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StartSmart birth gifts program introduced at May IMBA event

Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors (IMBA) introduced a new program at its quarterly Breakfast Roundtable event this month. StartSmart: Birth Gifts with a Purpose is a new opportunity for employers to support early childhood brain development and recognizing new parents and parents-to-be in their workplace. 
The StartSmart kit includes three board books for the new baby, a parenting book for parents or caregivers, a set of fun tips for early childhood brain development from Vroom and a flannel baby blanket. The kit costs $55 and is easy to purchase online by visiting and clicking the “SmartStart Birth Gifts with a Purpose” button found on the home page. 
“We’re excited to introduce this unique and educational gift that, in addition to being extremely useful, also ties-in a charitable element,” said IMBA’s Co-Chair Peter Hansel. “Each purchase of a SmartStart Birth Gift kit will also contribute toward the enrollment of a local at-risk child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.”  
The quarterly IMBA meeting, which was held at Stone Arch Village, was attended by dozens of people representing more than 20 local businesses and organizations. Other highlights at the event included guest speaker Dr. Craig Platt, Professor of Psychology at Franklin Pierce University, who presented research on the Return on Investment (ROI) of family-friendly workplace policies. His presentation focused on how these policies positively affect employee recruitment, retention, satisfaction and engagement. For businesses, Platt reported that these policies either pay for themselves or increase profitability. 
The event also featured a panel of four employees of Monadnock region businesses with family-friendly policies, who shared how company policies have made it possible for them to be good parents while still advancing their careers. The panel focused on Babies at Work policies, and audience members learned how flexibility and adaptation are key to successful piloting and implementation of Babies at Work. 
IMBA is comprised of like-minded business leaders representing for-profit and non-profit companies of all sizes in the Monadnock region who focus on supporting child-and-family-friendly workplace practices to ensure children ages 0-5 and their families are healthy and thriving. 
Companies interested in becoming an Impact Monadnock Business Ambassador should contact Co-Chair Peter Hansel at 603-352-5500 or or visit