Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Spring Business Expo, Trade Show, Job, Health and Wellness Fair Today

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Business Expo, Trade Show, Job, Health and Wellness Fair goes online Wednesday. Attendees may promote their organizations, products and services; carry on interactive discussions; and network with exhibitors Wednesday, April 7, from 1-3 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Following the Expo, there is a free Virtual Business Networking Mixer, from 3:15-4 p.m. The format is speed networking with break out rooms to help make new business connections. All participants will be sent contact information from the other attendees to continue relationship building after the event. Register for links at or call 978-686-0900.

Haverhill Presents Business Resources, Grant Information at iHub Coworking Day Thursday

Haverhill city officials plan to brief businesses on available resources, grants and the city’s vaccination rollout during UMass Lowell’s iHub Coworking Day Thursday. The free online and in-person forum features Allison Heartquist, chief of staff to Mayor James J. Fiorentini, and Pamela Price, assistant director of economic development. It takes place Thursday, April 8, from noon-1 p.m., online and at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, advanced registration is required here and iHub space is limited. If attending in person, attendees must wear masks and social distance.

MassDevelopment’s Anderson to Address Greater Haverhill Chamber’s Leads Lunch Wednesday

Ron Anderson, vice president of business development at MassDevelopment, will be on hand for a Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce virtual Leads Lunch Wednesday. MassDevelopment, a quasi-government agency, lists its top three goals as stimulating business, driving economic growth and helping communities thrive across Massachusetts. The online program takes place Wednesday, April 7, from noon-1 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Register at or call 978-373-5663.

Pentucket Bank Names Four Area Residents as Corporators; Two New Directors

Haverhill-based Pentucket Bank named four new corporators at its 129th annual meeting in March. Noemí Custodia-Lora of Haverhill; Delia Duran-Clark of Andover; Maria Bonanno of Methuen; and Ryan Horgan of Atkinson, N.H., were chosen March 11. Custodia-Lora is vice president at Northern Essex Community College, overseeing community relations and the Lawrence Campus. She holds a bachelor’s in Biology from Universidad de Puerto Rico and a doctorate in Physiology and Molecular Endocrinology from Boston University. She did her post-doctoral research fellowship at Tufts Medical School.

Strauss Joins Haverhill Bank as Senior Vice President, Market Manager Commercial Lending

Glenn W. Strauss recently joined Haverhill Bank as senior vice president, market manager commercial lending. He will be based primarily in the Salem, N.H., branch. Prior to joining Haverhill Bank, Strauss worked as senior vice president/chief lending officer at Reading Cooperative Bank and previously worked in the Merrimack Valley/Salem market for 17 years. He brings 32 years of commercial lending, banking and business development experience to his new position. He is a graduate of Bentley College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Maria’s Family Restaurant to Host Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Members April 15

Maria’s Family Restaurant in downtown Haverhill is hosting members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce for an in-person lunch. Maria’s, 81 Essex St., hosts the staff and customer lunch Thursday, April 15, at noon. The menu includes chicken cutlet parmigiana, meatballs, pasta, garden salad and coffee. Attendees are asked to wear masks when entering or leaving the restaurant. Admission is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Invites You to ‘Make the Most of Your Chamber Membership’

The Greater Haverhill Chamber is inviting businesses and their employees to “Make the Most of Your Chamber Membership,” during a webinar tomorrow. The free online event is aimed at those who are new to the Chamber, a new employee at a member business or simply want to learn more about the organization. The Meet the Chamber team will review basic membership benefits and available tools and opportunities. The program takes place Wednesday March 24, from 1-2 p.m., online. To register, email [email protected] or call 978-373-5663.

Haverhill/Plaistow YMCA Formally Opens Early Learning Center at Northern Essex Community College

Members of the Greater Haverhill Chamber were on hand yesterday when the Haverhill/Plaistow YMCA cut the ribbon at its new Early Learning Center at Northern Essex Community College. More than a year in the making, the YMCA of the North Shore began accepting students this year at the child care center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus. WHAV first reported in December 2019 on talks between the YMCA and college on the proposed center, but the pandemic followed soon thereafter. Early education programs are provided at the college’s sport and fitness center for infants, toddlers and preschool/pre-kindergarteners. The YMCA of the North Shore has child care centers at eight locations through the North Shore.