SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 9, 2013

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Four members of the Beverly Fire Department completed the 12-week Firefighter Recruit Training Program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Firefighters Michael Kraus, Mathew Pierce, Daniel Bergeron and Rob Tamilio have been training with 65 other firefighters from around the state since September. During their training, they learned about a variety of firefighting skills, including basic hazardous materials response, rope rescue response, vehicle extrication, survival on the fire ground and a host of other topics.

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In addition to his role as president, Beverly resident Michael Wheeler has been named chief executive officer of Beverly Cooperative Bank. Wheeler has served as the bank’s president since Jan. 1, 2012. After joining the bank in 2000, Wheeler worked his way up from assistant vice president, vice president and senior vice president.

Bill Howard, former chief executive officer and longtime president, will remain with the bank and continue in his role as chairman of the board of directors.

Wheeler earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Business Administration at Endicott College in Beverly. Wheeler also serves on the board of directors of the North Shore United Way and Salem Chamber of Commerce and was recently appointed to Montserrat College of Art’s board of trustees.

Beverly Cooperative Bank is an independent mutual bank with assets of $300 million and has three branches in Beverly and one in Salem.

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Montserrat College of Art appointed the following new members to its board of trustees: Michael Ancevic of Magnolia, John Colucci of Wenham, Katrina Maestri and Olivia Parker of Manchester, Barry Weiner of Essex, Michael Wheeler of Beverly, William S. Wasserman Jr. of Ipswich, and Katherine B. Winter of Boston.

Milestones

The Beverly Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations of Beverly businesses for the second annual Beverly Business Awards. Businesses can be nominated for one of six award categories. Nominations will be accepted through mid-January at www.beverlychamber.com.

The ceremony, which celebrates the dedication and commitment of the business talent and entrepreneurial spirit in Beverly, will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Tickets cost $65 per person and include dinner and a cash bar. For more information, visit the chamber’s website or call 978-232-9559.

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The following local companies were recipients of Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants: $21,600 to North Shore Workforce Investment Board in Salem — no additional jobs are expected to be created as a result of training — and $17,600 to Xtechnology Global LLC in Danvers, which will train 16 employees and create eight additional jobs.

A total of $6,846,496 in Workforce Training Fund grants were awarded to 87 Massachusetts companies and will support up to two years of training for employees in a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, engineering and hospitality. The grants are expected to create 682 new jobs and train more than 6,300 workers.

New businesses

ThrottleNet Inc., an information technology firm based in St. Louis, Mo., has opened an office at 121 Loring Ave., Suite 510, Salem. ThrottleNet specializes in outsourced information technology services through managed network services. Marc Arbesman, the firm’s chief information officer, will manage the Salem office.

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J. Barrett & Company, an independent real estate company, opened a new office at 56 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. The office is J. Barrett & Company’s sixth location and will serve Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem. The company also has offices in Beverly, Beverly Farms, Gloucester, Ipswich and Manchester.

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Salem-based Enmojo recently launched an online business that offers a centralized website for home energy products. The site works to simplify and streamline the process of shopping for home energy services. Enmojo, which stands for energy, money and jobs, was co-founded by Robert Lawless and Chris Buchanan.