, Newburyport, MA

December 20, 2011

Business News in Brief

Former Port financial planner leads workshop

Dallas W. Coffman served as a subject matter expert in September for Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP certification examination. He participated in an Item Writing Workshop in San Diego, Calif, which focused on writing examination questions targeting the job tasks that define the work of the certified financial planner profession.

The job tasks were identified and verified through an extensive job analysis survey of certified financial planner practitioners conducted in 2009 by the CFP board.

Coffman grew up in Newburyport and graduated from Newburyport High School in 1975. A 1979 graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, he now lives in North Reading. He is a branch manager with LPL Financial. He founded Whitman Financial Services LLC in 1983 and has been located in Wakefield ever since. He can be reached at 781-246-0902 or by email at

Stehlin volunteers at Salvation Army

Sheila Stehlin, an Ameriprise financial adviser from Newburyport, recently joined forces with her colleagues, clients, family and friends to help fight domestic hunger. On Nov. 18, the group of 15 participants volunteered at the Newburyport Salvation Army, where they assisted in the holiday effort to feed the hungry. The event was part of a national day of service organized by the company. Ameriprise financial advisors, staff and employees across 47 states have committed to volunteering at approximately 320 hunger relief organizations in their local communities.

Aligned with its giving priority of meeting basic needs, Ameriprise Financial began a charitable partnership with Feeding America in 2009, which includes both financial and volunteer-based support for the nonprofit and other hunger relief organizations. The goal of the partnership is to help meet an increased demand on food banks and work toward finding long-term solutions to domestic hunger. Through the efforts of its advisers, employees, retirees and clients, the company has provided more than 20 million meals, raised more than $3 million and volunteered approximately 50,000 hours in support of domestic hunger relief.

Three honored for work at NECC

Three Northern Essex Community College employees: Diana Mele of Byfield; Rebecca Rose of Kingston, N.H.; and Trisha Foster of Methuen recently received the quarterly employee recognition award for the fourth quarter.

The Employee Recognition Award recognizes the many and varied contributions of the college's nearly 700 employees. Employees are selected each quarter based on recommendations from supervisors and co-workers. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of his or her choice.

McDougal & Duval launch fundraising campaign

McDougall & Duval (, an award-winning advertising, marketing, social media and public relations firm located in Amesbury, announced that it is holding a fundraising campaign designed to benefit the work of Massachusetts Division of The Salvation Army. For the campaign, called Red Bucket Bucks, the agency will donate one dollar for every "Like" of McDougall & Duval's business page on Facebook between now and Dec. 25, up to $2,500.

Wellness Center opens in Georgetown

Massage Experts has joined forces with New Life Chiropractic, Dr. Benjamin Ryan, and Acupuncture by Janis to create Georgetown's first Wellness Center. They are at 65 Central St. in the CVS Plaza. Some of the services that are being provided are therapeutic and deep-tissue massage, orthopedic massage, chiropractic care, lymph drainage, acupuncture, cranial sacral work, nutritional evaluation and nutritional products.

Massage Experts, formerly Muscular Therapy of Danvers is owned by Deborah Wood. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 20 years and has three massage therapists on staff.

New Life Chiropractic is owned by Ryan, who has been a practicing chiropractor for nine years.

Acupuncture by Janis is owned by Janis Mendes. She has been a licensed acupuncturist for more than 15 years.

To reach Massage Experts, call 978-352-9700 or email To reach New Life Chiropractic, call 978-352-4200 or email

For more information about Acupuncture by Janis, call 978-388-9541.

Clark Currier Inn receives 2011 Best of Newburyport Award

Clark Currier Inn has been selected for the 2011 Best of Newburyport Award in the Bed & Breakfasts category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive images of small business through service to their customers and community.

This is the first year that a business has qualified as a four-time award winner. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

People's Yoga Co-op under new ownership

Amesbury resident and yoga instructor Jennifer Freeman assumed ownership of People's Yoga Co-op on Dec. 1. The co-op, located at 14 Cedar St., Amesbury, is a collaborative effort among several yoga instructors to make a variety of yoga styles and classes available and accessible to people across the North Shore. Each instructor operates independently, yet together the group offers a complementary cornucopia of classes.

Since Freeman has taken over its helm, The People's Yoga Co-op has added a yoga dance class and made arrangements for Zumba and children's yoga to begin in January.

The mission of the co-op is to make yoga accessible to everyone regardless of age and ability. Classes are led in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment and students are encouraged to move and grow at their own pace.

IMarc receives International Davey Awards for websites

iMarc, LLC announced the International Davey Awards honored the Cubist Pharmaceuticals website, EcoHealth Alliance website and PetWatch Mobile site with Silver Davey Awards.

The Davey Awards is judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 200+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. With nearly 4,000 entries from across the US and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide.

iMarc values its long-term partnership with Cubist Pharmaceuticals, and has been working with the company since 2006 to redesign its website with new branding; and updated the front-end design once more in 2010.

Working in partnership with EcoHealth Alliance and PetWatch, iMarc provided website strategy, design, and programming for the corporate site as well as development for its mobile site.

Provident earns a top 5-star rating from BauerFinancial

The Provident Bank announced that it has earned a top 5-star rating for positive performance from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation's bank rating firm. The quarterly ratings were announced in December and are based on November 30, 2011, financial data.

BauerFinancial is the source for unbiased, independent bank and credit union star-ratings. Using quarterly financial reports filed with federal regulators, it thoroughly analyzes and compares all U.S. bank and credit union current and historical performance data. Upon completion of the analysis, a star-rating is assigned based on a scale of zero to five stars, with five stars being the strongest. Since 1983, BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation's banking industry, providing the public with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding their banking relationships.

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