Business Notes: Oct. 18, 2015

Business Notes: Oct. 18, 2015

Manchester — A device developed by Lebanon-based FreshAir Sensor Corp. has been named one of nine semifinalists for the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s 10th annual Product of the Year Award.

The FreshAir Sensor-Plug In can detect airborne evidence of nicotine or marijuana smoke and other chemicals in rooms and other enclosed spaces and communicates alerts via Wi-Fi back to the customer. It allows hotels, schools, property managers, rental car companies and others to detect smoking in prohibited spaces.

The company, which operates out of Dartmouth’s Regional Technology Center incubator in the Centerra Resource Park in Lebanon, recently won $100,000 from AOL founder Steve Case in a competition among tech entrepreneurs. In addition, it already has raised more than $3 million in funding from investors, including Dartmouth, and the devices are already entering the market.

The other semifinalists are:

■ ARC Energy’s CHES500 Furnace, the world’s largest automated production Sapphire furnace, capable of producing single-crystal Sapphire boules, which are the largest crack-free sapphire crystals in the world and are used in LED lighting and cell phone cover glass.

■ B2W Software’s Maintain, an enterprise-class construction software for transportation, water, sewer, petroleum, power and telecommunications industries.

■ Edge Velocity’s Edge Interlock Router Suite, which delivers secure voice, video and data between stationary and fast-moving users in challenging indoor and outdoor environments.

■ Patient Centered Medical’s The Zephyr, a respiratory suction catheter used in the more effective delivery of antibiotics in the treatment of pneumonia.

■ Plexxi’s The Plexxi Switch 2, a disruptive networking solution that transforms decades-old legacy network architecture with today’s complex and dynamic networking needs.

■ PickUpPatrol’s web app of the same name, which helps schools and their parents safely and conveniently communicate changes to after school transportation.

■ Rapid Insight’s Rapid Insight Analytic Platform which integrates data that exists in diverse formats and in various locations and effortlessly brings them together into cloud sources.

■ Retrieve Technologies’ Retrieve SaaS, a platform that provides new tools to communicate more effectively in a video and mobile economy.

The finalists will be named this week and will then present their innovations to the live audience at the awards event on Nov. 12 at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H.

Company News

CLD Consulting Engineers Inc., a Manchester-based regional civil engineering consulting firm, has acquired Lake Sunapee Survey of Sunapee, which offers land surveying and septic design services. The transition became effective Oct. 1.

Lake Sunapee Survey was founded in 2008 by Ray Critch. The firm has proven to be a very valuable resource to CLD’s clients in their White River Junction and Lake Sunapee regional offices, CLD said in a news release.

“Since our initial engagement with CLD in December of 2011, they have been a valued business partner, and we have expanded our operation to support their growing client needs in the region,” Critch said in the release. “We owe a good portion of our success to CLD, and we are thrilled to become part of the company.”

The Lake Sunapee Survey staff will now become employees of CLD and will work from the firm’s Sunapee office under the CLD banner.

Upcoming Events

Upper Valley chapter of SCORE is offering a workshop on How to Buy a Business on Thursday, from 6-9 p.m., at 20 West Park St., Lebanon, Suite 316, in the Citizens Bank Building. The interactive seminar will discuss the eight key steps in a successful acquisition, including analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of a business, the marketplace, business valuation, selling price, terms and more. Cost is $30, two for $45. Veterans free. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit, email, or call 603-448-3491.

The American Precision Museum’s 16th annual Model Engineering Show will take place Oct. 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Windsor Recreation Center, 29 Union St., and at the museum. The admission fee of $10 for adults and $5 for students covers admission to both the Recreation Center location and the nearby American Precision Museum at 196 Main St. The show highlights the work of some of New England’s finest model engineers, along with demonstrations of skills from the past, present and future. For more information visit or call 802-674-5781.

The 2015 Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Awards will be presented Nov. 5, from 5-9 p.m., at the Top of The Hop in Alumni Hall at the Dartmouth College. The 2015 Leadership Award Winners are Doug Wise, Chamber Achievement Award; Upper Valley Housing Coalition, Business Leadership Award; and The Norwich Inn, Business Innovator Award. The cost is $95 per person, $1,250 for a table of eight. For more information, email or visit

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Author: Staff Reports

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