Merrimack Valley Chamber Annual Golf Spectacular July 15

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having its Annual Golf Spectacular in July with breakfast, dinner, networking and, of course, golf. The golf outing takes place Monday, July 15, with registration open at 10 a.m. and an 11 a.m. shotgun start at Indian Ridge Country Club, 73 Lovejoy Road, Andover. Admission is $235 and includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, post-game buffet of prime rib, chicken and more and a gift. Those interested may register online at or by calling 978-686-0900.

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce to Host Real Estate Seminar June 25

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free real estate seminar led by Topsfield-based Loan Officer James Wallimann with Leader Bank and Haverhill-based Realtor Michael Joy from Coldwell Banker. The talk is called “Serving Up Your Future Home…You Too Can Buy A Home.” It takes place Tuesday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub on the third floor of Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill. Those interested may register at Lunch will be provided.

Bigbelly Opens Waste Bin Manufacturing Plant on Methuen/Lawrence Line

Bigbelly, marked the grand opening this week of its U.S. manufacturing plant Monday at the former Malden Mills Complex on the Methuen/Lawrence border. The way the plant is laid out, Bigbelly waste bins are built in Methuen and shipped from Lawrence to sites throughout North America and abroad. There are approximately two dozen employees at the Methuen location, performing jobs that were previously conducted by a third party outside of the U.S. until Bigbelly said it “insourced” its U.S. manufacturing operation to the Merrimack Valley last year. “We’re excited to bring local, innovative employment opportunities to the Merrimack Valley,” said Jeff Satwicz, Bigbelly founder and vice president of business development. “Massachusetts workers are engaged, productive and deliver a cost-competitive product to better our world.”

Speakers at the event on Monday included Methuen Mayor Neil Perry, Lawrence Mayor Brian DePeña, state Reps.

Friedman to Receive Tibbetts Economic Impact Award from Lawrence Partnership

Evelyn Friedman, former executive director and CEO of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, will be awarded the David Tibbetts’ Economic Impact Award when the Lawrence Partnership meets next week for its 10th annual meeting. Friedman was named for her “unwavering commitment to inclusive economic development and her tireless efforts to advance Lawrence’s prosperity,” according to an announcement. The award will be presented during the annual meeting taking place Tuesday, June 18, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St., Lawrence. The award is named for David A. Tibbetts, who received the inaugural Economic Impact Award in 2017. A Lawrence native and now of Newburyport, Tibbetts served as secretary of Economic Development for the Commonwealth under former Governor William Weld and founded the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council in 1999.

Pentucket Bank Donates $2,500 as Sponsor of National Small Business Week Award Ceremony

Pentucket Bank last month donated $2,500 in sponsorship of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 National Small Business Week Massachusetts Award Ceremony with U.S. Small Business Administration District Director Robert Nelson and other officials. Pentucket Bank CEO Jonathan H. Dowst said the bank is proud to have sponsored the event. “Small businesses are the engine of our economy providing jobs and services that benefit almost everyone. It is quite fitting to have such a ceremony recognizing those business that are standouts. We congratulate the award recipients, as well the Chamber for their outstanding and dedicated work.”

U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts Small Business Awards Ceremony took place Friday, May 10, in Andover.

Haverhill Chamber Offers Brush & Booze Bar Hop During Saturday’s Art Walk

Saturday’s downtown Haverhill Art Walk has an added feature this time with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s “Brush & Booze Bar Hop.”

There are signature cocktails for those ages 21 and up at every stop during the walk Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at participating restaurants. Casa Blanca, 2 Essex St., offers “The Pixierita,” inspired by local artist Pixie Yates, while G’s Texas Southern Flare offers the “Isabella Stewart Generosity” gin drink and “The Heist” vodka drink and Peddler’s Daughter suggests “Van Gogh’s Blue Period Vodka.”

Each restaurant will also collect donations of new art supplies for the Academy of Creative Arts at Trinity.

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce to Hold Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 9

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization established in 1888 that supports local businesses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is once again preparing to host its annual golf tournament. The tournament will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Bradford Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and a prime rib dinner at 5 p.m.

Individual early bird tickets are $200, foursome tickets are $800 and featured foursome tickets are $1,100. In addition, for $220, you can sponsor an individual veteran or first responder to play for free.

McCann Joins Haverhill Bank as Vice President, Commercial Portfolio Manager

Jean L. McCann of Haverhill, who delivers 40 years of local banking experience, recently joined Haverhill Bank as vice president, commercial portfolio manager. McCann, who will be based at Haverhill Bank’s Rosemont Branch, 1094 Main St., Haverhill, brings comprehensive skills in commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and nonprofit lending, including Small Business Administration financing, relationship banking, portfolio management and more. “Jean has an unusually deep understanding of local needs and dynamics, having lived and worked here her entire life,” said Haverhill Bank President and CEO Thomas L. Mortimer. “Beyond her wealth of skills, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to community with many civic and volunteer accomplishments.”

McCann first entered the financial services field in 1984 at the former Family Bank, now TD Bank, starting as a teller and working her way up to branch sales manager. She joined Pentucket Bank in 2000, eventually becoming vice president and commercial loan officer.