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More than 30 BIA members accompanied by staff will take part in our second annual D.C. Fly-In June 11-12. The Fly-In gives state business leaders exclusive access and insights into the issues, policies and politics impacting businesses at the federal level. And there’s a lot happening that could impact New Hampshire’s businesses and economy.

Michael Skelton

The U.S. Chamber was joined by 230 national associations and state and local chambers in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting it stay the effective date of the Noncompete Rule to allow for judicial review.

Rick Fabrizio

BIA and state and local chambers across the country signed onto a letter to Congress sharing concerns with the American Privacy Rights Act (APRA). As currently drafted, the APRA fails to establish a meaningful uniform national data protection standard and undermines harmonized data privacy legislation already passed by 15 states.

Rick Fabrizio

Fourteen members honored with ‘Above & Beyond Awards’

The Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, elected officers and directors for 2024-2025, and honored outstanding volunteer members at its Annual Business Meeting Wednesday, May 15.

Rick Fabrizio

BIA's Coffee and Crossover, our halftime review of the legislative session, is Friday, April 12

The Business & Industry Association’s Coffee and Crossover, a fresh take on our popular halftime review of the legislative session, is Friday, April 12 in Concord. In a session that started with over 1,300 bills, there’s plenty of action ahead.

Michael Skelton

The Business & Industry Association continues to oppose a bill, which as currently written, would dramatically raise caps for wrongful death loss of consortium claims. BIA is leading a group of 18 organizations representing all sectors of the New Hampshire economy in opposing SB 462.

Rick Fabrizio

David Juvet, senior vice president of public policy for the Business & Industry Association, has announced he will retire this fall after 25 years with New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce. Juvet is responsible for implementing and guiding BIA’s legislative and public policy agenda and is a trusted go-to source for many of BIA’s nearly 400 members, who employ over 100,000 people throughout the state.

Rick Fabrizio

Michael Skelton, president and CEO, of the Business & Industry Association recently accepted a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Chamber’s advisory committee. The Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 advises the chamber’s board of directors, enhances lobbying and coalition work, recommends programming, and strengthens outreach to the business and chamber communities.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business & Industry Association’s mission is to champion a competitive business climate and prosperous economic future for New Hampshire. Our mission often requires us to fight bills that may be well intentioned, but ultimately pose a threat to Granite State businesses, residents and the economy.

Kirsten Koch

The Business & Industry Association joined organizations representing all sectors of the New Hampshire economy in stating opposition to a bill as currently written that would eliminate caps for wrongful death loss of consortium claims.

Rick Fabrizio

BIA is calling on the Biden administration to take a scientifically sound approach to regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Rick Fabrizio

The nascent U.S. manufacturing renaissance is bringing new opportunities to workers and businesses in New Hampshire and across the country, but there are a series of challenges, including a regulatory onslaught coming from Washington.

Michael Skelton

BIA joins in support of SB 403

The ongoing health care workforce shortage in New Hampshire is is emerging as a serious cost driver. These upward pressures on health care costs are seen in several areas, including wage inflation, ability of providers to operate efficiently, and costs of delayed care.

Rick Fabrizio

The staggering number of bills before the Legislature this session has swelled to over 1,000 and many could impact New Hampshire businesses and the economy.

Michael Skelton

Workforce and energy issues top the Business & Industry Association’s public policy priorities for the 2024 legislative session as the Legislature returns to action.

Rick Fabrizio

The House and Senate are back in session and will take up over 800 bills, many of which could help, or hurt, New Hampshire businesses and other employers. BIA is ready to advocate on issues such as workforce, housing and energy.

Kirsten Koch

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., have sponsored a bill, S.866, the American Innovation and Jobs Act, which would restore full expensing, increase the cap for the refundable R&D tax credit for small businesses and startups and expand eligibility for the credit.

Michael Skelton

More efficient Site Evaluation Committee can streamline review process

The need to lower the cost of energy in New Hampshire is one of the most critical issues to tackle for businesses, residents and the economy of the Granite State. House Bill 609 is a critical step as it would make the siting review process for energy generation and transmission more efficient.

Michael Skelton

New Hampshire’s high energy costs are a threat to Granite State businesses and the economy overall and state leaders must use every means available to them to correct this issue. The next opportunity to make progress is when the state Public Utilities Commission considers approval of the 2024-2026 triennial energy efficiency plan this fall.

Kirsten Koch

The need to lower the cost of energy in New Hampshire is one of the most critical issues to tackle for businesses, residents and the economy of the Granite State, and reforming the state's energy siting review process is one step toward achieving that.

Michael Skelton

Nonprofit that supports grieving children and families to receive BIA’s NH Advantage Award

Christine Phillips sits on a couch inside a beautiful Victorian house turned home of Friends of Aine’s Center for Grieving Children & Families. Christine, who co-founded the nonprofit agency with her husband David Phillips, talks about a dream come true in the wake of tragedy. The couple lost their daughter Aine suddenly and unexpectedly at age 8 in 2010.

Rick Fabrizio

Co-founder of Rath Young and Pignatelli will receive BIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Attorney Sherilyn Burnett “Sherry” Young, a founder, shareholder and past president of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, will receive the honor at BIA’s 110th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, Oct. 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester.

Rick Fabrizio

Longtime senator will receive BIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Sen. Lou D’Allesandro has served in elected office in New Hampshire for more than 45 years including 13 consecutive terms in the state Senate. Known for his booming voice on roll call votes, the dean of the Senate is not done, saying, “As long as I’m producing positive results, I’ll keep it going.”

Rick Fabrizio

The U.S. manufacturing industry, backed by federal government support, is seeing historic private sector investment with the goal of reshoring manufacturing jobs lost over the last 50 years. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed regulations put that at risk.

Michael Skelton

Dean Christon to receive BIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean Christon was on the front lines of fighting New Hampshire’s fall into today’s housing crisis over his 34 years with NH Housing. The self-supporting public corporation has helped more than 55,000 families purchase their own homes and has been instrumental in financing the creation of more than 16,000 multifamily housing units. But much more is needed.

Rick Fabrizio

Presidential candidates are already beating a path through New Hampshire in the lead up to the “First in the Nation” primary. They’re discussing many national and international issues, but we hope they keep in mind perhaps the most prominent issue for Granite State businesses: The economy.

Rick Fabrizio

Dean Christon, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, Sherry Young and Friends of Aine to be honored at 110th Annual Dinner

BIA announces the 2023 recipients of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards to be presented at its 110th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Rick Fabrizio

The “miracle” budget passed by New Hampshire lawmakers delivers results for Granite State employers and workers on several fronts and lawmakers deserve praise for rising above the partisan fray too typical these days.

Michael Skelton

The Business & Industry Association is excited to embark on our inaugural DC Fly-in this week, joining approximately 20 of our members to bring top business-related concerns to the nation’s capital.

Michael Skelton

BIA is pleased with the Senate's 24-0 vote to approve HB 1 and HB 2, the two-year state operating budget, and is now urging House leadership to support that plan and send it to the governor for his signature.

Rick Fabrizio

Eleven members honored with ‘Above & Beyond Awards’

Rick Fabrizio

New Hampshire is a great place to run a business, but the cost of electricity here is not among the attractions. Getting those costs down will require private and public action and an "all of the above" approach to new generation.

Michael Skelton

Carole Alfano will serve as director of member relations, a newly created position within the BIA, and will be responsible for coordinating the association’s outreach, recruitment and retention of member businesses across New Hampshire.

Rick Fabrizio

BIA backing housing and higher education investment, expanded Medicaid

Legislation that could significantly impact New Hampshire businesses has moved into the second half of the legislative session.

Michael Skelton

The N.H. House is set to vote on a proposed $15.9 billion, two-year state budget Thursday, April 6. The plan makes investments in top BIA priorities this session. BIA urges Republican and Democratic House members to support the budget, send it to the Senate for additional work keep the process moving forward.”

Rick Fabrizio

22 business leaders complete course to prepare them for continued success

The Business & Industry Association recently celebrated the graduates of its 2022-2023 Emerging Leaders Training Program.

Rick Fabrizio

BIA supports increased investment in vital contributor to state’s economy

BIA supports increased investment in New Hampshire's community college system, which is a vital contributor to state’s economy and its future workforce.

Rick Fabrizio

Housing affordability was a major concern among those polled in the first BIA Report on Consumer Confidence of 2023.

Rick Fabrizio

Granite Advantage Health Care Program a sound investment in state’s workforce and economy

BIA President & CEO Michael Skelton testified before a Senate committee that permanent reauthorization of expanded Medicaid in New Hampshire is a workforce and economic issue for the state, and among BIA’s top policy priorities.

Rick Fabrizio

Gov. Sununu, during his address Tuesday, Feb. 14, said his budget promotes New Hampshire as a hub of innovation to businesses across the nation, calling them the bedrock of New Hampshire’s communities.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business & Industry Association is working aggressively to support four particular legislative efforts now before lawmakers that could help ease the state’s workforce shortage.

Michael Skelton

Ask almost any business owner and they will tell you: One of the most pressing problems impeding their ability to recruit and retain a workforce is the lack of available and affordable child care.

Rick Fabrizio

University System of New Hampshire officials are seeking an increase in state funding and say the extra support can help the system's colleges and universities provide the Granite State's future workforce.

Michael Skelton

Annual gathering in Whitefield Nov. 20-21

The Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire's statewide chamber of commerce and leading non-partisan business advocate, will continue our work to give a voice to employers with our eighth annual Leadership Summit Nov. 20-21 at the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield.

Michael Skelton

In less than a month, voters in New Hampshire will elect the next leaders in congressional and state offices. All candidates, but particularly those running for state office, can benefit from listening to Granite State employers and hearing their top concerns.

Michael Skelton

Nonprofit to receive New Hampshire Advantage Award

The Business and Industry Association will honor Waypoint for 172 years of helping New Hampshire residents at BIA's 109th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester.

Rick Fabrizio

McLane Middleton’s Dick Samuels to receive BIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dick Samuels’ contributions to New Hampshire as an attorney with McLane Middleton can be credited to skiing.

Rick Fabrizio

Host of WMUR’s ‘NH Business’ to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Fred Kocher will receive the Business & Industry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at BIA’s 109th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Rick Fabrizio

Former president of Manchester Community College to receive BIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Susan Huard retired as Manchester Community College’s president in December 2019 after nearly a decade of distinguished tenure. While now retired, she still speaks with passion about the value and importance of community colleges.

Rick Fabrizio

Susan Huard, Fred Kocher and Dick Samuels to be honored along with Waypoint at 109th Annual Dinner

The Business and Industry Association announced the 2022 recipients of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards to be presented at BIA’s 109th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Rick Fabrizio

“Manufacturing in New Hampshire is alive and well,” said Tom White, president of New England Wire Technologies, a privately held, employee-owned company in Lisbon with a history dating back to 1898.

Michael Skelton

New Hampshire’s workforce shortage is more than a short-term problem and there isn’t one silver bullet solution. But the Granite State is innovative and entrepreneurial and will find not one, but many creative ways to overcome the challenge.

Michael Skelton

109th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, set for Oct. 26

BIA will present its coveted Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards at the state's largest and most prestigious business networking event. Tickets are on sale now.

Rick Fabrizio

Fierce competition for workers in New Hampshire makes staff retention critical and investing in standout employees builds a stronger staff now and in the future. BIA’s Emerging Leader Training develops leadership, communication and strategic reasoning skills.

Rick Fabrizio

Worker shortages, lack of housing, inadequate child and elder care options, and rising energy costs. Employers in New Hampshire face myriad challenges that threaten their success and the Granite State’s economic growth.

Michael Skelton

Both organizations support comprehensive energy policy

The Teamsters Local 633 and the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire stand united in support of an all-of-the-above approach that invests in green renewables but also capitalizes on domestic sources of energy, including offshore gas and oil.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business & Industry Association announces the hiring of Mike Skelton as BIA’s new president and CEO. Skelton, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber since 2014, will join BIA in early February.

Rick Fabrizio

Medical experts say widespread vaccination, including booster shots, is the best way to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately build herd immunity and great gains have been made.

David Juvet

The Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, announced the addition of Kirsten Koch to its staff.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, announced the addition of Angela King to its staff.

Rick Fabrizio

Founder of The H.L. Turner Group Inc. to receive BIA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 20

Harold Turner Jr. founded The H.L. Turner Group Inc. in Concord in 1990 and for more than 30 years led his company’s effort to “advance the technology, art, and science of the built environment.”

Rick Fabrizio

There may not be a greater long-term threat to New Hampshire’s economy than the lack of a diversified housing stock.

Rick Fabrizio

Retired CEO of CMC Healthcare System to receive BIA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Joseph Pepe spent his entire professional career at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, rising from internist to CEO, and earning the praise of being a transformational leader.

Rick Fabrizio

Includes companion report, Victories & Defeats for New Hampshire Businesses

Annual report tracks and reports lawmakers' publicly recorded roll call votes on issues important to New Hampshire businesses.

Rick Fabrizio

Monier led housing authority from 1988 to 2007

Claira Monier led the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority as executive director from 1988 to 2007, giving her a front-row seat to an unfolding challenge that became a crisis.

Rick Fabrizio

Multiple Employer Aggregation Programs make offering retirement benefit easier, more affordable

In today’s ultra-competitive labor market employers need every edge they can find. The ability to offer a 401(k) retirement plan can be the difference in whether a worker joins one company or another.

Rick Fabrizio

The lack of a diversified housing stock with more affordable options for workers remains one of New Hampshire’s biggest challenges, if not its biggest one, and it threatens the Granite State’s economic growth.

Rick Fabrizio

BIA is launching a new technology policy committee as the vast data economy and digital ecosystem continues to grow and support expanding commerce.

Rick Fabrizio

Leaders to be recognized for contributions to New Hampshire at BIA's 108th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource

Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in their professions, communities and New Hampshire.

Rick Fabrizio

NHBCA’s new augmented reality app brings art to life, expands access

Rick Fabrizio

BIA’s 108th Annual Dinner, Lifetime Achievement and NH Advantage Awards Celebration presented by Eversource planned for Oct. 20

Event, which draws more than 700 business, political and opinion leaders from around the state and is New Hampshire’s largest and most prestigious business networking event, features presentation of two coveted awards – the Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards.

Rick Fabrizio

National search continues for new president/CEO

The Business and Industry Association recently announced David Juvet, senior vice president of public policy, will serve as interim president following the departure of longtime President Jim Roche.

Rick Fabrizio

Solid waste disposal is a fact of life and so is the need for landfill capacity in New Hampshire

David Creer

As business and nonprofit enterprises in New Hampshire face an ultra-tight labor market, investing in their best and brightest employees can make the difference in retaining them. The Business & Industry Association’s Emerging Leader Training can give organizations the edge they need.

Rick Fabrizio

Will lead Maine Bankers Association

Jim Roche, CEO & president of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire since 2005, announced his departure from the statewide advocacy group to lead the Maine Bankers Association as its next president

Rick Fabrizio

The executive board of the Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce, added five business leaders to its board Thursday, June 17.

Rick Fabrizio

For employers, there’s a lot of “Do what I say” going on at the State House this legislative session. It’s not based on best practices or trusting employers to do what’s best for employees (their most important asset).

Susannah Chance

The Business and Industry Association is urging New Hampshire House legislators to pass Senate Bill 61, a bill establishing New Hampshire as a “Right to Work” state.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, approved a new slate of officers and board members at the association’s Annual Business Meeting.

Rick Fabrizio

Gov. Chris Sununu will kick off the Business & Industry Association’s second annual New Hampshire Economic Summit, presented by Cambridge Trust, on Thursday, May 13.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, announced the addition of Richard Fabrizio to its staff.

Rick Fabrizio

The PRO Act makes sweeping changes to federal labor laws, essentially rewriting the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947. Supporters say it would bolster collective bargaining rights, but opponents say it dramatically and unfairly tilts the carefully crafted balance between labor and management to unions.

David Juvet

The Executive Board of the Business and Industry Association voted to oppose language included in House Bill 2, the House-passed “trailer” bill of the state budget, relating to the “propagation of divisive concepts.”

David Juvet

The New Hampshire Legislature's delay in passing safe harbor protections against spurious lawsuits related to alleged contraction of COVID-19 in the workplace leaves businesses at risk.

Rick Fabrizio

The Business and Industry Association testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in support of Senate Bill 61, which would make New Hampshire the only “Right to Work” state in the Northeast U.S.

David Juvet

David Juvet

The Business & Industry Association expressed strong opposition to HR 842, the PRO Act, which was cosponsored by Rep. Chris Pappas and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.

David Juvet

The Business and Industry Association is spearheading an effort to establish a legal safe harbor for New Hampshire employers who have complied with federal and state COVID-19 health and safety guidelines to protect them from unwarranted lawsuits from employees, customers or others who may have contracted the coronavirus and are seeking damages.

David Juvet
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