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Welcome to the Greater Newburyport Chamber Blog Page, NEW in 2015!

Here you can find information about upcoming Chamber events, community events, as well as guest blog posts written by other Chamber members.

Check back often to see what’s new!

Interested in guest blogging?  Email the Marketing Department.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Combat Stress to Maintain An Ideal Work-Life Balance

combatstress_oct2016October 19, 2016

Stress, unfortunately, is a sensation that occurs in everyone. In a world of uncertainty and constant change, stress is our body’s way of alerting us that something is causing us concern and affecting our thoughts and feelings. As bad as it is, it is necessary and inevitable. When we remain under constant distress, our body and mind takes a major hit. But if it is managed correctly, it can become an effective tool. In small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure, and is a great source of motivation.

When it comes to your work-life balance, reducing stress is a major player that can greatly improve or destroy your handle on day-to-day activities. Some of the benefits include a greater focus and concentration, higher levels of job satisfaction, and more opportunities to participate in family and social circles and pursue personal goals and hobbies. Check out some of these tips on stress management and maintaining a good work-life balance.

Identifying Sources of Stress

Internal or external forces can cause stress. External causes are things like major life changes, work, being too busy, or financial problems, while internal causes can mean anything from negative self-talk to perfectionism. Here are some signs that one of these stressors has been triggered:

  • Mental: Trouble thinking clearly, memory problems, can’t concentrate, poor judgment, racing thoughts
  • Emotional: Moodiness, short fuse, overly sensitive, inability to relax, feeling overwhelmed, depression
  • Physical: tight muscles, aches and pains, headaches, trembling, sweating, loss of appetite, lack of sleep
  • Behavioral: isolating yourself from others, increased and/or inappropriate drug and alcohol use, nervous habits
Once you have picked up on signs and symptoms, and identified the cause, it becomes easier to manage.

Know Your Body
  • Understand and identify your triggers
  • Intercept your early warning signs and symptoms and act
  • Practice relaxation techniques or meditation
  • Eat healthy and balanced
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day (consider adding equipment to your home)
  • Get around 8 hours of sleep every night

Change Your Frame of Mind
  • Worry less about the things outside of your control, and set aside time to deal with the things you can control
  • Set smaller goals that are manageable rather than overwhelming
  • Consciously choose a positive attitude
  • Visualize yourself in a calm and peaceful place, and think about yourself and your achievements in a positive light
  • Don’t compare your personal success to the success of others
  • Have a sense of humor

Start Walking the Walk
  • Plan ahead to give yourself enough time to complete your to-do list
  • Keep a list and prioritize duties
  • Be open and honest with people about how you feel; don’t harbor your feelings
  • Give yourself time for relaxation and your interests
  • Reward yourself when you reach your goal
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol (that includes caffeine you coffee lovers)

Work-Life Balance
  • Compartmentalize: Set a boundary line between work life and personal life. When you leave work, your tasks, office gossip, and worries stay at work
  • Find ways to make work more enjoyable: invest in your coworkers, spruce up your cubicle, or bring a little snack every now and then
  • Build up your support team: Everyone needs help, so accept it when it’s offered. It’s okay to delegate it too
  • Do your body a favor: Exercise regularly, eat healthy, and sleep!
  • Fake it ‘til you make it: train yourself to think in a positive mind frame

Julie Morris

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The Chamber Blog - Newburyport NOW!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Best is Yet to Come…

New-Member-Mixer_2016October 18, 2016

There is nothing better than attending an event with a community of like-minded individuals. Energy, enthusiasm and a bit of nervousness fills the room. It’s similar to the first day of college. You made the decision of what organization to join. You filled out the paperwork. Now it’s time to get to work.

Starting with one of our favorite events of the year – the New Member Mixer! This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Meet other members that joined this past year
  • Learn how you can be more involved with the Chamber and in your community
  • Understand the resources available to you
In the past year, we’ve had over 100 new businesses join the Chamber! Our Chamber of Commerce is in the business of connecting individuals and that is exactly how we will help your business or organization. Whether you are an online business, business representative or brick/mortar we are your source for information in the Greater Newburyport community.

If you are a new member, we hope you are able to join us Monday, October 24th from 5:30 – 8:30pm at The Grog Restaurant. The best of your membership is yet to come!


Chris Johnston
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Director, Membership Development

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The Chamber Blog - Newburyport NOW!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Haul out the holly...

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“Haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirit falls again.” If you are a lover of Broadway musicals like I am you will know that line from the Broadway musical “Mame” written by Jerry Herman.

Well we could use your help hauling out the holly, finding a tree and decorating downtown Newburyport. It’s that time of year again that we ask all of you to help us by taking part in our Sponsoring a Lamppost program. For a donation of $100 we will decorate a lamppost with fresh garland, red bow and a gift tag with your business name and address.

Oh and if you know of a Christmas Tree for Market Square that would be great as well. All we need is a 35 foot tree! Please call me if you know of a tree in the greater Newburyport area. Now, I need to start my Christmas shopping!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry
978-462-6680  x15

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The Chamber Blog - Newburyport NOW!
Thursday, October 13, 2016

We all need some inspiration...

kelley-tuthillOctober 13, 2016

Every once in a while we all need some inspiration to keep moving forward, to make a tough decision, to overcome a challenge that has been presented to us. I am sure that we have all had one of those moments.

The Chamber invites you to come and join us for a special Chamber luncheon at which you will hear the story of one woman’s inspiration. On Friday, October 28th, we will welcome Kelley Tuthill, former WCVB Television reporter who will share her journey, and speak about life after breast cancer, and discuss why there are so many reasons to be hopeful at ‘Celebrating Survival’, a luncheon co-sponsored by Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital and the Institution for Savings in conjunction with the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Nicholson Hall on Harris Street in Newburyport. We hope that you will join us for a informative and moving luncheon!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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The Chamber Blog - Newburyport NOW!
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Lesser Known (But Equally as Important) Member Benefits

ChamberLogo-LargeWebOctober 5, 2016

You all know about the major benefits of membership – networking events, online and social media exposure, exposure in our community, but did you know:

  • We have a postage meter available for use if you’re doing a bulk mailing project? Not to mention, Anne Wilt, is a wizard when it comes to knowing the specific mailing instructions for these mailings. 
  • Did you know that our conference room is available to rent (for free)? That’s right – if you need a quiet place to meet or work we have a conference room available for up to 15 people. Wifi, whiteboard, projector, etc. all at your fingertips! 
  • Need a projector? Borrow ours! It’s easy to set up and easy to use. 
  • Let us know if you have commercial real estate/office space for rent or sale. We’ll add it to our website! 
  • Speaking of website, don’t forget to post jobs, press releases and hot deals! In the SEO world, the more times your business is listed the more exposure you’re going to get. 

Would love to meet with you so we can discuss how your membership can work for you! Email me at or call 978-462-6680 to set up a time.


Chris Johnston
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Director, Membership Development

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Who’s Counting All the American Jobs Walmart’s Committed to Creating?

walmart_sep2016September 28, 2016

As an ad guy, I like the true-grit TV ads. They’re well-produced and inspiring. But after a couple views on Monday Night Football and Dora the Explorer, I couldn’t help but notice that the steel being turned in the new Walmart “Creating American Jobs” campaign resembles more of a fork truck’s fork being made than the plastic dinnerware or garden rake I might pick up at Walmart.

So I became curious: how will we know if Walmart succeeds in their job creation quest? And who’s substantiating their public pledge to step up purchases of U.S.-made goods by $250 billion over 10 years into 2023? Detractors are quick to remind us, that Walmart, a $478 billion firm driven to offer customers rock-bottom prices, has been widely recognized as being instrumental in pushing factory jobs from the U.S. to China (and other low-wage countries) for years. Not to mention leading an “invest the register receipts now, pay for it later” supply chain financial model that has turned the product in manufacturing today into an unstable loss leader for many publicly traded and private companies.

Walmart announced its job creation pledge in January 2013, as rising factory wages in China were helping make U.S production of some goods more attractive, and with manufacturing employment here rising for the first time since the late '90s. Since 2010, the national economy has added nearly 800,000 manufacturing jobs. But that's a fraction of the 5.7 million lost from 2000 to 2010 — 1 out of every 3 manufacturing jobs the country had at the start of the decade. (Source: Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel)

The Boston Consulting Group says that $250 billion in added spending over 10 years could create 1 million jobs. Indeed, Walmart says the initiative is expected to create 1 million new U.S. jobs with 250,000 in direct manufacturing and 750,000 in support and services. But how exactly, I mumbled aloud recently while sampling my daughter’s latest TV snack idea (peanut butter and Pirate Booty) will we know?

Of course, I hope, for her especially, that Walmart is sincere and successful in its efforts to fulfill the pledge. But the fact that they are releasing no numbers leads even the most trusting to be doubtful.

It Just Doesn’t Add Up.

All Walmart will say is that they are “on target.” Their annual reports include no such breakdown. But an Alliance for American Manufacturing press release (June 2016) reports that 80 percent of Walmart’s suppliers are still located in China. The Journal of Commerce reports that for several years (2012-2015), Walmart has been the single largest U.S. importer of consumer goods, surpassing the trade volume of entire countries. They have increased their foreign shipping containers by 10% since 1999.

2012: Walmart ranked No.1 at 720,000 TEUs
2013: Walmart ranked No. 1 at 731,500 TEUs
2014: Walmart ranked No. 1 at 775,400 TEUs
2015: Walmart ranked No. 1 at 795,900 TEUs

In America, estimates say that Chinese suppliers make up 70-80 percent of Walmart’s merchandise, leaving less than 20 percent for American-made products. (Source: Walmart China, Frontline, The Atlantic)

You Can’t Just Say, “Made in USA.”

There is another relevant issue, with regard to Walmart’s Made in America pledge, that being their past misuse of the “Made in USA” label. Fortune reports that in October 2015, Walmart was forced to remove “Made in the USA” logos from its e-commerce site after an inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission into its labeling. The retailer avoided FTC action by “voluntarily” cooperating.

But ad watchdog group Truth in Advertising reported in June 2016 that Walmart’s website is still “replete with false and deceptive U.S.- origin claims.” The group compiled over 100 of these cases from June 2016. They reported baseball caps and safety vests that were labeled “Made in the U.S.A.,” yet were in fact produced in China. In some cases, products had parts made outside of the U.S., but were likewise labeled “Made in the U.S.A.”

The “Made in USA” mark is a country of origin label indicating the product is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. The label is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). I personally think it’s time for us all to hold it up with an increasing amount of reverence and respect if we expect change from Walmart, or anyone else for that matter.

A Positive Note: The Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund

Launched in 2014, the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund focuses on the development of domestic manufacturing with a specific goal of advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S. Over the next five years, the fund will provide a total of $10 million in grants.

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors recently released a third round of Requests for Proposals (RFP) for 501 (c) (3) organizations and public universities that are instrumentalities of a state government interested in receiving support for applied research from the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund. For this cycle, the fund prioritized textile manufacturing activities with an emphasis on sustainability.

In 2015, five leading research and academic institutions were awarded a total of $2.84 million in grants by the fund for work focused on innovations in textile manufacturing. U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant winners include:

  • Clemson University for energy and effluent reduction through innovative dyeing of polyester fabrics
  • Oregon State University for environmentally conscious dyeing of fabrics using continuous digital printing and drying of biopigment inks
  • University of Texas at Austin for on-loom fabric defect inspection using contact image sensors
  • North Carolina State University for developing a non-stop tying-in process/approach to improve weaving efficiency
  • Cornell University for recycling post-consumer textile waste and a raw material substitute for new textiles

The 2014 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant winners were:

  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation for innovation of thread-count-based fabric motion control, a critical enabling technology for the automated production of sewn goods.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) to advance and accelerate the industrial implementation of metal 3-D printing for the manufacturing of plastic injection tooling as an alternative to current metal-shaping practices.
  • North Carolina State University College of Textiles to address challenges to manufacturing of furniture cushions in the U.S. by implementing new technologies in both fabric printing and cut-and-sew automation.
  • Oregon State University to develop two novel alternative mold fabricating approaches, and evaluate for functionality, precision and cost reduction potential.
  • Texas Tech University to support collaborative research on cotton breeding and biotechnology, cotton production, and various aspects of textile manufacturing, dyeing efficiency and specialty finishes.
  • University of Texas at Arlington to develop a novel manufacturing system that will autonomously prepare small motor sub-systems and assemble the motor components.
  • University of Georgia Research Foundation to develop an innovative approach to fabric dyeing that will greatly reduce, and perhaps eliminate, the need for water in dyeing cotton and cotton/polyester fabrics and yarns.

americanjobs_sep2016We must credit Walmart for any effort to promote and develop domestic manufacturing and advance the production or assembly of products in the U.S. Will they succeed in their pledge to step up purchases of U.S.-made goods by $250 billion over 10 years? Only time will tell. With no numbers forthcoming from the retail giant there’s no way of knowing.

At least we’ve made some inroads with regard to factors that will determine their success or failure. We plan to keep tabs on Walmart and promise to let you know of any new information we may find. We’ll revisit the topic in a few months. Stay tuned for our next installment, which will celebrate National Manufacturing Day and Massachusetts Manufacturing Month by discussing how to bring back American jobs and pump up American manufacturing with national and industry-led efforts that connect to relevant education programs.

David Strand
Strand Marketing

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The Chamber Blog - Newburyport NOW!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What it means to be a top 10 Chamber

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David Letterman’s Top 10 is probably the most well-known ‘Top 10 List,’ but every year The Boston Business Journal puts out a list to which the chamber of commerce world pays close attention.

That list is the top-25 chamber of commerce offices in the State of Massachusetts. Once again, we are proud to come in at #10! 

What does this mean?

Great question. 

The editors make the list based on the number of members. Our membership of 750 businesses and organizations is pretty impressive when you look at the chambers ahead of us (Worcester Chamber of Commerce is number one and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is number two).  It also means that our business community is alive and strong!

We greatly appreciate the continued support of YOU, our members.  As we continue to focus on making the Greater Newburyport area a great place to do business, please don’t hesitate to make suggestions on how we can improve. 

Thank you again!

The Chamber Staff
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Are you using your member benefits?

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We hope that you are gearing up for an outstanding October! The Chamber is hard at work gearing up for a solid and successful 4th quarter for our members and the Chamber. I have a couple of questions for you today?

First - Do you want to get the word out about your latest business news? Has someone joined your organization? Are you celebrating some new venture? Are you planning an event? Well the Chamber wants to know! Every day we receive press releases from many members sharing their important news. We want to share more of that news with all of our followers on social media, our newsletter readers and the communities we serve at large. It’s easy, just add us to your communication list and we will share your news! Please send us information, press releases and the alike to and we will spread the word! Click here to see what other members are sharing.

Second - Did you know that the Chamber offers free job postings on our website? The job postings page gets more than 1200 hits a month from job seekers. Why not send us your open job postings? You may never know when the right person for your organization will be on the Chamber’s website. Please send your job postings to or use your member login to post yourself. Don’t delay do it today!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Did you know - New Overtime Rules and Pay Equity Law...

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Happy September! I know that many of us are busy running our businesses, taking care of family and perhaps exercising and trying to eat right. But with all of that comes the need to look at what is on the horizon for our companies.

Did you know that there are new regulations released this past May by President Obama. The Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation will go into effect soon. This legislation will effect virtually all businesses, profit and non-profit.

The Chamber is hosting a Lunch & Learn next Wednesday, September 28th at 11:30 AM featuring chamber member Attorney Todd Newman, of the Law Office of Todd A. Newman, P.C. Attorney Newman will break down the law and help all of us understand what it means for our businesses! This is a free event that you do not want to miss. Lunch will be provided as well. Please register today for this very informative and important event!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Did You Know...

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Did you know that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers businesses training grants of up to $250,000? Did you know that there are 32 one-stop career centers in the Commonwealth? Did you know that in addition to posting your open job positions on the Chamber website that you can also post them on Mass Job Quest?

I suspect that many of you are so busy running your business that you do not have time to find the answers to these and many more questions that you have. Well I am happy to report that the Chamber has the answers and can help you access important information about job placement, career services, training programs and workplace safety! The Chamber hosted a one-stop meeting with state officials who could answer all of your questions…and now the Chamber can answer them too. If you have a need for any of the above mentioned services please feel free to call 978-462-6680 x 15 or email -- me! I would be happy to help you get connected…. as one of the speakers stated today, “it all starts with a conversation” Let’s have a conversation!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

‘Grand’ is an Understatement!

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The fun never ends in Newburyport! From September 22 – October 1, our award winning restaurants take center stage for Savor Newburyport Restaurant Week!

When a town has such an outstanding group of restaurants the local Chamber of Commerce really has to pull out all the stops for an outstanding kick-off event.

That’s exactly what we’ve done…

The Grand Tasting on Inn Street kicks off an epic 10 days of culinary delights. On September 22nd from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, one of the top four most beautiful streets in the country is going to come alive with lights, festive decorations, more local food than you can imagine, local libations, live music by LUX the Band and even a fashion show put on by our local retailers!

In essence, this is a celebration of our Newburyport. Summer in our city is visited by thousands of tourists and sometimes you can’t get your favorite table at your favorite restaurant, or it might take you a few extra minutes to get across town. And dare we say the ‘P’ word? PARKING! The Grand Tasting on Inn Street is a way for us to get together as a city, say hello to your favorite chef, celebrate the beginning of fall and say ‘wow – do we really live here?!’

Limited tickets are now available for this amazing event! Visit for more information, to purchase tickets and see the growing list of Restaurant Week special menus from local restaurants.

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What a summer we have had…

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What a summer we have had… the beautiful weather… the longer days…. time away with families and friends – it’s been a “keeper” and a Chamber of Commerce kind of summer. Now we are back to business – work, school, meetings etc.

I did enjoy a week’s vacation in late August as I headed south to destinations that my family visited when I was a bit younger (insert wink here). I spent some time in Narragansett, Block Island and Newport RI topped off with a visit to the tip of the Cape and Provincetown. Throughout my trip I kept noticing the similarities in the many downtowns and destinations that I visited. I am happy to report that our little neck of the woods, the greater Newburyport region, does really have it all. My stops were beautiful and quaint but none can compare with our beautiful and stunning beaches, rivers, downtowns and boardwalk!

On the last day of my adventure as I was gearing up to come home, I stopped into a local coffee shop and overheard the gal behind the counter exclaim to a local in a rather loud voice for all to hear, “I will be so glad when September is here!” needless to say I was dismayed that she was clearly over all of the visitors and our request for coffee. My thought was: “I hope that we never say that here in Newburyport!” I for one am thankful for overcrowded parking lots, busy streets and a packed boardwalk…. that will usually mean that money is being spent and our economy thriving!! So let’s all agree to never wish away business and welcome the good, the bad and September!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Newburyport Summer – A tribute to the heartbeat of Newburyport!

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“Every day you live here you’re going to feel like you’re on vacation.”

Those are the words that our realtor said to us the day we bought our house in Newburyport.  Many years later, those words still ring true.

As part of our ongoing summer blog, we’ve written about alternative lunchtime locales, exploring the waters, the cultural district, the history, The Tannery, craft beverage producers, volunteer opportunities, and talented photographers. If there were an equation for what a perfect town looks like, the accumulation of all those factors would score pretty high!

So what’s left?  What else can we possibly blog about? There is quite a bit, but here’s one aspect we’ve not yet discussed: the people who have poured their heart and souls into local businesses and organizations!

The people are what make this community special. Many business owners in town have quit their cushy corporate job to open a business and support a community they love. On the other hand, many locals have avoided Amazon and big box stores to support local businesses. It’s that symbiotic relationship that makes us proud to do our jobs. Nothing makes us happier than visiting local businesses owners and hearing about their successes. 

Thank you business owners and thank you local businesses supporters.  Without you, Newburyport would be much different!

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Newburyport Now
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

You don’t want to miss the boat!


August 11, 2016

“You don’t want to miss the boat!” Yes, I am talking to you….the Chamber’s annual boat cruise is set to sail next Thursday, August 25th and you don’t want to be left waiting at the pier!

This annual event is a great way to relax and unwind with fellow chamber members and friends aboard the beautiful Captain’s Lady. Many companies make this an event for many of their employees! Not only will you enjoy a great dinner prepared for you by Starboard Galley, you can listen to the tunes of Mystic River Band while enjoying a drink and beautiful scenery!

It’s going to be a great night and I hope you will join us as we celebrate a great summer and welcome a fabulous fall. Sign up today!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Newburyport Now
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Savor Newburyport 2016

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As many of you know I am a BIG fan of Broadway musicals….so when I sat down to write this blog post the song that was running through my head was a tune from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” – “Something’s Coming” – the words to this tune are very appropriate for an exciting event that we have planned for late September!

We hope you will consider joining us for Savor Newburyport’s Grand Tasting on Inn Street. This event will kick off a 10-day Restaurant Week that will feature our region’s restaurants, caterers, fashion, art and more.

If you are a restaurant or a caterer - consider joining us. If you want to taste and enjoy as an attendee, I hope you will join us for a fabulous tasting celebration and 10 days of food and more. Check out our website for more information.

We hope you will join us in savoring Newburyport!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Newburyport Summers: Photographers

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We are fortunate enough to live in an area that has many talented photographers. Whether you need a special family photo, celebration photos or anything else – Newburyport area photographers have you covered.

In fact, they are so talented that they often book up well in advance. So if you want a special family photo for your holiday card you better book now!

But I have my own camera, why would I hire a professional, you ask?

It’s likely that you also have a hammer and nails – are you going to build your own house?! Doubtful.

These professionals know lighting, landscape and other ‘tricks of the trade’ that will make your beautiful family look better than ever. They also know how to edit to eliminate all the snafus - although they hardly ever use it because their photos are so good!

We’re proud to have many photographers in our Chamber of Commerce. For a complete listing of those photographers and to checkout their work please visit our website.   

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer in Newburyport Blog: History is Alive and Well in Newburyport!

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One of the coolest parts of Newburyport is its history. 

No world-changing events occurred in our streets, but some really cool ‘Did you know?’ things did. Local Historian, Ghlee Woodworth, followed in her father’s footsteps and has created the go-to guide for Newburyport history buffs. 

Boston’s North End may have the Freedom Trail, but Newburyport has the Clipper Heritage Trail. Ghlee’s mission was (and continues to be) to bring local history to life. She researched and created a trail complete with a website, mobile website, guided maps (available at City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce office) and historical markers. These markers are engraved granite blocks with ‘Clipper Heritage Trail’ and can be found throughout town. A quick glance at your map will explain what historical occurrence happened there. 

The maps are separated by sections of town. You can view the complete list of tours by visiting the ‘Tours’ page on the website. 

The Chamber of Commerce greatly appreciates our history and the work Ghlee is doing to keep history alive. We also appreciate the local businesses and organizations that are helping to create the future of Newburyport!    

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Busy Summer for New and Expanding Businesses

August 3, 2016

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce has been busy this summer celebrating new & expanding businesses in Greater Newburyport. 

Check out where our Big Scissors have been:

seabags_aug2016Sea Bags – 6 State Street, Newburyport
Not just your ordinary bag.  Sea Bags designs and handcrafts tote bags and accessories from recycled sails that have sailed around the world. Have an idea of a bag you have always wanted, Sea Bags will customize a bag just for you.  Once a sail, forever a Sea Bag.

makofitness_aug2016Mako Fitness – 251 Low Street, Newburyport
Newburyport's premier location for all your fitness and wellness needs. Offering a variety of classes from barre, cycle, yoga and various HIIT workouts.  The studio is available for rent for private functions and small groups. They are happy to create an inspired movement or spa experience for special events such as birthdays, wedding, team-building or other celebrations.

spangledusa_aug2016Spangled – USA – 20 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
Bringing fashion lovers the highest quality American-made clothing and accessories. American Made, American Style, Always on the Move!

seaportsignworks_aug2016Seaport Signworks – 18 Graf Road, Unit 10, Newburyport
New, bigger and state-of-the-art equipment. Seaport Signworks has moved from their Salisbury location to the Industrial Park.  You need signage – they have you covered: Llarge format digital printing, signs, banners, posters & decals. Vehicle graphics, truck lettering, magnetics, site signs/construction signs, A-frame signs, electric/neon/LED signs, Real Estate signs, carved signs, directional/wayfinding signs. No job to large or to small.

Vaalbara_aug2016Vaalbara Designs – 1 Water Street, Newburyport
Specializes in unique, vibrant and environmentally conscious bags handcrafted in California and Newburyport. Thought to be Earth's first supercontinent, Vaalbara is a symbol of the connection between people, environment and culture. Each bag is made with this idea in mind. Our fabrics are collected from every corner of the world and our inner lining is made with recycled plastic bottles.

northshoreacupuncture_aug2016North Shore Acupuncture & Wellness – 10 Prince Place, Suite 101, Newburyport
A small acupuncture clinic based in both Eastern and Western medicine, specializing in Stress & Pain Management. Abigail is trained in both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture styles, Orthopedic acupuncture, and Shakuju Therapy.  With this range of treatment styles, she is able to meet a broad range of patient needs.  Whether you have a stubborn musculoskeletal complaint, or are overcome with anxiety; whether you are a seasoned acupuncture patient or are terrified of needles, Abigail will be able to offer you a variety of treatment options (even non-insertive techniques!).  

prettylittlethings_aug2016Pretty Little Things – 8 Inn Street, Newburyport
Specializing in the latest fashions, shoes, and accessories. They cater to young modern women looking to shop the latest trends with great quality, affordability and customer service. Pretty Little Things’ goal is to help you look amazing. From handpicking every item we sell, to searching high and low for the most fabulous new trends, we spread our love for beauty and fashion to you!

whenpigsfly_aug2016When Pigs Fly – 1 Merrimac Landing, Unit 3, Newburyport
Offering over 30 varieties of freshly baked Artisan & Natural breads as well as a variety of quality products that accompany breads such as butters, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars. Don’t forget the cookies, bread puddings, and authentic Bavarian Pretzels.  They’ve got you covered!

hairwego_aug2016Hair We Go Studio – 73 Main Street, Amesbury
Yes, it’s true, Hair We Go Weddings has recently expanded to their own hair salon providing a relaxing salon experience for their clients. From haircuts and coloring to wedding or prom hairstyles and make-up for those very special occasions, Hair We Go Studio and Hair We Go Weddings will make you look and feel beautiful!

tidewater_aug2016Tidewater at Salisbury - 191 Beach Road, Salisbury
A beautiful community of brand-new apartments with a spectacular view of the beach in Salisbury, MA. Pick from a variety of one- and two-bedroom floorplans featuring in-home washers and dryers, dishwashers, and a private patio. Enjoy covered parking, a swimming pool, and a community fitness center. Then take a short walk or jog down to the Salisbury Beach State Reservation and enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean whenever you like.

Are you a new business to Greater Newburyport, expanding or relocating your business?   Let us help you celebrate!  We are excited to showcase your new accomplishments. Contact Anne Wilt at 978-462-6680 x13 for details.

Terry Thompson, Vice President of Operations
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Weekly Recap & More - Summer Events...

savornewburyport_2016August 3, 2016

I hope you are all enjoying this perfect Chamber of Commerce weather day!

We are in the midst of a great Yankee Homecoming and there is much more to come….waterfront concerts, the famous bed race, fireworks and to cap it all of the parade on Sunday!

Now I don’t want to rush the summer, but I do want to let you all know that we are busy planning for the 2016 edition of Savor Newburyport! Mark your calendars for our Grand Tasting event on Thursday, September 22 followed by a 10-day Restaurant Week celebration. Please watch your inboxes for more on this upcoming event!  

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Yankee Homecoming is Upon Us

yankeehomecoming_2016July 27, 2016

As locals, we all have various opinions of Yankee Homecoming. Visitors rush to our gorgeous city, traffic comes to a crawl, and parking spaces are hard to come by. With all this said… This 9-day festival has so much to offer for all. Residents – leave your cars at home and enjoy a stroll to the various activities. Employees – once you get to work; leave your cars parked and get out for that lunch break, and take it all in or stay late and take in the city at night.

Some of my fondest memories as a child are when my father would take me to these events. It became a tradition to meet up with extended family, kick back and just have some fun. I continued this tradition with my children, and now grown; we still meet for some of our favorites.

So, take some time to see what is happening in your backyard. You may be surprised.

A few of my favorites:

Waterfront Concert Series: This event takes place at Waterfront Park with seven evenings of concerts. Families bring blankets, chairs, a picnic supper, or patronize local vendors and enjoy the entertainment on our beautiful waterfront.

Family Day at Maudslay State Park: Start off our Super Saturday with good family fun! Many local businesses, organizations, and non-profits take part in Family Day fun, offering free crafts, games, activities, and handouts. Sit down for some lunch and listen to the band playing on the main stage or watch one of the performances taking part throughout the park.

The Greek Food Festival: This annual event is famous for its delicious Lamb Shanks as well as Gyros, Moussaka, Chicken & Lamb Kabobs, Loucanico, Keftethes (meatballs), Spinach Pie, Pastichio, Greek Salad, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Fish "Plaki" (Friday only), and Greek Pastries. So grab your co-workers and enjoy.

Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K Road Races: This marks the 57th year which now has approximately 3,000 runners between the 2 races. Make it a family affair, run with your kids, challenge yourself to meet a personal goal, or sit on the sidelines of the course and cheer the runners as they pass by.

Sidewalk Sales: Enjoy old fashioned, outdoor (& indoor) shopping throughout downtown Newburyport, The Tannery Marketplace, and Port Plaza. A great opportunity to support our unique local merchants while shopping for some great deals. Grab your friends and start that holiday shopping.

Fireworks: Bring your blanket or chair, sit and relax, listen to the concert and get ready for the oohs and aahhhs. A spectacular fireworks display is being planned for your enjoyment. Come early and enjoy the evening! Want to help support this always beautiful display? Take a chance in the raffle and you could win a ski vacation or even some $$.

Parade: Celebrate the final event of Yankee Homecoming. The parade starts at three roads and continues down High street to Marlboro Street. There are bands, entertainment, floats, non-profit groups, and a collection for the Jimmy Fund.

Terry Thompson, Vice President of Operations
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waterfront Movies Series 2016 Lineup Is…

waterfrontmoviesJuly 26, 2016

I can’t believe that July is almost behind us. Before we know it the kids will be back in school and we will be consumed with assisting with homework and shuffling them from one activity to the next. So take advantage of your August summer nights and enjoy entertainment outside with the family. The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & lead sponsor, Chase & Lunt Insurance has the perfect opportunity with the 7th Annual Waterfront Movie Series. Grab a blanket, family and friends and head on down to Waterfront Park to watch a movie on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen with an HD Blue Ray Projector and BOSE professional sound system.

Movies begin after sunset, at approximately 8:00 PM. But come earlier with friends and family to grab your spot, enjoy dinner or snacks in the park. If your business would like to become a sponsor of this fun-filled event, click here for an application or contact the Chamber for more information.

This year’s lineup is one not to be missed, so save these Wednesday nights.

movie_willywonka_2016August 10Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Rating G  |  Release Year 1971
Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson). In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical methods -- one kid is inflated and covered with blueberry dye, another ends up as a principal ingredient of the chocolate, and so on -- because these kids have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left.

movie_aladdin_2016August 17Aladdin
Rating G  |  Release Year 1992
Robin Williams's dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the main attraction of Aladdin, the third in the series of modern Disney animated movies that began with 1989's The Little Mermaid and heralded a new age for the genre. After a sultan (Douglas Seale) gives his daughter, Jasmine (Linda Larkin), three days to find a husband, she escapes the palace and encounters the street-savvy urchin Aladdin (Scott Weinger), who charms his way into her heart. While the sultan's Vizier, Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), weaves a spell so that he may marry Jasmine and become sultan himself, Aladdin discovers the Genie's lamp in a cave, rubs it, and sets the mystical entity free, leading the Genie to pledge his undying loyalty to the dazzled youth. Aladdin begins his quest to defeat Jafar and win the hand of the princess, with the Genie's help. Monsters, Disney's trademark talking animals, and a flying carpet all figure into the ensuing adventures, but Williams' Genie, who can change into anything or anybody, steals the show as he launches into one crazed monologue after another, impersonating figures from Ed Sullivan to Elvis Presley.

movie_insideout_2016August 24Inside Out
Rating G  |  Release Year 2015
Emotions run wild in the mind of a little girl who is uprooted from her peaceful life in the Midwest and forced to move to San Francisco in this Pixar adventure from director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.). Young Riley was perfectly content with her life when her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) attempts to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated.

Terry Thompson, Vice President of Operations
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Weekly Recap and More...

HealthWellness_2016July 27, 2016

For a community, political and sports junkie like myself….this is my time of year! So much to do and see. From watching the political conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, to taking in all that the annual Yankee Homecoming celebration brings to our great neck of the woods, to the start of the Olympics in Rio! It doesn’t get any better than this!

We are also busy prepping for a great fall lineup of programs and events! Watch your weekly Monday and Wednesday newsletters for news and updates on all things Chamber related. One special event of note is our September 15th Health & Wellness Event! If you are a member that is in the health, fitness and wellness field then this is the event for you. The low cost and high return of this event is a “win win!” Here is the application for more information!

Need an idea for how to make the most of your participation - contact Janet Cena, the Chamber’s Events Coordinator for more information on how you can get involved!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Health & Wellness Day... It's time to get serious

HealthWellness_2016July 13, 2016

There are many folks out there, and like me - they may be a bit obsessed with “getting your steps” in…  I will readily admit that I wear a Fit Bit every day and am obsessed (no I have not picked up the Pokemon Go obsession yet and don’t plan on it anytime soon).

Keeping healthy and well is important for so many of us, and we at the Chamber have many members who are in the health and wellness business. If you are one, you may be interested in getting involved in our upcoming Health & Wellness Day on Thursday, September 15th at the Senior Community Center. We have moved the event to a Thursday afternoon to be more welcoming to the many potential audiences that want to attend!

Our Health and Wellness Day event will feature dozens of booths from a wide variety of vendors who are there to share samples, to demonstrate their product or service, or to offer educational materials and conversation. Kids will have an opportunity to engage with experts in fun and interesting ways regarding safety practices, nutrition, and more, while the rest of the family can explore things like positive options or programs for themselves, their children, or the senior citizens in their lives. Mark your calendars: strolling through this event is a great way to refresh, revitalize, and to keep yourself updated on the latest practices in health and wellness!

Contact Janet Cena, the Chamber’s Events Coordinator for more information on how you can get involved!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Newburyport Now
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The biggest sale of the season!

SidewalkSales_2016July 20, 2016

Newburyport retailers pouring their merchandise out onto the streets! Inside Out Sidewalk Sales is your chance to find bargains and treasures from your favorite Newburyport shops. A wide range of goods from fashion, jewelry, home décor, culinary, and gift items all at deep discounts.

If you work downtown, take your lunch break and stroll downtown. Make that Christmas list and receive huge savings on all the gifts for your family.  Grab your friends and make a lunch date of shopping and dining!  There will be something for everybody.

Inside Out Sidewalk Sales in August 4th-August 6th 10am – 7pm during Newburyport's favorite time of year, Yankee Homecoming! Don’t miss it!

Janet Cena, Special Events Coordinator
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Newburyport Summer – Tour of Newburyport Area Craft Beverage Producers

CraftBeverages_July2016July 20, 2016

Waaaaaayyyyy back in the day, there was a rum producer in Newburyport that was known throughout the world - Caldwell’s Rum. What made them world renown? When ships would leave Newburyport they would stock up on rum for their long voyages. Made from Molasses, this rum could withstand long trips.

Fast forward a few decades, and the Newburyport area is once again producing world class adult beverages that are being recognized all over the place.

North of Boston Visitors & Convention Bureau recently created a ‘Sip, Suds & Spirits’ Guide to many of our local breweries, wineries and distilleries. It’s a great guide to pick up if you want to explore the flavors of New England. Make it a day trip with friends or out of town guests [with a designated driver].

We’d like to feature a few of our favorites:

Mill River Winery – Located 10 minutes from downtown Newburyport on Route 1, they are celebrating their 5th year in business with many new releases and special events throughout the year. What not to miss: their new artist series with artwork on the label from local artist David Ten Eyck. Oh, and ask about their Wine Club!

Newburyport Brewing Company – Located in the Industrial Park, they aim to capture the essence of Newburyport’s quaint seaside character across a line of great tasting handcrafted ales. They celebrate being local, with live concerts, local art and special events! What not to miss: Das Kolsch and their ‘1635 Small Batch Series.’

Riverwalk Brewing Company – They have been brewing their own brand of unique beers in Newburyport, MA since 2012. Building on the traditions of the great brewing cultures of the world, RiverWalk is a family owned business with strong ties to the community. What not to miss: Their flagship IPA and Winter Porter.

These three businesses have helped to, once again, put Newburyport on the map for craft beverage connoisseurs. If you aren’t able to get ‘right to the source’, most of the local restaurants and package stores are proud to support these local businesses and serve their beverages!  

*The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry urges you to please drink responsibly. 
Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FiredUpNBPT - Wednesday, July 20th

FiredUpNbpt_2016July 13, 2016

It has been said that “It Takes a village to raise a child” – in the case when businesses suffer a devastating fire – it takes a community to come together to help each other. The greater Newburyport community has reached out to the businesses that suffered significant losses last month during the Liberty Street fire.

As usual, the community of Newburyport has rallied together as a community that cares and takes care of each other when something bad happens. Thus…Let’s get FiredUP NBPT – Join the City of Newburyport, the Chamber and the Firehouse Center for the Arts along with members of the Newburyport business community have come together to plan a fundraising event entitled “Fired Up NBPT” to assist with financial needs that will not be covered by the business owner’s insurance.

On Wednesday, July 20, downtown Newburyport will be the centerpiece of this fundraising event. The Firehouse will offer musical entertainment from 5 – 9 PM. Billed as a “musical open house” – three local bands have donated their time and talent to offer entertainment for the event attendees.

In addition to the entertainment, a raffle of local retail items and beer and wine (donations suggested) will be available as well. Suggested donation for the event at the Firehouse is $25 per person.

In addition to the musical open house, local restaurants and retailers will offer percentages on the proceeds from their sales that day to the relief fund. You can listen to some great music, enjoy fabulous dining, shopping and services all while supporting our neighbors and benefiting a great cause.

For more information on the event go to the FaceBook page – FiredUpNBPT – A Community Unites

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer in Newburyport: Get in Touch with Your Cultural Side!

CulturalDistrict_July2016July 12, 2016

In 2015, Newburyport was named a ‘Cultural District’ by the state – one of only 32 in the state!  

According to the Mass Cultural Council, “These cultural districts help local arts, humanities, and science organizations improve the quality and range of their public programs so that more local families can benefit from them. They enhance the experience for visitors and thus attract more tourist dollars and tax revenue. And they attract artists, cultural organizations, and entrepreneurs of all kinds - enhancing property values and making communities more attractive.”

Now that is something to celebrate! Stop by our office and pick up a cultural district map and explore the many cultural sights and sounds in our community. You can read more by visiting our website

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Smart Growth, the MBTA, and the Developer: A Blueprint for Overarching Success in Massachusetts Housing Development

BlueprintForSuccess_July2016July 7, 2016
Reposted from Strand Marketing

During his nearly 45 years in the real estate business, Lou Minicucci, the founder and president of MINCO Corp., a commercial real estate company based in North Andover, Mass., has learned what it takes to make a project come to fruition.

As MINCO recently gained unanimous approval of the Newburyport Planning Board to build the city’s first Smart Growth development – One Boston Way – Minicucci says success is a matter of collaboration:

“You have to work together to find what makes economic sense at the same time as you address the vision that the city has in mind. That is what we did. We jointly designed this project.”

Here is a blueprint for what it took to establish a Smart Growth District in Newburyport and secure support for the associated One Boston Way:

I. Laying the groundwork

In the spring of 2013, MINCO submits a bid to purchase 11 vacant acres of land by the MBTA commuter rail station near the Route 1 traffic circle, an area that for years has been eyed as an ideal candidate for establishing Newburyport’s first Smart Growth District in accordance with Chapter 40R of Massachusetts General Laws.

With its proximity to public transit, the Clipper City Rail Trail, and the Newburyport Business and Industry Park, the underutilized space off Parker Street features the key components needed to create a dense, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use Smart Growth neighborhood.

The bid is submitted with the expectation that the city will follow through on the Smart Growth objectives spelled out in the 2001 Master Plan and 2013 Newburyport Housing Needs Assessment (the 2014 Master Plan reiterates the city’s commitment to Smart Growth).

As MINCO is designated the successful bidder, the company releases tentative plans for a residential development with affordable units. In November, MINCO and MBTA sign the purchase and sale agreement. The agreement includes a provision that each additional unit over 60 adds $23,000 to the price tag.

II. Building consensus

Throughout 2014, MINCO officials meet with city representatives, including Mayor Donna Holaday and Planning Director Andy Port, to informally discuss MINCO’s Smart Growth development, named One Boston Way. Much of the discussions center on aligning the financial viability of the project with the city’s vision in preparation for the launch of the Smart Growth initiative. The city proposes a few significant changes:

  • Increasing the percentage of affordable units to 25 from 20. This is important since it would, according to the Smart Growth statute, allow the city to count all rental units, even those priced at market rate, toward its affordable housing stock. In 2014, that amounted to 7.6 percent.
  • The addition of the One Boston Way apartments would greatly boost the city’s effort to reach the state mandated 10 percent. Until the state mandate is met, there is a possibility the city  could be subjected to a development according to Chapter 40B, the state’s affordable housing law, which gives the city much less control over the development.
  • Devoting the first floor to commercial space.
  • Raising the floor-to-floor ceiling height of the first floor to 12 feet. The city also wants 9-feet ceiling heights for upper floor living spaces.

Compromise 1: In order to sustain the costs of the city’s proposals in addition to other concessions such as installing 1,000 linear feet of sidewalk, widening the Parker Street sidewalk to 10 feet, providing Juliet balconies, and making the windows extra-large for lighting and ventilation, MINCO says more units need to be built. A month later MINCO presents city representatives with a revised rendering that includes five floors.

Compromise 2: Instead of first-floor commercial space, MINCO proposes live-work units and shared office space. First-floor commercial space would, according to MINCO, be uneconomic since the rental rate needed to sustain the building exceeds the current market rates for the location. The live-work units as well as shared office space, on the other hand, would be modeled after the concepts of the Cambridge Innovation Center and WeWork. Each live-work unit would have its own exterior entry and could easily be converted into full commercial space.

In December, 2014, city officials finally launch an initiative to create a Smart Growth District around the Route 1 traffic circle.

III. Reaching out to the community

Although details of One Boston Way have been well documented by the local media since the designation of the purchaser by the MBTA, MINCO decides to try a modern approach to spread the word on the project.

In the spring of 2015, the company publishes a series of informative blog posts on its website. The posts are also shared on social media and feature details on the scope of the project, architectural renderings, an interview with the architects, answers to commonly asked questions, and a look at the experience of other communities that have leveraged Chapter 40R. Readers learn, for example, MINCO’s proposed Smart Growth development will include approximately 80 apartments and 3,500 square feet of shared office space and live-work units as well as the preservation of 9 acres of open space.

Companies typically use blogs to attract customers, build brand awareness, and position themselves as industry leaders. Using a blog and social media to communicate with the public – without the intention of converting them to customers – is a new take on that trend.

In a press release, Minicucci explains the purpose:

“Open lines of communication with the community are important to us. We want to be transparent and provide as much information as we can about this exciting initiative to help the public understand both 40R and our intentions. The blog should be seen as a complete information resource.”

As part of the outreach effort, Minicucci also writes an opinion piece that is published in the Newburyport Daily News. In the op-ed, he writes, “providing housing for people from all walks of life has been the driving force of my career” and argues “more rental units will help the city stay true to its working-class roots while also catering to single professionals, young couples, and empty nesters who may want to downsize.”  The op-ed contains details on the One Boston Way proposal and how Newburyport stands to benefit from the establishment of a Smart Growth District.

IV. Gaining Smart Growth District Approval

Public hearings on the city’s first Smart Growth District kick off in March of 2015 with a joint public hearing and informational meeting in the City Hall auditorium. The well-attended meeting brings together city and state officials for presentations on the benefits of Smart Growth and an overview of the local district. The meeting features a conceptual rendering of One Boston Way.

An additional three public hearings take place before the Planning Board in August of 2015 which recommends the approval of the 40R Smart Growth ordinance to the City Council. A month later, the City Council approves the creation of a Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District. The approval means the city qualifies for zoning incentive payments of up to $600,000 in addition to a density bonus of $3,000 per unit constructed in the district, pending 40R approval by the state (the state officially approves the Smart Growth District in January, 2016). The payments come with no strings attached, enabling the municipality to allocate the money as it sees fit.

As a side note, the 40R district receives an additional boost when the city in 2015 receives a $2,000,000 MassWorks award that municipal leaders say will primarily be used for upgrades to the Graf Road lift station that serves the Smart Growth District as well as other parts of the city. The state notes, “the infrastructure improvements will support a $16.5 million 80 unit mixed-use development located next to the MBTA commuter rail station and enable the future construction of 440 units in the 40R District.”

With the Smart Growth District in place, MINCO is able to move forward with One Boston Way, filing an application with the Planning Board in December.

The details of the proposal have – as explained above – been carefully ironed out in collaboration with city officials and include a single multi-family, five-story, wood-framed building on the corner of Parker Street and Boston Way, featuring a total of 84 units. Twenty-five percent, or 21 units, will be designated affordable (In Newburyport, it means they will be reserved for families or individuals who make less than 80 percent of $98,100, the Fiscal Year 2016 area-wide median income. However – and this is important – all 84 units – even those priced at market rate – would by nature of being rentals count toward Newburyport’s stock of affordable housing which currently amounts to 7.6 percent. In raising the percentage of affordable housing to 8.5 percent from 7.6 percent, Newburyport gets closer to the state’s goal of 10 percent. Municipalities that meet the 10 percent threshold automatically gain more control over further additions of affordable housing developments in their community. The first floor also includes 2,500 square feet of innovative common areas, comprised of shared office space and other resident amenities.

V. Listening to the public

Between March and May, 2016, six public hearings address One Boston Way. By the time the final Planning Board decision nears, MINCO has submitted five design iterations, added rain gardens for drainage retention and illumination at the Rail Trail entry point, completed a shadow study to ensure the building will not block the light of abutters, ensured no more than 12 inches of concrete will be showing above grade, and reexamined entry and pedestrian travel patterns. The changes are in addition to the widening of sidewalks and other concessions discussed earlier.

In a letter to the Planning Board, Minicucci re-affirms MINCO’s commitment to the project and the community:

“We’ve happily addressed every reasonable request made by the Planning Board. And this project carefully meets every guideline established by the Smart Growth zoning ordinance while aligning with the vision that the Mayor, City Planner, Planning Board and City Council have communicated over a two year public hearing process…

“I feel that we have arrived at a thoughtful design that will proudly serve as a gateway to the City and provide much needed resources. In our experience, pivotal projects such as One Boston Way are also the catalyst to change.”

VI. Planning Board Approval

A few weeks later, the Planning Board unanimously approves One Boston Way. The decision reads:

“This project’s architecture, landscaping, lighting, and pedestrian-oriented spaces have been designed to create a livable and vibrant new center in Newburyport. The Project, once complete, will greatly enhance the character of this underutilized area.”

To learn more about the road to success in Newburyport’s Smart Growth district, visit us on Facebook.

Reposted from:
Strand Marketing
10 Railroad Street, Newburyport, MA  01950

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Weekly Recap - It Takes A Village

FiredUpNbpt_2016July 6, 2016

You may know the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, in Newburyport the quote could be changed to read: “It takes a village to help our neighbors and friends who have suffered after a fire.”

This is so true, as the Chamber, city and numerous local businesses are indeed coming together to help!

Mark your calendars for July 20th for a potpourri of music, shopping, and dining events in Newburyport.

Planning is underway for this event, which will be centered at the Firehouse Center for the Arts and later branch out to our many great restaurants, shops and businesses. Check this Facebook page for more information!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Newburyport Summer – Explore our Rivers and Seas!

SummerWater_2016July 5, 2016

Maritime activities play a huge role in our community. Our city was literally formed around ship building! Now, many captains and sailors continue the nautical traditions by offering sightseeing tours, fishing charters and sailing trips.

Yacht Trips & Sailing Tours

Compass Rose Yacht Charters – Capt. Gig Michaud is ready to take you and your crew on a very special tour. You and five friends can board his 35’ Tiara Yacht “Gia” and take a leisurely tour through the Merrimack River or be adventuresome and head to Isle of Shoals, Rockport, Annisquam River or anywhere else along the Northshore coastline!

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon - Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of a beautiful 65-foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze. These two-hour tours are bound to be a memorable adventure for you and your family. Private charters and group rates available!

Ninth Wave Sailing Charters - Not all who wander are lost! That could be the slogan for the Ninth Wave. Set sail aboard this beautiful 48’ Catamaran for a two and a half hour tour. They leave through the mouth of the Merrimack River and sail to no particular destination along the coastline or directly out to sea while choosing the best wind angle for maximum speed. Also great for private parties!

Newburyport Whale Watch - Climb aboard the spacious, 106′ Captains Lady III to begin your whale watching voyage! Your journey departs from downtown Newburyport, where you’ll travel out the Merrimack River into the Gulf of Maine. This is the feeding ground for a variety of marine life including, but not limited to, Humpback, Finback, and Minke Whales as well as Porpoise, Seals, Sharks and an array of Sea Birds. The open ocean holds many species of diverse wildlife, making every trip a unique and exciting experience.


Two Captain’s Charters – Captain Ed and Captain Jeff will make sure your day is filled with fun, exciting and memorable moments. They take you out on a very well-equipped sport fishing vessel that includes rods that they make! In fact, you may have seen these rods on the show Wicked Tuna. You feel every nibble, bite or strike helping you catch all the action. From baiting your hook to cleaning your fish, they have you covered.

Rocky Point Fishing Charters – Captain Bill Jarman will take you and your friends out for a day of Striper or Bluefish fishing off of Newburyport, Salisbury, Plum Island or Ipswich Bay! He offers ½ day, full day, ‘After work specials’ or sunset cruises. Reserve today – the best dates go early!

Captain’s Fishing Parties – Have a large group of friends that want to catch a lunker? Captain’s Fishing Parties have you covered. Their vessels can handle over 100 individuals and are pros at finding fish. They launch their ships from Plum Island Point. You are bound to have a great time on this one!

River Cruises

Yankee Clipper Harbor Tours - The Yankee Clipper is a fun, family-friendly way to experience the Merrimack River and Newburyport Harbor. Their Newburyport Harbor and Great Salt Marsh Ecotours bring 15,000 years of natural history to life, spanning the end of the last ice age to the 21st century. On a one-hour narrated tour, you'll meet the resident plant and wildlife of the area, and your crew will weave together the area's natural, economic, and maritime history with the ecological significance of one of the world's most beautiful and scenic natural resources. Beer, wine, soft drinks, healthy snacks and activities for kids are all available on board.

Merrimack River Tours - Join Captain Bill who has three decades of experience doing history and ecology tours of the mighty Merrimack and its environs. This one hour voyage treats you to vistas of great beauty, including views of several towns, islands, bridges, water fowl, and picturesque waterfront homes. It’s no wonder that writers and poets of yesteryear were moved to write about this jewel of a river.

Essex River Cruises & Charters – Since 1992, Essex River Cruises & Charters have been offering interesting and informative river cruises! Discover the beauty and heritage of Essex, Massachusetts and the Great Marsh, as you cruise the pristine sheltered waters of the Essex River. Tours depart from Dodge Street in Essex, MA. A short 20 minute drive from Newburyport!


Plum Island Kayak – If small self-powered vessels are your style then Plum Island Kayak is your place. They offer a wide variety of guided Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board tours. Not interested in a group tour? Then why not rent or arrange for a private tour or private instruction. They also organize unique "Peddle & Paddle" adventures.

Newbury Kayak & Canoe – Located on the Parker River in Newbury, this renovated outdoor sport shop also has a boat launch right on the property! Before or after your adventure, do a little shopping and pick up something special for your fellow outdoor sports enthusiast or for yourself.

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Newburyport Summer – Rainy Day? Tannery Marketplace Has You Covered!

TanneryMarketplace_2016June 28, 2016

Nobody likes a rainy day during the summer, but unfortunately – it happens. 

Instead of having your kids, dogs and other family members dirty your floors, head over to The Tannery Marketplace and dirty their floors!  The Tannery Marketplace, located at 50 Water Street, has a plethora of rainy day activities for kids of all ages.


Pottery Isle – You and your kids can express your artistic talents!  Pick out your own piece of pottery and decorate it to create a unique gift.  Sure to be a keepsake for years to come.  No appointment necessary.  *accepts Newburyport Gift Card

Eureka Toy Store – An awesome combination of classic toys, stuffed animals and modern toys for kids from 0 – 100 years old.  They have plenty of toys on display that kids can play with and try out before buying!

Jabberwocky Book Store – We are so fortunate to have this great independent book store in Newburyport.  Two different sections of kid’s books are available for you to look at.  No matter what your preference, there is a book for you.  Put down the Kindle and pick up a book!

Beach Plum Too – Floral designs and decorations that will brighten anybody’s day.  They also feature pop-up shops including Mill 77 Trading Company and Simply B custom invitations and stationary. 

Gentry’s Boutique - An amazing consignment shop that has clothing for any style.  They feature a collection of top end labels and a pleasant staff that is there to make you look your best!

Newburyport Olive Oil & Port Plums - A foodie’s heaven.  On one side they have 50 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. On the other side, they have one-of-a-kind and locally made kitchenware as well as all your essentials.  It’s a one-stop-shop!

Wishbasket - There’s a reason they named this store ‘Wishbasket.’  It’s because you’ll wish everything was in your shopping basket!  Unique housewares that will make your home the best decorated in the neighborhood.

Riverside Cycle – Set your sights on a new pair of wheels for those sunny days!  You can also set up bike rentals and tours. 

And don’t forget your four-legged friends! Quinn’s Canine Café is a doggie’s dream. Freshly made and healthy, Quinn’s treats are known throughout the dog-kingdom.


Chococoa Baking Company – Home of the world famous Whoopie!  These all natural treats are absolutely amazing.  It’s a café, so stop by for an afternoon pick-me-up!  If you have to get some work done, take advantage of their ‘Coffice!’

Edible Arrangements – Known for their fruit arrangements, this place offers so much more.  Including the freshest smoothies you can possibly imagine.  Also a great place to pick up some chocolate covered strawberries!

Revitalive Café & Juice Bar – healthy eaters unite!  Their award winning organic, vegetarian and vegan food, will re-energize you and get you through the day.  A wide range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options available.

Newburyport Farmer’s Market – Did we mention they have a farmer’s market every Sunday (rain or shine!)  You can support your local artisans and farmers from 9am – 1pm in the Tannery parking lot.  While there enjoy music from a local musician!

Next time it rains, don’t be bored in your house – get out and explore The Tannery Marketplace!

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership Development
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Weekly Recap and More - Yes, it's been Chamber of Commerce Weather!

SummerSunrise_2016June 27, 2016

I have heard over the past few days….even this morning while getting ready for work from Matt Lauer on the Today show – that is has been “Chamber of Commerce” weather over the past week. It is indeed “Chamber of Commerce” weather in our area of Greater Newburyport! I trust that whether you are a realtor, banker, accountant, captain, restaurateur or retailer that you are busy and getting ready for the summer! Even though we don’t have any control over the weather…we do have control of what is happening on many levels in YOUR Chamber!

Last week was a busy week here at the Chamber. Some highlights of the week for us include attending member events, such as the Atria Merrimack Place Longest Day fundraiser at the Deck, to a special Rotary Club of Newburyport Coast Guard Luncheon to a great event with more than 80 Young Professional attendees at Surfside in Salisbury. In addition we held a Lunch & Learn on Mediation and a meeting of the Chamber’s non-profit members. I attended an important meeting with the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission to hear their plans for a region wide economic development blue print. Finally on Friday we hosted City planners from local Gateway cities that are interested in the history of our urban renewal and how we as a Chamber help to attract tourists and residents from around the region to come to the greater Newburyport area! It was indeed a busy week!

As we begin this final week of June and more “Chamber of Commerce” weather, we look forward to continuing to plan our new music series starting on July 7th – “Music in Market Square” and making the final touches to our "Waterfront Movie Series" which begins on Wednesday, August 10th!

Happy Summer! Let’s make it a great one!

Ann Ormond, President
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Newburyport in the Summer: Alternative Lunchtime Locales

SummerLunch_2016June 22, 2016

This is part of a series of weekly blog posts with ideas how you can enjoy the beautiful Newburyport summer season!

Get out. 

That’s our advice to you. 

You’ve all heard the slogan, ‘If you don’t like the weather in New England … just wait a minute.’  That is exactly why you should take every advantage to get outside during your lunch break.  It’s amazing what a little bit of fresh ocean air, warm summer breezes and sunshine can do for your psyche.  All of a sudden work doesn’t seem that bad!

Here are some ideas where you can get outside, enjoy your lunch and watch the world go by:

·         Market Square/Inn Street – An obvious choice if you are the ‘people watching’ type.  It’s really cool to think that you live/work in a town that people come to on vacation.  How lucky are we?!  With the addition to the new splash pad on Inn Street you can now dip your toes in the water on those hot days! 

·         Boardwalk – Nothing more relaxing than listening to the boats rock and the sounds of a busker singing tunes.  Grab a bench, watch the boats in the river and relax. 

·         Joppa Flats/Cashman Park/Maudslay State Park/Moseley Woods/Atkinson Common – We are blessed to have so much open space within a stone’s throw of downtown.  Here are five ideas of places where you can escape the office and enjoy nature. 

Almost all the restaurants in town offer call ahead/takeout service, so if you forget to pack your lunch – no worries! 

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Economic Development Advice from the Pros: Think Global, Act Local and Rally Together

Newburyport-economic-development_042516April 25, 2016
By Dave Strand

Fresh off a webinar put on by the Northeast Economic Developers Association (NEDA) on April 21st, I thought I’d share my takeaways and thoughts as the city of Newburyport and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce are actively engaged in an economic development plan as part of the city’s master planning process.

The title of the webinar was “Understanding Innovation & Entrepreneur Eco-Systems for Economic Development” and the presenters were: Maria Meyers, Founder, U.S. SourceLink; Catherine S. Renault, PhD, Innovation Policyworks, LLC; and Don Macke, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. The one-hour webinar was enlightening and encouraging on many levels. The good news is Newburyport’s assets, which include human capital, location, and connection to trends, are very positive. The challenge appears to be, like it is in so many other communities, balancing a combined government and volunteer effort to organize around and affect change while agreeing on a common set of core values and beliefs. For the purpose of this blog, I’m going to state up front what my beliefs are, and I invite others to join in and offer their own points of view, so that we might make this a thread that helps become a catalyst for progress and change.

As a marketing and branding professional, I’ve always thought that Newburyport’s reputation as a historic shipbuilding and manufacturing hub is an extremely under-utilized asset. While I commend our Custom House Maritime Museum for their hard work and dedication in keeping our local history alive, it’s far from enough when one realizes what an important part of our community this element is. I also believe that Newburyport’s burgeoning commitment to being “green” is worth continual investment and exposure. This has nothing to do with my politics, by the way. I’m a firmly committed Independent (if there is such a thing). This is about opportunity and social consciousness. Finally, if one looked under a map of the world at Newburyport it would show deep roots of cultural and economic strength. Roots connected to a legacy of worldwide maritime commerce, medicine anchored by Anna Jaques Hospital, industry represented by the work of the Newburyport Area Industrial Development group (NAID), and roots to hospitality and waterside tourism as represented by our charming stores, restaurants, museum, inns, and annual events that draw people (with their wallets) to our community. I’ve coined the phrase “Newburyport―Historic, Green, and Growing” as my guiding thread while I put forth my community volunteering efforts.

With this tidy and handy thread in mind, I plucked two tidbits from the webinar:

  1. We are not Boston, Austin or even Portsmouth. We are the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Our assets are different. Our local banks are the “investors.” Our small, one-to-five-person businesses and work-from-home workforce represent a huge part of our business base and labor market. And while we have North Shore Community College, there are no major university/incubator/innovation centers that organically create offspring, etc., etc. The point: We have to overcome our small-city limitations by focusing on other strengths, as opposed to expecting similar organic results that are achieved in other places.

  2. The ecosystem of our community matters. Building on point one, as one looks at economic growth, we should be asking “Growth of what?” Every city has a baseline. In my opinion, Newburyport’s baseline is as I’ve stated above. To realize the value of this in terms of being an ecosystem, we must nourish it. Here are a few ideas and strategies:

  1. Create a common calendar of events—whether the chamber or city takes the lead the benefit to the community, and to fostering collaboration, of a group calendar is extremely high. The data support it as does first-hand observation I’ve had personally.

  2. Support “Meetups”—Chamber mixers are a start, but there’s value in fostering a meetup mentality around the region that covers key business issues, growth issues, and necessary interconnections, that may or may not include Chamber members. This could be a way for the Chamber to say “Hey, yes, we are a membership organization. But we’re also a community organization.” And wink, wink, nod, nod, it may be a great way to attract new members.

  3. Make commitments and see them through: Newburyport-economic-development2_042516Leaders and volunteers in and around any community endeavor must never bite off more than they can chew. They also need to resolve to get to an end game. Nothing plagues a community more than long-drawn-out “ideas."

  4. Think beyond the idea of a first-floor co-working space at Minco’s future One Boston Way Smart Growth district apartment building and pick up the playbook used by nationally recognized commercial real estate innovator wework ( By keeping our finger on the pulse of the future of the way people work, we’ll be considered a place to come to work. What do you say @New England Development? Can we make something like this happen on a broader scale in the ‘port?

  5. Recreation is key. For the love of God, can we please stop cherishing the thought of a soon to be completed rail trail and finish it already so we can move to the trails in the city forest and common pasture? Have you seen the vistas out there? Of course not, you’ll be covered in poison ivy. But bring in a few goats and let’s get people moving all around this wonderful city from Plum Island to the interstate. There’s nothing more motivating than seeing another person taking care of themselves and enjoying the great outdoors.

  6. Bring a buddy’s work to work (in Newburyport). Have a friend with a business somewhere else? Have a favorite shop in another town? Be an ambassador. Many of us also work at some pretty great companies, too. What say you REI, Timberland, Whole Foods, and Medtech guys drop some serious hints with the boss about Newburyport, eh?

  7. Put a solar panel array on your roof. It’s like a hat. It’s functional and keeps you (and us) looking smart.

  8. Invest in Plum Island. Save the rusty bolt and sewer debate for another day and consider the vitality of a re-invigorated and active Plum Island point and Plum Island Center. In their heyday, these places were a mecca for family recreation, enjoyment and commerce.
The final bit of advice I took away from the webinar was that even small rural communities today have to think on a global scale. High-speed Internet connectivity, ecommerce, global promotion of your resources and businesses, and general goodness oozing out of your community online is just good juju that attracts people far and wide. Who’s got a friend in Vietnam who’d like to come for a visit and stay for a lifetime? Maybe open a new restaurant here? We could sure use the diversity in the food and fabric of our community.

Dave Strand is CEO and Brand Director of Strand Marketing of Newburyport and founder of the Facebook group Newburyport Forward. He can be reached at

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

a diamond in the rough

17hands_mar2016March 22, 2016

Would you buy a new house, and let complete strangers stay there for the weekend? What irreparable damage could be done? By not placing a high value on hiring the right people to run your business, you are leaving your cherished investment vulnerable.

Whether you run a Fortune 500 or a local boutique, your people are the face of your business. The actions and behaviors of your employees shape the perception of your brand, and create a public persona that will stay with you, for better or worse.

With that said, it is not often that an amazing candidate just falls into your hands. Think about many times has the perfect candidate walked through your front door and applied for a job on their own volition? How often do you open your e-mail inbox and think, 'this is the one!', when someone applies via an internet ad?

Contrary to popular belief, finding and keeping top talent is a labor of love. All too often, business owners are unwilling to invest time and money in to finding the right people, instead filling positions in the most convenient and cost-effective manner possible. They call it, 'finding a body'. Yes, that is a real phrase that business owners use. Many have gone so far as to request I help them 'find a body'. Without judgement, let's pause for a minute and reflect on that one. I a recruiter or a body snatcher?

I have cringed, many times, watching companies pass up that perfect candidate, in favor of a passable one, with the intention of saving a nominal amount of money. After making the wrong hire, turnover inevitably ensues. Money is lost, hand-over-fist, when trained candidates turn and leave. Despite the clear solution, this cycle repeats itself, creating a 'turnover wake' that seems never-ending.

Understandably, it is a hard stone to turn: where does one find talented, affordable, game-changing candidates that have future potential? Many business owners have excellent intentions, yet lack the time it takes to truly delve in to the hiring process, often missing red flags that could have saved them valuable time and money.

That said, some recruiters think the key to finding top talent lies in the mechanical process, of sorting through resumes and cold-calling. While those are valid tools, successful recruiting, which ultimately results in higher retention rates, is a much more organic process. The foundation of people management lies in communication, not administration.

Though, at times, the candidate with the amazing resume turns out to be the one, there are also times when that 'perfect on paper' candidate turns out to have a notable lack of 'the kwan'. What is the 'the kwan' you ask? The passion, coachability and magnetizing social skills that will enable a candidate to excel in nearly any role. Checking off boxes might work for some recruiters in the short-term, but a candidate's true colors will surely reveal themselves down the line, often at the expense of the business.

Talent sometimes presents itself in unusual places. Some of my strongest, longest retained hires have been cross-industry recruits, and candidates who may not have won the resume contest, but had that indescribable quality that made them the right fit for the role. They are gifted with traits that one cannot teach. These candidates are passionate, eager to succeed, and have an excellent foundation of professional and personal skills that set them up for success in the roles they are stepping into.

The message behind all of this is simple: though the easy choice is making a quick and convenient hire, it is our willingness to dig deeper and view hiring as a long term investment that will earn us a 'diamond in the rough'.

Republished from:
Bonnie Larity Carson
Newburyport, MA   |   (978) 778-4609

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Monday, March 21, 2016

We love when our members combine talents to create a memorable event!

glennlivermore_mar2016We love when our members combine talents to create a memorable event. 

One of the premier photographers, Glenn Livermore Photography, captured a wedding that featured great hair styles done by Interlocks Salon + Spa and great scenery provided by Spencer Peirce Little Farm  and Clark Currier Inn.

Checkout the great moments that Glenn & April Livermore captured here.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Perspective of a New Resident in Newburyport

marketsquare_feb2016A few weeks ago, we hosted local historian, Ghlee Woodworth, and her presentation on the Urban Renewal in Newburyport during the 1970’s.

As a six year resident of Newburyport, it was eye opening to see the rollercoaster of history that this town has endured. When my wife and I moved here, we called it ‘the quintessential New England town’ and our realtor told us ‘if you live here, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day!’

Six years later…we still feel this way.

A few years after living here, we were shocked to hear that our quaint little town had a rough and tumble past.

Wait…the Tannery was an actual Tannery?

All these stores were boarded up?

You could buy a mansion on High Street for less than a million dollars?!

Ghlee’s presentation was both eye opening and inspiring. To think that our city was built up, torn down, built up, burnt down, boarded up and rebuilt is absolutely astonishing. It made me think, no wonder lifelong residents of this city have such pride in what they’ve created! As one attendee joked to me “I’ve lived here for 40 years and I’ve applied for citizenship, but was denied…”

The purpose of this post is to say thank you to those that made the right decisions in 1970 and also to motivate the ‘newbies’ in this town to continue the tradition of being both innovative and respective of the history of Newburyport. We live in a really really REALLY special place.

Chris Johnston, Director of Membership
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Dear Newburyport Area Businesses


Dear Newburyport Area Businesses –

We have a confession to make. We’ve had a crush on you for the last 50 years. You all are so great at what you do and it makes the hair on the back of our necks stand up when we think about the fact that you are all members of the Chamber! As we start our 50th anniversary year, we are proud to promote your Valentine’s Day specials for the world to see. Consider this online flirting ;)

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Monday, February 1, 2016

New Year, New Massachusetts Laws!

Republished from Pomeroy Law, Amesbury, MA
January 26, 2016

pomeroylaw_feb2016Welcome 2016! Another year, and some new laws to look forward to in Massachusetts. There are a couple employment law changes in Massachusetts that took effect on Jan. 1, and one proposed federal regulation change that will likely be implemented in 2016.

This is always a great time of year to review your personnel policies and handbook for the different changes in the laws that may affect your business. Here are three reasons to do such a review.

As you know, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law that requires employers of employees who work primarily in Massachusetts to provide their workers up to 40 hours of earned sick time. Whether it's paid or unpaid sick leave depends on the number of employees. This law went into effect in July 2015, but the attorney general announced a safe harbor period for employers with preexisting time-off policies that met certain requirements. That safe harbor period expired Jan. 1 and all employers must now have sick time policies that are fully compliant with the Earned Sick Time Law.

The second law change for Massachusetts involved a wage and hour law. Effective Jan. 1, the minimum wage in the state increased from $9 to $10 per hour. For tipped employees, the service hourly rate increased to $3.35 per hour. This service rate applies to employees who receive tips of more than $20 per month, and the average hourly tips when added to the service rate equals the minimum wage. This is the second of three wage increases that were enacted by the Legislature. On Jan. 1, 2017, the third increase will take effect, increasing the minimum hourly wage to $11 per hour and the service rate to $3.75 per hour.

I also want to warn about an upcoming change in 2016 that will require all states to comply with the expected change in the Fair Labor Standard Act’s regulations. The Department of Labor previously announced a proposed rule change in 2015 that is expected would be finalized this year. While not yet effect as of this week, the amendment to the regulations will likely require employers to quickly react to the change as it relates to the overtime regulations.

The FLSA provides certain exemptions from minimum wage and overtime for executive, administrative, professional and computer employees, also known as “white collar” exemptions. One of the requirements to qualify for this exemption is that the employer pays the exempt employee a certain minimum set salary amount (salary basis). Under the proposed rule, the salary basis for these exempt positions under the FLSA will increase to $50,400 a year, or $970 per week. This more than doubles the current minimum salary basis of $455 per week or $23,660 per year. The rule change also provides for a mechanism to update the salary and compensation levels in the future.

When this rule is finalized and adopted by the Department of Labor, any employee in a previously qualifying exempt position will need to be paid the $50,400 per year salary basis in order to continue to be eligible for the white collar exemption. If the employee no longer qualifies for the exemption, that worker will need to be paid in accordance with the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the FLSA and any applicable state laws.

While this proposed regulation change is not in effect at this time, the Department of Labor is expected to enact it this year and it may come a little too quickly for some businesses. This change will likely impact many businesses. In anticipation of this rule change, business owners and managers should consider reviewing job positions classified as exempt under the FLSA to determine if they may be impacted by this rule change.

Business owners should review their policies and practices in view of these law changes and consult with an attorney to understand the implication that these changes in the state and federal laws will have on their businesses.

Maureen Louise Pomeroy, Pomeroy Law
100 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tools for Being a Better Listener When Your Customers Aren’t in the Room

Image via GraphicStock

Blog_1_ImageMost of the time being a better listener means closing your mouth and not thinking about what you will say next. But the real listening help most small business owners need in today’s business climate is digital.

Why Being a Good Listener is Important

In addition to people feeling more valued when they believe you’re listening to them, being a good listener helps you find sales opportunities, solve customer frustrations before they escalate, learn about your competitor’s customers’ complaints, and build a loyal customer base. Here are some tips on how you can find out what’s being said about you, your business, and the service you provide or product you sell.

Assemble a Toolkit
There are plenty of options when it comes to social media and digital monitoring. They run the gamut on expense as well from free to hundreds of dollars a month for a large enterprise solution. Most small businesses can get by with the free options, at least in the beginning. The only reason to upgrade to a paid platform early on is out of a desire to have an integrated dashboard for monitoring and not have to use several tools to accomplish the results you’d like.

Google Alerts
This is an extremely easy way to be alerted on people taking about any subject you’re interested in. Go to, enter in a word or phrase you want to monitor for, and then decide how often you’d like to be notified, what source you want Google to scan (news, blogs, etc.), the language, region, and how many results to report on. The results you receive will be emailed to you based on your preferences. At the very least you should set up alerts on the following:

·         Company name and variations (set this alert to “as-it-happens”)

·         Names of C-suite, owners, or anyone with a highly visible profile within your company    (another as-it-happens)

·         Industry you serve, product you make, service you provide

·         Problems you help with (for instance “flooded basement”)

·         Competitor’s name and variations (as-it-happens)

You can also use alerts to do research on how often someone is talking about a service or product.

If you’ve ever attempted to search on Twitter or Facebook, you realize how unreliable the results are and that’s why you want to use a third-party tool to do it. If someone is talking about you (without using your handle), you don’t want to run the risk of missing it.

Twilert and Tweetdeck
These sites allow you to monitor Twitter in much the same way you monitor the web through Google alerts. Twilert will serve up alerts to your inbox while Tweetdeck places them in a stream on their site for you. Twilert offers a 30-day trial but is a paid service with plans starting at $9 a month. Tweetdeck is free. Some people prefer Hootsuite to Tweetdeck.

SocialMention turns up things you don’t find elsewhere such as videos and audio recordings. You can run manual searches or use their alert feature. Also check out TalkWalker.

Mention will also deliver alerts to your inbox. It’s free for a limited number of mentions delivered per month. After you reach the limit, it stops delivering them for that month or gives you the option to upgrade to a paid plan. If people talk about you often, you’ll need to be part of their paid plans. The nice thing about this service is that you can review the mentions and tell the site whether they are relevant or not.

Paid Services
In addition to the paid versions of the free platforms above Radian6 (part of SalesForce) and Nimble offer more than just alerts, they provide insights and analysis.

A Final Word About Listening
Listening is one of the most critical things to your business’ success in social media. If people are talking about you and you’re not part of the conversation you’re missing a sales opportunity and a customer service avenue. Thanks to companies like HP and BestBuy, people are conditioned to expect faster service from Twitter than a phone call so this must be a priority for you.

When someone is talking about something you can help with offer your expertise, not your business card. Help them out the way you would a friend not a salesperson. Look to have a conversation before you try to sell. If you overhear something and force a salesy conversation, it will feel creepy.

Look for opportunities to help. If you do, they’ll come back when they are ready to buy.

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine,, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at and the Event Manager’s Blog.

She’s a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Photo credit:  GraphicStock

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Monday, January 11, 2016

The 1 Change You Need to Make in Your Business in 2016

Reprint from Frank J. Kenny

1thingin2016_jan2016At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, if you make just one change to your business in 2016 you’ll open up a new door to an even greater level of success. It’s a very simple concept. You don’t have to go get an MBA or Master’s in marketing.

You simply have to refocus your offerings from you want to say to what your ideal customer wants. Help your customers get what they need.

All marketers will tell you to reframe your sales approach from features to benefits, but that’s not enough. That’s only the beginning because you’re still seeing your business through your eyes.

You need to think larger. Your customer wants what you offer (hopefully) but they don’t do that in a vacuum. Their wants and needs are larger than your service or product.

Switching from You/Business-Centered to Customer-Centered
If you think of your customers’ purchases in a narrow focus, you are missing opportunities to be of greater use to them. Let’s take the retail giant Walmart as an example. Granted Walmart sells a large selection of products but if you visit their website you’ll note a “Tips & Ideas” section. There they have a plethora of ideas on various topics like beauty, health, entertaining, and more.

They are meeting customers’ larger needs by asking, “why do buyers purchase this product? What is it they really want?” and creating content that addresses those needs. For instance, why does anyone want to wear a pedometer? Because it’s stylish? No, generally they are trying to make a commitment to their health. If you sell pedometers, talking about features may be helpful if there’s a big differentiator between models, but most of the time there isn’t. If all you’re doing is providing the features of the item you sell, you are as unremarkable as your competition.

However, if you provide resources on fitness, best practices, tips, and ways to meet your goals, you are giving your customers something they need above and beyond a product. This is how you become a resource for them and build loyalty. Customers also share what they find valuable with friends and family.

Help Them Choose You
No one wants to be sold to. Look at how the automobile industry has tried to adapt from their hard sell attitude to a “no-haggle” approach at many dealerships. Creating resources that help your customers find what they need leads them to you. If you’re creating that content it can also be done in a way that steers them to you in a subtle fashion. For example, a bank may create a resource that helps people select the best credit card for their needs at the same time they are running a special on their card. The content could tell people about conditions it’s important to look for and it just so happens their credit card meets those conditions. They’re already on your site so help them find what they want.

Now Look Bigger
Let’s get back to the pedometer example. You realized your customers looking for a pedometer just want to make healthier changes and let’s assume you created content that would give them tips on better health practices and goal setting. Now take it to the 30,000-foot view. How can you help them do more? Provide a list of professional resources in your area like gyms, fitness instructors, and weight loss clinics. Bring in someone to do a fitness or cooking demonstration. Work with these professionals to give discounts to your customers. Create a network that provides more business for everyone involved.

Now your business sells more than pedometers. It becomes an invaluable resource for healthier living through providing what your customers are ultimately seeking.

Make your customers’ lives easier and give them more of what they want. Extend offerings and you’ll draw in a larger crowd. People will begin talking about you and you will stand out from the competition.

The one thing you can do in 2016 to grow your business is to stop looking at your customers’ buying decisions in a vacuum. Think larger. Understand that they have a life and the more you can be a part of it by providing the answers to their questions and meeting their needs, the more you can endear your business to them through utility and increase revenue.

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine,, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at and the Event Manager’s Blog.

She’s a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Photo credit:  GraphicStock

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A pat on the back for one of our Members…

By Chris Johnston

During this season of giving, there is nothing like giving a compliment to a fellow professional.

Tiffany Learned, owner of Detailed Engagements, recently told us about a great experience she has with Maureen Pomeroy, Esq., owner/lawyer at Pomeroy Law.

"As a small business owner it is very important for me to align my business with professionals whom I can fully trust and rely on. Like many others I thought that I would only need a business lawyer if something "bad" happened but bringing on Maureen Pomeroy to set my business up for success before anything has happened has been one of the best decisions I have made.

She is a friend of the small business owner and truly understands all that it takes to run a successful business. She is very easy to work with and knowledgeable on all small business law. From contract review to handling the hiring of new employees she has been there every step of the way with me. This has given me a great sense of security knowing she has helped me do all I can for my business to succeed.

I am happy to say that Maureen is a now an integral part of the network I have set up to support my business and hiring her has been one of the best decisions I have made for Detailed Engagements."

If you had a remarkable experience with a fellow chamber member please let us know so we can recognize their hard work.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Top Local Business Daily Newsletters

By Chris Johnston

Today there is no way to peruse all the different business e-newsletters that are available to you. It could be a full time job! So how do you sift through the plethora of e-newsletters and figure out ‘ok, I have 5 minutes to read local news. Where should I go?’

Answer: We did it for you!

boston-business-journal_dec2015Boston Business Journal – Your best source for the most in-depth coverage of Massachusetts business news. They do a great job covering news from Boston, North Shore and South Shore. In addition, you’ll get a grasp on ‘people on the move,’ a little bit of legal news and business reviews.

CrainsBoston_dec2015Crain’s Boston – Again, it arrives in your inbox every morning with the top 3-5 headlines from the Greater Boston area.

Daily-News_dec2015Newburyport Daily News – Obviously, this news source extends beyond the business world, but you’ll get important news from the Greater Newburyport area. Always good to know what is going on in your own backyard!

MVM-Noteworthy_dec2015Merrimack Valley Magazine Noteworthy – (Delivered on Sunday morning.) The new kid on the block, MVM has done a great job collecting all the ribbon cuttings, non-profit news and information on local business in their new e-newsletter. Check it out!

After reading these four e-newsletters you should be ready to go!

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Newbury Kayak & Lincoln Kayaks

By Chris Johnson

There are a quite a few things that we love about being the Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Newburyport Area.  Hearing compliments from visitors, watching our businesses grow, but the collaborative nature of our professional community is what really makes us tick.

We recently visited Newbury Kayak & Canoe to see how their season went and to checkout their new products. 

Among the new products are:

  • Nigel Dennis Designs from the United Kingdom.  NKC is one of two places in Massachusetts to purchase these beauties. 

  • Sherpa Adventure Gear & Laundromat Clothing – Not only will you look good wearing this clothing, but you’ll also feel good.  Why?  This is fair-trade clothing made in Nepal. 
Two new products that we thought were really cool are actually made right in our area.

  • Kurgo – This cool company recently built a new headquarters in Salisbury, MA.  What’s really cool about it is that the headquarters is made out of cargo containers!  Their products are highly quality, affordable and will definitely get a ‘woof woof’ from your dog(s).

  • newburykayak2_dec2015Lincoln Kayaks – This is REALLY exciting.  Lincoln recently moved to Amesbury from Maine and our area welcomed them with open arms.  Their canoe and kayaks are stunning.  It’s literally like seeing a really nice car drive by and saying ‘wow – what’s that?!’  Lincoln and NKC collaborated and now NKC is going to carry their entire line of small watercraft! 

Newbury Kayak is only one of the many examples of local companies collaborating to make our area well known for many different reasons.

This week’s high-five goes to NKC!

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, November 23, 2015

We are just about to find out exactly how special the holiday season is in Newburyport.

By: Chris Johnston

Each year, my family waffles around where to have our family Christmas gathering.  They all live out of state so it’s always a big decision where to celebrate.  We always insist that ‘next year is the year we’re having Christmas at a Caribbean Island.’  Without doubt those plans get pushed to ‘maybe in a few years.’  Guess where we end up?  That’s right – Newburyport.
Every year it gets better than the last.

What is it that makes the holiday season in Newburyport so special?  Let’s start with these reasons:

Running into your friend ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
One thing is for certain, we like to support the less fortunate in our community.  Walking out of the grocery store and seeing a friend ringing the red Salvation Army really warms the soul.

Watching Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive on a Coast Guard boat & Christmas tree lighting.
Where else does this happen?  After all, the Coast Guard was founded here and we are a Coast Guard City!  After Santa arrives safely downtown, the whole town gathers around a 30 ft Christmas tree and sings carols till the tree is lit.  It’s literally like a Norman Rockwell painting.

Small Business Saturday is busier than Black Friday.
Busy shopping malls and online specials are for the birds.  One of a kind gifts from a local store is where it’s at.  Our townies make sure that our shop owners feel the love during the holiday season.  We are proud of where we live and anything with ‘Newburyport’ or ‘NBPT’ is a perfect gift for anybody. 

Decorated Lampposts Downtown.
A 30 ft. Christmas tree is not enough for us.  Nope!  We need fresh garland around our lampposts with tags that show the support from our local merchants. 

Invitation Nights.
An annual tradition, merchants spread holiday cheer and the locals rejoice downtown and at The Tannery.  A great night for friends and family to truly understand what makes our town special.
We really live in a special place.  That’s probably why almost every magazine and newspaper on the east coast has mentioned Newburyport in recent issues.  Bring on the holly!

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Haul Over - Newburyport

HaulOver_july2015As our next member spotlight, we had the opportunity of meeting with Mike Campbell of The Haul Over. The Haul Over is a new activewear retailer downtown. Mike Campbell lived in Colorado for 5 years after graduating college, where he developed a passion for the outdoors. Mike then moved to Nantucket where he painted houses, then co-owned an ice cream shop.  A few years later, a store in Nantucket, called the Haul Over, expressed interest in selling. Mike bought the store and developed the retail side of the business. Today he sells a variety of different brands for men, women, and children such as: Patagonia, The North Face, Sanuk, Toms, and more.

While owning and managing his Nantucket store, Mike met Paul (the former owner of the Alpine Shop) through his Patagonia rep and Paul had expressed interest in closing his shop. Mike saw many similarities between Nantucket and Newburyport, such as the New Englandy feel, similar architecture, and even street names. After some research, Mike found out that original settlers in Newburyport are the same ones that had founded and settled in Nantucket, hence the similarities. Mike decided that Newburyport would be a valuable place to expand his business, so he opened up the Haul Over on Liberty Street where the Alpine Shop used to be.
Mike has been successful in his entrepreneurial ventures, from running an ice cream shop to owning and expanding his own business, the Haul Over. He loves to work with his younger workers where he gets to act as a mentor as well as have a good time. There are always “good vibes” in the Haul Over.

Mike runs into the same challenges as other small businesses, but he has been successful in overcoming them. As he has expanded his store, he has learned to trust the people that he hires and give them autonomy. 

Mike is impressed with the active local business community in Newburyport and he has assimilated into the community easily because of the supportive community.

Haul Over - Newburyport
7 Liberty Street, Newburyport, MA  01950
(978) 465-2543

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Friday, July 17, 2015

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Panda Dry Cleaners

PandaDryCleaners_july2015Kevin Yu is the owner and general manager of Panda Dry Cleaners in Newburyport and he is the lucky first participant of our Member Spotlights. When we drop off our clothes at a dry cleaner, a final product doesn’t come without an incredible amount of labor. After you drop off your clothes at Panda, they go through an intense 7 step process before you pick them up. Panda prides itself on the 4 quality checks throughout their dry cleaning process, making sure there are no stains, tears, or other defects.

In college, Kevin worked the counter of his uncle’s business where he learned the ins and outs of dry cleaning. After spending years in the corporate world, Kevin decided to join his father in the family business by managing the front end of their dry cleaning business. Kevin has remained in the business since then. The most rewarding aspect of working at Panda for Kevin is the connection with the Newburyport community. He loves to meet new customers and build friendly relationships with them over time. Quoting Kevin, “I wish I could set up a coffee table in the store where I could sit down and chat with all of my customers”.

Kevin faces the same challenges as many other small businesses. One of his big challenges is keeping good help and training employees. In dry cleaning, attention to detail is huge, and with that he has to make sure his employees know all of the little details, such as deciding which stain remover to use on which stains. Kevin said that experience is the best teacher from his own experience with having his own employees. One of the big changes in the dry cleaning industry is the use of machines. Panda uses a machine presser for shirts because it’s much more efficient than hand pressing. Employees can press around 35 shirts an hour with the machine compared to 10-15 by hand pressing. Another challenge that he faces is increasing need to use more environment-friendly chemicals. He said that over the past 20 or so years that the dry cleaning industry as a whole has done a great job finding safer chemicals.

Kevin is a great guy, he describes himself as being sociable and loves to meet new people.

Panda Dry Cleaners
155 State Street, Newburyport, MA  01950
(978) 499-1735

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top Industries Hiring in 2015 - From Hire Initiatives

hireinitiatives_logo_july2015Hiring Trends for 2015 and Beyond

Graduating from college? Looking to start a career where the most growth is?  Hire Initiatives recently asked the same question...where are the jobs? What are the top industries offering employment in today's economic market and beyond? We researched and read articles from industry leaders, top research firms and respected publications.

Our findings have been compiled in the list below of "the fields most likely to show strong revenue and employment growth" in 2015 and beyond.

healthHealthcare and Insurance

Projected to grow by 19.5% between now and 2020, the aging boomer population and the new government regulations guarantee that the healthcare industry will not slow down any time soon.

Engineering Servicesengineering

With our improved economic outlook and governmental lift on budgetary restrictions, this industry "is expected to hire thousands" as spending on infrastructure increases. Growth is predicted to rise at a rate of 19%.

Management Consultingmanagement

"With an 18% growth rate from now until 2020, profitability - and demand for new hires - has been climbing as the economy recovers and companies invest more in strategy."

Finance and Accountingfinance

Financial regulations will continue to keep auditors busy for quite some time. Projected to grow 17%, "more globalization will also lead to more cross-border corporate deals that require expertise in U.S. accounting standards."

Wireless and Cyber Securitywireless

Demand for "advanced wireless consumer electronics, such as smartphones," and consumer reliance on e-commerce websites, will see a surge of hiring for technologists who can make sure our information stays safe while assimilating "existing WiFi and mobile networks." Growth of approximately 16% is expected 2020.

Software Developmentsoftware

This is an area where the need for talent continues to grow strong. In addition to the necessity for "traditional" software engineers, our increasing dependence on mobile technology predicts "that demand for smartphone app developers in particular will soar at an annual rate of 37.6%, far outpacing the projected 15.5% growth rate of the software business as a whole."

Hire Initiatives, Inc.
31 Pleasant Street, Unit 4, Newburyport
(978) 225-6200  |  Website


We consistently update our job listings for your convenience. Check out current job openings here.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Thursday, May 14, 2015


Meet the Member_PartyCake.LogoEstablished in Newburyport in 2009 by Eleanor Turke, The PartyCake creates beautiful and delicious cakes, cupcakes, pies and cookies to be the centerpiece of life’s happy milestones.

From birthdays and graduations to beautiful wedding celebrations, each confection is custom made from scratch using the freshest ingredients available and decorated to reflect your theme. 
The Party Cake

Custom hand decorated sugar cookies are beautiful for any occasion and make wonderful gifts and favors. You can find The Party Cake baked goods at the Newburyport Farmers’ Market or you can visit our website to view our beautiful cakes and learn about ordering.

Newburyport, MA

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Newburyport Now
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER: Newburyport Olive Oil Co.

We welcome the new owners of Newburyport Olive Oil Co.  Karen and Katie Shernan purchased the store in December. A mother and daughter team, Karen and Katie share a passion for wellness and are lifelong “foodies”, continually seeking to maximize the taste, freshness and nutritive value in all food.

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As longtime residents of the Newburyport area, they always dreamed of opening a food related business in this beautiful town – one that would support local residents, merchants and artisans as well as provide healthful and delicious meal components.


Immediately after acquiring the store they insisted on absolute top quality and authenticity in their products and their decision was a success.  Within two months, their product lines were top seller, and everything sold. In addition, Newburyport Olive Oil Co. achieved the coveted Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil Designation. The store is quickly becoming a favorite place to shop among locals and visitors.

Olive Oil LogoRecently, Newburyport Olive Oil Co. hosted a recent Members eye opener meeting and welcomed the Newburyport Chamber members to their location in The Tannery Marketplace  for a successful and informative morning of business networking. The new owners, Karen and Katie currently stock more than 65 Extra Virgin Olive Oils and balsamic vinegars, and continually seek out local sources of unusual and delicious tastes. On any given day you might find roasted walnut oil, wild beach plum jam, custom organic spice blends, truffle finishing salt, or even bourbon barrel aged maple syrup. It seems there is something new and delicious every week!


Stop by and see their plans for expansion currently underway, as they have acquired additional space next door. They will soon be offering including cookware and kitchen utensils with unique artisan flair.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER: Coastal Windows & Exteriors

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Coastal Windows & Exteriors Inc. is a woman-owned, service-focused exterior home improvement company dedicated to educating homeowners and beautifying homes with the highest quality products and services.  

Coastal’s exclusive line of products - roofing, siding, windows, entry doors, bathroom systems, and garage doors - are energy efficient, sustainable and backed by a lifetime warranty and licensed/bonded installation.

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Owner Stephanie Vanderbilt has been a featured expert on A&E's "Flipping Boston" and the company was the exclusive window sponsor for Boston Magazine's Design Home 2014.

Coastal’s absolute commitment to the highest ethical standards means they never engage in high‐pressure sales and always put customer education first. Learn more about their innovative financing options and seasonal promotions by calling 978-304-0495 or visiting

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, April 6, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER MONDAY: Gunter & Gunter/Skytax

Gunter & Gunter, aka Skytax, is a tax preparation firm with over 30 years of experience in tax preparation and accounting services.  The owners are enrolled agents and have also worked in the airline industry since 1988. Their “Skytax” sub-name represents their expertise in preparing airline crew member tax returns.

They have a diverse client base of individuals, small businesses, and airline crew members.  Their services include tax preparation, bookkeeping and audit representation. They have an excellent client-retention rate, high-quality services, and efficient staff. Contact them today to learn more!

PO Box 130/ 37A Pleasant Street, Suite 3, Newburyport, MA  01950
978-499-1888 | | Email:

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Newburyport Now
Monday, March 30, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER MONDAY: Zesty Cookie Company

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Zesty Cookie Company is a gourmet cookie maker located in Boxford, MA. They make cookies using the same premium all natural ingredients they use when baking for their families - including Tendercrop Farm eggs and Newburyport Brewing Company's Joppa Stout!  Each of their six flavors is made with just a hint of cayenne, to create a delicious multi-layered flavor and a pleasant zesty finish. Locally, you can find their cookies at the Newburport Brewing Company, Leary's, and Tendercrop Farm.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, March 30, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER: Bura Alliance


Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance is a Sister Cities International organization that fosters friendship, cultural understanding, and mutual respect between the people of Newburyport and Bura, Kenya. It was founded in 1992 as a non-profit Massachusetts corporation.

GNBA has partnered with Kenyans in programs in health, education, and community leadership.  It has sponsored training in leadership skills and HIV/AIDS education. A current program plans to bring three Kenyan teachers to area schools this spring to “share the teaching experience.”

Visitors are welcomed at monthly pot-luck supper meetings.  They ordinarily occur the first Sunday of the month.  For info call 978-270-3941.


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Newburyport Now
Monday, March 16, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER MONDAY: Trumbull Campbell Associates

about_sidebarTCA LogoTrumbull Campbell Associates, Inc., along with its sister companies, helps property owners improve functionality, reduce energy costs, and enhance the sustainability of their HVAC equipment. Founded in Newburyport in 2006, Trumbull Campbell Associates is one of New England's leading independent manufacturers-rep firms, known for providing solutions that address the complexity of installing and running commercial HVAC systems.

TCA Solutions, LLC provides dedicated HVAC controls, and factory-trained service and commissioning support for the manufacturers that Trumbull Campbell Associates represents.

TCA Distribution, LLC is an HVAC equipment supply warehouse located in Salisbury that caters to the residential and light commercial HVAC market. It offers one-stop shopping for all the supplies and accessories needed to complete a project and is a proud distributor of LG Home Comfort heating and cooling products.

To discover how their friendly, customer-focused approach will meet all of your HVAC sales, supply and service needs, contact them today.

Trumbull Campbell Associates
39 State Street, Newburyport

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, March 9, 2015


Corsair Solutions, Inc.Corsair 1
2 New Pasture Rd., Ste 1

Corsair Solutions is a premier, high-technology, staffing company serving clients in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Their elite staff navigates the ever-changing technology sector, connecting the right person with the right opportunity. 

Corsair also offers a tremendous opportunity for job seekers to start a career in the ever-expanding professional staffing industry.  Through Corsair's hands-on training program, recruiters gain a wide range of skills; direct sales, high-level negotiation tactics, and human resource related acumen.  Corsair is a great choice for entry to mid-level job seekers that love the North Shore community and have lofty financial goals.  Their compensation packages rocket motivated individuals to wage levels that would normally take several years of corporate ladder-climbing and job-hopping to achieve.

Check out their website, send in a resume, and come meet them!

Corsair 2


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Newburyport Now
Tuesday, March 3, 2015


AvitaFINAL_PMS_NewburyportNew to the Newburyport area, the name of our community, Avita, which translates to “For Life”, is an Assisted Living, Specializing in Memory Care.  It was inspired by the desire to create a safe and fulfilling environment where nurturing caregivers recognize each resident as a special and unique individual.

At Avita, they take the time to get to know the residents and their families in order to fully appreciate what is truly important to make life worth living for that individual.  In the Avita community, the feeling of family is essential to the well-being of their residents.

Their services and programs are designed to allow the family members to spend more quality time together and less time worrying about the care of their loved ones.  They offer comfortable spaces for quiet visits, game rooms for fun with the grandkids, and catered dining to celebrate family traditions.

Avita's goal is to embrace the life and spirit of their residents.

For more information, please contact Gerry Gallin, Executive Director, at 978-225-7000 or

Avita of Newburyport
4 Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: 978-225-7000, Fax: 978-518-3717


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Newburyport Now
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER: Village Silversmith

Village SilversmithThe life-long interest of minerals, fossils, stone cutting, and silversmithing ran through the Bajoras family and lead to the opening of their first Village Silversmith retail shop on the North Shore. Since, Village Silversmith has opened six other retail locations, Newburyport being their newest location. 

They specialize in sterling silver jewelry that features unique colored stones from all over the world. Their stores also offer a countless selection of silver jewelry including chains, earrings, charms, rings, and bracelets. In addition, they have an incredibly interesting variety of mineral and fossils specimens for collectors from age 5 to 105.

Village Silversmith
34 State Street
Newburyport, MA


Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 16, 2015

Name Chococoa Baking Company’s New Mascot Contest

Chococoa Lab

Since the day Chococoa Baking Company opened, we had a mascot, Oliver – a Chocolate Labrador, of course! Our beloved Oliver passed last year and now his owner, Sandy Gilbert has a new puppy. But he needs a name! So you have the honor of helping her select name for this beautiful Chocolate Lab puppy and Chococoa Baking Company’s official mascot!

A few rules…..

This is a fun contest! The winner(s) receive a dozen Whoopies or a gift certificate of equal value, plus a photo with the puppy will be taken and hung in our café. 

The puppy’s name to be selected by his owner, Sandy Gilbert.  The name could be used as a first or second name.

If more than person selects the winning name an equal prize will be given.  If the Whoopies need to be shipped we ask that you pay for the shipping or we can send a gift certificate for use at a later date.

Message us on Facebook with your entry or email us at You may also enter in the café and more than once.

Contest runs from Monday, February 16th through Saturday, February 21st. 

Winner(s) announced on Sunday, February 22nd.

Thank you for participating!


Guest Blog Post Written by Julie Ganong, Owner, Chococoa Bakery

Julie Ganong & Alan Mons, owners of Chococoa Baking Company, are the master bakers behind The Whoopie, a twist on the classic whoopie pie. Theirs is a mini-version offered in different flavors: triple chocolate with organic butter cream filling in either vanilla or espresso. They also offer a pumpkin whoopie with a ginger cream cheese and a lemon with a lemon cream cheese filling. Their coffee is locally roasted and free-trade along with a variety of locally baked goods & savorie.

Chococoa Baking Company is located in the Tannery Marketplace in downtown Newburyport.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 16, 2015


Business Card 2015
Paula Estey Gallery is a full service Contemporary Art Gallery in the heart of downtown Newburyport. They represent the region’s finest artists, offer “Art-on-Approval”, Patron Payment Programs, Corporate Art Installations, At-Home Curatorial Services, and a rotating collection of fabulous modern art. They would love the opportunity to show you their collection.

"The mission of Paula Estey Gallery is to provide clients and visitors with the transcendent beauty that is the domain of art. In doing so, our homes, commercial spaces and communities are elevated, become deeper and more alive, and the quality of our lives improves. We embrace a global range of communities and participants." 

3 Harris Street, Tues-Fri 12-5pm. Online gallery


Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 16, 2015

MACCE Welcomes Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

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Chamber President Ann Ormond recently attended a meeting of Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) members as they welcomed Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. The Lt. Governor was on a listening tour of the business community, in between dealing with snowstorms. Here is a brief overview of what is happening at the State House. Stay tuned to Chamber News for more information coming from the Administration and the State House.

The Administration is working on an economic development plan broken down by regions of the State. They want to know what is working and what is not, what are our region’s strengths and what is unique to our region.

Secretaries of Education and Economic Development will be working together more closely to address the needs of workforce development and to grow the employer base around the Commonwealth. They are asking regions to help them by mapping out our economic development region. They are looking to engage in a conversation on best practices in the business community. The Administration will be working on two major social issues – opiate addiction and homelessness. The Administration wants to spotlight excellence in the many regions.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 16, 2015

Mass. Governor Declares "Valentine's Week" in the Commonwealth


From the State House:

Governor Charlie Baker announced that due to the unprecedented snowfall and historic winter conditions impacting the Commonwealth’s economy, next week shall be declared “Valentine’s Week” to boost business for local retailers, restaurants and small businesses.  Joined by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and local business owners, the Governor signed an official proclamation declaring  “Valentine’s Week” will be recognized statewide from February 14th-February 21st to promote patronage to stimulate the economy despite the difficult winter weather that has reduced traveling and restricted business.“I am pleased to declare ‘Valentine’s Week’ for the Commonwealth to sweeten up the local economy and encourage more business at our local shops in the spirit of this holiday,” said Governor Baker.  “The unprecedented snowfall impacting the Commonwealth has taken a toll on everyone, especially the retailers, restaurants, and small businesses that depend on an uptick in reservations and activity around Valentine’s Day.  Next week, we urge everyone to do their part to shop locally and make up for the past few weeks of limited travel and business as a result of all the recent snow.”

“Valentine’s Day is not only a day to show our appreciation for others, but it also an important holiday for many businesses that rely on deliveries, purchases and reservations to keep their doors open and make payroll,” said Lt. Governor Polito.  “Next week, we urge people across the Commonwealth to visit their downtowns and local retailers to pick out flowers, candy or something special for your valentine.”

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Ash declared that February 14th through February 21st will be recognized as “Valentine’s Week” throughout the state at a press conference with Jon Hurst, President of Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Bob Lutz, President of the Mass Restaurant Association, and Dave Andelman, President of the Mass Restaurant and Business Association.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Thursday, February 12, 2015

"I Heart NBPT" Spread the Love Campaign

I heart NBPT

This week, we kicked off a shop local, spread the love campaign in Greater Newburyport.
Visit the I Heart NBPT Facebook page and RSVP to pledge your support for our local businesses through this tough winter.

Click here to see lots more photos of locals who "heart" Newburyport!


RSVP for "I Heart Newburyport" month on Facebook and join the online community of locals who love our city. Then join in the conversation - we'd love to hear from you! Please use hashtag #iheartNBPT to post what you love about Newburyport or to promote your local business. Business owners, post your Valentine's Day specials, your winter sales, your new or featured products, or your upcoming events and let everyone know! Do it on the Facebook event wall to share with everyone, or if you do it on your own page or on your other social media, tag @NBPTchamber and it's likely we will share your post!

To spread the love, we're distributing these door signs to local businesses, especially in downtown Newburyport.
If we don't get to you on 2/12 and you'd like a poster to hang at your business, click here to print one.

Please remember to shop and dine local this Valentine's Day! A unique one-of-a-kind gift from one of our many great shops will be so much more appreciated than something from the mall department store. A specially prepared meal at a cozy local restaurant is also much more romantic than eating out again at another "Texas-Road-Apple-Garden" type chain restaurant! To see gift ideas, Valentine's specials, and find out what's going on in Newburyport this Valentine's Day, visit the I Heart NBPT Facebook page!

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"I Heart NBPT" Video Campaign

We are SO excited to share this video with you all! Thanks to our videographer Matt Forcier of LMV Productions, as well as Cassandra Leone of Shop Newburyport, Tiffany Learned from Detailed Engagements, and all the business owners who helped us put together this "Shop Local" video campaign today! Head over to the Chamber Facebook page & click on the "I Heart NBPT" event to show your support for our small businesses! Share why YOU love Newburyport using the hashtag #iheartNBPT!

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 9, 2015


Starbucks mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. Starbucks offers a range of exceptional products that customers enjoy in their stores, at home, and on the go.

Coffee: More than 30 blends and single-origin premium coffees.

Handcrafted Beverages: Fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, Frappuccino® coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Starbucks Refreshers™, smoothies and teas.

Merchandise: Coffee- and tea-brewing equipment, Verismo System™ by Starbucks®, mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music and gifts.

Fresh Food: Baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, salad and grain bowls, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Year – New Employment Laws!

Welcome to 2015 and some new laws that Massachusetts employers should be aware of!

Massachusetts Domestic Violence and Abusive Situation Leave
In August 2014, a law passed that requires Massachusetts employers of fifty (50) or more employees to provide employees who are the victims of domestic or sexual violence up to fifteen (15) days of unpaid leave during a twelve-month period. Certain employers must also notify employees of this new law. This law is currently in effect.

Massachusetts Parental Leave Act
Just before leaving office, Former Governor Patrick signed into law an amendment to the former Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act. The new law is called the Parental Leave Act and it requires employers of six or more employees to provide employees unpaid leave for certain parenting reasons. While the former law applied to female employees, the Parental Leave Act applies to all employees who complete an initial probationary period of employment that does not exceed three (3) months. This law takes effect on April 7, 2015, and employers must provide notice to employees of this law.

Massachusetts Sick Leave
In November 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot referendum requiring employers with eleven (11) or more employees to earn forty (40) hours of paid sick time in a calendar year. Smaller employers must allow for the accumulation of unpaid sick leave. This law takes effect July 1, 2015 and employers must start calculating one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked on that date, or as of the date of employee’s hire date, which ever is later.

Practice Tip
Employers should discuss with their employment attorneys how these new laws may apply to their business, and review/update their policies, benefit programs, payroll records, and employee handbooks for compliance with these new laws.

Maureen Pomeroy, Esq.Guest Blog Post Written by Maureen Pomery, Esq.

Maureen L. Pomeroy is a business and employment attorney admitted in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She offers her clients prompt and effective legal solutions. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Pomeroy also offers her services as a human resources consultant for small businesses.

Her offices are located in Amesbury and she can be reached at 978-358-7550, or visit

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 2, 2015

Wedding Showcase Deadline Approaching

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Attention wedding vendors! "The Big Day" Wedding Showcase is Sunday, March 1st, at Blue Ocean Event Center. Deadline to apply for booth space is February 20th. February 8 is the last call for early bird vendors to receive a discounted price. Get your applications in as soon as possible to save! More info:

Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, February 2, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER MONDAY: Fair Trade Treasures

Open the door and walk in to an inviting shop filled with hand crafted gems from around the world.  Fair Trade Treasures is an alliance store to Ten Thousand Villages.  They support the mission “to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.”  Knowing that each quality purchase also contributes to a more equitable world is a concept their customers have embraced.  Their fuzzy llamas, Aussie leather hats, mosaic mirrors and silk scarfs are just a few of the items that complement their varied selection of jewelry.  Stop by!  A treasure is sure to be awaiting you! Click here for more information.

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Newburyport Now
Newburyport Now
Monday, January 26, 2015

MEET THE MEMBER MONDAY: DeStefano Architects

DeStefano ArchitectsFor two decades DeStefano Architects (D|A) has provided unparalleled design services to homeowners and commercial clients throughout New England. Their experience ranges from one-of-a-kind residences to mixed-use developments, from new construction, additions and comprehensive renovations to modernization, rehabilitation and historic preservation.

DeStefano Architects received the Best Interior Design award recently from the "New Hampshire Home Magazine" Excellence in Design Awards. The program honors and celebrates excellence in architecture and the creative use of materials in residential design.

At D|A, strong client relationships are built through communication and dedication, allowing us to gain a thorough understanding of each client’s vision and goals for their project. The measure of success is found in their ability to bring initial vision to built reality.

Don't hesitate to contact them about your upcoming project & discuss the possibilities!