Business Notes: Sept. 28, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Manufacturing in the region is the focus of several events scheduled for this week.

∎ River Valley Community College will host an open house on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., to highlight the upcoming classes and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing offered at its locations in Claremont. Area manufacturers and the general public will be able to view the new machine lab on campus and machines will be running for demonstrations.

The training program prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing industries throughout the region.

“With manufacturers in the Granite State and the New England region reporting a shortage of specifically trained, highly skilled workers opportunities abound for exciting, stable jobs in a field with high growth and income potential,” James Britton, program director for the Advanced Machine Tool Technology Program, said in a news release.

For more information, call 603-542-7744 or email rivervalley@ccsnh.edu.

∎ The American Precision Museum in Windsor plans a series of tours during the week to introduce students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to the importance of manufacturing in the Upper Valley. Activities will showcase modern technology and careers and include guided tours for middle and high school students, information sessions for guidance counselors, tours of the regional technical centers for middle school students, and a teacher workshop.

The museum has coordinated the program with the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, River Valley Technical Center, River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Springfield Regional Development Corp., Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership and Whelen Engineering Co. Inc.

For more information, visit the museum’s website, www.americanprecision.org, or Facebook page.

∎ In Royalton, GW Plastics is participating in National Manufacturing Day with a tour at its facility on Waterman Road on Friday, from 1-2 p.m. The tour will give people an opportunity to learn about modern manufacturing, which the company said is driven by technology and offers stable, good-paying jobs.

For more information, call 802 234 9941 or email info@GWPlastics.com.

Company News

A new wine and gift shop is opening in Claremont in the Moody Building storefront on Opera House Square that was most recently home to The Naughty Vine. Allison Raymond and Marilyn Harris, friends from high school, plan to open Bouteille, French for bottle, next month.

“I’ve been dreaming about doing this for years,” said Raymond, during a recent interview inside the ground-floor location.

Raymond said their gift selection will include linens, specialty food items, stained glass items, handmade aprons and more.

Unlike The Naughty Vine, which sought a niche selling regional wines from nine Northeastern states, Raymond said they will be selling more national and international wines. “We want to be able to sell a very good bottle of wine along with a nice gift,” Raymond said.

Robert Woods spent more than a year renovating the interior space before opening The Naughty Vine in June 2013. He abruptly closed without explanation in April of this year. The store has finished hardwood floors, black tin ceilings and track lighting.

Raymond said she considered another vacant space on Pleasant Street years ago but the “fit-up costs were prohibitive.” “When this became available I approached Marilyn and she jumped on it,” Raymond said.

Upcoming Events

The Upper Valley chapter of SCORE is holding a workshop, Manage for Success, on Thursday, from 6-9 p.m., at 20 West Park St., Suite 316, Lebanon. The focus of the workshop is understanding and interpreting financial statements. Organization, legal and tax issues, as well as financing options, will be discussed. There will be a heavy emphasis on cash flow and cash management. The fee is $30. To register, visit www.uppervalley.score.org. For more information, call 603-448-3491 or email score@valley.net.

Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering a four-hour workshop on how to start a business and write a business plan. The course will be offered on Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the 35 Railroad Row, Room 204 in White River Junction. The course is designed as a step-by-step guide for starting a business in Vermont for a first-time business owner. Space is limited. To register for the workshop sign up online at www.vtsbdc.org (click on the training tab). For registration questions, email Vicki Blanchard at dblanchard@vtsbdc.org. The registration fee is $99, including a workbook in hardcopy and pdf format.

The River Valley Job Developers will hold the third annual River Valley Job Fair on Oct. 15, from 1-5 p.m., at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. Organizers said this year’s fair will feature more than 30 Upper Valley businesses hiring for more than 300 open positions.

The River Valley Job Developers are a group of nonprofit employment services organizations that assist businesses and job seekers to connect and maintain employment. To learn more about the job fair, visit rivervalleyjobfair.weebly.com.

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