Small But Mighty Business of the Month
Small But Mighty Business of the Month
Nominate a local company to be featured as our
Small but MIGHTY Business of the Month
Sponsored by First Seacoast Bank
The Small Business of the Month Details:
- Companies need to be located in the greater Portsmouth area
- Companies should be members of The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth
- Nominated companies should have 50 employees or less
- Nomination forms will be reviewed by a selection committee and recipients will be notified by Chamber staff members
August 2020 - Kilwins
When you walk into Kilwins, the chocolate, fudge and ice cream shop, smack dab in the heart of Portsmouth's Market Square, the smell of chocolate takes over. The Desmonds would have it no other way. After all, chocolate is the mainstay of the business.
But there's a thing or two about this Small but MIGHTY Business for the month of September that go beyond its sweet smell. From special deliveries to community-driven pandemic help (touchless thermometers, anyone?) We'll let the video of Janette and her son John speak for itself. The faces of the children in the shop speak volumes as well!
July 2020 - JSA Design
The Chamber Collaborative is recognizing JSA Design for all their contributions to the community throughout the past few months. The architect team at JSA has been hard at work donating their time to assist in the design and planning of the outdoor dining spaces and the Bridge St. outdoor venue project in addition to their normal philanthropic work. JSA is celebrating 40 years as a firm with a rebrand to JSA Design. Watch this brief interview with North Sturtevant, CEO and Anne Weidman, Community Development from JSA to learn more about their role in our community recovery.
March 2020 - MacEdgeThey’ve got a black and white logo and crisp gray short sleeve button up work shirts, and they also lay claim to the hearts of the Seacoast’s Mac/Apple users. They’re MacEdge. And they’re a pretty polished Apple products and service provider, located in the plaza near Bowl-O-Rama and Honey Ham Subs. Apple Premier Partners provide superior customer experience with focus on Apple solutions, service and support, and MacEdge proudly attained this highest level of reseller authorization in December of 2015. Plus: For consecutive years, MacEdge has been awarded the Premium Service Provider designation by Apple. Premium Service Providers have been recognized by Apple for providing exceptional service and must meet the highest level of customer satisfaction and quality of service.MacEdge rakes in the accolades in the customer service department. Another place MacEdge shines is in its community support and involvement. Whether you head to the Players’ Ring, The Rep, WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio, or the New Hampshire Film Festival, you’ll hear that MacEdge is a proud sponsor, underwriter and friend. Cheers to Portsmouth's MacEdge--our Small but Mighty Business of the Month! Cheers to Dan and Matt and Dylan and Joel and Marc and Jason.
February 2020 - Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer
Cornerstone West End (Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer) is big, beautiful and has great taste. You can see it in the décor in the Frank Jones Brewyard location, and the tasty mix of pizza toppings (plus the 24 curated craft beers on tap.)
Meeting owner Michael Cavaretta, you also get a sense of the business’ philanthropy, they host Community Nights with Brixham Montessori School in York, Maine – where any child who orders off the children's menu will eat for free and the cost of that meal will be donated to Brixham. And – on a much larger scale, Cornerstone recently partnered with Gather (formerly the Seacoast Food Pantry), Red Post Reality and Smuttynose Brewing to raise funds to provide 20,000 meals for people in need.
January 2020 - WSCA
WSCA might only have a *100-watt signal but it pulses with the beating hearts of 40 disc jockeys every week. With programming ranging from Audio Theatre to the Voodoo Tiki Lounge, they've got variety, and everything--including a show called The Kitchen Sink (featuring underground rock 'n' roll music: punk rock, post-punk, power pop, indie rock & pop, garage, glam, rockabilly, ska, alternative country and... you get the idea!)
While culture looms large at the station, budgets remain small: WSCA 106.1 FM, Portsmouth Community Radio is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization that holds the FCC broadcast license for 106.1 FM WSCA-LP in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is 100 percent listener funded by donors with local businesses contributing through underwriting. WSCA does not receive any government funding or grants.
So please, tune in to WSCA at 106.1 on your FM dial. *That 100-watt signal comes in clear from the Hampton tolls to the York, Maine tolls, to the Rochester tolls, Durham and all of greater Portsmouth. You can also stream and visit them at https://wscafm.org/. Another option? Catch a live show on their Button Factory Stage. Learn about the WSCA radio app, too! Cheers to Portsmouth's community radio station--our Small but Mighty Business of the Month! Thanks to First Seacoast Bank for sponsoring the award each month, and please -- nominate a business for consideration!
December 2019 - Malloy Events
With a style all their own, and a flair for the dramatic (when the situation calls for it), Kate and Chris Malloy lead a small but mighty crew (15 and growing!) at Malloy Events corporate event production and design. They were the folks that set the ski lodge scene for our Après Ski holiday party and will be beautifying backdrops and prepping podiums for many politicians this primary season (it's kind of their specialty.) Malloy Events has produced corporate conferences across the U.S., planned political rallies for 5,000 people, designed more than 500 weddings, and worked with countless non-profits on fundraising galas. Let's just say, they keep busy in the most eye-opening ways. Here's to Malloy Events, our Small but Mighty Business of the month! Thanks to First Seacoast Bank for sponsoring the award each month, and please -- nominate a business for consideration!
November 2019 - Hazel Boutique
To find oodles (that's more than 80) styles of women's clothing, look no further than down the sweetest alley in Portsmouth--Commercial Alley. Be it the perfect cashmere scarf, jewelry hand crafted from area beach stones, or a dress with just the right fabric and zippers (XCVI anyone?) -- you'll find it at Hazel Boutique. Owner Kerry LaJoie touts the great variety of styles, shapes and colors along with "fun gifty items." The store is so fun to browse and includes a sign with a great motto to shop by: "Life is short--Buy the dress."
While you can visit the store's website to learn more about LaJoie, the VIP Parties or simply the designers carried at Hazel Bourtique, honestly, the best way to learn is to take a short stroll down a little alley in Portsmouth. You'll be in for a big wonderful surprise.
Small but MIGHTY Business of the Month is sponsored by First Seacoast Bank.
Do you know a business that is Small but Mighty? Nominate them in the link below.
October 2019 - Take Flight
Take Flight Aerial Adventure Park, October's Small but Mighty Business of the month, knows about always reaching for the next rung.
Located on the border of New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine, Take Flight is at the top of the area Things-to-Do list. With an Aerial Adventure Challenge Course with more than 65 activities and elements for you to climb on, over, around, and through, owner Charlie Williams says, "Be prepared to get a good workout and have a lot of fun."
We give big props to Take Flight, which VP of Operations Sarah Derick says in its eighth season features more zip lines, more programming and more adventure opportunities than ever.
We love that First Seacoast Bank has offered the October Small but Mighty Business Award to Take Flight, and we love that T.F. staff will turn into zombies right before their season ends. (Take a Zombie Zip Tour offered Oct. 25 and 26 and Oct. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.) We look forward to zooming with them next year!
September 2019 - Ohana
Ohana may mean family in the Hawaiian language, but around the Seacoast of New Hampshire, it means healthy—wholesome—yummy lunches and dinners. And it’s meant that ever since December 2017, when Jay and Stacy Krecklow opened their poké bowl hot spot in Portsmouth.
Since then, the Krecklows have branched out to Exeter, and now Newburyport, Mass., but although they’ve expanded, they’ve kept their honest essence intact: Great lunches and dinners for fish lovers (and even those that don’t indulge in fish.)
The Ohana website states: "Ohana Kitchen was formed from a love of poké, a passion for fresh, healthy food, and a desire to share a piece of Hawaiian culture with our seacoast community." What's not to love?
We’re so glad Ohana calls the Seacoast home and can’t wait to see where this Small but Mighty Business goes next (although they’re certainly allowed to catch their breath for a while!)
The Small but Mighty Business of the month is sponsored by First Seacoast Bank, formerly Federal Savings Bank. Thanks, guys!
July 2019 - The Groomsmith
If you look up the word dapper in the dictionary, don't be surprised if you see a photo of the gents of The Groomsmith. Starting from their grand opening on Oct. 27, 2018, the 28 Deer St. business in Portsmouth has worn its philanthropy on its barbershop sleeve. The opening event not only welcomed the community to the newest barbershop, but all proceeds from haircuts benefited the Chase Home, a nonprofit agency for youths. This is but one of the reasons The Groomsmith has been chosen the Small but Mighty Business of the Month sponsored by First Seacoast Bank.
In addition, The Groomsmith also occasionally cuts the hair for residents of Cross Roads House, Inc. – taking away something that could be a hassle, and turning their haircut into something special.
Cheers to The Groomsmith--truly a cut above.
June 2019 - EXP Realty
Connie and Bill Dolloff pride themselves on not only being top notch realtors with eXp Realty, but they also aim to be excellent real people as well. In fact, go to their website, and you'll not only learn about our local region and good information for first-time home buyers, but oodles more. How about: Homes for Heroes, it's What you Deserve? Or Military Members Moving, Transferring or Retiring to New Hampshire? The Dolloffs know a lot about a lot, and serving those that have served our country is one of their specialties. And one of their favorite programs you just have to ask them about is Homes for Heroes. According to their website, "Homes for Heroes was established shortly following the tragic events of 9/11 as a way to give back and say 'Thank You' to our nation’s heroes, firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves and veterans), healthcare workers, EMS and teachers. When heroes work with Homes for Heroes affiliate real estate specialists, they receive Hero Rewards® which saves significant money when buying, selling or refinancing a home."
That's why the month of June's Small but Mighty Business of the Month Award sponsored by Federal Savings Bank, goes to eXp Realty (aka Connie and Bill Dolloff).
May 2019 - Liars Bench Beer Co.
In the home of a former plumbing supply warehouse down on Islington Street, you'll find Liars Bench Beer Co. Not only are they small and mighty but they're young and ambitious as well. And they know how to throw a celebration (case in point, their third anniversary celebration on May 26.)
But it's not all about brewing tasty adult beverages in a cool atmosphere (though that's a lot of it)--the folks at Liars Bench also give back. And, they are the Small but Mighty Business of the Month sponsored by Federal Savings Bank.
You'll find co-owners Dagan Migirditch and Dane Nielsen and their crew giving time and energy to the Blue Ocean Society, Planned Parenthood and the Coastal Conservation Association of NH, among many lucky recipients.
If we listed all the fun these folks had, the newsletter would fill your inbox to bursting. Here's a description of the last Oysterpalooza, which was held at their spot: "A raucous celebration of NH's Great Bay and its bounty and a benefit for the Coastal Conservation Conservation Association. Complete with the NH State Oyster Shucking Competition." Fun.
Cheers to Dane and Dagan and the little brewery that packs a wallop-- the Small but Mighty Liars Bench!
April 2019 - Hero Pups
The Small but Mighty Award for April, sponsored by Federal Savings Bank, goes to an organization that does good in multiple ways, and looks adorable doing it: Hero Pups. (Also, the founder of Hero Pups is named Laura Barker. We had to say that--sorry!)
Hero Pups combines two things most everyone loves: Heroes and pups. According to its website, Hero Pups primarily places pups with veterans and first responders. "Our focus is on those who are dealing with post traumatic stress (PTSD), anxiety and service-connected challenges. By using shelter and rescue pups whenever possible, we are able to help relieve the symptoms while helping a rescue pup in the process." Hero Pups is no stranger to accolades or press, so definitely cruise around their website under news & events (such as the pups' March appearance on TV featuring the NH inmates who are raising them). And, if you're feeling philanthropic, check out the ways to give to this 501-C-3 CHARITY.
Even if Laura Barker hadn't shown up for the award ceremony with her celebrity lab Liberty in tow, we would have been proud to give her the Small but Mighty plaque. (But what a bonus to have three (3) dogs for the photo op!) Here's to Hero Pups, and the woman behind them all!
March 2019 - Portsmouth Eats
Portsmouth Eats offers tours with tempting titles such as the Sweet and Savory Tour, Best of Portsmouth Walking and Tasting Tour and the White Table Cloth Culinary Tour. Their site spells it all out for you, and says, "On your own, you might miss something, but with Portsmouth Eats, we will show you around as our guest. We'll introduce you to the top chefs and they will treat you to fine dining and delicious tastings. We'll guide you through a city with a firm place in American history. You can ask us anything about visiting and touring Portsmouth, because we are here to help make your trip a pleasant and delicious experience."
In addition, Colleen is director of events and marketing for the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce. Her path sometimes meshes with the tourism contingent at the Chamber Collaborative--for instance, she shared a booth with the Chamber at the NY Times Travel show in January and will also be sharing a booth with them at the Dream Destinations trade show in Springfield, Mass on April 28. Colleen attended Le Cordon Bleu, taking gastronomic tourism classes. Her son is a senior at UNH, double majoring in EcoGastronomy and mechanical engineering.
Plus, we have it on good authority that Colleen is extremely witty, loves to travel and is a foodie of the highest order. (Which dovetails nicely with Portsmouth Eats, don't you think?)
February 2019 - Children's Museum of New Hampshire
If we’re taking the title of this award literally, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has it covered. After all, children are nothing if not small and mighty. But the February Small but Mighty Business of the Month award sponsored by Federal Savings Bank also qualifies in myriad other ways.
Despite catering to mostly those under 4’ in stature, the museum--which opened in Portsmouth in 1983 and moved to its current Dover location in 2008-- packs a tall wallop with numbers such as: Number of visitors first year in Portsmouth, N.H.: 22,000; Number of annual visitors at Dover location: 93,000; Square feet in Portsmouth, N.H. location: 4,000 and Square feet in Dover, N.H. location: 16,000.
No matter how you look at it, The Children's Museum of New Hampshire under the watchful eye of president and education director Jane Bard, has flourished!
December 2018 - Portsmouth Historical Society
Discover Portsmouth, which occupies the site of the old Portsmouth Library, has made a name for itself BIG time as one of the most welcoming ways into Portsmouth. Their mission is magnificent, their vision is vast, and with Kathleen Soldati at the helm, their heart beats strong for the Port City. And their fan base is rabid: Especially around the holidays during their Annual Gingerbread Exhibit (28 years strong!)
You can visit them via their terrific website, but we encourage you to head to Discover Portsmouth (and their marvelous Museum Shop) in person for best results.
Discover Portsmouth is the December Small But Mighty Business of the Month, sponsored by Federal Savings Bank.
November 2018 - REP Branding Co.
The November Small But Mighty Business of the Month sponsored by Federal Savings Bank is REP Branding Co. This social branding agency works with businesses to build a community of engaged and loyal fans around its mission. REP works with brands across the lifestyle industry and pride themselves on being bringing the fun back to marketing. Robin Pinzone, the creative head of REP, has donated her time to the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth by offering a number of presentations to fellow chamber members. SHOWN: Bill MacDonald, networking engineer, The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth; Robin Pinzone, REP Branding Co.; and Valerie Dyer, assistant vice president of business development at Federal Savings Bank.
Congratulations to Centrus Digital, the October Small But Mighty Business of the Month sponsored by Federal Savings Bank! Centrus (formerly Sharper Selling) is a digital marketing agency that moved to Portsmouth in 2016 and has been proving that small businesses can tackle mighty projects of any scope. They do this through collaboration and partnerships with other Chamber Collaborative members helping national and global brands grow their businesses through online advertising.
They are committed to the community, donating their services to local nonprofits including the Prescott Park Arts Festival, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Seacoast Science Center, New Hampshire Film Festival, and the Digital Marketing Center. Thank you for all your efforts to strengthen our local community and economy and congratulations. (Shown, from left: Valerie Dyer of Federal Savings Bank, Jonathan Day of Centrus Digital and Valerie Rochon of the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth.)
September 2018: HAVEN
The September Small But Mighty Business of the Month sponsored by Federal Savings Bank is HAVEN. HAVEN serves women, men, and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. HAVEN is the largest violence prevention and support services agency in NH. The need to eliminate domestic and sexual violence, while supporting individuals and families, is greater than ever. Your support will help us better serve Rockingham and Strafford Counties, ultimately making the Greater Seacoast a safer place to live.
August 2018 - JSA Inc.
Now that the big reveal is over, the Chamber Collaborative is pleased to announce that not only is JSA Inc an Annual Dinner Award winner, but they are also our August Small but Mighty Business of the Month Sponsored by Federal Savings Bank! JSA Inc is a nationally recognized architecture company based in Portsmouth, NH that focuses on designing environments that make a positive impact on the lives and communities in which we all live, learn, and work.
JSA Inc is also the creator of Access Navigator, a platform that provides online accessibility maps and listings to help people with mobility challenges stay engaged in the community. Their latest accessibility map is their New England Microbreweries that can be found here!
Keep up the great work, JSA Inc! We are excited to see what else you'll bring to our community.
July 2018 - Daystar, Inc.
Please join us in congratulating Daystar as they have been recognized as the July Small but Mighty Business of the Month Sponsored by Federal Savings Bank!
Since 2000, Daystar has been a serving the technology needs of Seacoast businesses and nonprofit organizations. The company is committed to their clients and focused on helping them align technology within their operations to reach their goals and grow their businesses.
Daystar is involved in our community by donating to many local organizations such as The Music Hall, New Heights, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Richie McFarland Children’s Center, Cornerstone VNA, and the High Hopes Foundation, and more. Congrats, Daystar! Keep up the great work.
June 2018 - The Chase Home for Children
We are excited to announce the June Small But Mighty Business of the Month has been awarded to The Chase Home For Children! Offering both residential and home-based services, the Chase Home meets the needs of at-risk youth and families in New Hampshire. The Chase Home is a powerful example of a grassroots response to an identified need within the community.
Thank you to The Chase Home for Children for being a big part of the Portsmouth community. Another big thank you goes out to the Small But Mighty Business of the Month Sponsors, Federal Savings Bank!
May 2018 - The Cooperative Venture Workspace
Please join us in celebrating our May Small but Mighty Business of the Month Presented by Federal Savings Bank, the Cooperative Venture Workspace! With Scott Blidberg and Emma Partridge managing the space, the Cooperative Venture Workspace is a coworking space that provides an excellent place to work, as well as a thriving community for businesses of all sizes.
The Workspace donates their space for The Collaborative's monthly Morning Mixer networking event. The Collaborative and the Seacoast community are lucky to have this unique coworking space in our area.
Big thank you to Federal Savings Bank for sponsoring the Small but Mighty Business of the Month program and congratulations to the Cooperative Venture Workspace!
April 2018 - Nibblesworth
Congratulations to our friends at Nibblesworth as they are the April Small but Mighty Business of the Month Presented by Federal Savings Bank! Nibblesworth splashed into the Portsmouth community this past fall and features delicious handmade plates, with all ingredients sourced locally. When Nibblesworth isn't providing the Chamber Collaborative's Morning Mixer with tasty pączki treats, they're partnering with local businesses or hosting events in their beautifully renovated restaurant.
Please join us in thanking Jenny, Tom, and the entire team at Nibblesworth for diving into the Seacoast community.
March 2018 - Barre & Soul Portsmouth
The March Small but Mighty Business of the Month was awarded to Barre & Soul Portsmouth! The Barre & Soul method fuses ballet conditioning, pilates, yoga and calisthenics with great music, high-energy and supportive community. For over three years Barre & Soul has offered in-studio classes at their 163 Court Street studio, as well as community building events.
Thank you for all the work you do for the community Barre & Soul! The Greater Seacoast is proud to name you as our March Small but Mighty Business of the Month.
February 2018 - Darci Creative
The Chamber Collaborative is pleased to award the February Small But Mighty Business of the Month to Darci Creative! Owner & Creative Director Darci Knowles and the entire Darci Creative team, have been long-term partners and collaborators of the Chamber Collaborative.
Darci Creative has spent the past 25 years in the small business community. The latest from Darci Creative is the launch of the expert level marketing agency, Brand Muffins, which focuses on affordable branding packages for small businesses. From working with our small business community to being a long time supporter of Veterans Count, Darci Creative exemplifies our Small But Mighty Business of the Month program!
January 2018 - La Maison Navarre
Our first Small But Mighty Business of the Month is La Maison Navarre! Located at 121 Congress Street, La Maison Navarre brings the charm and atmosphere of a French pastry shop to downtown Portsmouth. La Maison Navarre offers delicious macarons, sweet desserts, tasty crepes, and more!
Owned and managed by Charlotte and Victor, La Maison Navarre is a proud supporter of many organizations in the community including Big Brothers Big Sisters NH, Seacoast Outright, Portsmouth PRIDE, and the Chamber Collaborative. Keep up the great work, La Maison Navarre!