Small Business Resources
A variety of business resources are available in the Seacoast to provide businesses advice, from starting a new venture to expanding an existing business. Resources include:
Small Business Administration
New Hampshire District Office | (603) 433-0575
The SBA provides loan guaranty programs to assist business owners in developing and growing their business. Programs for both business and real estate loans are available.
New Hampshire Small Business Development Corporation
Seacoast Regional Office, 1 Washington Street, Suite 457, Dover, NH | (603) 330-1929
In collaboration with the SBA as well as state and local governments, the SBDC provides technical assistance to business owners in the development of business plans, procurement contracts with a special emphasis on trade and international commerce.
New Hampshire Innovation Research Center
Campus of UNH, Gregg Hall, Durham, NH | (603) 862-0123
The NHIRC is designed to increase collaboration between New Hampshire businesses and universities to foster technology development and innovation.
Granite State Development Corporation
1 Cate Street, Portsmouth, NH | (603) 436-0009
The Granite State Development Corporation is the seacoast local SBA real estate development office. Granite state specializes in providing real estate loans for projects in collaboration with local banks.
Seacoast Office, 195 Commerce Way, Portsmouth, NH | (603) 433-0575
The seacoast local SCORE office is composed of experienced and dedicated business men and women who offer their advice, counsel and experience to new business owners.
NH Innovation Commercialization Center (NH-ICC)
75 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth, NH | (603) 610-4206
NH-ICC, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, is dedicated to accelerating the development of early stage high technology startups and to the commercialization of UNH intellectual capital.
The City of Portsmouth provides a dynamic and diverse environment to establish and grow your business. In addition to providing your business with a vibrant economic location, a variety of municipal and state resources are available to further support your endeavors. Whether your target customers are consumers or businesses, local, nationwide, or even international, you’ll find resources to help grow your business!
City of Portsmouth
State of New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Division of Economic Development
- NH Small Business Development Center
- New Hampshire Business Finance Authority
Education & Workforce Development
A skilled workforce is a critical component to your business’ success. The greater Portsmouth area features a variety of higher education facilities to provide your business with the knowledgeable, skilled employees you need. Whether you are looking for a college-educated workforce, ongoing training and development, or specialized programs, you’ll find an educational system ready to support your business needs. New Hampshire’s education system fuels our labor base and supports continuing education of our workforce. Some of our local colleges include:
Local Education Partners
- University of New Hampshire
- Great Bay Community College
- Granite State College
- Southern New Hampshire University
- Franklin Pierce University