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July 2, 2013

Business Briefs


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Fallavollita wins 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award

Scott Fallavollita of West Newbury, owner and president of United Tool & Die Co. Inc. in Wilmington, has been selected as the SBA Massachusetts 2013 Small Business Person of the Year.

When Fallavollita bought the company in 2007 with an SBA 504 loan, it was in severe decline and only had seven employees. Within a year he had won a Workforce Training grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and used it to kick-start culture change by introducing his employees to Lean Manufacturing basics. He utilized a second SBA 504 loan to purchase the facility in Wilmington and effect a total shop floor makeover. At that point the company retrofitted to utilize more energy-efficient equipment, streamlined its operation, implemented process controls and reorganized around continuous improvement principles. Today, the company has $2.1 million in annual sales with 14 full-time employees and continues to grow.

“We are very pleased to honor this extraordinary individual and business owner as our 2013 Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year,” said Massachusetts SBA district director Robert H. Nelson. “We celebrate his success as well as his business and personal contributions to the betterment of the Wilmington community.”

New teaching, production manager at Portmedia

Andrew Love is Portmedia’s new teaching and production manager. He comes from Cape Ann Television in Gloucester, where he was a production coordinator for seven years. During that time, CATV won a Best Overall Public, Educational and Government Access Award from the Alliance for Community Media.

Love’s specialty is teaching television techniques and technology to novice and journeymen filmmakers. He will be setting up a series of classes and workshops that range from the basics of picking up a camera, all the way to the advanced skills someone needs to pursue a professional career in film.

Love first became interested media production after taking a television class in high school; the one semester elective ignited a lifelong passion for filmmaking. With that in mind, one of his first goals is establishing a college and high school internship program for Newburyport’s artistically inclined youth. He built a similar program on Cape Ann that in the 2012-2013 school year had over 20 interns and provided 75 hours of support a week to Cape Ann Television. While the needs of each community differ, he is looking forward to expanding the amount and diversity of Portmedia’s local programming.

For more information about membership or the training schedule, check Portmedia’s website at www.portmedia.org or call 978-961-0350.

Thirty-nine groups profit from Provident Bank program

A record number of online votes were cast in The Provident Bank’s 14th annual “Our Community, Your E-Vote” program. Based on these votes from the public, the bank divided $20,000 among 39 diverse nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of residents throughout its service area of greater Amesbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, and the Seacoast towns of Exeter, Hampton, Portsmouth and Seabrook, N.H.

Grant checks were presented to this year’s participants at a reception on June 25. They include: American Independence Museum; Amesbury Carriage Museum; Amesbury Educational Foundation; Amesbury for Africa; Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association; Arts in Reach; Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley; Child & Family Services, Chucky’s Fight; Coastal Connections; Cross Roads House; Families First; Firehouse Center for the Arts; Friends of Landry Stadium; Hobbs House; James Place Childcare Center; Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center; Krempels Center; Link House, Inc.; Lowell’s Boat Shop; New Hampshire Film Festival; New Generations; New Heights; Newburyport Education Foundation; Opportunity Works; Our Neighbors’ Table; Pennies for Poverty; Pentucket Fine & Performing Arts Foundation; The Pettengill House; Richie McFarland Children’s Center; SeaCare Health Services; Seacoast Family Food Pantry; Seacoast Repertory Theater; Seacoast Youth Services; St. Vincent de Paul Community Assistance Center; Tuck Museum; Turning Point; Whittier Home; and YMCA Camp Lincoln.

This year’s three top recipients were the Newburyport Education Foundation, Families First and New Generations.

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