Resiliency Academy for Small Business and Communities

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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. 


About the 2022 Academy

This is a three-session academy that includes an intro webinar, a SBDC-led small business resiliency plan virtual training and an in-person tour of NH communities highlighting small businesses and community leaders practicing the many aspects of resilience. The Academy is free and designed for businesses, community leaders and volunteers, economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and anyone interested in small business and community resilience.

Session 1- Introduction to Small Business and Community Resiliency Webinar

Session 2 - Virtual Small Business Resiliency Plan Development

Session 3 - Walking Tours of NH Communities Practicing Resilience

June 7th, Littleton hosted a presentation and panel at the Littleton Opera House, followed by a short walking tour of the downtown. Thank you to Jim Gleason, Executive Councilor Kenney, Stacey Doll, Denise Vallee, Dr. Kristen Miller, Ce Ce Chen, and John Hennessey.

On June 14th, Keene showed us great examples of how they’ve built resiliency and vibrancy in their downtown. Thank you Elizabeth Dragon, Med Kopczynski, Sara Powell, Andy Bohannon, and Alec Doyle for walking us through your community. 

Our last stop was on June 16th in Somersworth where they showed us their inclusive and welcoming city. Thank you to Robin Comstock, Michelle Mears, Paul Crouser and Raude Raychel for hosting and walking us around your community.

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The Resiliency Academy focuses on the intersection of small business and community resiliency.

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.

Molly Meulenbroek from Studley Flowers talks about the Resiliency Academy and her experience as a small business owner in NH.

Kristin Kostecki from Meals on Wheels Hillsborough County talks about the Resiliency Academy and her experience as the Vice President of a non-profit.

This programming was made possible due to CARES Act funding.