Boucher celebrates 30th Anniversary with Coca-Cola

Danny Boucher, celebrating his 30th anniversary with Coca-Cola, began his career there in May of 1987. At that time, the Gorham sales center was part of the South Portland Group.

  Boucher started out by loading trucks, then moved on to delivery and eventually became a large store chain rep in the Gorham area.

Boucher has since taken a step back from large store and has gone back to delivery — full circle so to speak.

In his 30 years, Danny has become an important part of the Berlin/Gorham “crew,” able to perform most duties within the business' sales center.

Boucher enjoys ATVing, camping and spending time with his three children, all who have served in the military. He is also a Justice of the Peace and takes pleasure performing weddings for family and friends.

DannyDanny Boucher. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NCIC offers assistance to small businesses in northern New Hampshire

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Northern Community Investment Corporation has funds available from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority.

"This New Hampshire CDFA program is an excellent opportunity for eligible small and emerging businesses in the North Country to receive funding for technical assistance projects that can help grow their business," said Mike Welch, NCIC Senior Project Manager. "These funds are for use within Carroll, Coos and Grafton Counties."

Many businesses would benefit from technical assistance and professional consulting services, but they cannot afford it on their own. NCIC can help these projects come to fruition. Examples of technical assistance include: business coaching, energy efficiency audits/design, education and training, marketing and sales strategies, engineering and architectural reports, permitting assistance, finance and accounting and website development.

To be eligible, small businesses need to have five or fewer full time equivalent employees and a business owner household has to be income eligible.

For example, for a family of two the business owners household income would need to be less than $45,700. For a family of four, the business owners household income would need to be less than $57,100.

If you qualify, contact NCIC for more information and application materials. All applicants should clearly state how the grant funds will enable the business to improve, grow or expand. Eligible businesses may have project costs covered 100 percent by NCIC, up to a maximum of $2,000.


Department of Agriculture seeks applications for Community Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities.

“These grants will support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities,” said USDA Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning.

USDA is making grants available under the Rural Community Development Initiative program to strengthen the rural economy. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants will provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities or economic development projects. Applicants must have capacity-building experience for these types of projects and must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000.

Eligible recipients are nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities or federally recognized tribes. RCDI grants are not provided directly to businesses or individuals.

Examples of eligible projects include home-ownership education, minority business entrepreneurship, strategic community planning or assistance to access alternative funding sources. A grant awarded to Habitat for Humanity Virginia in 2016 shows how the RCDI program is helping rural communities. The organization used a $150,000 grant to train Habitat affiliates across Virginia to rehabilitate homes as an alternative to its traditional model of building them from the ground up. Increasing the capacity of Habitat affiliates to rehabilitate dwellings will greatly increase their ability to serve more low-income families in Virginia’s rural communities.

For more information on how to apply, see page 24281 of the May 26 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 25.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; home ownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit


Cutline: Jericho Outdoors holds grand opening celebration

Jericho Open HouseLuc Dube, owner of Jericho Outdoors cuts the ribbon for the business' grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 27, during opening weekend of the trails. The Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce held the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Pictured with Dube, from the left, Bronson Frizzell, vice president of the chamber; Lucinda Bragg, president of the chamber; Leigha Cicchetto, Jericho Outdoors employee; Tucker Riendeau, Jericho Outdoors employee; Jamie Berthelette, Jericho Outdoors employee; Jeff Harrington, Jericho Outdoors employee; and Hollie Dube. Missing from the photo was Dana Brouillette, co-owner of Jericho Outdoors. (COURTESY PHOTO)