Small Business & Community Resiliency Academy

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NH SBDC and UNH Cooperative Extension are teaming up to bring NH its first Small Business & Community Resiliency Academy.

Academy attendees will walk away with the tools they need to develop individualized resiliency plans.


 April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

NH Small Business Development Center and UNH Extension and are partnering to offer Resiliency Academy, bringing together small businesses and community leaders to work toward a resilient future. The academy will focus on the intersection of small business and community resiliency.

Academy sessions will include opportunities to learn from practitioners, municipal staff, business owners, and experts through case studies, presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions. In addition, Resiliency Academy includes Regional Discussions, Regional Business Cohorts, and the opportunity for businesses to receive advising from SBDC advisors. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions.

Resiliency Academy will explore:

  • Resiliency planning and business retention    
  • Defining and measuring resilience     
  • Value and Supply Chains          
  • Workforce Needs and Quality of Life             
  • Communications and Cybersecurity
  • Innovation, Sustainability, and Partnerships

Why is community & business resiliency important?

Business resiliency is the ability to quickly adapt and respond to business disruptions, protect your employees and assets, while maintaining business operations. Every business regardless of size, industry, or stage of growth needs a resiliency plan because at some point it will face an unexpected disruption, like a fire, flood, or pandemic. A business resiliency plan is a guide on how to function during an unexpected disruption in operations. Throughout Resiliency Academy, we will provide training for businesses to develop resiliency plans.

Community resiliency is the ability of a community to respond, adapt, withstand and recover from adverse situations, like a natural disaster or pandemic. To strengthen and prepare for future disruptions, communities should consider resilience topics in their planning. Communities can also learn about business resiliency to help strengthen businesses in their community.

Who should attend:

Small businesses, community leaders and volunteers, municipal officials, Chamber Executives, economic development professionals, and those interested in resiliency planning. This academy is designed for New Hampshire communities and businesses but is open to others.

Why you should attend:

  • Businesses will receive the tools and support needed to develop a business resiliency plan. Participants will receive access to the Business Resiliency Guide and Workbook, have the opportunity to join a Regional Business Cohort, and receive advising from SBDC.
  • Communities will receive tools and information to address resilience topics in their planning. Communities will also have the opportunity to learn about business resiliency to strengthen and help retain businesses in their community.

April 7, 2021, Session 1: Identifying and Measuring Resiliency

April 21, 2021, Session 2: Innovation and Resiliency

May 5, 2021, Session 3: Resiliency and Quality of Life

May 19, 2021, Session 4: Cybersecurity and Resiliency

June 2, 2021, Session 5: Resilient and Thriving

All sessions are held 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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Resilience, Hospitality & Chocolate:

An interview with Rich Tango-Lowy, owner of Dancing Lion Chocolate
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Kick-off Webinar Recording: Resiliency Academy, October 21, 2020

Kick-off Webinar Recording: Resiliency Academy, October 27, 2020