, Newburyport, MA

March 13, 2012

Business News in Brief

Sustainable business seminar tomorrow

Sustainability and the Supply Chain 1.0, the next session in the Newburyport CleanTech Center's ongoing seminar series on the benefits of a sustainable business approach for local business leaders, will be held tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the Newburyport CleanTech Center on 10 Mulliken Way in the Industrial Park. The event, another collaboration with Sustainserve, is free, open to the public and includes a continental breakfast.

Sustainserv's Matt Gardner will review a representative case study of how one particular firm addressed supply-chain requirements. Following his presentation, local business leader Rod L'Italien, founder of Circle Finishing, a metal finisher in Newburyport's Industrial Park, will talk about how sustainability management has influenced his business processes.

Seating reservations can be made at

Hot in Hollywood grand opening

Hot in Hollywood Jewelry will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow at 4 p.m., along with Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday and the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. They invite the public to check out their great selection of Hollywood-inspired jewelry. There will be replicas of Kate Middleton's engagement ring, Marilyn Monroe's earrings, Angelina Jolie's red-carpet emerald earrings, Jackie O's authentic replica jewelry and more. Wine and cheese will be served. Respond to Anne Wilt at 978-462-6680, ext. 13. For more information, visit

Information night at Our Secret Garden

Our Secret Garden indoor/outdoor nursery and preschool invites parents, educators and the community to OSG's first Parents Information Night on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 20 High Road, Newbury. The event is open to the public.

For more information about Parents Information Night or the school, contact 978-465-7070, or visit

To schedule an interview with the Rev. Nancy Haverington, contact her at 978-465-5597 or via email at

Open house at H&R Block, Amesbury

Do you have any tax questions? Tax professionals will be on hand at the Amesbury office of H&R Block to answer your tax questions for free on Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, they will take a second look at your current or prior tax returns — back to 2008 — for free. Charges will apply if patrons choose to have the office file a corrected return. Free coffee and refreshments. The office is located at the Stop & Shop Plaza, 100 Macy St., Amesbury.

St. Arnault appointed to Mass. Realtors' position

Steven St. Arnault, a Realtor with Stone Ridge Properties in Newburyport, has been appointed vice president of government affairs for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

As vice president for government affairs, St. Arnault is responsible for coordinating the initiatives of the MAR business plan relative to public policy issues, grass-roots organizational efforts, and legislative and political action activities of the association. In addition, he will act as a liaison between leadership and all work groups formed under the MAR government affairs umbrella.

He automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of his appointment as a focus-area vice president.

St. Arnault has been a three-year member of the MAR Government Affairs Committee and is a member of the MAR Board of Directors.

On the local level, St. Arnault has served as the chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for that past three years. He has been a Realtor since 2005.

The Sloan Consortium announces Ives as COO

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, announced an important leadership change. Board of directors president Meg Benke announced the promotion of associate director Kathleen Ives to chief operating officer for the organization.

In her current role as associate director, Ives directed the launch of Sloan-C's highly successful workshops, as well as other certificate programs and many other Sloan-C initiatives, including the establishment of the Sloan-C Institute.

She has extensive management and marketing experience. Previously she served as executive vice president and COO of The Kelsey Group, a market research and consulting firm specializing in online local media and mobile advertising, and was managing director of Electronic Services at Verizon. Ives holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix and teaches online.

Ives has worked in online technology for over 20 years.

Funeral homes renew affiliation with Lofty Oaks

Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Homes of Amesbury, Merrimac and Haverhill and the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Funeral Home of Newburyport have renewed their affiliation with Lofty Oaks Association, a N.H. organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in Massachusetts.

The firms arrange to have a tree planted for each service that they perform to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew the forest life of Massachusetts.

The memorial trees are planted in the spring and fall. This program is part of a large endeavor, to restore the landscape with the eternal beauty of living trees.

After each service, close family members and friends are informed that the memorial tree has been arranged for by Paul C. Rogers, Jr. of the Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Homes & Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Funeral Home. When the tree has been planted, the designated people will receive a certificate of planting suitable for framing and keeping in the family's history.

Open House at Rowley Children's Center March 22

Rowley Children's Center will hold an open house on Thursday, March 22, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at 383 Main St.

The Rowley Children's Center is a developmentally appropriate private preschool. RCC offers a caring and nurturing environment, low child to teacher ratios and individualized attention. Lunch Buddies and Extended Day are available. For more information, call Nancy Garland-Wren at 978-948-7929 or email

Seminar on LinkedIn

Have you ever said to yourself, "I'm on LinkedIn but I don't really know how to use it. I don't get much out of it." You've heard all about Linked In, but how do you really use it to maximize its benefits? Do you use LinkedIn for your business? In this seminar you will learn how to create a winning profile so that potential new clients and customers will find you faster as well as how you can find and nurture leads. You will also learn how employers use it to search for potential employees and how you can best utilize it if you are looking for your next career opportunity. Hear from the dynamic Saundra Lee, CEO/President at Dubin & Lee, LLC, who will share her secrets and expertise on how to use the power of Linked In actively, not passively.

The seminar is sponsored by Dolan Financial Services and will be held at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Wednesday, March 21. Check-in and coffee begins at 7:30 a.m. Presentation runs from 8 to 10 a.m. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Patty St. John at 978-462-6680 X14 or visit

New Branding and Marketing Agency Opens in Port

John Brice of West Newbury and Gabe Davis of Newburyport have launched a new marketing communications, brand strategy and business consulting agency, BDG, at 44 Merrimac St., Newburyport.

BDG provides brand strategy, advertising and creative marketing solutions to companies in the profit and non-profit sectors, areas that both Brice and Davis have practiced in the past ten years.

Previously in business together as principals of 207AGENCY (a video production and design boutique, also based in Newburyport), Brice and Davis will identify what companies and individuals are looking for in relation to current demands of the marketplace. BDG's model is to serve as ongoing relational advisors by providing unique and customized strategies.

For more information, contact John Brice at 978-944-2216 or visit

Bragg Meurer promoted at Development Guild/DDI

Development Guild/DDI, a management consulting firm serving regional, national and global nonprofits in education, health and science, the arts, and human service, announced today that Susan Bragg Meurer, of Newburyport, has been promoted to Principal. Bragg Meurer joins an established leadership team that collaborates with nonprofit boards and senior leaders on organizational strategy, fundraising, and talent management.

Bragg Meurer, who holds a bachelor of arts degree from Emmanuel College and an masters of science degree from Boston University, joined Development Guild nearly two decades ago. During her tenure, she helped develop and refine time-tested methodologies and best practices for executive recruitment, staff assessment and redesign, transition planning, and executive coaching.

Matter Communications acquires ThinkMedia Partners

Matter Communications has announced the acquisition of ThinkMedia Partners, a fast growing boutique communications firm with clients in a variety of industries, including high technology and financial services. Matter will maintain its focus on creating and executing results-oriented public and social media relations campaigns that are strategically aligned with and in support of clients' business goals.

As a result of the acquisition, ThinkMedia founder Tim Hurley joins Matter as Executive Vice President and member of the firm's senior staff. Matter also gains a number of additional public relations and social media professionals and several clients.

The combined staff will work in Matter's headquarters office in Newburyport. Other office locations include Providence, RI and New York City. Matter continues to grow its category experience and roster of clients while maintaining one of the highest employee and client-retention rates in the industry.

Currier & Associates ranked in list of state's top 25 interior design firms

Currier & Associates, Inc., a full-service interior design firm specializing in creating enriching environments for living, healing and working, announced it was ranked in the top 25 of the largest interior design firms in Massachusetts.

The listing, which appeared in the February 17-23 issue of The Boston Business Journal, ranked interior design firms according to their billings within Massachusetts last year. Currier's billings for its 2011 Massachusetts projects of $727,200 resulted in this ranking.

Currier's major work last year included projects within health care and senior living markets as well as corporate and multi-family projects. Examples of completed projects include the Dudley Square Senior Housing for Central Boston Elder Services, the renovation of Jewish Geriatrics' skilled nursing center in Longmeadow, MA and Healthbridge Management's Essex Park in Beverly, MA.

Currier is one of two free-standing interior design firms on the list, ranked number 22. The competitors, some of which are international companies, are architectural firms which offer interior design capabilities as part of their overall services. Their billings within Massachusetts ranged from $12.0 million to $705,000.

Marquis joins TD Bank in Rowley

TD Bank has named Jeffrey R. Marquis the assistant vice president, store manager of the store located at 174 Newburyport Tpk. in Rowley. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout the region.

Marquis has 20 years of banking experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served for four years as a senior small business specialist at Sovereign Bank in Lawrence. Marquis is a member of the Rowley Chamber of Commerce.

A resident of North Andover, Marquis is a volunteer with Neighbors in Need. He is a 1989 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

Dentistry practice opens on Green St.

Dr. Paul Mathew, with practices in Salem, NH and Boston, MA, has opened his Artisan Dentistry practice at 28 Green St., Newburyport. Dr. Mathew is a graduate of NYU School of Dentistry and has extensive sedation dentistry and cosmetic training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. His practice offers sedation and general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implants, and pediatric dentistry.

The Artisan Dentistry is located in downtown Newburyport and has off street parking available. Dr. Mathew offers convenient office hours. For more information about Artisan Dentistry or to schedule a free consultation, call 978-358-8576 or visit their web site at

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