NH Open Doors

 

During this statewide tour, artists, craftsmen, and businesses owners are opening their doors with special activities and promotions.

  • Shop (tax-free) for locally-made art, food, and other products
  • Get an inside look at artists and craftsmen working in their studios
  • Taste locally-sourced products from food purveyors
  • Connect and engage with NH’s cultural heritage
  • Take the road less traveled and visit our main streets, big and small
  • Spend the night in a cozy accommodation overlooking NH views

 

WREN APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Liz PenneyWREN APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’s Board of Directors has appointed Liz Penney as the organization’s new Executive Director. The leadership position of this 21 year old organization has been in transition since the beginning of the year, with Teri Bordenave serving as Interim Executive. During this period of planning, restructuring and reflection, the Executive Search Committee conducted a national search for WREN’s next leader.

According to Natalie Woodroofe, WREN Board President, “We had an excellent pool of candidates – each offering a unique set of skills, experience and talents. Liz’s qualifications, including her background in micro-enterprise, fundraising, nonprofit management and fiscal oversight brought her to the top of our list; she is clearly the best fit for WREN at this point in its life cycle. With Main Street centers in Bethlehem and Berlin, multiple retail operations and seasonal markets, entrepreneurial programs supporting both emerging and established businesses, and over a thousand members who identify as part of the WREN Community, we are confident she will nurture and enhance our work, grow the organization and foster collaboration within and beyond the North Country.”

Penney notes, “I’m thrilled to join the team at WREN. For the past two decades, WREN has been an innovative leader in the North Country, impacting small business, the arts, agriculture, and overall quality of life for our residents. I’m looking forward to continuing WREN’s record of excellence while fostering opportunity and prosperity in this beautiful region.”

Liz is relocating to the North Country, after having lived in Georgia the past nine years. During this time she provided consulting and development services to a number of nonprofit organizations. Previously, Liz worked with the NH Small Business Development Center, Northway Bank, and the North Country Council. She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Maine and an MBA from Plymouth State University. Liz and her husband hope to make their new home in the Randolph or Gorham area.