The future of Laconia is promising, according to two young entrepreneurs | Local

LACONIA — The city on the lakes is only beginning to tap into its growth potential, said two young entrepreneurs recently recognized by the media.

Chris Irwin, president of the Irwin Automotive Group, has been recognized as part of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2022. Irwin, a 35-year-old Meredith resident, is the third generation of the Irwin family. to run the Laconie concessionaire.

The Lake District, with its four distinct seasons and geographic advantages, is a “wonderful place” to grow both businesses and families, Irwin said.

Overall Laconia is in much better shape than when I started in the business 15 years ago. There are a number of exciting events and projects,” Irwin said.

“Laconia is a city on the move,” Julie Hirshan Hart, 34, Gilford resident and digital editor told the Laconia Daily Sun. She was named to the Editor & Publisher’s “25 under 35” national list of media professionals. Hirshan Hart’s father, Adam Hirshan, is one of the three founding partners of the Daily Sun.

Laconia’s momentum is being spurred by investments in performance venues in the downtown and Lakeport neighborhoods, and by young entrepreneurs such as Ben Bullerwell and Karen and Reuben Bassett, whose coffee brand Wayfarer now has two locations in the city.

“The city government is also committed to the development of downtown and Lakeport, and will help contribute to that success as well,” Hirshan Hart said. The city is not without problems and is encouraged by its interest in solving problems.

“I know housing is an obvious challenge we see in attracting and retaining young talent in the Lake District and New Hampshire, and there is hope,” Hirshan Hart said, noting that the discussion on housing takes place both locally and statewide. “I think all the ingredients are there to find the solution, we have people from both the public and private sectors coming together to brainstorm and think outside the box to find housing for everyone in our community.”

Like Irwin, Hirshan Hart noted the unique opportunities presented by living in the Lake District. Many forms of outdoor activity available in New England can be enjoyed within a reasonable driving distance, or even down the street. Those who want to get more meaningfully involved will find plenty of ways to help, she added.

The Lake District is rich in leadership opportunities, Hirshan Hart said. “From the children’s auction to Rotary (Club) and other civic organizations, or faith-based volunteering, there are many ways for young people to connect with the community and make a difference.”

Whether it’s producing a local information product or selling and servicing cars, it’s a changing world to navigate. Hirshan Hart said a dedicated staff made it easier for him to reposition the business to meet new challenges. “We have a team of trusted professionals who care about our brand and make our product the best it can be every day.”

Irwin said the people he works with have shown time and time again that they can take on new challenges. “We are fortunate to have a large group of employees who historically adapt and will adapt to the changing landscape of our business. We are very lucky to have so many great employees.”

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