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Shaheen Showcases Granite State in Washington DC

**Last night, Shaheen welcomed 400 attendees to the 8th annual Experience New Hampshire reception highlighting Granite State businesses, restaurants and goods**

**Earlier in the day, Shaheen hosted annual New Hampshire Business Day luncheon with local NH small business leaders** 

**Photos from both events are available here** 

(Washington, DC) – Last night, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the New Hampshire State Society welcomed 45 New Hampshire businesses, restaurants and vendors to Capitol Hill for the eighth annual Experience New Hampshire reception. The annual event gives Granite State businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services for policymakers and government officials in Washington. Earlier in the day, Shaheen hosted her annual New Hampshire Business Day luncheon with Granite State small business leaders, giving them an opportunity to hear directly from government leaders and key congressional officials about federal programs and agencies that support, regulate, and offer research and technical assistance to businesses. Speakers at the luncheon included Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Senator Maggie Hassan, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, Senator Richard Shelby, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News Andrea Mitchell, and Emily Bassett, Commander of the future USS Manchester.

“New Hampshire is a small business state and both New Hampshire Business Day and Experience New Hampshire present an opportunity to share some of the best that New Hampshire has to offer with leaders in Washington,” said Shaheen. “Small businesses make enormous contributions to our local economies and our Granite State culture, and today’s events give participants a platform to highlight their products and encourage people to visit New Hampshire. I want to thank the sponsors, our incredible business owners and everyone who helped make this event a tremendous success.”

More than 400 guests enjoyed gourmet foods and drinks from restaurants, vineyards, breweries and culinary training programs from across the state, while also learning more about cultural and tourism opportunities in New Hampshire. The event, which took place in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, drew attendees including U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-2) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1), and other federal government officials.

The event was hosted by the NH State Society, along with BAE Systems, Comcast, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Eversource, FairPoint Communications, Fidelity Investments, New England Council, and Sparton.

Participants included Anheuser-Busch, Bellows House Bakery, Brew NH, Cheetah Design Studio, Cider Bellies Doughnuts, Coca-Cola of Northern New England, Common Man Restaurants, D. D. Bean & Son’s Company, Echo Farm Puddings, FIRST, Granite State Candy Shoppe, Great North Aleworks, Gunther’s Goodies, Jack’s Crackers, Javanese Coffee, LaBelle Winery, Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc., Michele’s Sweet Shoppe, Moonlight Meadery, New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery, New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire Humanities Council, New Hampshire Job Corps, New Hampshire Made, New Hampshire Maple Producers, New Hampshire Travel & Tourism, Nuttin Ordinary, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Popzup, Port City Pretzels, RAM Printing, Redhook Ale Brewery, Rockingham Brewing Company, Rumbletree, SkiNH, Smoky Quartz Distillery, Smuttynose Brewery, St. Anselm’s NH Institute of Politics, Stoneface Brewing Co., Stonyfield, Sunnyside Maples, Throwback Brewery, Tuckerman Brewing Company, Walpole Creamery, White Mountain Attractions Association, and Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery.

For more information on Experience New Hampshire, please visit Photos from the event will be posted on