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
Sometimes the work of a small business advisor at the NH Small Business Development Center is to help entrepreneurs determine what not to do.
Ryan Lonergan runs Third Shift Fabrication in Plainfield out of his home. Business had picked up and he was running out of room and thought he would need to move the business. Instead, his business advisor helped him develop a better solution.
In 2017, Daryl Dawson purchased a Lakes Region landmark, the Kellerhaus, in Laconia. Daryl decided that pursuing energy efficiency was a great way to bring the Kellerhaus up-to-date and improve his bottom line, so he reached out to Andrea O'Brien, director of NH SBDC's Business Sustainability Program, for help.Read More
Shortly after starting a conversation with Peter Doten, you’re quite likely to be lost in a forest of acronyms that you may or may not be able to see your way through. That doesn’t matter. Peter knows what he’s talking about and is growing his software development and consulting firm in Nashua, New Hampshire.
While still working as a civilian with the Air Force in Portsmouth, Chris Guerrette purchased the beloved Durham shop, The Candy Bar. After two years of tremendous growth there, he began to envision opening a second store. NH SBDC business advisor Warren Daniel had worked with the previous owner of The Candy Bar, and with many other businesses in the Durham area, Chris said. “That made him the obvious connection to work with on my idea.”Read More
Mark Mortensen of Hampton, New Hampshire, studies the equivalent of a master’s degree worth of information each year in his research for the telecommunications industry. He’s also had a full career in telecom and software start-ups, back to the days before anyone understood software. He knows a lot. But what he didn’t know was how to start and run a one-person company. That’s how he found business advisor David Boynton at the NH SBDC.Read More
Just two years ago, Deb Shinnlinger was on track to open a coffee shop—a longtime dream of hers—in an entirely different town than the one she finds her thriving business in today. She counts herself extremely lucky, instead, to have found her ideal location at what was once Roy’s Auto Service in downtown Lebanon, New Hampshire—so lucky, in fact, that it became part of the name: Lucky’s Coffee Garage.Read More
Vista Foods in Laconia, New Hampshire, has been a vital community member for more than a decade. This past spring, store manager Bob Fitzpatrick and Associated Grocers of New England’s (AGNE) general manager Tim Merrill realized that Vista Foods was ready for some sustainable changes.Read More
Four years ago, Vivian Cubilla-Lindblom knew little about running a business of her own, but decided, along with her husband, Guy, to follow her dream of developing a line of healthy food products. When the business was just an idea, Vivian confesses, “I really didn’t know where to start. I just began looking for some local resources that could help,” she said. That’s how she found Nancy DuBosque, business advisor with the NH SBDC Keene office. Now, Maple Nut Kitchen distributes to more than...Read More
Customers have been finding Soake Pools the same way Karen and her husband did. Back in 2012, Karen and Brian had experienced a plunge pool at a hotel while they were traveling, and enjoyed it so much they began a search for one for their own backyard. “We couldn’t find one in concrete, and at a reasonable price.” So, Brian decided to invent his own. “Would anybody actually buy one, we wondered? It would be a totally new product on the market.”Read More