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Local Business leaders recognized for community involvement at Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Night

Thursday, June 19, 2014

AMHERST – The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized several businesses and business leaders who demonstrate exemplary business practices, as well as community involvement at its annual Business Awards evening on June 5 at LaBelle Winery in Amherst.

Each award winner was nominated by their peers and those attending the dinner voted for the final winner in each category.

Business Leader of the Year:
Dale White,
of Leighton A. White, Inc.

As president of Leighton A. White Inc., a company begun 36 years ago by his father, White demonstrates commitment to his community of Milford, professionally and personally.

In his personal time, White currently serves on the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Boy Scouts of America Construction Ethics Committee and is currently a Milford Water and Sewer Commissioner. White has also served on the Planning Board.

Leighton A. White Inc. is known for valuing its employees and its commitment to their safety. They have won numerous awards for safety from the Associated Builders & Contractors organization. In addition to safety training, employees are also trained in first aid and CPR.

Several of Leighton A. White’s employees have been with the company for many years.

White and his company also are active members in the Association for Facilities Engineering, the Associated Builders & Contractors and the New Hampshire Good Roads Association.

Volunteer of the Year:
The Brookline Fire
Department Association

Over the last year, the town of Brookline suffered several tragedies that affected the entire community and the Fire Department especially.

The Brookline Fire Department Association took the lead in raising funds to help the families of those affected such as after the Bingham lumber fire, support for the family following the death of Curt Jensen, a fellow Brookline fireman, and supporting a Zumbathon (firefighters in full gear doing Zumba) for the family of Katie Hamilton.

In addition, the Brookline Fire Department Association participates in the Tyler Ride (for a young man in the community with muscular dystrophy), Neighbors helping Neighbors (fundraising for the Brookline Welfare Department) and started a food pantry for the Brookline community. During extended power outages, the department provides water, hot showers and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to residents needing assistance.

Small Business of the Year:
Windows on West Street
at Milford High School

Windows on West Street is a 60-seat a la carte restaurant with a retail bakery that is open to the public three to four days per week for lunch. This, however, is a very special small business restaurant, as it is the cornerstone of the Culinary Arts program offered to students through the Applied Technology Center at Milford High School.

Each year, approximately 120 students from Milford and surrounding area high schools enroll in Culinary Arts where they learn all aspects of the restaurant business, which includes learning to make all of the food and bakery goods, as well as staff all of the positions both front and back of the house. The Culinary Arts program provides an opportunity for students to prepare for college and a career while in high school.

Business of the Year:
Amherst Label

Amherst Label is a custom manufacturer of labels, decals and flexible packaging. It has been awarded the Tag and Label Institute’s Innovator of the Year award, as well as the Eugene Singer Best Managed Company award.

Owned by an Army veteran, Amherst Label runs a Veteran’s Administration Certified Press Operator Apprenticeship program. Its first trainee, an Air Force veteran, is also a graduate of Milford High School.

Amherst Label is a family owned and family run firm. Founded in 1978 by Nicholas Calvetti Sr., the company is currently owned and guided by his son, Nicholas Jr. The next generation is also on board with Angela Calvetti Hornor and her husband, Nye Hornor. Working as a family is encouraged here at Amherst Label, with six other family groups in house.

As a good corporate neighbor, Amherst Label has supported several local organizations ranging from SHARE, the Open Cupboard Pantry, the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Milford Improvement Team to state-wide organizations like NH Made.

Future Business Leaders

The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized high school students who were chosen by their guidance counselors for their work as Future Business Leaders.

Seliina Somero from Mascenic High School, Savanah Miles from Milford High School, Stevie Upton from Souhegan High School and Connor Melrose and Kassie Dumont from Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School were presented awards.

About the chamber

The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank Edward Jones Investments for sponsoring the annual awards. The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes successful relationships for the business and civic community in the 11 towns of the Souhegan Valley.

The chamber supports economic development and growth, as well as valuable local information and referrals to businesses and the general public.

For more information, visit or call 673-4360.

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