October 2020
Digital Tradewinds is a monthly publication highlighting members of the
Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Enna Chocolate Named One of the Country's Best

Enna Grazier brought two squash-like items to a small table. They weren't vegetables, she informed her guests at Enna Chocolate's cafe, but rather the pods for cocoa beans. Grazier makes, sells and teaches about chocolate in her factory and cafe at 152 Front St. She was recently named one of the top 50 chocolate makers in the United States in Megan Giller's new book, "Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revival."

Grazier studied fine art photography along with her husband Matt, and the couple made a living for almost 20 years as wedding photographers. Five to eight years ago she felt the need for a change. She wanted to learn to make bonbons to give as gifts to the people who had worked with them on weddings. She bought a small melanger and began experimenting at home. With the quality of chocolate she sought, she soon realized, "I can't afford to make these without selling some of them," and began to market some of her chocolate bars.

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Main Street School Educator Finalist for Teacher of the Year

After every academic year, Main Street School teacher Kathleen McCaffery holds an awards night where she recognizes each of her students as her “shining stars.” McCaffery's own star may be shining brightest as she or one of five other finalists will be named New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year during a small ceremony on the Statehouse lawn. She said the application process included writing 10 essays for the nomination committee.

McCaffery said at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, she had to work hard to come up with creative projects students could do from their own homes. One such project entailed a “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” activity where she and students took turns giving virtual tours around their homes. McCaffery and her students have also written letters and made videos to thank frontline workers during the pandemic. They have also taken virtual field trips led by community leaders, engaged with political leaders on global issues and welcomed authors into their virtual classroom for interviews.

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Portsmouth Doctor Responsible for Creating Textbook

A Portsmouth doctor is responsible for creating the most definitive textbook of everything anyone, ever could want or need to know about skin conditions.
Dr. James G.H. Dinulos of Seacoast Dermatology worked on the first six editions of Habif’s Clinical Dermatology with a long-time colleague, Dr. Thomas P. Habif. The seventh edition, published in February of 2020, topping out at over 1,000 pages is a memorial to Dr. Habif, and a labor of love, honoring the late doctor’s wishes.

Dr. Thomas Habif died Aug 17, 2018, at the age of 75. He practiced locally including serving as a major in the Air National Guard as a flight surgeon at Pease, opening a private practice and serving as a clinical professor of surgery (dermatology section) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Habif’s textbooks are translated into 10 languages and are used around the world to help diagnose both common and rare skin conditions.
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Third Grader Wins NH Home Energy Challenge

As we all began adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, Eversource wanted to provide its customers and their children a fun way to share our commitment to sustainability, so it launched the Home Energy Challenge in April to provide students across New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts a unique and engaging STEM experience they could participate in at home. After 639 students across New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts participated in the challenge, Hooksett third-grader, Ethan Lajewski, was selected as New Hampshire’s winner along with an additional winner in each of the other states. The young innovators were rewarded with their pick of a new iPad or Chromebook, and Ethan was excited to receive his new iPad.

The Home Energy Challenge was designed to educate K-12 students about the value of energy efficiency through hands-on experience. After enrolling in the challenge, Ethan received a kit with parts to construct both a well insulated home and a less efficient structure. After building his two model homes, he had the chance to put them to the test.

Learn more at eversource.com.
Charlie Ermer Awarded Excellence Award

Charlie Ermer, VP of Business Operations for Palmer Gas & Oil, was recently awarded a 2020 Business Excellence Award in the category of consumer services for large organizations from NH Business Review. The annual awards recognize New Hampshire’s top business executives for their imagination, industriousness, innovation, and achievements.

According to Peter Iacobucci, general manager for Palmer Gas & Oil, Charlie’s vision and planning allowed for Palmer Gas & Oil to continue seamless operations during some of the most unprecedented times of COVID-19. Thanks to Charlie’s foresight, we were prepared for one of the greatest challenges in our company’s history.

To learn more, visit palmergas.com.
Windhill Design Launches New Website Design

Windhill Design recently launched a brand new, responsive WordPress web site for the Village of Baldwinsvilleore.

The Village of Baldwinsville is located just north west of Syracuse, New York and has a population of about 7,800. The old web site was based on Joomla and was at least 8 years old. One of the driving reasons for the new web site was to make the site more accessible and more ADA compliant. Not only was Windhill Design able to upgrade the site to the latest version of WordPress making it more secure and easier to manage into the future, but they were able to make the design responsive and easier to navigate for users as well.

Visit windhill.com to learn more.
We want to help spread the word about YOUR business!
As a member of the EACC, you have a number of tools available to help you promote your business.

Ready to learn more?
Attend our next FastTrak Meeting:
Wednesday, October 14th, 8:30-9:30am
What better way to get in front of over 2,000 contacts then by advertising in the Exeter Area Chamber's Digital Tradewinds Member Newsletter!

Contact Kim Lindquist, Director of Events & Marketing, at kim@exeterarea.org or by phone at 603.772.2411 x2 to learn more and to secure your spot.
July Anniversaries

Visiting Angels~7 Years
Nadeau's Subs~6 Years
Soaring Hawk~6 Years
Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Citizen of the Year
Dottie Milbury

This award is presented to an individual who has made major contributions to the progress and betterment of the Exeter Area community and beyond.

A special story from Chamber president, Jennifer Wheeler: "Dottie is a very special person to me- she was the very first person I met in Exeter in 1997. She picked me up at the Inn by the Bandstand and we spent the morning driving around and introducing me to Exeter. At the time, I didn’t know much about houses, taxes, or schools- but after hearing her passion and commitment for this community, I knew this is where I wanted to be. Thank you, Dottie- for what you do for our community, how you’ve inspired so many of us, and for introducing me to this community. You are one of the reasons the Wheeler Family is here, and I will be forever grateful for the introduction."

Business of the Year-Manufacturing/Technology

Buxton Water has been serving the water needs of the community for over 40 years. They provide chlorinated drinking water for drinking or pool fill-ups- and have generously donated water to farmers during drought conditions and cancer patients so they can ‘float freely’.

Each month, the Exeter Area Chamber will honor two award winners from the

Congratulations to all of our winners!

2020 Women of Excellence Awards
Friday, November 13, 2020
Remo Virtual Event
Women in the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce play a critical role in the regional economy as business owners and executives. The Women in Business initiative of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce is focused on building a strong network of women intent on inspiring one another to achieve individual potential; supporting each other in business endeavors; and creating a legacy through mentorship.

We are recognizing the achievements of these strong, talented and POWERFUL women of all ages making their mark on the Exeter Area business community at a special Women of Excellence Awards virtual presentation with special keynote speaker, Crystal Paradis.

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