Ciderfeast New England June 20 Celebrates the Valley’s Apple Heritage

An event designed to broaden familiarity with hard cider makers and artisanal foods is coming again to downtown Haverhill this summer. “We’re excited to bring back CiderFeast New England for another year,” said Jimmy Carbone, founder of Destination Downtown Haverhill and Craft Haverhill. “New England has a rich apple heritage. This event is a great way to celebrate.”

This is the fourth year for the festival, which includes a tasting event featuring craft hard ciders from some of the area’s top makers. Artisanal foods also will be available.

Updated: Fashion Trendsetters Yolanda Cellucci and Sondra Celli to Address Women in Business Lunch

Fashion icons Yolanda Cellucci and Sondra Celli, mother and daughter, will address members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and the public at a different location than originally announced. They’ll share their stories during a Women in Business Lunch, Thursday, May 30, from noon-1:15 p.m., at Michael’s Function Hall at Phoenician Restaurant, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. Cellucci created a successful fashion house and bridal center in 1967, which continues as an online store, while Celli has been featured in TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” and its spinoff series “Gypsy Sisters.”

Admission is $35 per person. Registration is accepted online at or by calling 978-686-0900.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s Howard Participates in Panel Exploring Adaptation in Finance

Merrimack Valley Credit Union President and CEO John J. Howard was one of three featured panelists during the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s annual CU Accelerate conference earlier this month in Philadelphia. The conference brings together credit union professionals from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Delaware for informative keynote presentations, lectures, panels and networking opportunities. Howard was a featured panelist during the event’s Adapting for Relevance panel discussion on Friday, May 3, alongside Devon Lyon, president and CEO of Central One Federal Credit Union and Janell Upton, president and CEO of Dover Federal Credit Union. “CU Accelerate was outstanding. I was so honored to be on this panel alongside my peers, Janell and Devon, discussing topics like fintech, mergers and culture—a subject that is so important to me and our team at MVCU.

Merrimack Valley Chamber to Host Small Business Recognition Awards

More than a dozen local businesses are up for honors in June as the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce conducts its annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program. U.S. States Small Business Administration Mass. Director Robert Nelson will be on hand as special guest speaker during the breakfast Friday, June 14, from 7:30-9 a.m., at Renaissance Golf & Country Club, 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill. Award recipients include Business Assistance, Benefit Advisors Group and Enterprise Center at Salem State University; Hospitality and Tourism, Historic New England and Salem Historical Tours; Discovery/Education, Bradford Christian Academy and Hill View Montessori Charter School; Environmental. Cooperstown Environmental and Sak Environmental; Healthcare, Aspen Hill Rehabilitation, Cedar View Rehab and Homewell Services of Andover; Innovative, Marble Ridge Winery and UMass Lowell Space Science and Technology; Longevity, Opportunity Works and Smith Motors; Manufacturing and R&D, Artisan Chef; and Manufacturing, Techprint.

MakeIT Haverhill Job Fair May 23 to Present Opportunities in Manufacturing, Health Care, More

Lightspeed Manufacturing, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and others are among those making hires during MakeIT Haverhill’s next monthly job fair May 23. Lightspeed Manufacturing, which specializes in hardware prototypes and assembly, seeks to fill several positions in product assembly, while Greater Lawrence Family Health Center seeks customer support center and patient services representatives. Other employers on hand include L’Arche Boston North, Opportunity Works, Emmaus, Waystone Health & Human Services, Covenant Health’s Penacook Place and Mary Immaculate, Revise Energy, NRT Bus and Home Instead. MakeIT Haverhill’s job fair takes place Thursday, May 23, from 4-6 p.m., at 301 Washington St., Haverhill. The fairs provide a platform for individuals to connect with local employers in a welcoming environment.

Downtown Haverhill MassHire Career Center Closes Friday in Advance of Move

The downtown Haverhill office of MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center closes Friday in preparation for a future relocation. The office is operated by Northern Essex Community College and located within the College’s space at The Heights, 160 Merrimack St., Haverhill. “The goal is to have a space that is more accessible and visible for local job seekers, employees and employers,” college Director of Public Relations Melissa L. Bouse told WHAV. Meanwhile, those who need services may visit MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center in Lawrence at 420 Common St., Lawrence. Appointments may also be made by calling 978-722-7000.

Pentucket Bank Provides up to $20K Donation to Back Exchange Club of Haverhill Scholarships

Pentucket Bank has teamed up with the Exchange Club of Haverhill to provide up to $20,000 in scholarships to class of 2024 graduates. Scholarships include the ACE Award, recognizing a student who is successful in the face of adversity with a $3,000 scholarship; Youth of the Year, celebrating an outstanding young individual who excels in leadership and academics with a $3,000 scholarship; Book of Golden Deeds, $3,000 scholarship honoring selfless acts of kindness and community impact; and the Young Citizenship, acknowledging students who are honest, hardworking, helpful and fair. These are multiple awards for $1,000 each. “We are extraordinarily proud to join forces with the Haverhill Exchange Club to provide these scholarships,” said bank CEO Jonathan H. Dowst. “They reward several different categories of leadership among our youth and also, of course, provide funds for them to fulfill their dreams through higher education.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Hosts U.S. Small Business Administration’s Awards Ceremony

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce member Stephanie Vanderbilt, owner of Coastal Windows and Exteriors in Beverly, was awarded the Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year award during a Friday event hosted by the Chamber. More than 300 people turned out for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts Small Business Awards Ceremony with District Director Robert Nelson, state Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao and state Auditor Diana DiZoglio. Vanderbilt’s award earned her an invitation to the White House to join other winners from around the country. Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Vice President Michael Bevilacqua previously told WHAV the “Washington connection” is Marlene Cintron, appointed by the White House to be regional administrator, overseeing U.S. Small Business Administration programs in the Atlantic Region, and also currently serving as acting administrator for programs in New England.