Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) has recently donated more than 20 inkjet and laser printers to Making Matters NH, the entrepreneurial support organization and future venue of Concord’s volunteer-run makerspace.
The donation followed the Bank’s contribution to the purchase of an Incubator Study, which determined Making Matters NH as well-suited and befitting to the Greater Concord community. The study found that area entrepreneurs benefit from a makerspace most local to them, and was made possible through a public-private partnership between the Merrimack, the NH Business Finance Authority, the Capital Regional Development Council, the City of Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber.
The printers will help outfit the office spaces of Making Matters NH, a volunteer-run organization that cultivates creative enterprise by providing artists and innovators with the resources and tools needed to be successful. Making Matters will provide opportunities for business and innovation, sparking the creativity and imagination of locals and visitors of all ages.
“We’re happy to support the wonderful efforts of Making Matters NH,” said Philip Emma, President of the Merrimack. “Innovation and ingenuity are the hallmarks of a strong economy that is adaptable to change. We are pleased to be able to support this mission in any way we can. It’s exciting that Making Matters NH has found its home in Concord.”
“We’re elated that the Merrimack supports our plan to develop a makerspace that will encourage and support the creativity of people from all backgrounds and skill-levels,” said Laura Miller, Founding Member and Board President of Making Matters NH. “This project will help position Concord as a destination spot for innovation. We are grateful for the bank’s support and thank them for helping us provide such critical resources.”
Making Matters NH will be a Concord-based makerspace where people of all levels of talent and skill can create, share, learn and collaborate. Community-operated and volunteer-run, Making Matters NH will provide the tools necessary for innovative collaboration such as workspaces, equipment and knowledge to community members, allowing them the ability to create, innovate and develop whatever speaks to their imagination. It also promotes the importance of a creative community, and its role in enhancing the vitality and quality life in Concord and New Hampshire. For more information, visit makingmattersnh.org.
The Merrimack recently celebrated its 150th year anniversary of serving the people, businesses, non-profits and municipalities in central and southern New Hampshire. The Bank and its employees are inspired by Merrimack style, which is guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. The Merrimack was honored with the 2017 Business of the Year Pinnacle Award by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, was voted “Best Bank” by the Capital Area’s People’s Preferences for the 9th consecutive year and named 2017’s “Bank of the Year” by the Capital Regional Development Council. To learn more, visit any of the local offices in Bow, Concord, Contoocook, Hooksett and Nashua, call 800.541.0006 or visit themerrimack.com.
Photo caption (left to right): Rebecca Dean, IT Support Supervisor, Laura Miller, Board President of Making Matters NH and Bill Wilson, STEAM Team Volunteer at Making Matters NH