• Resources

  • 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 SCORE
    Seacoast Office, 230 Commerce Way, Suite 102, 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.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
    Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St., Manchester, NH  
    You Build Your Business. We Will Help it Grow. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a free grant-funded program that teaches advanced business skills to help grow your business.

    Economic Development

    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

    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