Couple plunges into a successful business by inventing what the market wanted

When Karen Larson and her husband, Brian, first began thinking about launching a business in about 2013, they got one big thing wrong.  Their market.

First they thought they would be selling their pre-cast concrete “plunge pools” to the trades—landscapers and such.  But, it turns out, the homeowners began contacting the company directly.  And it was NH SBDC’s business advisor Warren Daniel who helped the two redirect their initial marketing efforts.  

NH Renewable Energy Incentives Reopen

Thinking about installing and using a renewable energy source for your business? The State’s incentive programs have reopened!

If you are like many business owners you want to use the most efficient lighting, refrigeration, motors and equipment in order to consume less energy and save on your bottom line.  It’s no secret that energy usage, like every other commodity a business uses, is important to track. 

Honey + Buzzagogo = Cold Bee Gone

The nose knows.  That might be a good tagline for Joyce Dales and her Cold Bee Gone product.  Joyce is the owner of Buzzagogo, a Nottingham-based company, and Cold Bee Gone is her first product—a natural, honey-based topical cold and allergy remedy that is sweeping the state and, potentially, the country. It’s now sold in 150 stores, and counting.

And, it’s all due to bees, honey, and a cotton swab in your nose. 

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.