hoped to be an annual tradition; communal trimming of Smuttynose’s Christmas tree. Smuttynose will donate $2 to Hampton Community Coalition for each ornament placed on the tree from November 28 until December 24. “We’re new in town and we want to be a helpful member of the community,” said Peter Egelston, Smuttynose Founder and President, “the Hampton Community Coalition is an organization that has the ability to do a lot of good throughout the town, so we’re very happy to support them.”

Why Plaid Friday? Smuttynose is a locally-owned Seacoast business and we want to help support our community. Plaid Friday is a colorful alternative to a Black Friday that encourages shoppers to support local businesses for greater economic impact. Shopping local generates three times the economic activity as patronizing big box stores. Vibrant local enterprise is an important part of economic and community health. These local businesses are owned and/or operated by your neighbors and friends. Smuttynose is proud to support this initiative because it matters and makes a tangible difference in all our lives.

Celebrate the Ocean with Blue Ocean Society's Year-End Event

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 21, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is holding their annual Year-End Celebration at the Blue Mermaid Island Grill on December 2 from 5-7:30 pm. Blue Ocean Society will be providing free hors d’ouevres and live music along with a cash bar. Attendees can learn about Blue Ocean Society’s work to protect marine mammals, purchase holiday gifts and make a tax-deductible donation to show their support for a healthy marine environment. The Blue Mermaid Island Grill is located at 409 The Hill in Portsmouth, NH.

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a Portsmouth, NH-based non-profit organization that was established in 2001. Blue Ocean Society’s mission is to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and conservation. Blue Ocean Society organizes beach cleanups, studies whales and conducts educational programs to schools throughout New England. The event is open to all. More information can be found online at www.blueoceansociety.org or by calling 603-431-0260.

This Holiday Season Shop Green!

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 21, 2014 | in

 

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.