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December 25. 2013 11:07PM

NH Business Newsreel: BIA to host reception for NH legislators

CONCORD — The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire will host "Welcome Back Legislators," a reception for the state's elected officials, on Jan. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street, Concord.

The event offers an opportunity for business leaders to meet and mingle with the state's elected officials and welcome them back to Concord for the second year of the biennium. Gov. Maggie Hassan and all legislators and staff have been invited.

Legislators and staff are invited to attend at no cost. The cost for others is $25 and for future members is $45. To register, call 224-5388 ext. 116 or register at BIAofNH.com/events.



Former ambassador to discuss Saudi Arabia
In his first New Hampshire appearance since he stepped down in October, Salem resident Jim Smith, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will discuss America's long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia at a Jan. 31 presentation sponsored by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception followed by the talk and Q&A at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for members, 20 for non-members. It will be held in the Hospitality Center at Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester.

Saudi Arabia ranked as one of the top 20 export markets for the Granite State, worth more than $34 million this year. Smith has been lauded for helping strengthen U.S.-Saudi business relations during his tenure, resulting in nearly 400 U.S. companies exporting to the Kingdom.
For more information, contact Anna H. Berry at aberry@wacnh.org or 314-7970.



Southwest flooded with resumes for flight attendant jobs

Southwest Airlines, which last hired flight attendants from outside the company in 2011, said it received applications at a rate of 80 a minute, amassing 10,000 resumes for 750 openings.

"It was the first time we did that in a while, and of course anytime we do it, it's like opening up the floodgates," Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly told employees in a weekly recorded message.

Employment at U.S. passenger airlines is showing signs of stabilizing, according to the Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The industry's work force shrank by 0.8 percent to 381,178 in October, the last month for which data were available. That's the smallest decline in 13 months.

New hires at Southwest will earn about $24.39 an hour and work a minimum of 66 hours a month.



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