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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Business calendar - Salem News

Business calendar - Salem News

Wednesday, May 23

Studio 13 After Hours, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Studio 13, 13 Enon St., Beverly. Beverly Chamber of Commerce event. Food, drinks and a complimentary work class.

Thursday, May 24

Lunch & Leads, noon, Burtons Grill, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Enjoy a meal at a Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce member restaurant. Attendees can make business contacts and practice their elevator pitch. Nick Sarantopoulos of Community Credit Union will present an economic update. $17/PACC members, $25/nonmembers. Limited seating. Registration and payment required at

Networking Extravaganza, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, Route 1 south, Saugus. The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce presents a networking event with the Commerce Network and Peabody Chamber. Free. Appetizers, cash bar and door prizes. 978-531-0384 or

Wednesday, May 30

May Supervisors' Connection: Your Brand at Work, 8 to 10 a.m., North Shore Community College's Institute for Corporate Training and Technology, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 121E, Beverly. Professional trainer and coach Betsy Day will facilitate a discussion on the first steps to creating a unique and real self brand. $39 admission includes continental breakfast. For details or to register, call 978-236-1214, or contact Tommie Watson at

Networking for Introverts, 7 to 9 p.m., Tabernacle Congregational Church, Bigelow Room, 50 Washington St., Salem. Learn how to understand and use the strengths of natural introversion to make the essential career-building skill of networking a more satisfying experience. Led by career counselor (and introvert) Jason Smith. Free; space limited. Register at or 617-935-3451.

Thursday, May 31

Human Resource Professionals Meeting, 7:45 to 9 a.m., North Shore Chamber of Commerce office, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Danvers. Features Mark Ventola, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green, P.A., speaking on individual contractor laws. Register at or 978-774-8565.

Focus on Nonprofits: Succession Planning, Executive Staff & Board, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Interactive workshop focuses on preparing for changes in leadership and making it work for an organization. Workshop will cover understanding vision, strategy and core values, identifying what to look for in new candidates, and establishing a selection and on-boarding process for new leaders. Speaker: David Kourtz, consultant, Executive Service Corps. Free.

Friday, June 1

North Shore Business Forum: Be a Referral Magnet, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker: Ron Gendron of Deltek on how to develop referrals and generate business. $10 admission includes continental breakfast.

Tuesday, June 5

Where, Groupon and Other Online Buying Opportunities, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Workshop covers the pros and cons of group buying and how to negotiate a deal that works for a particular business and its needs. Speaker: Arik Keller of Where Inc. Free.

Wednesday, June 6

State of the Region Breakfast, 7:15 a.m., Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody. North Shore Chamber of Commerce presents forum with municipal leaders to update the business community on top issues impacting cities and towns; questions accepted. Admission is $35 for pre-registered North Shore Chamber of Commerce members, $50 if purchased at the event (credit card only). For details or to pre-register, call 978-774-8565.

Leads Referral Group Meeting, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Burtons Grill, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Meet other business leaders, share what/who makes a good referral for them, and what new products and services they're offering. Leave with a contact list of all attendees to assist in follow-up networking. Register at

Women on Boards, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Panel discussion about the benefits of being on a board, what qualifications are required, what membership entails, how boards operate, and how to become involved. Panel features Fran Dichner, president and CEO, R&L Associates; Pamela Scott, president, LVCC Inc.; and Louise Trottier, senior vice president, TDBank. Free.

Thursday, June 7

"Easier, Better, Faster, Cheaper: The Power of Lean Manufacturing," 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. The concept of continuous improvement, also known as "lean," can work in any size operation. Enhance quality, reduce costs, decrease delivery cycles and delight customers, all at the same time, with a lean strategy that can bring competitive advantage while maintaining focus on what customers will pay for. Speaker: Pat Wardwell of Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership. Free.

Friday, June 8

North Shore Business Forum: Get Good Press, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker: Janice Walker of JD Communications on the best way to work with local news outlets. $10 admission includes continental breakfast.

Monday, June 11

Annual Golf Tournament, noon, Beverly Golf & Tennis Club, 134 McKay St. Beverly Chamber of Commerce's tournament includes a shot at $1 million. Lunch at noon, shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $125/person and includes a boxed lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart and post-golf dinner. Registration must be accompanied by payment in advance. 978-232-9559 or

Tuesday, June 12

The Art & Science of Sales and Marketing, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Innovative and practical approaches to sales will quickly improve a company's bottom line. Learn about cold calling, closing sales, getting that first appointment, making presentations and developing positive long-term relationships with customers. Speaker: Jay Wallus of Free.

Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Danubio Chiropractic, Lowell Street, Peabody. Presented by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce. Meet other business professionals. Light refreshments served. Free/PACC members, $10/nonmembers. Register at

Wednesday, June 13

North by North Shore: A digital media conference, 7 to 10:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Learn about social media tools that help businesses run smarter. Produced by Ed Alexander of FanFoundry and David Cutler of Eat Media. 7 a.m., networking and continental breakfast; 7:45 a.m. program begins. $35 registration fee until Tuesday, May 15; $50 after. To register or for details, email Sponsored by Comcast Business Class and the North Shore Technology Council.

North Shore Technology Council: "On the Water" Networking Event, 6 to 8 p.m., Jubilee Yacht Club, 127 Water St., Beverly. North Shore Technology Council networking event, hosted by Good Leads. Geared toward executives, business professionals, business owners, and business development people interested in expanding their network and making business connections. Free/NSTC members, $25/nonmembers. Online registration closes at noon on June 13;

Thursday, June 14

An Insider's Guide to Grants for Visual Arts, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Learn more about the seemingly mysterious and definitely important world of grants. Learn where to find them and how to apply. Different types of funding, best practices, the jury process, crowd source funding and other grant-related topics will be discussed. Speaker: Kelly Bennett and Dan Blask of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Free.

Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore: Perfecting Your Marketing Pitch, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Speaker: Stuart Papp, former stand-up comedian and current financial adviser, on how to create and execute a marketing pitch, followed by a short question-and-answer session. Event beings with 30 minutes of socializing and refreshments. Free.

Annual Dinner Meeting, 6 p.m., The Hardcover, 15A Newbury St., Route 1 North, Danvers. North Shore Women Lawyers' Association hosts its annual dinner meeting to honor Annette Gonthier Kiely as the Lawyer of the Year. Event includes appetizers, dinner and dessert. Cost is $45 for N.S.W.L.A. members and $50 for nonmembers if check is received by June 8; $55 for everyone who responds after June 8 or at the door. Mail checks to N.S.W.L.A., c/o Rosalyn Stults, 221 Essex St., Suite 51, Salem, MA 01970. For details, call 978-745-4100.

Homebased Businesswomen's Network Farewell Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Calitri's Restaurant, 126 Newbury St., Route 1 South, Danvers. The group is disbanding after 31 years and invites all current and former members and guests to enjoy an evening of memories and casual networking over a dinner of pizza, salad, dessert and beverages. Presentation, service awards, memorabilia and gifts. $25 per person. Advance registration required; register by June 5 by mailing check made payable to HBN Inc. to Miriam Klamkin, 5 Dodge St., No. 122, Beverly, MA 01915.

Friday, June 15

North Shore Business Forum: Email Marketing, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker: Alicia Williams of Constant Contact on small business email marketing strategies. $10 admission includes continental breakfast.

Thursday, June 21

Mobile Marketing 2012, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Determine how businesses can benefit from mobile marketing. Learn how to leverage mobile devices to drive traffic to a business, increase word-of-mouth marketing and influence customer behavior. Speaker: Keith Griffis, consultant, Simple Media Marketing.

Friday, June 22

North Shore Business Forum: Cash Flow to Profits, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker: Mike Sobius of Next Level Marketing on how to manage cash flow. $10 admission includes continental breakfast.

Friday, June 29

North Shore Business Forum: Tips to Improve Your Website, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker: Donato Dandreo of Complete on how to optimize a business website. $10 admission includes continental breakfast.

Business in the Arts award winners named - Fosters Daily Democrat

CONCORD — TD Bank, The Provident Bank, Boothby Therapy Services, and Heartwood Media were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards at a gala evening presentation by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on May 14 in Manchester.

Approximately 325 business and arts leaders attended the 28th annual celebration. The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts through donations of time, money and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide.

TD Bank was lauded for their support of the Currier Museum of Art exhibition Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography as well as their other significant statewide support of the arts. The Provident Bank received accolades for their "Lobby for Arts" exhibitions in bank facilities and support to other Seacoast area arts organizations including the Seacoast Artists' Association, New Hampshire Film Festival, The Music Hall and American Independence Museum.

Boothby Therapy Services was cited primarily for their support of the Winnipesauke Playhouse and incorporating the arts into therapy projects. Heartwood Media was credited for their annual program of creating a video for a NH nonprofit and choosing the Concord Community Music School for its project.

The Leadership Award was presented to Jamie Trowbridge of Dublin for his long, distinguished record of promoting and investing in the New Hampshire arts community, and persuading others of the value of the arts as an engine of economic vitality, diversity and quality of life. He holds board positions with The MacDowell Colony and Arts Alive! and he is known for being a creative thinker, innovator and man of action.

Each winner received a framed painting by New Hampshire artist Sheri Hancock-Tomek of Hanover. The Concord Arts Market loaned the table centerpieces. The ArtsBags Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening's sponsors and contained cultural goodies of tickets, tee shirts, posters and books contributed by New Hampshire's many cultural organizations. The grand prize was donated by Wentworth-by-the-Sea.

Rebecca Lavoie, author and producer and host at NH Public Radio, was the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The evening's performance showcase featured the theme Where Creativity Happens and included the Nashua Flute Choir, Portsmouth Poet Laureate John-Michael Albert, Side by Side by Sondheim by the Acting Loft and the Ukulele Social of the Manchester Community Music School.

Corporate Sponsors were Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, Hypertherm, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People's United Bank, PSNH, TD Bank and Winthrop Charitable Gift Fund. Event Supporters were Concord Hospital, The Duprey Companies, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm and Stibler Associates.

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts presents the awards annually to recognize and honor outstanding business support of the arts. For more information about the awards or the NHBCA contact the NHBCA at 603 224-8300 or visit the web site at

Business travel is back, but companies trying various tacks to control spending - Economic Times
Companies are sending their employees on the road again. But with travel costs almost back to where they were before the recession, companies are trying various tacks to control spending.

About a fifth of business travelers operate under mandated travel programs, which require them to use the airlines, hotels and car rental companies their employer has chosen, according to the Global Business Travel Association Foundation's Global Business Traveler Study 2012, sponsored by Concur.

Roughly a third work for a company that has no preferred travel vendors, the study found. The rest, almost half of business travelers, fall in between - their employer encourages them to use specific airlines, hotels and car rental companies, but does not mandate it.

But beyond trying to keep more direct control over travel costs, companies are turning to other methods to hold down their travel bills, including use of videoconferencing equipment, offering less expensive hotels within the same brand and staggering the number of employees sent to a meeting. Even per diems, which had disappeared almost a decade ago, have come back, said Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University.

Travel prices peaked in 2007, then fell the next two years. They began to rise again in 2010, Hanson said, and are expected to continue to increase this year by 4 to 6 percent, depending on the sector and the region.

But even with higher costs, business travel has come back. "The market actually recovered from what it lost in 2009 by the end of 2011, almost," said Lorraine Sileo, vice president of research for the travel market research firm PhoCusWright. The total corporate travel market in the United States - defined as corporate travel revenue from airlines, car rentals and hotels - grew to $90.7 billion in 2011, up from $72.4 billion in 2009, though still not back to the $98.3 billion of 2008, according to PhoCusWright. Revenue is expected to grow 6 percent this year to about $96 billion, and another 4 percent next year.

"Cost-cutting," Sileo said, "continues to be center stage for corporations."

To keep a closer eye on spending, some companies have created individual profiles in their online booking systems. "If you try to do something outside of policy, the system will kick off a message to your manager," said Christa Degnan Manning, director of research for American Express Global Business Travel. Or your profile may not allow you to book a business-class airline seat.

Many companies negotiate discounted rates for airline tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars through a corporate travel agency or directly with travel companies by promising them a certain market share. If too many airfares, hotel rooms or rental cars are booked outside these preferred suppliers, the suppliers may be reluctant to negotiateA as low a rate in the future, said Jay Ellenby, president and chief executive of Safe Harbors Business Travel Group, Bel Air, Md.

Negotiated room rates, for example, can include amenities like breakfast and Internet access, so when comparing them to the rates marketed directly to consumers, "it's important to distinguish rate versus value," said John R. Hach, senior vice president for global product management at TravelClick, an e-commerce service provider in New York.

London stocks slide on warning over Greek euro exit - YAHOO!

London stocks sank at the start of trading on Wednesday, mirroring heavy falls elsewhere, after Greece's former prime minister warned there was a risk that his country might leave the eurozone.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index dived 1.25 percent to 5,335.92 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 recoiled 1.29 percent to 6,352.43 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 1.26 percent to 3,050.20.

Lucas Papademos' comments came ahead of a European summit aimed at addressing Athens' debt crisis and tempered optimism after France and Germany said they would do whatever it takes to keep Greece in the bloc.

European leaders will later in the day meet in Brussels to discuss solutions to the Greek crisis as the country prepares to hold a second general election on June 17.

Analysts fear a likely victory for anti-austerity parties will see Athens renege on its bailout terms and eventually leave the euro, which could have a knock-on effect for other troubled economies such as Spain and Italy.

Papademos, who stepped down this month, said in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires published Tuesday: "The risk of Greece leaving the euro is real."

He added that preparations were being made in case Greece exits the 17-nation currency union.

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