, Newburyport, MA

October 18, 2011

Business News in Brief

Coldwell Banker wins national website award

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Newburyport is pleased to announce that its website,, was presented the Real Estate Standard of Excellence award by the Web Marketing Association. This is the sixth consecutive year that has been honored by the association. Now in its 15th year, the WebAward program is the premier annual website award competition that names the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development., the largest real estate services website of its kind in New England, was judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the largest residential real estate brokerage company in New England. With more than 4,000 sales associates and staff in approximately 90 office locations, the organization serves consumers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company.

Old Time Sports apparel receives capital growth loan

Old Time Sports, Inc. of Salisbury recently received a loan from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. Old Time Sports provides sportswear apparel for the public and also, exclusively through licensing, for the National Hockey League. With the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup last season, Old Time Sports found its projected business exceeded expectations. In addition, Old Time Sports has licensing with the NHL to put current NHL players on its sportswear. Old Time Sports also has a retail store at the North Shore Mall for its sportswear and expanded clothing line into women's high-end T-shirts, plus a new line of clothes for infants.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation provides capital to small businesses, women-and minority- owned businesses and local development efforts, in flexible financing programs, by supplementing the capital available from private financial institutions, including nonbank lenders, in order to promote the creation and maintenance of good jobs for Massachusetts residents.

Chamber networking event Oct. 28

There will be a networking event on Friday, Oct. 28, 8 to 9:30 a.m., hosted by Healthcare Complete located at 260 Merrimac St., Towle Building, East Lobby. Network in the offices of Dr. Jennah Dieter and meet and mingle with fellow chamber members. Bring business cards and brochures if appropriate. Admission is free and registration is required.

Chamber holds successful expo

The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation 2nd Annual Business Expo sponsored by Comcast Business Class held recently at the Amesbury Sports Park, brought out many local businesses and residents.

The event was held to showcase Amesbury businesses and all that they have to offer! Participating businesses offered samples, promotional items, discounts and free raffles. All attendees were entered into a free raffle for great door prizes that were generously donated by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Amesbury Sports Park, Flatbread Company, Gould Insurance, Sanborn Electric, RTN Federal Credit Union, Seaport Signworks, and The Provident Bank.

Participants include: 14 Cedar Street Studios; Amesbury Firefighters Local 1783; Amesbury Police Department; Amesbury Sports Park; Coastal Connections; Comcast Business Class; Fairfield Inn; Fitness Together; Fritz DeGuglielmo, CPA; Gould Insurance; Jack Sanborn & Son, Inc.; Lafayette Lanes; Learning and Fun All in One Preschool; Massachusetts Small Business Development Center; Merrimac Tool Company; Michaelmas Press; Mill 77 Trading Company; Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; NextEra Energy; Northern Essex Community College; Opportunity Works; Owens Corning; Ritz Payroll Solutions, Inc.; RTN Federal Credit Union; SCORE; Seaport Signworks; Sovereign Investors; TD Bank; The Provident Bank; Transaction Resources, Inc. & WNBP

The Expo was followed by a Mixer hosted by Amesbury Sports Park.

ECCF investment returns beat national benchmarks

Essex County Community Foundation earned an impressive 25.83 percent on its investments for the fiscal year ending June 30, exceeding national benchmarks by over 4 percent. ECCF's investments are a broadly diversified, balanced portfolio of stocks managed by local and national professional investment managers. Investment mangers include Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Cambridge Appleton Partners, Goldman Sachs, Ipswich Investment Management and Needham Advisory Corporation. ECCF's investment committee oversees the investment strategy, selection and monitoring of the managers of the portfolio.

Essex County Community Foundation promotes local philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit organizations of Essex County. ECCF is a catalyst for philanthropy, manager of charitable funds for donors and nonprofits and a grant maker, teacher and adviser to nonprofits and their boards. Learn more at

PortMedia wins first-place award

PortMedia won a first-place award from the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region's Fall Video Festival, with their live production of the 2011 Yankee Homecoming Parade. The category they won was "live event or programming," and this was the first year that PortMedia was involved with the parade. A crew of 16 people was involved in this first-time production to handle a variety of roles such as directing, audio, technical director, camera crew, announcers, grips, assistant producers and more. Community volunteers included Joe DiBiase, Peter Flynn, Mark Bransfield, Rich Eaton, Win Damon, Kim Gobbi, Pete Falconi, James Shanley, Tom Goodwin, Kathy Heywood, Chris Miller, Sarah Hayden, Skylar Wack, Megan Leone, Bob Dunbar and Mark Sceery. A special thanks to Strem Chemical, which sponsored this community production, and to the Department of Public Services and NHS Facilities Department for their help with logistics. This parade was viewed from Cape Cod to California.

Customer service seminar at library

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce is hosting a customer service educational seminar presented by Ronna Caras from Caras Training on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street. Check-in and networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a presentation from 8 to 9:30 a.m. In this interactive session, you will learn how businesses known for premier customer service set standards for customer care that lead to more revenue and a loyal following, the 3 C's of customer service that everyone can use in person, on the phone or by email, and strategies for measuring and rewarding excellent customer service. Registration is required and admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

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