Equity Crowdfunding - Ready for Prime Time?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012.  One of the most novel aspects of the JOBS Act was that it would allow unaccredited individual investors to make investments in companies through the private marketplace, much as accredited investors have been permitted to do for many decades.  This part of the Act is referred to as Title III, also known as Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF.  In common practice it may be referred to as Equity Crowdfunding, because Title III lays out the rules, requirements and controls for equity crowdfunding. 

Vision: Outdoor education center. Location: Franklin, NH. Results: Outdoor New England.

Some potential small business owners come to NH SBDC with one business idea and it can be a pretty fuzzy one at that. One of the roles of the NH SBDC business advisor is to help them get clearer on what they want to do, and then guide them toward the resources that will help them do it.

With Marty Parichand, however, the advisor’s challenge was a little different.  This client had an abundance of ideas combined with an abundance of energy, and the background and skills to back up his ambitious plans.  

Management Team: Cast Down Your Bucket

It’s lonely at the top. Small business owners often lament the narrowness of their management benches. They cast an envious eye upon their corporate brethren who seemingly luxuriate in the midst of a team of managers. The managers oversee a variety of specialties including sales, human resources, and production to name a few. There may even be attorneys and auditors on retainer.

Amy Rodman

Amy Rodman assists NH SBDC clients in the Nashua and Concord regions as a business advisor. In 2010 Amy became a part-time NH SBDC advisor working in the Nashua and Manchester region, and then accepted a full time advising position at the Center for Women’s Business Advancement at SNHU. Amy returned to the NH SBDC in 2016 to take on her current full-time business advising position.

NH SBDC “Main Man” business advisor helps young couple buy and grow a White Mountains business

When Lynne Gruskowski and Andy Calnan of Massachusetts began looking for a B&B to run in Vermont, their journey eventually led them across a different border, to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and to Stewart Gates, an NH SBDC business advisor, whom they now call “our main man.”

Honors Project Proposal

Please describe your proposed project below in 250 words or less. The project should be something that a team of students (approx. 3-6) could complete in approximately 4 months, and that would be useful to your business. A few examples from our past work with students include: 

(1) A “make or buy” decision: An analysis of whether a company should produce a product or component itself, or outsource production. 

(2) Market research to support a decision on whether to introduce a new product. 

(3) Analysis for re-design or re-launch of a business website. 


If you have questions about your project, we invite you to reach out to SBDC State Director Rich Grogan (richard.grogan@unh.edu) in advance to discuss. Thank you for considering a submission! 

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Sweet Dreams

It’s three o’clock in the morning.  Something woke you.  Was it your anticipation of the delivery of your next inventory shipment - while hoping the payment from the client’s last order appears soon?  Or your anxiety about the new accounts on the horizon? (Which, mind you, are not yet accounts, but you are optimistic - a good trait of an entrepreneur!) Or are you stressed about the frantic process of creating inventory to fill those new orders?  

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.