SBDC Day on March 21st is a national movement to help share collectively the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide. For nearly 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.
In 1984, Governor John Sununu found funding to originate the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. Since then, the NH SBDC has provided expert business advising to over 27,000 New Hampshire entrepreneurs at no cost, and helped New Hampshire residents to start over 2,000 businesses and create nearly 7,500 jobs across all regions of the State of New Hampshire.
NH SBDC has also provided educational content (online and in-person) to more than 66,000 individuals, including the over 14,000 no-cost online courses taken by business owners since 2008.
Governor Chris Sununu has proclaimed March 21, 2018 as SBDC Day in New Hampshire. NH SBDC will post continually on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn that day, using the hashtag #SBDCDay, and encourage liking, commenting and sharing.
The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center continues to build businesses for New Hampshire’s future. We achieved a record 2017, helping 851 NH entrepreneurs to create 465 new jobs (the highest annual total since 1999) and retain 133 jobs, start 84 businesses (the highest total since 2003), raise $18.3 million in capital infusion, and increase revenue by $14.5 million.
With 62 SBDC programs across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.24 million hours of consulting to 188,602 client businesses, resulting in 96,095 jobs created; $6.4 billion in sales growth; $5.16 billion in capital investments; and 17,174 new businesses started.
The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center is an outreach program of the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and a cooperative venture of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the University of New Hampshire, and the private sector.