Business Monadnock and KYPN: Trendsetters Award Reception

trendsettersThis event will honor the winners of KYPN’s new Trendsetters Awards! Please nominate your colleagues and friends, and save this date for the big event. Here is the Press Release:

Sentinel, Business Monadnock, young professionals network to recognize “Trendsetters”

KEENE – Business Monadnock, The Keene Sentinel and the Keene Young Professionals Network will recognize 20 up-and-coming business leaders in the Greater Keene and Peterborough areas in the March issue of Business Monadnock.

Terrence Williams, president at the Sentinel, said the organizations are looking for businesses to nominate young professionals within their businesses or from other companies who deserve recognition for contributions to the business and to the community.

“We want to honor 20 young professionals to whom we will present Business Monadnock Trendsetters awards,” said Williams. “These folks are already making an impact at their companies and doing great work in the community, but perhaps that work is a bit hidden. We want to learn more about them and showcase the young business talent that is prevalent in this area.”

Williams is asking for simple, one-page nominations. Those recommended must be under age 40, working in the Greater Keene and Greater Peterborough area, making a difference in the company and field in which they work and giving back to the community in a meaningful way. Any business, including non-profit and educational institutions, is urged to submit nominations, he said. The deadline for these is January 6 and can be sent to or mailed to Williams at The Sentinel, 60 West St., Keene, NH 03431. Self-nominations are discouraged.

“Those named Business Monadnock Trendsetters will undoubtedly become even more important to this region in the coming years,” said Williams. “It’s a chance for us to start recognizing their efforts and to make our readers more aware of their talents.”

On Thursday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Keene State College’s Centennial Hall, there will be a reception for the 20 winners, at which local business are invited to attend. More details are to follow on this event, Williams said.

Business Monadnock and the Sentinel are partnering with the Keene Young Professionals Network (KYPN), a group formed under the auspices of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce. Emily Porschitz, assistant professor of management at Keene State College and a member of KYPN, will organize a panel to sift through nominations and make selections. Winners will be featured and photographed in the special March issue of Business Monadnock. Also, these stories will appear on SentinelSource, the Keene Sentinel’s website.

“A large part of why the Monadnock Region thrives as a community is because of the efforts of young professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders,” Porschitz said. “The early stages of building careers can be particularly challenging. This is a fantastic opportunity to recognize and publicly thank our outstanding younger community members who are not only choosing to live here, but are also actively involved in strengthening our region.”

All subscribers to The Keene Sentinel and all who receive Business Monadnock will receive the special issue. Further, about 1,000 additional copies will be dropped at key locations in the region.

“Those who remember the Extraordinary Women magazine we printed lasted August will understand what our goal is for this issue of Business Monadnock,” Williams said. “We were proud of the quality of that publication, and this one will rival that issue.”

Any questions can be directed to Williams, either via e-mail or by calling 603 283-0703.