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  • NH Small Business Development Center Happenings

    This is not a press release of the Chamber Collaborative, but is being shared by the Chamber Collaborative.






    National Energy Awareness Month


    October is energy awareness month and connecting with ways to save money and energy is easy. Energy saving solutions are available for a range of needs from lighting and appliances to heating and cooling systems. Check out rebates and discounts that are available for NH businesses through NH Saves.  


    Read more about an energy efficiency project from one of our SBDC clients below.


    We would like to thank Eversource Energy for sponsoring SBDC’s Business Sustainability Program.


    The BSP advises companies on environmental management, energy efficiency assessment and funding, and employee safety. As businesses adopt best management practices, they reduce operational risk, increase profitability, and thus enhance the value of the company. Eversource’s sponsorship has helped SBDC build and distribute information and content on lowering energy costs and reducing impact on the environment.


    Rose Padfield was never thinking about turning off the lights on her business even during the challenging times the COVID-19 pandemic brought to small businesses throughout New Hampshire. She just wanted them to stop flickering.


    We’re talking about the lights for the sign that stands outside Rose’s Manchester business, Paul’s Car Care on Elm Street, that is.


    Losing time and money replacing bulbs was becoming a way of life for Rose, but during the pandemic, she was able to solve her problem with help from her advisor at the Small Business Development CenterRead more.


    Paul College Digital Marketing Symposium



    SBDC and Paul College at UNH are collaborating to bring the 6th annual 2020 Digital Marketing Symposium to small businesses, UNH students, and the region’s digital marketing community. This year we are going virtual, so gather with us for a day to exchange ideas, learn something new, and make valuable contacts.


    The Symposium's morning sessions will focus on 4 Keys to unlocking business growth using digital marketing. These sessions are presented as a partnership of the NH SBDC, Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH, and Paul College’s Voice Z Digital marketing agency. 


    We encourage businesses to join us, especially as digital marketing is of such increased importance now.


    The event is virtual and free, but you have to register! Click here for the full agenda and to register. 


    EIDL Loans for Drought Available


    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations as a result of drought that began on Sept. 29, 2020. Nurseries are eligible to apply for EIDL loans for losses caused by drought conditions. The loans are available to small businesses in all ten NH counties.


    These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.


    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov and should apply under SBA declaration # 16736, not for the COVID-19 incident.


    COVID Creativity - What is your story?


    Every business has a story, now more than ever.

    Will you share yours with us? 


    SBDC is gathering COVID Creativity small business recovery and resiliency stories from across NH. Share with us your creative adaptations, pivots, changes, and how the SBDC has helped you throughout the pandemic. 


    By sharing your survive-and-thrive story, you can provide inspiration and motivation to other NH business owners. The process is simple. Just fill in the questions on this webform, send us your logo and a photo, and watch for it to appear on our social media. We’d love to hear your COVID Creativity story! Thank you! 


    QuickBooks Discount for SBDC Clients


    NH SBDC is part of a network of 62 SBDCs across the country. America's SBDC, our national association, has partnered with QuickBooks to offer SBDC clients a discount for QuickBooks Online. SBDC clients are eligible for a 30-day free trial and then a 50% discount for 12 months. 


    If you are an SBDC client, and are interested in this promotional discount, please contact your SBDC business advisor for details. If you are not yet a client, fill out the request for advising form, meet with your advisor and ask for the link.


    SBDC Recovery & Resiliency Webinars


    Are you eligible to use the simpler or the EZ PPP Forgiveness applications? Come find out & walk through the apps. If you must use the Full Application, connect with your SBDC advisor for guidance.

    November 9 | 10am

    November 30 | 1pm

    Presented by Chuck Gilboy, NH SBDC Business Advisor



    Control your business path: 

    Staying open/Closing/Bankruptcy

    December 8 | 10am

    Join us to learn about how to control your business' next steps, whether you are considering staying open, closing, or bankruptcy.

    Attendees will be anonymous.

    Presented by Warren Daniel, NH SBDC Business Advisor



    Adapt Your Marketing - Increase certainty in your business

    Update your marketing to reach your audiences’ new needs and habits.

    November 17 | 1pm

    Presented by Rita Toth, NH SBDC Business Advisor


    SBDC advisors will speak for a few minutes on a topic, and then open up discussion for Q&A. You can submit questions beforehand or ask in the chat.


    Topic: Cash Management

    November 5 | 10am

    Presented by Warren Daniel & Stewart Gates, NH SBDC Business Advisors


    Topic: Finding the Money

    December 3rd | 10am

    Presented by Hollis McGuire & Rita Toth, NH SBDC Business Advisors







    Partner Events


    SBA Virtual Veteran Small Business Roundtable

    November 5th, 9 -10:30am

    Join on your computer or mobile app

    Click here to join the meeting

    Or call in (audio only)+1 202-765-1264,,370756038#,Phone Conference ID: 370 756 038#



    SBA Veteran Virtual Boots to Business Webinar Training

    November 3rd & 4th, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Register, go to the calendar and select: Online Portsmouth, NS, ME


    Export Boot Camp Webinar: International Marketing

    November 12th, 10am

    Learn more and register here.


    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

    Learn more and apply hereDeadline: Nov. 21st.


    Stay Connected


    Visit the SBDC COVID-19 website.

    Request SBDC advising.


    We’re here and want to help.