Zak Stambor , Managing Editor
Saturday, January 23, 2010
ANDOVER - The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded a $25,000 Community Impact Grant to NH Made, the state-wide non-profit organization that promotes New Hampshire-made products and services with a "NH`s Own" brand identity program.
The funding will be used to strengthen the organization`s e-commerce capabilities so that it will become a major generator of sales for its NH-based members; a goal that is particularly vital for the state`s small businesses during this current economic recession Membership in NH Made has grown to more than 800 businesses representing hundreds of locally-made products, specialty foods, retail stores, restaurants, lodging facilities and attractions.
"Our mission is to promote the quality, variety and availability of New Hampshire made products and services statewide," said Laurie Ferguson, executive director of New Hampshire Made. "NH Made`s new web site will make it easier for members to manage the sale of their own products, enlarging the site`s inventory and becoming a major shopping-oriented site that sells NH-made products exclusively."
Work on this project will start immediately, with the aim of having it launched by this fall.
NH Made is the official statewide membership organization created to help strengthen New Hampshire`s economy by increasing the awareness and demand for New Hampshire-made products and services and providing the support programs local businesses need to grow. To learn more about NH Made and its members, visit www.nhmade.com or call 1-888- 647-8674.