• Small But Mighty Business of the Month

  • Welcome to the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth's Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month program, presented by First Seacoast Bank.

    Each month we recognize a different member who is awarded a plaque and whose profile is featured on our social media channels and in our digital newsletter The Source. 

    This page serves as a perpetual plaque highlighting all previous recipients of this award.  If you know of a member who should be considered for this award please nominate them below!

  • 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
  • February 2023 - Vida Cantina

    Chamber Ambassador Jonathan Day with Kevin Dwyer of Dwyer's Pub and Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to Vida Cantina on its selection as the Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for February 2023.

    Under the leadership of Chef David Vargas, Vida Cantina is a vibrant part of the Portsmouth restaurant and cultural community combining Mexican heritage with an appreciation for local seasonal New England products.

    Chef Vargas and Vida Cantina are driving forces for good in our community helping to organize and or support countless initiatives including New England BIPOC Fest, Kittery Community Fridge and educational opportunities.

    Congratulations again to Vida Cantina!  

    In the photo to the right are Sharlee Davis of First Seacoast Bank, Sous Chef Ken Driscoll, GM Robert Johonnett, Assistant Manager Caitlin Casper and Chef David Vargas of Vida Cantina and Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • January 2023 - Kaplan Home Team at Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty

    Chamber Ambassador Jonathan Day with Kevin Dwyer of Dwyer's Pub and Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to the Kaplan Home Team on its selection as the Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for January 2023.

    The Kaplan Home Team joined the Chamber in late 2021 and has quickly become some of our most active members with Ryan participating in, and now co-chairing, our Connect & Collaborate, referral group in addition to serving on the Education Committee and Bryttnie joining the board of Catapult Seacoast!

    Always willing to lend a hand, give advice, or just listen, the Kaplan Home team are great to work with.

    Congratulations again to Kaplan Home Team!  

    In photo: Priscilla MacInnis and Sharlee Davis of First Seacoast Bank, Bryttnie Gillis and Ryan Kaplan of the Kaplan Home Team and Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • December 2022 - Dwyer's Pub

    Chamber Ambassador Jonathan Day with Kevin Dwyer of Dwyer's Pub and Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to Dwyer's Pub on their selection as the Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for December 2022.

    Equal parts locals bar and Irish pub, Dwyer's was opened in December 2019 by siblings Molly and Kevin Dwyer. 

    Their food offers original recipes with the freshest ingredients around. 

    Who said hospitality is dead? 

    Come meet their friendly staff who will serve you anything from their craft cocktails to the best pint of Guinness in town.

    Kevin Dwyer was recently named one of the Seacoast's 10 to Watch by our local young professionals' group, Catapult Seacoast, and Seacoast Media Group.  

    Congratulations again to Dwyer's Pub! 

    In the photo to the right are Chair of the Chamber Ambassador Committee Jonathan Day, Kevin Dwyer of Dwyer's Pub, and Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • November 2022 - Solari Salon & Spa

    Lynn Watters and Patricia Lonergan of Solari Salon & Spa with Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to Solari Salon & Spa on their selection as the Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for November 2022.

    DO GOOD  * BE GOOD  * FEEL GOOD

    Solari balances both individual and common interests and supports science naturally.

    The Solari team donates their time each year to support clean water causes.

    They have a passion for education and innovation staying abreast of the latest trends in fashion and hair artistry.

    Their sole intent is to help their customers look and feel their best.

    Located at 20 Market St. in Portsmouth, Solari has been a member of the Chamber Collaborative since 2002. They offer hair-cutting and coloring services, skin and nail care, and spa rituals.

    Congratulations again to Solari Salon & Spa! 

    In the photo to the right, are manager Lynn Waters, Chamber president Ben VanCamp and owner Patricia Lonergan.

  • October 2022 - Flagship Press

    Jim Bingham of Flagship Press with Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to Flagship Press on their selection as the Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for October 2022!

    Founded in 1950, Flagship Press is a leader in the commercial printing industry because of its commitment to staying on the cutting edge of the print and production industry, incorporating the latest sustainable printing practices, materials, and technologies.  

    Flagship continually reinvests in infrastructure through targeted acquisitions of equipment and assets creating a single source for comprehensive graphics, print management, and production - all under one roof.

    When you work with Flagship, you can always expect the highest level of professionalism.

    Congratulations again to Flagship Press.  

    In the photo: Jim Bingham of Flagship Press with Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • September 2022 - Ben's Auto Body

    Ben's Auto Body LogoCongratulations to Ben's Auto Body on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for September 2022.

    Ben's Auto Body is a family-owned and operated consumer-driven company committed to providing quality, safe collision repairs, outstanding customer service, and customer care with pride, honesty, and the utmost integrity.

    Ben's Auto Body believe it is of the utmost importance for customers to know their collision repair rights and go out of their way to educate their customers before beginning any job.

    Since 1932, the Ben's Auto Body family has been serving the community and the trades and they show no signs of slowing down.

    Congratulations again to Ben's Auto Body.

    Photo coming soon!

  • August 2022 - Summit Supply

    Tom Kunysz of Summit Supply with Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to Summit Supply on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for August 2022!

    Summit Supply has served Northern New England, including New Hampshire, coastal Maine, and northeast Massachusetts for over 40 years!

    In addition to providing top-quality equipment and service, Summit Supply are model community members who go out of their way to support their neighbors.

    Anyone who has seen their vans around the community knows that they support the Music Hall and its programming with advertising space on their vehicles. 

    What is less commonly known is that Summit Supply sends each of its employees, with their partners, out to enjoy a meal during Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast - on the company! They are a long-time, valued sponsor of RWPS!

    Congratulations again to Summit Supply!

    In the photo to the right:  Tom Kunysz of Summit Supply and Chamber President Ben VanCamp

  • July 2022 - Advance Pump & Filter

    Advance Pump & Filter LogoCongratulations to Advance Pump & Filter on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for July 2022!

    Advance Pump & Filter is a full-service N.H. water treatment and pump company. They are family operated and have been in business since 1977.  

    The team at Advance Pump & Filter takes pride in their honest and cost-effective solutions to water treatment and supply issues.

    Advance Pump & Filter has won an A+ rating from the Beter Business Bureau and and average YELP score of 5 out of 5 stars!

    The team has give service trucks that are available 7 days a week scheduling appointments around their customer's needs - including early morning arrivals.

    Congratulations again to Advance Pump & Filter!

    Photo coming soon.

  • June 2022 - GoodWork

    Chamber President Ben VanCamp with Molly Hodgdon and Shane Brewer of First Seacoast BankCongratulations to GoodWork on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for June 2022!

    If you know only the bare minimum about GoodWork, you know the organization has a great place to do their work. Yes- they're the folks who work out at Creek Farm - Carey Cottage, 400 Little Harbor Road in Portsmouth. But, there's a whole lot more to this nonprofit incubator/engine for good headed up by Molly Hodgson and Maria Sillari.

    With more than 50 years of combined nonprofit and business experience, the leadership team of GoodWork is the foundation for serving incubator participants. And if good words mean anything (and they do) they are succeeding wildly since opening in 2019!

    Congratulations again to GoodWork!

    In the photo to the right:  Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp, Executive Director Molly Hodgson and Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank.

  • May 2022 - Coastal MI-BOX

    Representatives from First Seacoast Bank with Scott & Jim Weiler of Coastal MI-Box with and Chamber President Ben VanCampCongratulations to Coastal MI-BOX on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for May 2022!

    A family operation, traces of Scott and Jim Weiler can be found from Oxford, Maine through the Seacoast wherever you see the big yellow MI-BOX lettering!

    Coastal MI-BOX is revolutionizing the local moving and storage industry. Their team and truck work around the clock to bring moving and storage solutions to their customers for moves, seasonal storage, or renovation/staging storage.

    Big supporters of local nonprofits, you've seen their containers at places like Cross Roads House, Prescott Park Arts Festival or at community supply drives.

    Congratulations again to Coastal MI-BOX.

    In the photo:  Kristen Peterson from First Seacoast Bank, Scott and Jim Weiler from Coastal MI-BOX, Coralie O'Brien of First Seacoast Bank and Chamber President Ben VanCamp. 

  • April 2022 - Granite YMCA

    Chamber President Ben VanCamp and Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank with Granite YMCA Board MembersCongratulations to Granite YMCA on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the month for April 2022!

    The Y is more than just the "gym & swim" you may have come to know (although they do a great job of that, too!)

    There are also life-changing camp experiences through Camp Gundalow, for which they provide as many scholarships as possible.

    Plus you'll find that they have active partnerships with (and not limited to) the City, United Way - and a priority this year is partnering with other youth-serving organizations to address mental health issues and substance misuse. The YMCA is working to create a task force to address the challenges they are seeing.

    In the photo:  Chamber President Ben VanCamp, YMCA Director of Strategic Partnerships Kim Harty, YMCA Board Chair Laila Miller, and Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank.

  • March 2022 - Bowl-O-Rama Family Fun Center

    Shane Brewer and Chamber President Ben VanCamp with Andrew MaderiosCongratulations to Bowl-O-Rama Family Fun Center on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for March 2022!

    When it comes to offering up cool candlepin bowling, it's a 5-star affair at the Family Center.  Featuring 22 new candlepin lanes, many family members, fully automatic scoring, plush sofa seating plus tables to enjoy your fun with food and beverages right at the lanes.

    Back to the family part of Family Fun - as we hinted, Bart Maderios and his son Andrew had always dreamed of owning and operating a bowling/family fun center to help bring smiles and laughter to families - and they were able to sign the lease in 2018! Now there are still plenty of Maderios' making sure all the balls stay in their lane - mom Mary-Lynne is the co-owner and the Maderios sisters are in on the location!

    Congratulations again to Bowl-O-Rama Family Fun Center!

    Photo to the right:  Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank, Andrew Maderios and Chamber President Ben VanCamp.

  • February 2022 - The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

    Shane Brewer & LaTonya Wallace of First Seacoast Bank with Chamber President Ben VanCamp and JerriAnne BoogisCongratulations to The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire on their section as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for February 2022!

    The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life in order to build more inclusive communities today.

    The organization has a robust program: Community dialogues... tours... conferences... and celebrations.  One of their most popular offerings is the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks that take place in February.  These bring individuals and scholars to talk about subjects that are both grounded in history, and contemporary issues we're facing here in New Hampshire and beyond.

    It is important to recognize that this organization is not Portsmouth-centric it's a statewide organization.  They are a growing organization that collaborates in a big way - with historical societies, schools, businesses, and different community organizations.

    Congratulations again to the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire.

    In the photo to the right: Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank, Chamber President Ben VanCamp, Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Executive Director JerriAnne Boggis, and LaTonya Wallace of First Seacoast Bank.

  • January 2022 - Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop

    Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop LogoCongratulations to Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop on their selection as our Small But MIGHTY Business of the Month for January 2022!

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    Family-owned and operated, Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop offers an extensive selection of skis, boots, snowboards and all the latest gear, accessories, and apparel.

    Customers can purchase new equipment and supplies from the main shop or visit the Family Bargain Basement for new items.

    The team can also help with tuneups and rentals!

    Don't forget the little ones - the team has everything for the novice (or just small advanced) skier or rider in your life.

    Congratulations again to Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop!

    In photo: Eric Goodrich, snowboard manager, Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop.

  • December 2021 - Germeroth Consulting + Creative

    Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank with Lee Germeroth and Chamber President Ben VanCampLooking at Lee Germeroth, you might think he's quite serious. 

    And he is: He's seriously competent and knowledgable about web design, SEO and email as part of his career--head of Germeroth Consulting + Creative. 

    And, having known Lee for most of the five years or so he's been with the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, we can tell you he's quite a Chamber member too. He's the kind of member who has participated with greater and greater frequency, working his way into one of the two business networking groups within the Chamber—the Connect & Collaborate groups--and also serving as a Chamber Ambassador.

    Nowadays, Lee will tell you he wants to collaborate with more sustainably-minded businesses. Ask him about 1% for the Planet, an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Or—better yet—watch this 2 minute video and he'll tell you about it.

    Also, Lee takes terrific photographs, and can fashion items out of leather and steel. But that's neither here nor there, and just further shows how seriously neat it is to get to know Lee. We'd recommend it.

    In the photo to the right:  Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank, Lee Germeroth and Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • November 2021 - Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage

    Calling All Cargo Team Members with Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank and Chamber President Ben VanCampA moving company that started on a card table in an apartment in Dover has now expanded to the Eastern Seaboard. Mike Carlton, president of Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage has added two tractor-trailers to his fleet to help transport anything and everything from their Dover and Greenland facilities all the way to their brand-new branch in West Palm Beach, Fla. (a city that he now calls home.) 

    Carlton is proud of his company, and also very proud of his military background as a U.S. Marine—actively recruiting and hiring veterans to work for him whenever possible. 

    Community service is also very important to Carlton and co. They’ve got a heckofa history of transporting evergreens for the Dover chamber’s Festival of Trees many years running. Carlton also was entered into a community contest that required he dance a ballet with a former prima ballerina for Boston Ballet Company. (They won.) 

    Winning seems to be in the cards for Calling All Cargo. Their philosophy involves hustling, working hard, no smoking (no smoke breaks!) and giving back to the community. 

    A hearty congratulations to Calling All Cargo—our Small but Mighty Business of the Month!

    In the photo to the right:  Shane Brewer of First Seacoast Bank, Teamember (name coming soon), Mike Carlton, and Joshua Leonard of Calling All Cargo, and Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • October 2021 - Seacoast SCORE

    Photograph of Seacoast SCORE representatives with Chamber President Ben VanCampWhen Steven Goldberg, Seacoast SCORE's Chair and Ira Hoffman, Seacoast SCORE's Vice Chair and Kiska Alexandropoulos, Chapter Administrator, greet us at their 230 Commercial Way office, they're quick to point out that technically, Seacoast SCORE is not a business. 

    But—we told them they are MIGHTY great at serving the Seacoast and their programs have a terrific ripple effect on local and regional businesses, so they are this month's Small but MIGHTY Award recipients! What Seacoast SCORE is is an organization (and a pretty terrific one at that.) 

    If you're in business on the Seacoast, you have most likely heard of Seacoast SCORE, which has been serving the New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts Seacoast since 1964. Someone you know may have even used and enjoyed their services. You may even be friends with some of the business minds manning the shop (no--it's not a shop either!) 

    See what they might be able to offer you at https://seacoast.score.org/. They love to help, and are definitely knowledgeable. Scan the mentor list here. 

    A hearty congratulations to Seacoast SCORE--our Small but Mighty Business of the Month! Thanks to First Seacoast Bank First for sponsoring the award each month, and please -- nominate a business for consideration!

  • July 2021 - Cornerstone VNA

    Cornerstone VNA, headquartered in Rochester, NH, is a nonprofit organization providing home, health and hospice care to people of all ages. Its mission is to promote the optimum level of well-being, independence and dignity of those living in the community by providing trusted, compassionate and expert health care. For information, visit cornerstonevna.org.

  • April 2021 - Puttin' on the Glitz

    Lizabeth Tompkins of Puttin' on the Glitz and Chamber President Ben VanCampPuttin’ on the Glitz is full of many, many—dare we say hundreds—of special things. Including its owner, Lizabeth Tompkins.

    She’s been at the helm since September of 2019, but has worked at the store for five years fitting folks’ hearts and heads with just the right hat. One thing Lizabeth started to stock in 2019 was men’s and unisex hats, too, so there’s bound to be something just right for you.

    If you’ve taken a look at Puttin’ on the Glitz’s social media, then you’ve seen more than a handful of happy customers. Those that work at Puttin’ on the Glitz consider it their job to make you a star (and have you look like one, too!

    Be sure to watch to the end of the video to see words Lizabeth lives by. They're wise and wonderful.

    Shown: Lizabeth Tompkins and Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp.

  • March 2021 - Sages Entertainment

    🪄 CHEERS to Sages Entertainment for being the Chamber Collaborative's Small but MIGHTY Business of the month!

    Watch this 8 minute video featuring Kali, Wayne, and Jenn and Ben from the Chamber. (Ben did double duty and also created the piece, while Jenn got to watch magic tricks.)
     
    🎈 You’ll see Sages is booking virtually now AND in-person for the future. They can really do it all (including fill Market Square with foam? Watch and SEE!)
    Thanks to First Seacoast Bank for sponsoring the award each month!
     
    Shown, from left: Chamber President & Chief Collaborator Ben VanCamp, Wayne Moulton of Sages Entertainment and Latonya Wallace.
  • 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.

     

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    Loaded Question Brewing Co. celebrated its 2nd birthday April 29, 2020 and we are pleased to recognize this West End brewery as our April Small But Mighty Business of the Month sponsored by First Seacoast Bank.
    Tune in to hear about their current status (delivering beer for "beer emergencies" and general imbibing) and future plans (still needing approval and permits.) Also, learn why, "If you feel a little bit uncomfortable, you're in the right place," according to founder and head brewer Tom Bath. (HINT: It has to do with the 150' hallway at the brewery's entrance.")
    Cheers to Loaded Question, for making year 2 taste awfully good—all across the beer spectrum!
  • March 2020 - MacEdge

    MacEdge LogoThey’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. 
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    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 LogoPortsmouth 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.

     

  • October 2018 - Centrus Digital

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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! 

     

  • 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! 

     

  • 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!