Melanie Patterson

Melanie Patterson is a business advisor for the Keene region, providing a wealth of knowledge about sales, marketing, management, leadership, and organizational development. When working with clients, she brings result-driven tools and business tactics that bridge strategy and mindset to build mutual support between business and life style.

The folks at Milford's Luv Nest intend to make your chickens smile

Making chickens smile.  That’s the goal of Tina and David Hickman, the proprietors of Luv Nest, a Milford, NH-based company that makes mixtures of organic nesting herbs for chickens. Yep, it’s like aromatherapy, and treats, for chickens.

In just two years in business, Luv Nest has gone from strictly an e-commerce website to national distribution in retail outlets.

Equity Crowdfunding

This blog post is the third in a series of three articles by Millyard Tech Law, PLLC exploring the use of crowdfunding for funding a small business.  The information provided is intended to provide an overview of the subject and is not a substitute for legal or business advice.  We encourage you to consult with a SBDC business advisor to explore whether crowdfunding is right for your business.

 

2016 NEPD Evaluation

Instructions: Please answer for each workshop/activity in which you participated. We welcome your feedback!
Workshop 1: Advising Creative Economy Clients
Workshop 2: Business Valuation
Workshop 3: Business Model Canvas
Workshop 4: Alternative Financing and Non-Traditional Lending Opportunities
Workshop 5: Pitch Best Practices
Workshop 6: Success Stories Best Practices
Workshop 7: Getting Your Business Ready for Sale
Workshop 8: Discussion on Cyber Security, etc.
Roundtable Discussions
Overall
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Crowdfunding helps sow the seeds for new CSA in Chesterfield

Brittany Dooling and Michael Reardon didn’t know what to expect when they launched a GoFundMe campaign early in 2016, the year they planned to debut their Mad Radish CSA farm in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Spring was on the horizon and they needed funds before the planting season could begin in just a few months. They needed a heater for the greenhouse they had inherited with their rented property. The truck needed repairs. They needed seed and starts and soil.  

2016 NEPD Core Comps Survey

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Below, please tell us what should be improved for the next Core Comps process (please answer for each component)
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2016 State Star Nomination Form

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2017 NEPD Registration - May 10-12, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME

Conference registration is $175 per person. Please add $25 if you are attending Core Comps on Tuesday, May 9, total $200. Payment must be made by check.
Guests need to pay for NEPD meals they plan to attend by sending a check. Here are prices, FYI:
Tuesday lunch - $25; Wednesday lunch - $30; Wednesday evening cash bar reception - $12; Thursday lunch - $23; Friday box lunch - $20
Make checks payable to Vermont Business Education Corporation/NEPD. Mail checks to: VT SBDC/NEPD P.O. Box 188 Randolph Center, VT 05061. If you need an invoice, please contact Heather Gonyaw at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org. IF YOU ARE PAYING FOR A GUEST'S MEALS: email Heather Gonyaw with the details and send a check to the above address. We would like to receive all individuals' checks by Friday, May 5th.
For questions, please email Heather at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org or call 802-424-6977.
A link to the schedule for 2017 NEPD (Wednesday noon - Friday noon) will appear in the confirmation page, after you submit this registration form. You do not need to register for workshops prior to the conference. Workshop descriptions and speaker bios still to come.
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Rewards-based Crowdfunding

This blog post is the second in a series of three articles by Millyard Tech Law, PLLC exploring the use of crowdfunding for funding a small business.  The information provided is intended to provide an overview of the subject and is not a substitute for legal or business advice.  We encourage you to consult with a SBDC business advisor to explore whether crowdfunding is right for your business. Check out this article to see how SBDC's client Popzup used Kickstarter, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform.

Freedom to Snack, Pure and Simple

New Hampshire’s new company Popzup is experiencing what some call “a good problem to have.” The brand new business is going gangbusters in its earliest stages, having launched just in November 2015, and already the owners are scrambling to keep up with demand, while simultaneously moving into new quarters in Dover’s Washington Street Mills.