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  • 03/17/2020 1:53 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Eversource has been monitoring COVID-19 closely and is working proactively to address the concerns of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve with one overarching goal:  to ensure we continue to provide the safe, reliable and essential service that customers need during this unprecedented time.

     

    We recognize that many customers will be facing challenges in the days and weeks ahead, so we have taken the following steps:

    • To decrease any financial hardship our customers are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed disconnections for nonpayment for residential and business customers across our electric, natural gas, and water operations. Our customer service team is available to help customers with financial programs we offer, such as setting up a payment plan.
    • We have online and mobile tools to help customers conduct business with us as usual, including customer service agents to speak with by phone. Our mobile app, available in the App Store and Google Play, allows customers to easily check their account, pay their bill and more at their convenience.
    • The COVID-19 outbreak has led to an increase in scam activity. We have posted information on our website, eversource.com, reminding customers to be wary of any unsolicited calls that threaten to disconnect their utility service and that demand payment by unusual means. Eversource will never ask a customer for personal information over the phone in this manner and does not accept payments via gift cards or other common tools used by scammers. Also, customers should be aware that – as previously mentioned – we have suspended disconnections for nonpayment across our utility operations.
    • Please visit our website, eversource.com, for the latest COVID-19 customer information.  New Hampshire customers are also encouraged to call 800-662-7764 to speak with a customer service representative.

     

    Adjustments to Our Operations

    We develop and update our business continuity and pandemic plans on an annual basis and are currently operating under our emergency pandemic plan. Among other things, this allows us to focus our resources where they are needed most -- ensuring the smooth and stable operation of our electric (natural gas and water) operations. We are:

    • Curtailing any nonessential planned electric outage work.
    • Continuing to plan for brief and targeted electric outages only when they are required to perform critical work to ensure reliability.
    • Curtailing non-critical field work in our gas operations that requires access to homes or businesses.
    • Making sure all our field resources and support staff continue to be at the ready in the event of a storm or other disruption not related to COVID-19.


  • 03/13/2020 5:09 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)


    PRESS OFFICE Release Date: March 12, 2020 Contact: Cheryl.croto@sba.gov (603)225-1407 Release Number: 20-18 Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram

    SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

    NEW HAMPSHIRE – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:

    “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

    Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

    · The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

    · Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    · SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.

    · Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.

    · SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

    · These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

    · SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

    · SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

    · New Hampshire businesses who are feeling the disruption are free to contact the Office of Emergency Management’s Joint Information Center by phone at 603-223-6169, or by email at jic@dos.nh.gov.”

    For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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    About the U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.


  • 03/13/2020 10:33 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)



  • 03/12/2020 10:45 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    The Falls Chamber of Commerce takes the health and safety of our members and staff seriously. 

    We are monitoring the evolving Coronavirus situation. Until government or public health officials deem it imprudent, the Chamber will proceed with its scheduled events calendar. We will continue to evaluate the situation and adapt our cancellation policies as necessary. We will communicate any changes, postponements, or cancellations of Chamber and Chamber member events immediately through social media, on our website, and, if appropriate, directly with registered attendees. 

    At these gatherings, it is acceptable to veer from typical professional courtesies such as shaking hands or talking in close proximity.

    For your reference, here are links to two coronavirus-related tip sheets from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: 
    COVID-19 Workplace Tips for Employees and Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus.
    Both documents contain links to additional fact sheets from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

    The CDC has also created an Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page, based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease.

     
    Locally, the Strafford County Public Health Network is an excellent source of information on public health emergency preparedness.


  • 03/09/2020 2:21 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    New Hampshire’s Hilltop Chevrolet Celebrates 40 Years (1980-2020)

    Ron Currier’s Hilltop Chevrolet turns 40 years old. The dealership opened in Somersworth, NH, in 1980, on the corner of West High Street and Route 108. When Ron created Hilltop, the surrounding area was farmland, certainly not the booming business corridor that exists today. But his vision and his loyalty to better the community was strong.

    The story of Ron Currier’s Hilltop Chevrolet is an American dream come true. As a child, Ron loved cars and imagined himself one day owning an auto dealership of his own, and through hard work and perseverance he achieved that dream. Through the years, he has built relationships with customers and vendors, not just focusing on the art of the sale. Ron treasurers how he has been known, to sell vehicles to generations of the same family. He has made many friends, worked hard and taken risks, surviving good times and bad. It is this personal plan and vision, that has sustained him, his family and employees, in a tough business.

    In 2008-2009, during a particularly tumultuous time in the auto industry, he fought hard to stay afloat. Not one employee lost their job or was forced to take a pay cut. It was a matter of “personal pride” that he would take care of things and turn things around, which he did.

    Part of the success of Ron Currier’s Hilltop Chevrolet has been the willingness to adapt to changes in the industry. Encouraging employee education and acceptance of best practices, is just a part of the investment. The state-of- the- art Ron Currier’s Hilltop Chevrolet is a showpiece, making for an even better marker on the entryway of Somersworth.

    For Ron Currier, pride is one word that best describes his 40 years in business. “I am proud of my business success, and appreciative of dedicated employees, and proud to have earned many loyal customers. I am proud of the community and that I am able to give back.”

    In today’s world, not many people get up every day, loving the idea of going to work. Plus, few businesses are able to survive 40-years. The loyalty of employees and customers is not taken for granted. Having daughter Kylie embrace the business, to some day make it her own, is another goal of Ron’s. Kylie Currier Goodwin inherited her father’s love for the automobile business. She has been employed at Hilltop for 14 years, currently serving as operation’s manager.

    Congrats to Ron Currier’s Hilltop Chevrolet on achieving this major milestone. Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard shared his thoughts. “For 40 years Ron Currier and the Hilltop Chevrolet team have modeled the characteristics of being a professional business and a valued neighbor.”

    For more information on Hilltop Chevrolet visit hilltopchevy.com.


  • 03/09/2020 12:40 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

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    Join West Wellness LLC for their first Berwick Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 18th!

    Starting at noon on the 18th, after the Run for Fox Sake 5K race for Parkinsons research, we will open our doors to you all for a day filled with treating yourself right!

    There will be many practitioners and vendors setup offering their services (bodywork, reiki, oils, crystals, henna, tarot readings, polarity, yoga training discounts, etc.) and a slew of raffle prizes!

    There will be a $10 suggested donation (not required for entry!) at the door, for which you will receive 10 raffle tickets to use for whichever prize calls to you! More raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 a ticket!

    After the fair is closing down, we will have the wonderful Shiva Lila performing a Kirtan (group chant) at 7PM to truly put a cap on the festivities!

    All ages welcome!

    We are still getting all our ducks in a row, so keep checking back for more details about this awesome day!

  • 03/08/2020 9:03 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Business Information Session

    Strafford County Public Health, in conjunction with the Dover, Falls, and Rochester Chambers of Commerce, will host an information session about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Somersworth Middle School. All local businesses are invited to attend. The session will provide factual information about the virus and what it could mean for business, as well as best business practices in the interest of public health. Light refreshments will be provided by Stewart's Ambulance.

    Please RSVP HERE

  • 03/03/2020 10:45 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    RESERVE YOUR BRICK HERE!

    If you have any comments or questions, please contact Scott Smith at sasmith@somersworth.com

  • 03/02/2020 2:37 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center would like to invite you to participate in this year’s Career Fair on Friday, April 24th, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Somersworth High School & Career Technical Center.

    We are working to invite a wide variety of local businesses, professionals in various career fields, college departments, college admissions representatives, and military recruiters. The end goal is to expose Somersworth students to a wide variety of potential careers and put them in contact with opportunities for part-time employment/internships during high school, full-time employment upon graduation and/or post-secondary education and training opportunities.

    The Somersworth Career Fair will be set up much like any other job or college fair. We will have tables for each participant to set up materials. Students will filter in and out on a schedule to keep traffic steady. Participants are encouraged to bring materials used in your career field; hands-on demonstrations; and/or materials to promote your business, college, or the military. If you offer part-time jobs, internships, or scholarships to students, we encourage you to bring these materials as well.

    Somersworth Career Fair Details:

    Goals:

    • To expose Somersworth High School students to a wide variety of potential careers.
    • To educate students as to what steps they need to take in order to obtain a career and be successful in a particular career field. To bridge the gap between high school and careers.
    • To put students in contact with individuals (i.e. colleges, apprenticeships, training programs) who can help them continue their education/training after high school.
    • To create a stronger college and career ready culture at Somersworth High School; which will, in turn, strengthen the workforce in Somersworth

    Participants:

    • Each participant should RSVP to Melanie Chase-Benoit via e-mail or telephone. You simply need to indicate your interest and confirm your contact e-mail to receive further details.
    • This will prompt you to receive a Google Form via e-mail to confirm your participation. On the online RSVP form, participants may indicate the number of individuals attending and any necessary accommodations (i.e. access to electrical outlet, internet access, etc.).
    • Each participant will have a table and chairs provided to them. You may bring a table cloth, banner, or any other type of sign to promote your business, college, or military branch.
    • Participants are encouraged to bring materials used in your career field; hands-on demonstrations; and/or materials to promote your business, college, or military branch. If you offer part-time jobs, internships, or scholarships to students, we encourage you to bring these applications as well.
    • On the day of the event, participants will park in front of Somersworth High School and be directed to their table in the gym by a member of the SHS staff.
    • Students will filter in and out on a schedule to keep traffic steady.
    • Students will be given a list of potential questions to help spark conversation between students and participants. Students will be directed to visit the tables of the businesses, colleges, and military branches that suit their interests.
    • The goal is that students will be able to have discussions one-on-one and in small groups with people who can help them learn about a particular career field and the steps they can take now to set themselves up to be successful in the future.
    • I will use an incentive system to encourage students to talk with multiple participants. Students will have a sign off sheet for participants to sign after having a conversation. Students will turn in these sheets to be entered to win prizes. If you would like to donate a prize to the fair, please indicate so on the online RSVP form. This is completely optional; we appreciate your generosity.


ABOUT THE FALLS CHAMBER

The Falls Chamber of Commerce is a professional association of businesses in  the falls area.  We are the catalyst that facilitates business growth , prosperity, partnership and success for our members. 

       

CONTACTS

Emerson Doiron, Executive Director

info@thefallschamber.com
603.749.7175
office hours by appointment: 472 High Street, Somersworth NH 03878

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