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December 24, 2013

Business Briefs


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Quirk Joins EXIT Realty in Newburyport

Shamus Quirk joined EXIT Realty Group in Newburyport. “We’re excited to welcome Shamus to EXIT Realty,” Maria Ward Davis, sales manager, said in a statement.

Quirk has recently moved from the Nantucket area and is a skilled finished carpenter and entrepreneur.

Acosta named senior vice president at Enterprise Bank

Rosalin Acosta recently joined the Enterprise Bank family, bringing more than 27 years of banking experience to her new position as senior vice president of Enterprise Investment Advisors. Acosta is a well-respected banking professional who has held positions in wealth management, government banking, cash management and commercial lending throughout the Greater Boston region.

Acosta holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Birke is VP of MassNAELA

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA) announced its 2014 officers at its recent annual meeting Dec. 3, and Newburyport attorney Margot Birke was named vice president.

Security7 Networks completes SSAE audit

Security7 Networks of Hampton, N.H., announced that they have successfully completed their SSAE 16 certification audit and were given a non-qualified (clean) report. An SSAE 16 audit provides assurance that companies providing an outsourced service are doing so with proper controls to prevent financial misstatements and provide an appropriate level of security, integrity, confidentiality and/or privacy.

“Completion of the SSAE 16 audit is a testament to our commitment to our customers and provides the confidence that our operations have been tested to the highest standards possible,” said Ray Scholl, chief information security officer for Security7.

Founded in 2005 by a team of experienced IT services professionals, privately owned Security7 Networks helps large and small customers improve the efficiency of their operations, manage risk and reduce costs.

Jewett Farms + Co. launches Off Cuts Initiative

Jewett Farms + Co., Newburyport and Dover, N.H., has launched their Off Cuts Initiative, an online workshop selling products made from 100 percent of cut materials, wood and stone, that would otherwise be thrown away. The goal is to reduce waste, increase creativity and use the profits to support local charity and environmental efforts.

Every product in the workshop is designed by Jewett Farms craftsmen and made by hand using re-purposed materials. The team is always working on creative designs utilizing off cut materials from specialty wood and stone species. For example, hardwood cutting boards, soapstone whisky stones and reclaimed antique oak mirrors. “It’s been a fun and interesting experience,” said Olivia Lord, Jewett Farms marketing manager. “Everyone has played a part. From the product ideas and design to the final crafting and packaging, a true team effort.”

Fifty percent of profits from the Off Cuts Initiative are donated to Team Trevor, a Maine nonprofit whose grassroots fundraising efforts have contributed over $1 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The remaining 50 percent stays in-house and is specifically earmarked for environmental initiatives within Jewett Farms. The company is working toward the purchase of a briquette press, to turn their sawdust into renewable bio-fuel.

Jewett Farms + Co. offers handcrafted custom cabinetry, soapstone fabrication as well as new and reclaimed wide plank flooring. They are based in Dover, N.H., and Newburyport. The JF Workshop and more information on the Off Cuts Initiative can be found at www.jewettfarmsworkshop.com.

Haverhill Bank opens branch in Salem, N.H.

Haverhill Bank today opened its Salem, N.H., branch at 396 Main St. The branch, Haverhill Bank’s first location in N.H., joins CVS and three other retail stores in a 22,000-square-foot retail plaza along Route 97 at the Methuen and Salem, N.H., border.

“Haverhill Bank is excited about our first New Hampshire location,” said Haverhill Bank President and CEO Thomas L. Mortimer. “This area of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with its immediate vicinity to Haverhill, is a natural location to extend our brand. We believe the bank’s community approach to banking will fit in nicely in this border neighborhood.”

A depositor-owned institution, Haverhill Bank was founded in 1877 and is the oldest cooperative bank in Massachusetts. The bank’s main office is at 180 Merrimack St. in Haverhill. Haverhill Bank also maintains offices at 163 South Main St., 1094 Main St., 100 Lafayette Sq, Haverhill High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, all in Haverhill; 6 West Main St., Merrimac; and 396 Main St., Salem, N.H.

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