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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Taryn Fisher

Taryn Fisher has 20 years of experience in the corporate sector, as well as recently serving as core faculty and Director of the MBA in Sustainability Program at Antioch University New England. At AUNE, Taryn’s research interest was social venture innovation in general and B Corp certification in particular. In addition, she has a passion for the arts and culture and believes it’s an essential contributor to community well-being and economic resilience.

Business success isn't escaping Key to Escape in Nashua

Turning a hobby into a business isn’t so unusual, but you could say that John Barkley—with a nudge from his adult daughter—took that idea to its extreme when he launched Key to Escape, a live, interactive game center in Nashua.

Every neighborhood of any size probably had a John Barkley type—the one who filled his yard with spookiness for Halloween or engulfed his family home in Christmas lights every season.

David Boynton

David Boynton serves as business advisor for NH SBDC’s Seacoast Region, and is a co-founder of 7th Settlement Brewery, LLC in Dover, NH. David’s entrepreneurial experience leading a team of over 45 employees in a craft brewery and farm to table restaurant gives him current, real-life expertise to bring to his SBDC clients. As former Director at Seacoast Local and a founding board member of Dover Listens, David has helped several other entrepreneurs start and succeed and is a current lecturer for the Peter T.

2018 State Star Nomination Form

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