BusinessLeaders Back Kuster for Re-Election

**More than 70 business owners announce support for Kuster**

(Concord, NH) - Today, more than 70 business leaders from throughout New Hampshire announced their support for Annie Kuster’s re-election to Congress. Kuster has been a strong advocate for small businesses, which employ more than half of New Hampshire’s workforce. Earlier this year, Kuster unveiled her Jobs and Opportunity Agenda which includes provisions to strength small business growth in the Granite State through forward thinking tax policies that benefit small businesses and employees. Kuster has also sought to expand access to foreign markets which provides incredible opportunity for businesses in New Hampshire. The co-chairs of Business Leaders for Annie are Adria Bagshaw, VP of WH Bagshaw in Nashua, Steve Boucher, CEO of Airmar Technology in Milford, and Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in the Granite State and if we can strengthen their growth it will benefit communities and families in our state,” said Kuster. “I’m proud to receive the support of these leaders who are the pillars of our communities and are helping to build the economy and future of New Hampshire. There’s so much that we can do to create an environment in which entrepreneurs and small businesses can succeed and thrive and the valuable perspective of these business leaders will help inform the policies that will build a Granite State rich in opportunity for all residents."

"I have the unique privilege of managing a business that has been family-owned for nearly 150 years, and is the oldest manufacturer of pins in the nation," said Adria Bagshaw, VP of WH Bagshaw in Nashua. "I'm supporting Annie Kuster because she is a consistent voice for New Hampshire small businesses, like ours, which are central to our local economy. She supports policies that will help business grow and has fought against President Trump's tariffs that have had a negative effect on our bottom line. I look forward to working hard to ensure she wins re-election this fall."

“Small businesses in New Hampshire need a strong advocate and that's what we have in Annie Kuster” said Steve Boucher, CEO of Airmar Technology in Milford.Trump’s tariffs are adversely impacting our company by increasing our production cost and damaging our ability to compete in world markets. We export more than half of what we produce. Lower exports means fewer New Hampshire jobs. Annie knows that a robust workforce is critical for growing our economy and I'm a supporter of her legislation to expand skills training and apprenticeships. I’m proud to co-chair Business Leaders for Annie and will continue to advocate for her re-election.”

“Annie understands as well as any Member of Congress that Green Business is a win-win-win for employees, families, our planet and our economy,” said Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm. “New Hampshire and our nation are fortunate to have her representing us in Washington.”

Business Leaders for Annie Members Include:

  1. Co-Chair Adria Bagshaw, VP, WH Bagshaw, Nashua

  2. Co-Chair Stephen (Steve) Boucher, CEO, Airmar Technology Corporation, Milford

  3. Co-Chair Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm, Londonderry

  4. Hon. Ricia McMahon, President, Sutton Associates, Sutton

  5. Peter Powell, President, Peter Powell Real Estate, Lancaster

  6. Barbara Ruedig, Owner, Ruedig Realty, Concord

  7. Doug & Susan McLane, Owner, Off Campus Rentals, Plymouth

  8. Jon Bresler, President, The Bresler Group, Concord

  9. Gerri King, President, Human Dynamics Associates, Concord

  10. Ron King, President, Natural Playgrounds Company, Concord

  11. Jill Shaffer Hammond, Owner, Jill Shaffer Graphic Design, Peterborough

  12. Jeff Hastings, President, Pro-Cut International, West Lebanon

  13. Jayme Simoes, President, Louis Karno & Company, Concord

  14. Marylou Blaisdell, Owner, DesignWare, Nashua

  15. Muriel Schadee, Principal, Nathan Wechsler & Co., Concord

  16. Sherry Young, Founder & President, Rath, Young and Pignatelli, Nashua

  17. Karen Hicks, CEO, Civix Strategy Group, Concord

  18. David Tencza, President, Law Office of David C. Tencza, PLLC, Nashua

  19. Janet Breslin Smith, President, Crosswinds Strategic Consulting, Salem

  20. Aaron Bagshaw, President, WH Bagshaw, Nashua

  21. Deanna O’Shaughnessy, CEO & Co-founder, Chamberlain Springs LLC, Alton

  22. Roger Noonan, Owner, Middle Branch Farm, New Boston

  23. Ann Henderson, Owner, Ann Henderson Interiors, Keene

  24. Helen Honorow, Principal, Barry & Honorow, Nashua

  25. Greg Conors, President, White Mountain Footwear, Lisbon / Franconia

  26. Steve Brown, Owner, Brown Family Realty, Warner

  27. Thomas D. Moran, Owner, Jump Start MFG, Nashua

  28. David Colter, CEO, Northmark Communications, New London

  29. Alex Ray, Owner, Common Man Restaurant Family, Concord

  30. Wayne Presby, President, Mount Washington Railway Company, Mt. Washington

  31. Hon. Paul Hodes, President, Economic Innovation Institute, Concord

  32. Harold Solomon, President, Universal Environmental Technologies Inc., Nashua

  33. Tony Matarazzo, Owner, Matarazzo Real Estate, Nashua

  34. Michael Pignatelli, Attorney, Rath, Young, & Pignatelli, Concord / Nashua

  35. Les Schoof & Ed Butler, Owners & Innkeepers, The Notchland Inn, Hart’s Location

  36. Jane Valliere, President & Owner, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, Concord

  37. Scott Brown, CEO & Managing Partner, New Energy Capital, Hanover

  38. Marie Ishac, Owner, Washington Street Café and Catering, Concord

  39. Judith Miller RN, MSN, President, Nursing Tutorial and Consulting Services, Henniker

  40. David Rosso & Bruce Freeman, Owner, The Flower Company, Newbury

  41. Richard A Melloh Jr., Owner, Melloh Design and Manufacturing, Cornish

  42. Charles Phillips, Principal, Sapience Organizational Consulting, Bethlehem

  43. Alan Destefano, Owner & Broker, Granite Group Realty Services, Bristol / Plymouth

  44. Dan Freihofer, Owner, Freifuels Inc., Lyme

  45. John Blackford, Owner, Blackford Associates, Exeter

  46. Maureen O’Brien, Co-Owner & Psychotherapist, Self Employed, Peterborough

  47. Bruce Bairstow, Owner, BBBS, Concord

  48. Grace Mattern, Author & Non-Profit Advisor, Self Employed, Northwood

  49. Sharon Rousmaniere, Owner & Nutrion Counselor, Essential Health/Nutrition and Wellness Counseling, Keene

  50. Hon. Martha Hennessey, Owner, Martha Hennessey Coaching, Hanover

  51. Sara Goodman, Owner, Sara Goodman Fiber Studio, Center Harbor

  52. Brenda Berkal, Owner, Brenda Berkal DMD PC, Derry

  53. Richard Karash, Principal, Karash Associates, LLC, Grantham

  54. Michael Stanley, Poet, Self Employed, Dublin

  55. Craig Thompson, Co-owner, Mayfair Farm, Harrisville

  56. Sarah Heffron, Co-owner, Mayfair Farm, Harrisville

  57. Margaret Cunnane Hall, Lawyer, Sole Practitioner, Milford

  58. John T. Schiffman, Consultant, Schiffman & Company, Hanover

  59. Edward Tomey, Principal Consultant, EJ Tomey and Associates, Keene

  60. Jack & Lori Law, Owner, Law Family Companies, Merrimack

  61. Jameson French, CEO, Northland Forest Products, Kingston

  62. Amy Barker, Owner, Shire Sunshine Preserve, Richmond

  63. Michael Claflin, Executive Director, Ahead, Inc., Littleton

  64. Martha McLeod, Owner, MMcLeod Consulting, Franconia

  65. Dr. Sylvio Dupuis, Management Consultant, Self Employed, Manchester

  66. Suellen Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, West Central Behavioral Health, Lebanon

  67. Kelli Pippin, Marketing and Communications, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Lebanon

  68. Pam Tarbell, Director & Owner, Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Concord

  69. Suzanne Schon, Owner, CCC Coaching Solutions, Hanover

  70. John Mudge, Owner, The Durand Press, Lyme

  71. David Braiterman, Attorney, Braiterman Law Offices, Concord

  72. Mike Satzow, Executive, North Country Smokehouse, Claremont

  73. Steve Payne, Entrepreneur, Trampoline Park Franchise, Merrimack

  74. Diane Campbell, Entrepreneur, Forever Digital Photo Storage, Salem



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