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January 9, 2014

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---- — Londonderry man heads new tax office

MANCHESTER — Londonderry resident Gene McGraw has been promoted to the position of officer manager for Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in Manchester.

The new office opened Monday at 581 Second St., Suite D.

McGraw, a senior tax adviser and a registered tax return preparer with the Internal Revenue Service, came out of retirement as an insurance agent in 2002 and has been preparing taxes for 12 years.

McGraw said taxpayers don’t need to wait for a W-2 to get started filing a tax return.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service will continue to maintain its presence in the area Wal-Mart stores during tax season. Call (855) 321-1040 for more information.

Taste of the Town planning underway

The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is bringing several new and very special elements to this year’s Annual Taste of the Town, A Festival of Food, and Wine & Spirits.

This year, event-goers will have an opportunity to upgrade their ticket to VIP status. The VIP pass will allow ticket holders to enter the event earlier, enjoy a separate tasting room which will feature the higher end wines, beers and food sampling, plus provide fine entertainment and much more.

The event will be held on April 24 at Castleton Banquet & Event Center Indian Rock Road in Windham.

The VIP tastings will open at 5:30 p.m.; all other participants may begin arrive at 6 p.m. The event will include door prizes, raffles and goodie bags. Vendors stop serving at 8 p.m.

If you would like to help with the planning of this event, committee seats are still available. Contact the Chamber at 432-8205 or Stacey@GDLChamber.org.

Grants will help firms go global

CONCORD — Collaboration between UPS and three other agencies will help New Hampshire businesses expand their global markets.

Joined by the US Department of Commerce, the Granite State District Export Council and the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center, UPS is contributing to the Export Expansion Fund.

The money will be distributed via grants to companies within the state to help them determine where in the world there is demand for their products and services.

Over the past two years, the federal State Trade and Export Promotion grant program has helped scores of New Hampshire businesses expand into markets worldwide. To keep the momentum, UPS, which moves about 2 percent of the planet’s GDP, joined in the partnership.

The $15,000 fund is available to all New Hampshire businesses, with a concentration on manufacturing companies with fewer than 1,500 employees in their New Hampshire locations.

The Granite State District Export Council will administer the program and the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center will be the coordinating agency. The indirect grants are capped at $1,000.

For more information on the Export Expansion Fund, visit ExportNH.org or call 271-8444.