Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, August 18, 2014

Business Development Center Adds Mini-Courses

Durham, n.h. — The University of New Hampshire and other partners have created a series of free, extremely short, online courses aimed at teaching entrepreneurs about social media.

The new mini-courses last up to 15 minutes each and cover three topics: “Pinterest for Business,” “Mobile Marketing” and “Instagram for Business.”

They’re being offered by the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, which is a cooperative venture of the university, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state and the private sector. In addition to the mini-courses, the center offers two hour-long online courses about social media, and dozens of other free, online courses on financing, marketing and other topics for entrepreneurs.

Federal Agencies Talk About Emergency Planning

Montpelier — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year.

Vermont Public Radio reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its input on the changes requested by plant owner Entergy Corp. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Vermont Yankee wants to stop more than $2 million in annual payments for emergency planning in the region. A watchdog group opposes that, saying nuclear waste on-site will create continuing risks.

VPR reports that among things that would be affected by the reductions would be the Joint Information Center, which was set up to provide public information in emergencies.

Asthma Control Program Getting $500,000 Grant

Rochester, n.h. — New Hampshire’s Asthma Control Program will be receiving $500,000 to support asthma services in the state. The state has about 130,000 residents with asthma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says asthma affects over 25 million Americans, with increased occurrence among children, women, minorities, and urban demographics.

— Wire reports

New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced the grant. She’s founder and co-chair of the Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus.