Greater Haverhill Chamber Hosts Speed Networking Event Thursday, Feb 13

The Greater Haverhill Chamber is showing the love just before Valentine’s Day with a speed networking event to increase contacts between attendees and their businesses in large quantities. The event begins Thursday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m., at Haverhill Elks Club, 24 Summer St., Haverhill. Similar to speed dating, speed networking will help businesspeople, entrepreneurs and job seekers the opportunity to network and create new business contacts quickly and with ease. Additionally, attendees can enter their business card for a chance to win a complimentary chamber email blast, a professional head shot and a business starter kit.

Gary Jaffarian Joins Ambassador Team at Ruth’s House

Gary Jaffarian of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota was recently named to the Ambassador Team at Ruth’s House, a Lafayette Square thrift shop. Ambassadors are the complementary partner to the board of directors. The aim of ambassadors is to promote the mission, goals and values of Ruth’s House and spread the word about how Ruth’s House contributes to the community. “Ruth’s House has long been a leader in the community working with all of the local agencies to support those in need,” said President and CEO Gary Jaffarian of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. “We are proud of this new partnership and looking forward to helping Ruth’s House achieve their goals to provide care, compassion, clothes and job training to individuals and families in need throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley.”

As an ambassador, Jaffarian is promoting a non-profit referral program.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Congressional Breakfast Forum Feb. 10

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee is hosting a Congressional Breakfast Forum at DoubleTree by Hilton on Mon., Feb. 10 at 7:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Congressman Seth Moulton and Congresswoman Lori Trahan are expected to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the United States in 2020 and how businesses could be impacted. Cost for attendance is $30 for Chamber members and $50 for future members. The breakfast is at DoubleTree by Hilton at 123 Old River Road, Andover. For more information visit, or call the Chamber at 978-686-0900.

U.S. Rep. Trahan Visits Haverhill’s Convectronics; Firm Grows in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Congresswomen Lori Trahan yesterday morning visited Haverhill’s Convectronics, a 35-year-old company specializing in clean energy and heating and, more recently, electric vehicle charging stations. Trahan learned more about the company’s ability to design and develop environmentally-friendly heat, energy and lighting products. The third-generation company has grown rapidly in Haverhill. Trahan had high praise for the family-owned company. “This is a great example of a manufacturing company that has stayed ahead of the market to help alternative energy companies grow themselves,” she said.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Ashland Farm Mixer Tonight

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Networking and Referral Mixer” at Ashland Farm at North Andover is tonight, Jan. 22. Attend the mixer for business connections and networking, complimentary food, drinks and a business card drawing for prizes. Pre-register and bring a potential new member for a gift card courtesy of the MVCC. The event is 5-7 p.m. at 700 Chickering Road., Route 125, North Andover.

Cedar’s Mediterranean, Whittier Tech, Fantini Bakery Among Haverhill Chamber Honorees Feb. 7

Ward Hill-based Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and Fantini Bakery are among those being named the city’s top businesses by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber honors more than a dozen businesses, nonprofits and individuals at its annual Business Awards Breakfast Friday, Feb. 7. Among the individuals are Caroline Pineau as “Pioneer of the Year” for her work in advancing her adult-use marijuana store, Stem, at 124 Washington St. Special recognition is also extended to MakeIT Haverhill, receiving the President’s Innovation Award, and Lt. Gen. Jack Gardner, receiving the John E. Ratka Veterans Award.

Haverhill Chamber Meet and Greet Next Week at UMass Lowell iHub

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new member meet and greet next week. Aimed at those who are new to the Chamber or just would like to learn more, the free event offers coffee, networking and an informal introduction to the Chamber. The meet and greet is Thursday, Jan.16, from 8-9 UMass Lowell iHub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. or more information, and to register, email Melissa Seavey at [email protected]

After 32 Years, Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Wil Carpenter Moves Into Retirement Mode

He has been an advocate for Merrimack Valley businesses—often seen, but more often playing critical roles behind the scenes. Last night, however, members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce bade farewell to Wilfred N. “Wil” Carpenter during a member event last night at the Tap Restaurant and Brew Pub in downtown Haverhill. While Carpenter is stepping down from his day-to-day duties as vice president of the Chamber, he told the crowd he isn’t retiring in the classic sense. “What a long, strange trip this has been. My trip does not end here.