Haverhill’s Matias Tapped to Lead MassINC, Shape Strategy Around Gateway Cities Research

Haverhill’s Juana Matias has been appointed chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, the nonprofit known as MassINC that works to promote public policy and opportunities for residents across the state. Matias is no stranger to the agency, having served on the board of directors. In her new role, the former state representative for the 16th Essex District intends to lead MassINC’s strategic planning, taking a special interest in research around the Gateway Cities. “As an immigrant, advocate, and legislator from a gateway city, I have dedicated myself to championing policy that creates pathways to opportunity,” Matias said. “Key issues in education, public health, and the criminal justice system were central to my work as a representative and the public agenda I’ve long championed, which is why I could not be more excited to continue this work with MassINC.”

Also an attorney, Matias ran for a third district Congressional seat in November 2018.

Haverhill’s iHub Holds Intellectual Property Workshop March 13

Key legal issues that can make or break a startup company are the focus of a workshop taking place next week at UMass Lowell’s Haverhill Innovation Hub. Lawyers from Boston-based Foley & Lardner plan to discuss “Company Formation and Intellectual Property” as part of iHub’s monthly Entrepreneur Development Series. Representatives are expected to provide a practical insight-oriented overview of typical legal startup issues the firm has seen from the trials and tribulations of hundreds of startups it has represented. The presentation includes type of company structure, understanding of intellectual property rights and ownership and managing employees through contracts, equity or payroll. The seminar takes place Wednesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill.

Align Credit Union Receives SBA Award

Align Credit Union was recently recognized as the 2019 “Lender of the Quarter” by the Massachusetts District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award was given for outstanding commitment to the SBA’s 7a Loan Program and for showing the highest quarterly increase in loan approvals during the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. It was accepted by Align President Ken Del Rossi and Vice Presidents Ray Wrobel and Andrew Patton. SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert H. Nelson said, “Align Credit Union is delivering much needed small business capital to build the local community.”

Align Credit Union has branches in Haverhill and Methuen.

Haverhill Bank Promotes Tully, Henebry at Annual Meeting

Two Haverhill Bank employees were awarded promotions during the bank’s recent annual meeting. Dorothy R. “Dede” Tully, of Georgetown, becomes vice president, senior underwriter, production manager, while James P. Henebry, of Amesbury, rises to assistant vice president, commercial loan officer. Tully delivers 33 years of banking experience—six with Haverhill Bank. In her new position, she is responsible for underwriting all residential and consumer loan, as well as the managing the bank’s mortgage processing department. She studied accounting and finance at Northern Essex Community College and is a member of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma.

Haverhill Planning Department’s Robertson Departs City Job for Role at MVPC

After two-and-a-half years at City Hall, Haverhill’s Assistant Economic Development Director Nate Robertson is leaving his post for a new gig—a stone’s throw away at the Main Street Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. To mark his last day Thursday, Mayor James J. Fiorentini presented Robertson with a citation recognizing his service to the city. Robertson, who worked alongside William Pillsbury, was a champion for city economic expansion, launching the Haverhill Business Portal in 2017. Teaming with Andy Vargas, then a city councilor, Robertson introduced the web resource for existing and prospective businesses, startups and others interested in doing business in Haverhill. “Haverhill certainly has a special place in my heart.

Methuen Staffing Agency Receives National Business Award

Methuen’s Moore Staffing Services has been honored for their commitment to customer service and talent placement. According to national survey company ClearlyRated, Moore Staffing earned significantly higher marks than the industry average for client satisfaction, Moore Staffing told WHAV. The ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners are backed by CareerBuilder. The Moore Staffing team is pleased with the recognition. “The team at Moore Staffing is driven every day to make service a priority, always focused on our values of expertise, sincerity, compassion and community.” President Mike Moore said.

DiZoglio Taps Beacon Hill Colleagues, Others for Friday’s Young Women Career Day

Merrimack Valley-area high school juniors and seniors are getting a crash course in the real world thanks to state Sen. Diana DiZoglio, whose fifth annual Young Women Career Day takes place Friday, March 1 at North Andover High School. Held from 8-11 a.m. in the school cafeteria, the presentation features 20 local female businesswomen from government, legal, medical and other professions, DiZoglio’s office said. Katie Cook from Methuen’s Comfort Home Care and freshman state Rep. Christina Minicucci are among this year’s panelists. “The Merrimack Valley is home to so many women who have found success working in the private and public sectors. It is imperative that we share our stories, the steps we took to achieve our goals and work to help empower and lift up young women in our region,” DiZoglio said.

Latest MVCC Networking Mixer Is Tuesday in Andover

A business networking and referral mixer is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at The Savings Bank in Andover, 84 Main St., Route 128, put on by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. From 5-7 p.m., area locals can network, enter raffles and enjoy complimentary appetizers. Chamber members are invited for a $10 entry fee, while potential members may attend for $20. Registration is accepted by calling 978-686-0900.