'Cones for Kids' benefits Easter Seals

Last week, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation launched its 31st annual "Cones for Kids" campaign. The Valentine's Day fundraiser will benefit 30 Easter Seals Camp Friendly's programs across the country and locally benefit Easter Seals NH's Camp Sno-Mo in Gilmanton Iron Works, which serves campers ages 11 to 21 with disabilities and special needs.

For a $1 donation, Friendly's provides restaurant guests with five Valentine's Day cards, redeemable for free Friendly's Kids Cones. The campaign runs through Feb. 13.

Funds raised will support Easter Seals Camp Friendly's programs essential to building a sense of independence and accomplishment for thousands of children annually. Easter Seals Camp Friendly's provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to be included in regular camp activities like, boating and canoeing, swimming, archery, ropes courses, horseback riding, hiking, basketball and fishing.

The campaign has raised more than $27 million to date.

"Friendly's Cones for Kids event is a fun way for kids in New Hampshire to play an active role in the positive development of children faced with physical, mental and developmental challenges," said Easter Seals NH president and CEO Larry Gammon.

Nominations sought for Entrepreneur of the Year

With the arrival of 2012, the High Tech Council is looking for nominations and applicants for the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Since 1988, the council has been celebrating entrepreneurship in the Granite State by selecting and honoring top entrepreneurs that have demonstrated their innovation, creativity and business acumen at the highest level.

Applications are due by March 16 and the annual Entrepreneur of the Year event is held on May 7.

To download an application, go to NHHTC.org and to nominate an individual call 935-8951 or e-mail the council at info@nhhtc.org.

'Local Economic Update' Jan. 26

LONDONDERRY — The Greater Derry Londonderry and Greater Hudson Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring a "Local Economic Update" breakfast featuring town planners from Derry, Londonderry, Hudson and Litchfield on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Londonderry Municipal Building, 268B Mammoth Road.

At the event, representatives from each of these towns will share current projects and happenings from their individual communities. The event is open to local businesses and the general public.

The cost is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for guests, which includes a continental breakfast. Register by calling 432-8205 or 889-4731.

Visit derry-chamber.org or HudsonChamber.com.

Bank awards SCORE $5,000 grant

Citizens Bank has awarded a $5,000 grant to SCORE Chapter 199, which serves Southern New Hampshire, to be used to fund local small business workshops.

In acknowledging the grant, chapter chairman Richard Clough noted that Citizens Bank has long been very supportive of SCORE and the small business community.

The Southern NH Chapter of SCORE, which covers Nashua, Manchester, Concord and the surrounding areas, has approximately 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling and training workshops for area businesses.

Call 666-7561 or visit score-manchester.org for information on counseling, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities.

SCORE is a national, nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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