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May 30, 2013

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Derry News

---- — Banking groupseeks nominations

The New Hampshire Bankers Association is seeking nominations for its 2013 New Hampshire Community Banker of the Year Award.

Since 1994, the NHBA has selected a recipient each year who best represents the combination of professionalism and inspirational community involvement, and has made their region a better place to work and live.

Nominations can include any bank employee who has gone beyond the course of ordinary business and helped to better the State of New Hampshire through civic and community engagement. Ideal candidates will be respected industry professionals who have made a significant impact on those around them by inspiring others to be involved in community service.

This year’s selection panel will comprise several leading public officials. The award will be presented at the NHBA’s Annual Conference in September, being held at Jay Peak Resort in cooperation with the Vermont Bankers Association. Nomination letters should include an outline of the individual’s recent activities and achievements. They should be accompanied by at least one letter of recommendation from a community or civic organization.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 3. Nomination letters should be mailed to the New Hampshire Bankers Association, P.O. Box 2586, Concord, 03302-2586 or emailed to Sandy Tracy, VP-NHBA, stracy@nhbankers.com.

Grants offeredto expand exports

CONCORD — New Hampshire companies that produce an array of products, from beer to beauty products, are eligible to receive a grant that could help them enter or expand their export market.

The State Export Initiative grant program provides up to $500 per company to encourage them to increase their export promotions.

The products do not have to be consumable food, said Adrienne Messe of Food Export USA-Northeast, which is working with the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center to make the grants available.

“Beauty products, like lotions, for example, can qualify because their ingredients are agricultural-based,” she said.

Agriculture businesses across the state have taken advantage of this opportunity, and are reaping the benefits. HomeFree of Windham, which makes allergy-friendly snacks, used the grant to take part in a trade show, which would have otherwise been too expensive.

Applications are available through the ITRC. For more information and guidelines, visit the Food Export USA page at ExportNH.org or contact Ellie White at ellie.white@dred.state.nh.us, 271-8444.