Rose Padfield was never thinking about turning off the lights on her business even during the challenging times the COVID-19 pandemic brought to small businesses throughout New Hampshire. She just wanted them to stop flickering.
We’re talking about the lights for the sign that stands outside Rose’s Manchester business, Paul’s Car Care on Elm Street, that is.
“I just could never get them lit right,” Rose said. “I felt like I had to babysit them all the time. They were high maintenance...Read More
Were we an essential business? Were our customers (garden centers and landscapers throughout Northern New England) essential? Fifty percent of our sales happens April through June. We wouldn’t survive if we were shut down during those months. It was an…ominous time.
Then, to our surprise, gardening became a craze. We literally sent the crew home for one day and brought them back the next. We began to joke that plants were the new toilet paper.
This client story is part of NH SBDC...Read More
If your business was not fully prepared to deal with the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, you were not alone. Planning for disaster is no longer optional and there is a clear need for resiliency planning for the future. The SBDC has responded by teaming with UNH Extension to introduce the Resiliency Academy, which will kick off this fall with Planning for Resiliency, a free webinar on October 21 and October 27.Read More
Employee Stock Ownership Plans, known as ESOPs, is a business development strategy which elevates vested employees to employee owners. Employees of ESOP-owned companies demonstrate higher productivity, engagement, satisfaction, and retention than workers at non-ESOP companies. ESOP-owned companies receive tax benefits and reap strong profits.
This introduction is the first in a series of blog articles about ESOPs by Alexandra Kirade, a Master's student at UNH's Carsey School of...Read More
For a catering business, things were pretty grim in April. Nobody needs a caterer unless there’s a gathering. Executive Chef Jay Curcio and his wife, Liz, own and run The White Apron, serving the Seacoast area of New Hampshire out of Dover. “I’d feel a lot worse if it was just us,” he admitted back then. “But I just haven’t been able to wrap my head around this. I have no control. There’s nothing I can do except hang out and wait.”
By mid-July, however, Jay was able to say, “It looks like...Read More
“The goal of the Business Resiliency Survey was to better understand the challenges and needs of small businesses across the state so we can more effectively help them recover, reopen and become more resilient,” said Liz Gray, state director of the NH SBDC. “Fifty-six business organizations representing a wide range of industries, business associations and regions partnered with us to ensure we heard from as many businesses as possible.” Over all, 1,549 businesses in 172 cities and towns...Read More
We are thrilled to announce our summer 2020 Social Innovation Intern, Jordyn Kafka! Jordyn is a master’s student at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. She will be advancing our Business Sustainability Program by helping small businesses engage in energy-efficient practices through new and curated resources. We look forward to working with Jordyn this summer, and extend a special thanks to Eversource and UNH’s Social Innovation Program for making this possible! Read More
Did you know that small- and medium-size businesses consumed about 20 percent of the country’s energy in 2019?
If you're a business owner, energy efficiency may not be at the top of your “to-do” list fo 2020. However, thanks to the partnership between the NH Small Business Development Center and Eversource, you have an energy management team at your side. With several resources available to help small and mid-size businesses cut energy use and save money, you can easily cross energy...Read More
Clean Energy NH promotes clean energy and technologies through education and advocacy for a stronger economic future. Michael Berhmann, Director of Business Development, shares the resources and opportunities for small businesses that Clean Energy NH offers in the Granite State and about CENH and SBDC's partnership around energy and NH businesses.Read More
It’s the usual story: Start racing go-carts at age 11, become a star NASCAR driver by your early twenties. Then open your very own used car dealership. Melissa Fifield launched her new business last summer, Pine Knoll Auto Sales in Sanbornville, NH on Route 16, with help from the NH SBDC.Read More