February 2021
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Hay Creek Hotels Opens Shelter Harbor Inn

Hay Creek Hotels is celebrating the addition of Shelter Harbor Inn into the HayCreek Collection.

Located on the Block Island Sound in Westerly, Rhode Island, Shelter Harbor Inn is situated on over three acres of greenery. The 22-room boutique hotel features upscale amenities including an on-site restaurant with multiple dining options serving fresh New American cuisine, a spa, and various seasonal activities. The picturesque setting is idyllic for all of life’s celebratory moments, including weddings, mitzvahs and corporate retreats. Shelter Harbor Inn provides upscale amenities in a setting that celebrates the best of New England beauty and traditions. From hearthside dining with freshly sourced seafood and greens, to the laughter of lawn games and breakfast outdoors on bright, clear mornings, Shelter Harbor Inn takes a thoughtful approach to warm hospitality.

To learn more, visit www.haycreekhotels.com.
Unitil Gives Back to Local Charities

Unitil recently donated $13,000 as part of its giving program, nearly $700 of which was donated by employees, to help support local charities focusing on homelessness and food insecurity. Nonprofit organizations that received donations include The Friendly Kitchen of Concord, Concord Coalition for Homelessness, Meals on Wheels of Rockingham County, Society of St. Paul de Vincent of Exeter, and the CrossRoads House in Portsmouth.

Unitil employees also gifted toys to children in need throughout its service territories.
Toys were collected and shipped directly to organizations in need including Seacoast Area Firefighters Toy Bank and Team Thiago.
Altogether, Unitil donated over $250,000 in 2020 as part of COVID-19 relief efforts in support of community outreach efforts.

Visit www.unitil.com to learn more.
Nathan Wechsler Announces New Principal

The regional accounting firm of Nathan Wechsler & Company, PA is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Nadeau, CPA, CVA, CFE.
Nadeau became familiar with Nathan Wechsler in 2009, when he first joined the firm as an intern. After graduating from college, he spent just under two years with a Big Four firm before joining the Nathan Wechsler team fulltime in 2012 as an associate. He worked hard to rise through the ranks, serving as a senior associate, supervising senior accountant, manager, and senior manager. With this promotion, which will go into effect in the summer of 2021, Nadeau takes on the role of principal. A well-rounded professional, Nadeau works on all phases of audit and tax engagements, including planning, preparing financial statements, and formulating income tax returns. He specializes in serving manufacturers and construction businesses, performing business valuations, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions.

Visit www.nathanwechsler.com to learn more.
Kennebunk Savings Announces Promotions

Kennebunk Savings is creating several new roles aimed at enhancing the customer experience. Judy DesMeules of the Wells branch, Mark Ross of the Kennebunk branches, and Carlos Maldonado of the Portsmouth and Hampton have been promoted to retail experience managers for the Seacoast, Southwest, and Southern districts, respectively. In their new roles, they will continue to manage their existing branch offices, but will also serve as team leaders overseeing the other branch managers in their assigned districts.

In January, the bank announced a wave of promotions aimed at promoting a new generation of leadership. 2021 is Kennebunk Savings’ 150th year of operation, and a yearlong celebration centers on the theme of “Celebrating our past, driving our future.”

Learn more at www.kennebunksavings.com.
Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Employee Earns CPA License

The Certified Public Accounting firm of Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA is pleased to announce that Molly Burns has earned her Certified Public Accountant designation.

Molly completed the rigorous academic requirements, passed all four components of the demanding Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and completed the necessary experience requirements to receive her CPA license in the State of New Hampshire. Molly graduated with a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of New Hampshire in 2019. She began her career with Leone, McDonnell & Roberts in 2017 as an intern and is currently a Staff Accountant in our Dover and Stratham offices. She focuses on individual tax preparation and nonprofit audits, enjoying the team approach that accompanies every client engagement.

A current resident of Dover, New Hampshire, Molly’s happy place is on horseback riding a beautiful trail. Before the program was eliminated this past year, Molly spent time volunteering for the Dover Mounted Patrol, caring for the horses.

Learn more at www.lmrpa.com.
Great Bay Students Benefit from Community Engagement

Help is a two-way street during the pandemic. At Great Bay Community College, that means meeting the needs of students who might be at risk of going hungry, falling into isolation, or struggling to maintain safe and healthy personal habits. It also means students from the college are meeting needs in the community through a range of volunteer activities. The reciprocal nature of community engagement – students receiving help and students giving back – is happening regardless of the college’s learning model, whether students are meeting face-to-face or remotely.

GBCC is helping students through several initiatives. It is reducing food insecurity with partnerships with Gather, Hannaford, Take Out Hunger, and through financial support from Great Bay’s Student Government Association and the Foundation for New Hampshire Community Colleges. To help students remain engaged, the college has arranged guest speakers via Zoom, including a chat session with NBA star and New Castle native Duncan Robinson, virtual escape rooms and trivia contests, as well as a virtual caricature artist party and a Valentine’s Day event that more than 130 people registered to attend.

To read the full article, click here.

Visit www.greatbay.edu to learn more.
February Chamber Spotlight:
Trends Gift Gallery & Invitation Studio
Trends Gift Gallery & Invitation Studio started its modest beginnings at Hampton Beach in the back of the Club Casino at a small retail space – selling all kinds of funny, eclectic merchandise. Always selling the best cards on the East Coast-that has never changed! As they matured as a retail card shop, they became a very well known Retail Gift Shop for the local Exeter and Seacoast community and visitors. They moved down Water Street until they found their happiest of homes today at 85 Water Street.

Trends is celebrating 37 years in business in 2021!
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February New Members
Wolfe Education Services, LLC | 19 Hampton Rd., Bldg. B, Ste. 10, Exeter

Merchant Workspace | 19 Hampton Rd., Unit 10, Exeter

Seacoast Area Crop Hunger Walk

Great Bay Services | 23 Cataract Ave., Ste. 1, Dover

Alysia MacDougall State Farm Agency
92 Portsmouth Ave., Ste. 7, Exeter
February Renewing Members
New for 2021, for those members who renew during their renewal month or before they will be entered in a raffle for a complimentary EBlast, valued at $150.
February's winner was White Wave Photography. Congratulations!
Membership Milestones
Congratulations to our members who are celebrating a milestone year with the
Exeter Area Chamber!

5 Years
Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Outstanding Woman in Business
Jay Couture
Jay Couture has 30+ years of progressive experience in NH’s community mental health system, serving in her current role as CEO since 2002. She is known as one of the most respected leaders in community mental healthcare in the state and has worked in a non-partisan manner with governors, state and federal senate and house officials, as well as on the individual local town levels. Jay was born to give back to her community. She has spent her entire career working to improve the lives of people in NH, especially the lives of those most vulnerable. Jay is using her advocacy work and legacy to improve the mental health system in NH and pushes everyone around her to do the same
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