Liz Gray

Liz Gray joined the NH SBDC as State Director in July of 2018. Prior to this, she served as director of entrepreneurship at the N.H. Business Finance Authority. She established Live Free and Start, an initiative to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovative companies to be able to start, grow and succeed. She held the position of economic development business services manager at the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development, and has extensive experience within the political community of New Hampshire.

Susan Sager

Susan Sager is the Program Support Assistant for the Seacoast Region of the SBDC and brings years of experience as an administrator in both the museum and academic fields.  She ran her own business, ArtBiz, through which she taught topic specific professional development courses for artists and craftsmen throughout New England.  She is also the author of two books: Selling Your Crafts and Creative Careers in Crafts, both published by Allworth Press in NYC.  A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA as well as the Lake Placid School of Art in Lake Placid, NY,  Susan lives in South Berwi

Would-be inventor fisherman reels in the big one: his dream

Bob Sundstrom, a Merrimack, NH retired carpenter, had always been a bit of an inventor in his spare time - which wasn’t much as he raised his kids and worked full-time. 

There was his “super sleeve” invention, a device that kept power tools better connected to their extension cords.  Turns out it wasn’t user-friendly, Bob says. Then there was his rotating mop invention. That one didn’t really go anywhere.

Then there was the fishing lure, that did.

Welcome, Liz Gray!

After a national search New Hampshire long-time resident and University of New Hampshire alumna Elizabeth Gray was selected to lead the Small Business Development Center as state director, effective July 16, 2018. An outreach program of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH, the SBDC provides confidential, no-cost long-term business advising to build and strengthen new and existing New Hampshire businesses.

Post-2018 NEPD Conference Survey


  • Enhancing the CyberSecurity of Small Businesses:  Practical Considerations


  • Advising New Businesses: An Ordinary Object Reveals Its Intellectual Property Rights
  • Assisting Financially “Challenged” Clients with Becoming More Proficient with Financial Statements
  • Cloud-based Accounting Software
  • Creating Effective Digital Strategies
  • Strategies and Best Practices for Facebook and Instagram 
  • Telling THE Story 

Case Studies

  • A Once in a Generation Opportunity:  Preserving and growing businesses through employee ownership conversion 
  • Challenge:  Find & Retain Employees 
  • Join the Conversation – Best Practices from Each State 
  • Marketing:  Maximizing Revenues 
  • Restaurant Operations and Valuation
  • Social Media ROI 
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