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
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
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
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.
NH SBDC is pleased to announce Office Hours at 9 NEW locations. By going into more NH communities, SBDC hopes to expand our reach and connect with more Granite State businesses that need our support to launch a new venture or grow their existing business.Read More
The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes. Most of that energy consumption comes from lighting, followed by cooling, then computers. Today, thanks to the new NH Small Business Development Center and Eversource partnership, small and mid-size businesses across the state have enhanced access to energy efficiency resources, technical assistance, and energy expertise. Read More
Mark toussaint has helped businesses improve their efficiency throughout NH for 20 years, the last twelve as an Eversource Energy Efficiency Consultant. The NH SBDC works closely with energy consultants like Mark, to ensure that NH businesses have all the resources they need to consider, assess and implement their efficiency projects. Read More