TD Bank Offers Anti-Fraud Tips at Greater Haverhill Chamber Leads Lunch June 7

Greater Haverhill Chamber members network over a free “Leads Lunch” during the first Wednesday in June. TD Bank will be on hand to give tips and tricks on how businesses can avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Lunch is provided. Nonmembers may attend for $10 per person. The Leads Lunch takes place Wednesday, June 7, and every first Wednesday of the month, from noon-1 p.m., at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, in downtown Haverhill.

MakeIT Haverhill Job Fair Showcases Health Care Jobs and Training, Other Positions Thursday

A variety of jobs in the health care sector—from certified nursing assistants to physical therapists—are among those being showcased this Thursday at MakeIT Haverhill’s monthly job fair. Besides health jobs for those already trained, Northern Essex Community College staff will be on hand to discuss its free certified nursing assistant program, including for students enrolled in English to Speakers of Other Languages, intermediate level. Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School staff are also available to share information about free training in AutoTech/Auto Body, Culinary Arts, Plumbing, Welding, Marine Technology or Advanced Manufacturing. Employers include Penacook Place, A Better Life Homecare, Whittier Health Network, All at Home Health Care, and Mary Immaculate. Others seeking to hire are United States Postal Service, Opportunity Works and NRT Bus.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program June 9

More than two dozen local businesses and organizations are set to be honored when the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce conducts its Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program early next month. As he has previously, Robert Nelson, Massachusetts director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is expected to address recipients and guests Friday, June 9, from 7:30-9 a.m., at Renaissance Golf and Country Club, 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill. Singled out for their “Perseverance,” despite the economy, pandemic and other setbacks over the years, are Maria’s Restaurant and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, both of Haverhill. Other award categories and winners are Business Assistance, Better Business Bureau and Score; Hospitality & Tourism, Benson’s Ice Cream and Lawrence History Center; Discovery/Education, Clarendon Early Education Services and Clark School; Environmental, Groundwork Lawrence and Nexamp; Healthcare, Cedardale Health & Fitness and Home Instead; Innovative, MeVa Transit and Professional Center For Child Development; Longevity, Paper Potpourri and Rumbo; Manufacturing/R&D, Joseph’s Bakery and Seica; Arts & Culture, Addison Gallery Of American Art and North Andover Historical Society; Diversity Owned, Peachbox and Nandi Security; Non-Profit/Community Service Bethany Community Services and Planet Aid; Media, BC Media Productions and WHAV;  Retail, Doyon’s Appliance and Smolak Farms; Service, American Training and Distinctive Window Coverings; Veteran-Owned, Adam Hogue of Northern Peak Financial and Kevin Dennehy of Global Tech. Communications; Wholesale Induspad and Planted Donuts; Women In Business, Stephanie Vanderbilt of Coastal Windows & Exteriors and Sheila Doherty of Doherty Insurance Agency; Special Salute to Family-Owned Businesses, A&M Auto Body, Silverio Insurance Agency, Sonny Valley and the Tomacchio Family.

Greater Haverhill Chamber to Honor Four at Annual Dinner, Introduce Dolan-Wilson as Chair

A food manufacturer, banker, well-known volunteer and state representative are the top honorees when the Greater Haverhill Chamber holds its 107th annual dinner in two weeks. Cedar’s Foods, based in Ward Hill, walks away with the coveted Charles E. Billups Award. The Chamber’s highest honor, the award remembers Billups—chairman of the former Essex County Gas Co.—for stepping in help the organization grow during a tumultuous period during the 1970s. Haverhill Bank Vice President Jim Henebry is the recipient of the Jerry Loy Outstanding Director Awards; Nomsa Ncube, a volunteer with Somebody Care New England and community liaison at Baker-Katz Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, receives Community Leadership Award; and Rep. Andy X. Vargas takes home the Chamber Service Award. “We are so happy to recognize four of our exceptional members who make extraordinary contributions to business, the community and our Chamber,” said Alexandria Eberhardt, president and CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber.

CiderFeast New England Returns to Downtown Haverhill June 22

CiderFeast New England comes back to downtown Haverhill next month to celebrate the region’s apple heritage with an all-inclusive tasting event featuring craft ciders from some of the top cider makers in the area. Organizers say New England’s unique climate and soil, coupled with the Puritan value of self-sufficient agriculture, has given the region an unrivaled crop of apples. As the area was settled, easy transport via abundant waterways fueled the growth of the apple industry. Today, New England remains a top producer of apples and hard cider. “We’re excited to bring back CiderFeast New England for another year,” said Jimmy Carbone, founder of Destination Downtown Haverhill and Craft Haverhill.

Bong & Pong Championship Raises $16,000 for YWCA to Support Sexual Assault Victims

The First Annual Bong & Pong Championship, hosted earlier this month by Stem Haverhill, attracted 32 teams and more than 300 participants and raised  $16,000 for the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts to help support sexual assault victims.

Stem Haverhill owner Caroline Pineau noted cannabis entrepreneurs have added “an exciting and innovative approach to fundraising and social equity in Massachusetts since legal sales began in 2018. “I can’t express enough admiration for everyone who supported and attended this great event, not just because of the money we raised for a truly great cause, but for demonstrating once again how committed the cannabis business community is to supporting important local organizations and giving back to society,” Pineau said. Bando Alternative Group, a home delivery and transportation business and a social equity applicant, won the Ping Pong competition, with Treeworks, a product manufacturer based in Hatfield, coming in at runner-up. Eunice Ziegler, director of advancement for YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, said, “Earlier this year, the Stem Haverhill team contacted us about hosting a ping pong tournament to benefit our work around sexual assault awareness and support services. The creativity floored us…everything came to life, and there were over 300 attendees, and it was even more impactful than we imagined.

Sal’s Pizza Closes North Andover Shop, Opens at ‘Flagship’ Haffner’s Location in Lawrence

Sal’s Pizza has closed its North Andover location, but fans of the slices won’t go without with the opening of a shop at Haffner’s new “flagship” location on Merrimack Street in Lawrence. Sal’s Pizza calls the new location at 425 Merrimack St. “innovative” and “cutting-edge” as part of Energy North’s gas station, car wash, convenience store and Crack’d Kitchen Express. CEO and President Salvatore N. Lupoli said he is “deeply grateful for the loyalty and support” of North Andover customers over 33 years. “We will cherish the memories of our customers, employees and the North Andover community for years to come,” said Lupoli.

Smart Manufacturing Resiliency Summit Next Month Sets Stage for Future Haverhill Tech Hub

A Summit on Smart Manufacturing Resiliency, taking place next month at Northern Essex Community College, could very well paint a picture of Haverhill’s economic future. The summit, envisioned in part by City Council Vice President John A. Michitson and turned into a reality by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the college, focuses on smart manufacturing across three major industries: advanced manufacturing, life sciences and climate technology. Speaking before the City Council Tuesday, state Rep. Andy X. Vargas said he hopes the summit will be a catalyst for making Haverhill an attractive location for those types of industries. “I think we have two really impressive clusters of manufacturing here—food manufacturing and climate technology—and so, we want to make sure that people see Haverhill as a place to bring those types of businesses, right, to invest in,” he explained. Academia is another advocate for the future of advanced manufacturing.