April 2020
Digital Tradewinds is a monthly publication highlighting members of the
Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Update
Hello Valued Chamber Members:
The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce staff are so grateful for your support as we navigate this new normal and work together to keep our communities vibrant. It's been quite a whirl wind these last two months.
Like you, we've had to shift how we do business. Rest assured, our members are always at the forefront of our thinking when we discuss our next move.

To support you, your business and our communities during this time, we have:
  • Created a dedicated Covid-19 Resource Page on the Chamber’s website.
  • Offered free Eblasts for our members to communicate their adjusted operations and services.
  • Created a new dedicated link within our Member Directory for Local Take-Out/Delivery Services.
  • Established the Shop Local Rewards Program to help support our members and small businesses in our ten communities.
  • Dedicated check-in phone calls to members from our Ambassadors and Director of Member Partnerships.
  • Hosted Virtual Connect Zoom Meetings every Wednesday for members and non-members to connect and obtain ideas of how to work on their business.
  • Evolved our Weekly Chamber Happenings into a weekly resource newsletter. (Sent out on Mondays.)
  • Advocated for our communities and small businesses at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Facilitated a conversation between Congressman Chris Pappas and our membership. We're working on scheduling more conversations like this.
  • Adjusted both our Morning Mixer and Business After Hours models to a digital format to give our membership some sense of normalcy.

And we're not done! We know that things will change in the future and we're ready to adjust as we need to. We look forward to continuing to support you, and will be ready to assist you as best as we can as we move into the next phase.

We're never more than just an email away! Please don't hesitate to contact us to let us know how your business is doing, how you're adjusting, and how we can better support you. We may not have all of the answers, but we can certainly connect you with those who do. That's what we're here for!

Here's to better days ahead!

Jennifer Wheeler, President
Bobbi Vandenbulcke, Director of Member Partnerships
Kim Lindquist, Director of Events & Marketing
Here's Some Good News!
Vapotherm Produces Oxygen-Providing Devices for Covid-19 Patients

Medical companies across the world are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19, including a seacoast company that makes life-saving respiratory equipment. Vapotherm in Exeter produces a precision flow system that delivers high velocity nasal flow for patients in hospitals who are struggling to breathe.

There has been significant demand for the precision flow system in Asia and Europe and now the need in the United States has grown. So, Vapotherm added 50 new employees and a second shift. Read More...
Flag Hill Pivots to Hand Sanitizer

Like most every businessperson, Brian Ferguson at Flag Hill Distillery and Winery is trying to figure out a way through the personal and economic challenges of a society laying low because of the coronavirus.

Almost daily, he assesses how best to not only keep the business afloat, but be a responsible member of a community at-large that is uncertain – even frightened – about what lay ahead. For the latter concern, he’s switched from the production of spirits, such as bourbon, at his distillery to make hand sanitizer full time, primarily for first responders in municipalities around the Granite State. Read More...
Bank of New Hampshire Makes Donation to the NH Food Bank

In response to the statewide impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Bank of New Hampshire was pleased to present the New Hampshire Food Bank with a $10,000 donation. These funds will be used to provide 20,000 meals to the one in nine men, women and children in New Hampshire who are food insecure during this difficult time.

“We understand the impact and challenges that COVID-19 has placed on our community which is why we are proud to present the New Hampshire Food Bank with this donation,” commented Michael J. Seymour, VP, Customer Experience and Marketing Officer. “By supporting organizations like the New Hampshire Food Bank, we can help strengthen our communities and enhance the lives of our neighbors in impactful ways.”

To learn more, visit www.banknh.com.
First Responder Caravan Thanks Exeter Hospital Workers

In normal times a caravan of police cars and fire apparatus in front of a hospital would be an indication of trouble, but in the midst of a global pandemic, a parade of vehicles was a welcome sight for front-line workers at Exeter Hospital.

A caravan of police cruisers and fire trucks wound its way up Alumni Drive, around the emergency room entrance and out Buzzell Avenue beginning as a show of force to thank hospital workers for their efforts in treating patients with the coronavirus. Joining Exeter's first responders were members of state police and the Rockingham Sheriff's Department, as well as police officers from Stratham, Newfields, Newmarket, Rye, Greenland, North Hampton, Hampton, Seabrook, Kingston, East Kingston, Brentwood and Kensington. Read More...
Unitil Creates Assistance Fund

Unitil Corporation in Hampton, a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, donated $225,000 to help customers with their utility bills and other pressing needs during this difficult time.

Unitil has created the Unitil Customer Assistance & Recovery Effort (“U-CARE”) Fund and has donated $150,000 directly to Community Action Programs (“CAPs”) working locally in Unitil’s service territories to provide direct utility assistance to residential customers impacted by COVID-19 related job loss or reduced wages. The remaining $75,000 will be donated to COVID-19 based programs at agencies, such as the United Way, to combat food insecurity, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse, while also supporting first responders.  Read More...
Nathan Wechsler & Co. Managing Director Participates in CARES Act Panel

The regional accounting firm of Nathan Wechsler & Company, PA announced that Oreste “Rusty” Mosca, CPA, recently spoke on a panel at a webinar hosted by the NH Business Review. The three-person panel discussed the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on business owners.

Mosca joined Nathan Wechsler & Company in 1987 and currently serves as the firm’s Managing Director. In his practice, he provides accounting and audit services to the construction and non-profit sectors. In addition to his role with ABC, Mosca serves on the boards of directors for the Capitol Center for the Arts, CATCH Neighborhood Housing, Leadership New Hampshire, the Manchester Community Health Center, and New Hampshire Humanities. Read More...
EHS Staff Lift Spirits with Dance Video

Melissa Small thought she knew her colleagues at Exeter High School. When she conceived the idea of a dance video to encourage fellow staff and students, she said she expected “maybe 10 teachers.” But her appeal to colleagues brought 40 clips, all of EHS faculty and staff dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

Small, a social studies teacher, has spent most of her career at EHS. The video is a labor of love for her and 39 colleagues and a way to bring everyone in the EHS community together while they are forced to be apart. Small had the idea for a video before the coronavirus was at full strength, and she said she’d been jotting down ideas even before EHS went to remote learning. The dance video seemed like it would be a “nice pick-me-up,” she said. Read More...
Bear Hunt Keeps Kids Entertained in Kensington

Maeghan Silvestri doesn’t minimize the effect the coronavirus has had on her two children, ages 2 ½ and 5. They can’t play with their friends and they can’t see their beloved grandmother “Nina.”

Silvestri wanted to alleviate the effect of self-isolation on her children and the friends they can’t see, so she came up with the inaugural Kensington Bear Hunt. It’s a little effort, a little gas and a lot of fun for children adjusting to the temporary “new normal.” The bear hunt works like this: Participating homeowners place a teddy bear on their lawn, on their porch or in a prominent window. Silvestri registers their address and interested parents or even older community members can get a list from the Kensington Connects Facebook page and then cruise around town in search of bears. It’s free, fun and no-contact, according to Silvestri. Read More...
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