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Join us for a fun evening at M&M Assurance celebrating their new home at the former Northway Bank location. Come and enjoy appetizers prepared by Thompson House Eatery
Chefs Larry Baima & Leslie Fletcher
Complementary tasting by Tuckerman Brewery
Networking and fun
Door prizes and 50/50 raffle
Featured Non-Profit of the Evening
The Conway Area Humane Society

The M&M Assurance Group, Inc.: Mason & Mason and its predecessor companies have provided insurance brokerage services to businesses and individuals for over 50 years. Their clients have recognized their exceptional insurance experience and specialized industry expertise, and have helped the company to become one of the largest insurance brokers in the country. M&M Assurance Group is committed to serving its clients with a level of personal contact and professional accountability that is increasingly rare in an age of faceless financial services firms.

The Mt. Washington Valley Young Professional group is hosting a canoe trip with Northern Extremes! You’re invited to get together for a day of fun, enjoying such an important part of what makes living in the valley so great; the Saco River!

The date is August 5th, 1:00 pm with a rain date of August 10th at 1pm. Registration is $25.00, with a $5.00 discount given if you register prior to July 31st. Bring your own lunch and BYOB.

Please fill out this registration form and mail it to PO BOX 2300, North Conway, NH 03860 or email it to Katelyn Quint, Katelyn@my-cpa.com. http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/MembershipPDF/canoe_trip_registration2015.pdf

Checks can be made out to MWVYP. For more information, contact MWVYP President, Katelyn Quint at katelyn@my-cpa.com


Social media can be awesome for your business.  It is often, especially for small and just starting out businesses, more important than your website and SEO.  Let’s be honest, the audience you can garner on Facebook is far more easily reached than the time it takes to ramp up your SEO.  But how do you get your fans to pay attention and produce impactful stuff to get them engaged?  Here are a few simple tips:

  1. Use local images and videos. This is one that seems to baffle most business owners, but unnecessarily so.  One of the biggest challenges I face, when dealing with a new “small business” owner, is getting them to take their phone out of their pocket and take a picture.  Seriously!  I know we have covered this before, but it bears repeating…. Again.. and again… and again…  Nobody expects (more importantly nobody WANTS) you to be a professional photographer or videographer on your Facebook page.  Just take the picture.

There are multiple “tricks” you can use such as setting up that special email in your phone so all you have to do is click the picture and email it to that facebook email for you BUSINESS PAGE and you are done.  That’s it.  You just successfully posted a picture to your business page and showed your fans that you care about them and that you are local.  BINGO! – If this process takes more than 15 seconds, you likely need a few pointers.  Don’t hesitate to ask!

2.  Feature your fans (and customers).  The reason the reward (for eating the most hot dogs or the biggest steak) in a given restaurant is a picture of the winner on the wall is because people love to be appreciated.  Oreo did a “dunking” campaign where folks would send pictures of themselves into the facebook page and Oreo would feature one fan every week.  Do the same thing with your fans.  Get them to send you images of themselves either in your establishment or using your products at home.  Or just simply snap a picture of a group enjoying your services.  Either way, the focus is on THEM, not you.  Remember… at one time these were called “fan pages”.  They were never called “sell all of your stuff” pages!

3.  Get involved with “coopetition”.  I understand that there is a competitive spirit to capture all of the business possible.  That said I’m also confident there’s enough to go around.  Don’t be afraid to join forces with other local businesses and co-promote events or other fun activities.  Celebrate their achievements with them.  It makes you look far less small and allows you to reach out to a fan base beyond your own. (Think beyond your front door.) J

4.  Get involved in the community.  This one may seem obvious, but reaching out to local groups, events, fund-raisers, etc. does nothing but elevate your stock in the community.  Nobody is saying you need to provide 10 free pizzas every time you show up (though that would rock!), but just your involvement and your time shows you care about the area and are willing to put in the effort to keep this community awesome!


Save the Date!

NCIC Annual Luncheon Meeting


Thursday, October 8th, 2015 10am-1:30pm


Please join us for this very special meeting as we celebrate our 40th year!


This anticipated large gathering will be held in Lyndon State College’s beautiful Alexander Twilight Theater.  School is not in session, so convenient parking will be available.



New Business Directions is seeking a part-time Office Manager who is motivated, reliable, responsible, friendly, organized, and has the ability to perform work consistently, accurately and on a timely basis.

Our business is growing rapidly and this is an excellent opportunity to grow and develop with our company. We help small business owners streamline the process of making money and we create order out of chaos. We offer QuickBooks products, workshops, consulting, and group training programs. Our base of well over 200 clients includes many small to mid-sized business owners who need assistance with their QuickBooks set up, clean up, training, maintenance and integrated applications.

If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our website for more information and instructions on how to apply: http://newbusinessdirections.com/careers/  

We’re pretty excited that our social media strategy is paying off. Selfishly we’re proud that so many people are fans of the chamber’s pages and altruistically we’re happy that our members get to reap the rewards of all of that traffic. All that said our social media doesn’t just happen without work. It also takes a bit of strategy and intelligence to be sure you’re speaking the right message to the right people. Here are a few tips of how to keep yourself in check.

Stop selling. I know you’ve heard me say this before, but it is rule #1 and the most often broken rule by those who don’t know what they are doing. As long as social media sites have been in existence, the objective was to create another pathway for your customers to speak to you and for you to listen (and sometimes speak back). Stop selling stuff (unless you’re using ads).

Automating your social media is another “no-no”. Auto-responses to new followers can be “tolerable”, but if you’re objective is to thank the person for joining and offer a warm welcome, an automated reply is clearly not the way to go.

The same goes for expressing gratitude for the interaction you DO get. At the end of the day, if you have a fan engaging with your social media presence (that you’ve worked so hard to cultivate), ignoring them is simply rude. Be sure you are watching those message lights and emails like a hawk. Remember. It is always much harder to get NEW clients. Be sure you are taking care of the ones you finally get!

Shhhh. Unless you are tweeting or posting the stock updates of your IPO, we really don’t need to hear from you that much. Re-posting an ad or sending the same link multiple times very well may increase the likelihood of it catching the eye of one of your fans, but it will more likely turn off far more of them. Inevitably this leads to “unfollows” and “unfanning”.

Social media can be awesome for your business. It is often, especially for small and just starting out businesses, more important than your website and SEO. Let’s be honest, the audience you can garner on Facebook is far more easily reached than the time it takes to ramp up your SEO. Get out there and be social, but follow a few rules to keep yourself from hindering what you’ve started.



Moose tracking, trout fishing, go karting, river tubing and more

available this season in Bretton Woods


The historic Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., is embracing summer with expanded outdoor activities that are perfect for guest and travelers of all ages. From mountain biking through the White Mountains to river tubing down the Ammonoosuc River, these new offerings combine adventure with luxury for the ultimate summer mountain escape.


For the Whole Family 

The scenic resort is an outdoor for playground all. From the adventure enthusiast to the family fisherman, the hotel offers activities for all ages of all activity and ability levels. The following activities are the newest additions to Omni Mount Washington Resort’s

outdoor adventure line-up:

  • Embark on a moose sighting journey with the resort’s newWhite Mountain Moose Tour

    . When guests pass “brake for moose” signs on their way to the resort, they undoubtedly wonder where to find them.  Now, experienced guides lead the search in a comfortable van to spot the majestic animal in the wilderness.
    Cost is $40 per person and includes a 4×6 family photo. Available on select dates from June – October. 

  • Enjoy a Guided Fly Fishing Adventure on local streams and ponds, which are home to rainbow trout and native brook trout. The three-hour activity is available daily now to Sept. 7, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 8-Oct. 15. Cost for
    resort guests is $99 per person; cost for the public is $119 per person. Valid NH Fishing license required and may be purchased on-site.
  • Beat the summer heat by floating down the Ammonoosuc River with the resort’s new
    River Tubing adventure. Available at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center, guests are invited to slip on water shoes, slide into a tube and drift down the river.  River Tubing is offered daily from June 20 – Sept. 7 (ages 10 and older).
    Rates start at $20 for a two-hour rental including transportation back to launch site.

Just for Kids

Summertime in Bretton Woods offers adventure for junior guests. Children at Omni Mount Washington Resort can explore the great outdoors with the hotel’s new summer experiences:

  • Young guests can play at the revamped
    Adventure Playground
    at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center. Children ages 5 through 12 can zip and glide on the resort’s mini zip lines, climb rope bridges, explore tunnels, and sway on Tarzan swings. The playground is open daily from June 20 – Sept.
    7, and on weekends from Sept. 8 – Oct. 12. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Kids can also experience the new Kids’Go Kart Park, located next to the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. The oval dirt track offers loads of fun for youngsters in large-tired Go Karts designed specifically for children. The park is open daily from June 20 – Sept. 7, as well as on weekends from
    Sept. 12 – Oct. 12. Cost is $20 for 15 minutes.

Bretton Woods offers outdoor activities for everyone from mountain biking and zip lining to horseback riding and hiking. Discover some of Omni Mount Washington Resort’s popular and seasonal activities with the enhanced 2015 Summer Day Pass. The new pass has been updated with more possibilities than ever! For $49 per person (over four feet in height) and $29 per person (under four feet in height), this pass allows unlimited use of the following:

  • Williwaw Racing Zip
    (Must be 4′ tall and 80-250 lbs)
  • Kids’ Go Kart Park
    (Must be 4′ tall and less than 100 lbs)
  • Disc Golf
  • Slopeside Climbing Wall
  • Archery Range
  • Unlimited Scenic Chairlift access (including bike trail use)
  • Kinderwoods Adventure Playground (ages 5-12)

For more information about Omni Mount Washington Resort, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit




About Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort is an all-season resort destination in New Hampshire located at the base of Mount Washington and surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest.  In September 2009, Omni Hotels began management of the property, which is home to the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, site of the International Monetary Conference of 1944, and Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area.  Recent renovations unveiled a restored 18-hole Mount Washington Golf Course, 25,000-square-foot The Spa, 20,000-square-foot Conference Center, outdoor pool complex and renovated guestrooms, lobby and public spaces.  The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour was also added to the resort’s list of amenities, which includes top-rated Alpine and Nordic skiing, 27 holes of championship golf and a full slate of additional seasonal activities.  A variety of lodging, dining and activities is offered year-round, along with many traditional and cultural events.  For more information, guests can call 1-800-The-Omni.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways
and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants,
Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options.  Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty
program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or
call 1-800-The-Omni.


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