Sometimes, when the right opportunity presents itself, people are able to pay for goods and services they need or want by trading goods, or providing a service that they can perform in return. For example, a person who owns a lawn maintenance company may receive legal services from an attorney and pay for those services by providing an agreed upon amount of mowing and maintenance services at the attorney’s home or place of business. In this scenario, the fair market value of the legal services...Read More
Cindy and Tom Hyland were casting about last year for a business to run together as they lived out the second act of their lives in the White Mountains. Tom had worked at Loon Mountain for 30 years and Cindy worked in health care for 20 years. “We figured if we were going to work this hard, we were going to do it for ourselves,” Cindy explains.
When fate put the couple in touch with a long-time business owner in the region who was interested in selling his Great American Ski Renting Company...Read More
While the state was battling epic snowstorms, Magdalena Randall was busy setting up a retail bakery site in downtown Lancaster. Her Polish Princess Bakery had outgrown her family home after three years of providing artisan breads and other baked goods to the region. Magdalena got her start 6 years ago when she brought her first 18 loaves to the Lancaster Farmer’s Market and they quickly sold out. She added the Berlin Farmer’s Market after that success.Read More
When three men decided to take their combined medical device expertise and strike out on their own, they discovered a bit of a learning curve was involved. Starting from scratch was a bit different than working for somebody else, it turns out.
Paul Fueller, Tom Gannon and Jim Booker together turned to Hollis McGuire of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center in their desire to start a medical device design and manufacturing firm. She, in turn, connected them to many more...Read More
From the earliest days of the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, back when it was “just” the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, it has partnered with the Keene office of the NH Small Business Development Center. The two organizations staged workshops and events together starting in the late 1990s, and today share clients and bounce ideas off one another, according to Hannah Grimes director Mary Ann Kristiansen.Read More
Dave Boynton and Josh Henry, co-owners of Dover’s 7th Settlement Brewery, worked with NH SBDC business advisor Warren Daniel for about year before opening in 2013, and that relationship continues to this day.
The brew pub “nearly” broke even in its first fiscal year – no small feat for this industry –and its owners are now eyeing another brewery in Massachusetts in which they are secondary partners. Ultimately the two entities will work together to experience some efficiencies of scale.Read More
Scott and Karen Logan, owners of The Blue Mermaid Island Grill in Portsmouth, first approached NH SBDC for help with their small business back in 2004, when the construction of a new hotel in town threatened to disrupt their business. “We felt as if we were going to be consumed by the two-year project and needed to protect our biggest assets, the restaurant and the building,” Scott said.Read More
Sharon DiRusso, founder of Sharon’s Granola, has worked with an NH SBDC business advisor since late 2013, when an upsurge in her home-based business caused her to seek help. Sharon creates granola bars and snacks that are gluten-free, vegan and organically sweetened, and she is currently selling them in several stores throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.Read More
Sue and David McCoo of Capital Craftsman and Romance Jewelers in downtown Concord first sought advice from the NH SBDC back in 1996, though they had founded their business in 1979. In the mid-1990s, they thought they might have to close their business and liquidate their merchandise. However, after implementing the advice of Bob Ebberson of the NH SBDC, they chugged along nicely and currently employ 15 full-time staff.Read More
Dan Bellemore is the new owner of the Mont Vernon General Store, which offers everyday supplies and almost anything else a person could want. The store does gift baskets filled with local products such as jams, jewelry and local wines and Dan hopes to expand those options. Fresh deli sandwiches are also on the menu, as well as your usual General Store products.Read More