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Your guide to essential advocacy, education, and mentorship for Manchester businesses.
NH SBDC is the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in the Granite State, with a dedicated team of professional business advisors delivering highly individualized, confidential advising at no charge to enterprises across New Hampshire. The team has more than 120 years of experience working with small businesses to help them grow and be successful, resilient, and always prepared to respond to the unexpected.
SCORE New Hampshire continues to be the state’s largest and most proficient provider of business mentoring and educational services through over 175 certified mentors from six regional chapters. No-fee confidential services include one-on-one mentoring, email mentoring, workshops, and easy online access to business information and self-guided programs and tools. Expertise and support is provided on a variety of key topic areas, including new business ventures, securing business loans, business planning and growth, divestitures, investments, and even bankruptcies.
The SBGPA grant program was designed to both provide relief to businesses that have experienced significant negative financial impacts associated with COVID-19 and to allow for investments enabling future pandemic-related resilience, with awards for small businesses of up to $10,000. MEDO also oversees the Manchester Small Business Recovery Loan Program for businesses with 50 or fewer employees with a brick and mortar location in the City of Manchester that were directly impacted by the mandatory business closure order.
The Department of Business and Economic Affairs (DBEA) comprises the Divisions of Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Development. The two divisions are dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of the State of New Hampshire and promoting it as a destination for domestic and international visitors.
The NH Tech Alliance is a statewide technology association dedicated to supporting companies at every stage of growth and development – from startups to established leaders in the global economy. It is committed to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem in NH by building partnerships, enhancing knowledge, and shaping public policy. Programs, events, and initiatives are designed to unite NH’s tech professionals and stakeholders and provide an environment where collaborations and partnerships flourish – driving growth for our workers, our industry and our state as a whole.
The NH Center for Nonprofits is a statewide association dedicated to providing programs and resources that support nonprofit organizational capacity-building and to partner with sector leaders, businesses, and the broader community to elevate the visibility and status of the nonprofit sector. Its mission is to ensure that it continues to have high-quality, easily accessible resources, a variety of consistent opportunities for learning, and the support needed to sustain strong leadership that adapts creatively to change.
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility convenes, inspires, and supports businesses and their community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all. NHBSR members believe that business can be a force for good by expanding our education and raising our collective voices to let elected officials know why business leaders are passionate about issues of social responsibility such as addressing climate change, supporting our employees and communities, and creating innovative workplaces.
The mission of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is to serve as a catalyst, leveraging financial, human, and civic resources to enable traditionally underserved people to participate more fully in New Hampshire’s economy. This is accomplished by providing loans, capital, and technical assistance; complementing and extending the reach of conventional lenders and public institutions; and bringing people and institutions together to solve problems.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is an autonomous U.S. government agency established in 1953 to bolster and promote the economy in general by providing assistance to small businesses. One of the largest functions of the SBA is the provision of counseling to aid individuals trying to start and grow businesses. The agency provides a wealth of online tools to assist small businesses including a small business planner and additional training programs. Localized SBA offices throughout the United States offer in-person, one-on-one counseling services that include business plan writing instruction, and assistance with small business loans.
The City of Manchester’s Master Plan Document, adopted by the Planning Board in August 2021, is a guide for physical development, as well as the strategic development of a vibrant, walkable, and healthy place to live, work, and play. The Master Plan Document is the accumulation of many hours of hard work and passion vested by the Steering Committee and the product of two years of research, public outreach, and
thousands of comments by its residents. It will function as a critical resource when considering new policies, planning, and programming new infrastructure, evaluating new
development applications, and coordinating with outside agencies.