October 22, 2020 Press Releases

More than 140 Small Business Leaders Across NH Endorse Shaheen

October 22, 2020
Contact: Ally Livingston, alivingston@jeanneshaheen.org

Manchester, N.H. – 145 small business leaders across New Hampshire are endorsing Senator Jeanne Shaheen, highlighting her bipartisan leadership on behalf of small business leaders throughout her career and her persistent efforts to support them during the pandemic. A former small business owner, Shaheen helped New Hampshire businesses create nearly 67,000 jobs as Governor, lowered electricity rates for small businesses, and created a job training fund to help train workers in new, high-tech skills. During COVID, Shaheen worked with Republicans and Democrats to create the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), helping save more than 24,000 New Hampshire small businesses and more than 206,000 Granite Staters keep their jobs.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I’m honored to have the support of so many small business leaders from across New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “When the pandemic hit the U.S. economy, I worked across the aisle to make sure that Granite State small businesses were able to stay open and keep their employees paid. The small business aid program we created has helped save more than 24,000 New Hampshire small businesses, keeping their doors open and their employees on the payroll. Our independently owned restaurants, shops, hotels and more are the lifeblood of our communities and cannot be replaced by big franchises and chains, and that’s why I have always fought to make sure they have the resources they need, during my time as Governor and throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Our small businesses are part of what makes New Hampshire so special, and I’ll always make sure they have the support they need to thrive.”

“The PPP helped save my business, and I’m so thankful we had Jeanne Shaheen fighting for us in Congress to get us the help we urgently needed,” said Adria Bagshaw, Vice President of W.H. Bagshaw in Nashua. “As a small business owner, when COVID hit, my first thought was how are we going to keep our doors open and our employees paid. The PPP loan helped us do just that and was a lifeline for our business. Whenever we have needed help, Jeanne Shaheen has been there for us, and this November, we’ll be there for her.”

“When the pandemic hit, Jeanne Shaheen was on the phone with small business owners like me to hear our concerns. Then, months later, the Senator herself came up to our store to check in on us and make sure that we had what we needed” said Dave Hausman, owner of Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli in North Conway. “With our PPP loan, I was able to continue paying my eight full-time and 12 part-time workers through a public health crisis. My employees are the reason our business has been growing for 10 straight years, and I’m grateful that with Jeanne Shaheen’s help, I could protect them during the pandemic. Based on my experience, Senator Shaheen truly cares about small businesses like mine.”

“Throughout her career, Jeanne Shaheen has fought to make sure veterans have the support we need when we come home,” said Dan Proulx, owner of Monument Construction in Nashua. “One of the biggest challenges after leaving the military is finding a job, but Jeanne Shaheen has advocated for legislation that provides tax credits to businesses that hire veterans and wrote the law that permanently waives fees on federal small business loans for veterans looking to start their own businesses. She has made such a difference for me and my business, and for countless veterans across New Hampshire.”

“It’s thanks to Jeanne Shaheen’s leadership and advocacy that we have had the support we needed to keep our doors open as a small hotel this year,” said Debbie Orloff, owner of the Starlight Lodge in North Conway. “Jeanne Shaheen knows what it’s like to be a small business owner, the work it takes to grow, the worries about making payroll and paying the mortgage debt. She has fought to expand the SBA loan program, which has helped so many home grown small businesses in New Hampshire like mine. She has been a real leader and an ally for all of us in the Senate, and that’s the kind of Senator we need and deserve.”

“Jeanne Shaheen has always been an advocate for New Hampshire small businesses, and that is especially clear as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis,” said Bill Greiner, founder and chairman of Primary Bank. “She has pushed to expand the SBA loan program and fought against tax cuts that disproportionately harm small businesses, including an internet sales tax. We need Jeanne Shaheen fighting for us in Washington because we can always count on her to get the job done.”

The first woman in U.S. history to be elected both Governor and U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen is a leader protecting and investing in small businesses, during the pandemic and beyond. Senator Shaheen has worked to expand the Small Business Administration loan program and to make it easier for businesses to export their products abroad on the Small Business Committee. She continues to fight against tax cuts that disproportionately hurt small businesses, and has led efforts in the Senate to eliminate an internet sales tax. When the pandemic hit the economy, Shaheen helped lead negotiations and co-wrote the Paycheck Protection Program, delivering $2.5 billion to New Hampshire and helping save 24,000 Granite State small businesses and 206,000 jobs.

The Small Business Leaders for Shaheen include: 

Melissa Aho of Barrington, Ultra Geothermal

Richard Alimenti of Salem, Original Gourmet Food Co.

Erin Allgood of Dover, Allgood Strategies

Andrea Amodeo-Vickery of Manchester, Borofsky Amodeo-Vickery & Bandazian, P.A.

Mal Argondizza of Exeter, Salmon House LLC

Aaron Bagshaw of Amherst, WH Bagshaw, Inc

Adria Bagshaw of Amherst, WH Bagshaw, Inc

George Bailey of Newfields, Stratham Veterinary Hospital

George Bald of Somersworth, DRED

David Bamford of Dover, Bamford Investment Company LLC

Jeff Bart of Hopkinton, Granite State Candy

Roland Bergeron of Manchester, Granite State Barber Shop

Jack Blalock of Portsmouth, Old Ferry Landing, Inc.

Nancy Borden of New Castle, Henry’s Market

David Borden of New Castle, Henry’s Market

Alan Borner of Durham, EHS Publishing, LLC

Tom Boucher of Bedford, Great NH Restaurants

Michael Boyle of Hooksett, Boyle Energy Services & Technology, Inc.

Scott Brown of Hanover, New Energy Capital Partners

George Bruno of Manchester, Mesa Law, LLC

Marty Burby of Barrington, 125 Fence Inc

Ed Butler of Harts Location, The Notchland Inn

Phil Cassista of Chester, Electric Harp LLC

Dan Chartrand of Exeter, Water Street Bookstore

Nancy Clark of Bartlett, Drive Brand Studio

Richard Couch of Hanover, Hypertherm

Barbara Couch of Hanover, Hypertherm, Couch Family Foundation

Hope Damon of Croydon, The Nutrition Counseling Center

Susan Denenberg of Portsmouth, Law Offices of Susan Denenberg

Bill Downey of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Kayak Adventures and Downey Driveways

Diane DuBois of Portsmouth, Integrated Wealth Management, LLC

Patrick Duffy of Manchester, P. Duffy and Associates

David Dunn of Manchester, Law Office of David C Dunn, PA

Nadine Farag of Portsmouth, Elephantine Bakery

Sherif Farag of Portsmouth, Elephantine Bakery

Patricia Fennelly of Manchester, Patricia A. Fennelly PhD.

Julia Ferrari of Ashuelot, Golgonooza Letter Foundry

Suzanne Foley of Portsmouth, Port City Pretzels

Amy Franklin of Plainfield, Buds n’ Blooms Gardening

Jamey French of Portsmouth, Northland Forest Products Inc.

Fred Fricker of Manchester, Fricker’s Neighborhood Grill

John Gargasz of Hollis, Elkridge Construction, Skyview Estates

Lynn Goldman of Salem, Coffee Coffee

Barry Goldman of Salem, Coffee Coffee

Jennie Gomarlo of Swanzey, Gomarlo’s Inc.

Michael Gomarlo of Swanzey, Gomarlo’s Inc.

Tyler Goodwin of Portsmouth, 360 Intel

David Gottesman of Nashua, Gottesman & Hollis Professional Association

Enna Grazier of Exeter, Enna Chocolate

Bill Greiner of Bedford, Founder and Chairman, Primary Bank

Theo Groh of Francestown, Wheelhouse Web Solutions

Kedar Gupta of Hollis, ARC Energy

John Haslam of Exeter, John Haslam Woodworking

Dave Hausman of North Conway, Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli

Gary Hirshberg of Holderness, Stonyfield

Elizabeth Hitchcock of Manchester, The Bookery

Kimberly Hockmeyer of Milan, Mahoosuc Outdoors

Kristen Hopkins of Dover, Hopkins Enterprises

Phil Hueber of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Inn

Judy Hueber of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Inn

Barbara Jones of Enfield, Barbara Jones Graphic Design

Susan Kaplan of Lebanon, Sustainable Futures Consulting

Karina Kelley of Deerfield, Kelley Stelling Contemporary

Mark Kelley of Randolph, White Mountain Lumber

Barry Kelley of Berlin, White Mountain Lumber

Kathleen Kelley of Randolph, Independent Professional Coach

Patti Kemen of Dover, Real Estate Broker

Gerri King of Concord, Human Dynamics Associates

Marty Lapham of Dover, Popzup Popcorn Factory

Julie Lapham of Dover, Popzup Popcorn Factory

Mike Laracy of Conway, Rapid Insight

Peter Leishman of Peterborough, Milford-Bennington Railroad Co., Inc.

Guy Lessard of Manchester, Willow Eye Care and Optical

Dave Levin of Thornton, Mad River Coffee House

Melissa Levin of Thornton, Mad River Coffee House

Ben Lord of Dover, Chapel + Main

Maureen Manning of Manchester, Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC

Donna Mark of Concord, Caring Gifts

Gerry Mark of Concord, Caring Gifts

Tom McCarron of Exeter, Learniverse

Phillip McDonough of Rye, The Insurance Shoppe

Martha McLeod of Franconia, McLeod Consulting

Donna McQuade of Manchester, Visage Ltd.

Jay McSharry of Portsmouth, Jumpin’ Jays

Elie Merheb of Derry, Tobacco Empire

Richard Moquin of Manchester, Moquin & Daley PA

Jim Morash of Meredith, Mount Washington Cruises

Marc Murai of Bedford, Granite State Arts Academy

Tilak Niroula of Manchester, CarePoint Plus

Leslie Nixon of  Manchester, The Nixon Law Firm

Sheila Oranch of Hebron, Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center

Debbie Orloff of Exeter, Starlight Lodge North Conway

Katie Paine of Durham, Paine Publishing

Mark Peabody of Milan, Mahoosuc Outdoors

Louise Peltz of Windham, Peltz Financial Services

Claude Peltz of Windham, Peltz Financial Services

Matt Pierson of Bedford, Entrepreneur

Chris Placy of Newmarket, Substance Free Workplace

Corinne Potvin-Oriol of Auburn, Relaxation Room Massage Therapy

Sue Presby of Littleton, Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Wayne Presby of Littleton, Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Janet Prince of Portsmouth, Prince Communications

Dan Proulx of Hudson, Monument Construction

Rob Pruyn of Rochester, The Rubber Group

Jim Putnam of Keene, MARKEM, Harbor Light Capital Partners (retired)

Alison Pyott of Portsmouth, Veris Wealth Partners

Amjad Rana of Manchester, Seven Days Market LLC

Ian Raymond of Laconia, Raymond Photographic Imaging

Paula Reid of Portsmouth, Reid & Company Executive Search Ltd.

Melissa Rigazio of New Castle, Rigazio Lighting Design

Sharon Rousmaniere of Roxbury, Essential Health/Nutrition and Wellness Counseling

Scott Rutherford of Littleton, Little Grill

Marcy Schepker of Harrisville, Pear Tree Studio

Cathleen Schmidt of Manchester, McLane Middleton

Les Schoof of Harts Location, The Notchland Inn

David Schroeder of Bedford, Hypersoft, Inc

Don Schwartz of Londonderry, VectorSpect

Aaron Share of Manchester, To Share Brewing Company

Jenni Share of Manchester, To Share Brewing Company

Jayme Simoes of Concord, Louis Karno and Company Communications

Emmett Soldati of Somersworth, Teatotaller

Carole Soule of Loudon, Miles Smith Farm

Michael St. Germain of Amherst, Concord Photo Service

Molly St. Jeanne of Hampton, Wicked Flannel

Michael of Steinberg of Rye, Relyco

Bill Stelling of Manchester, Kelley Stelling Contemporary

Jess Stephens of Meredith, Cider Bellies Doughnuts

Natalie Taylor of Meredith, Artisan Eyewear

Ronald Tornow of Merrimack, Sibylle’s Pottery

Sibylle Tornow of Merrimack, Sibylle’s Pottery

Michele L. Tremblay of Penacook, Naturesource Communications

June Trisciani of Manchester, j ellen Design LLC

Habib Ullah of Manchester, 61 Best Market

Rick Van de Poll of Sandwich, Ecosystem Management Consultants of New England, LLC

Brian Vawter of Dover, Atlantic Media Productions

Nancy Vawter of Dover, Atlantic Media Productions

Marcy Vierzen of Sutton, Artisans New London

SaraVorias of Hooksett, Electric Ave Arcade

Roger Weinreich of Gilsum, Good Fortune Jewelry & Pawn

Karin Wells of Peterborough, Karinwells.com

Maureen Westrick of Intervale, Maureen Westrick Fine Residential Architecture

Patricia Wilczynski of Concord, Patricia Wilczynski, Psychotherapy

Robert B. Williams, Jr. of Chichester, Williams Alignment & General Auto Repair

Ken Wyatt of Bedford, 44 North Vodka

Steve Zyck of Mont Vernon, Wood Stove Kitchen