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NH Fall Foliage 2016: The Leaf Peepers are Coming!

September 28th, 2016
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New Hampshire’s fall colors will attract 9.5 million visitors this year, who will spend $1.4 billion.

With its renowned foliage and outdoor recreation options, New Hampshire tourism officials predict a record-breaking fall season, expecting a 5 percent increase in visitors and a 6 percent increase in spending over last year.


Plan your fall foliage adventures at VisitNH.gov


Given a stronger economy and overall increased spending trends, coupled with the Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s strategic and innovative marketing initiatives, New Hampshire is projected to receive 9.5 million visitors and realize $1.42 billion in direct spending this fall.

Officials expect travelers from key New England and Middle Atlantic markets, as well as overnight visits from more distant states such as Florida, California, and Texas, to increase.

“Last year, New Hampshire saw more than 39 million visitors, which marks a 5 percent increase over the previous year and those visitors spent $5.5 billion, a 7 percent increase over the previous year,” said Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. “The fall season is a significant contributor to New Hampshire’s tourism economy.”

“Ongoing research continues to indicate travelers are visiting New Hampshire due to the abundance of activities within accessible proximity,” said Victoria Cimino, DTTD director. “Utilizing a data-driven approach, the division is making strategic decisions in its efforts to position New Hampshire as the premier tourist destination in the northeast. Fall is an exciting and beautiful time in the Granite State. New Hampshire offers the perfect backdrop for living out the adventures of the season.”

To drive continued visitation with key target audiences, DTTD has launched an advertising effort to highlight the vast array of activities and backdrops available throughout New Hampshire.

Taking Care of Business in the Granite State

September 27th, 2016
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Carmen Lorentz, Adam Schroadter

When you open a business in New Hampshire – any business – you get to know the Secretary of State’s office. This is the place to go to register your entity, find a name, file your annual report and take care of other business with the corporation division.

Director Carmen Lorentz’s guest this month on New Hampshire Business Matters (every third Wednesday of the month on WTPL-FM 107.7) was Adam Schroadter, deputy Secretary of State.

Learn more about the corporation division – the latest news and initiatives coming soon – on this month’s podcast.

New Hampshire’s Report Card: How We’ve Ranked in 2016

September 20th, 2016
New Hampshire Rankings – 2016
#1 – Business Friendliness

CNBC

#1 – Freest State in the Union

Cato Institute

#1 – Best State in which to Live a Richer Life

GoBankingRates.com

#1 –  States of the Union

Politico

#1 – State in the NE for workforce development

Site Selection

#2 – Employment Leader, #7 Best Biz Tax Climate

Business Facilities

#3 – Lowest Tax Burden

WalletHub.com

#3 – Most Peaceful State

247wallst.com

#4 – Top 10 Tech Hotspots

Forbes

#6 – States with the Best School Systems

WalletHub.com

Now that the kids are back in school, it seems like a good time to round up the rankings that came out over the summer in which New Hampshire fared well when it came to business climate, education, quality of life and more.

Rankings are an enlightening look in from the outside, although they don’t tell the whole story, nor should they be anything upon which we rest.

Still, it feels good – like making the honor roll good.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

 

 

 

 

 

Student Innovation: Meet Jeff Johansen, Co-Founder of MakeIt 3D

September 14th, 2016

Live Free and Start is New Hampshire’s one-stop business connection for innovators and entrepreneurs. We are featuring its Innovator series to introduce you to some of the very cool things Granite Staters – who may well be your neighbors – are doing. -Ed.

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Jeff Johansen ~ Co-Founder of MakeIt 3D

Please provide your 30-second pitch about your company.

MakeIt 3D is a platform for 3D printing services of all types. It links consumers with hobbyists, makers, designers and inventors. The material extrusion market is growing rapidly, involving people of all skill levels, which in turn is creating the need for skillful services such as design work or prototyping. With this need comes the need for an all inclusive platform to aid these people of all skill levels. MakeIt 3D will allow users to buy and sell digital model files and contract out printing and 3D modeling work. MakeIt 3D’s will have a forum that acts as a multi-faceted tool for all of it’s users, allowing them to review designers, printers and makers. MakeIt 3D’s main goal is to help users share knowledge and learn about the world of material extrusion technology, and make some money while doing it.

What was the inspiration behind your company idea?

Growing up, technology always inspired me. From my early years learning my Windows 98 operating system, I knew that tech was my way of life. A couple of years ago, I learned about 3D printers and was totally captivated by the technology. Soon after, with the availability of printers in my school, I quickly learned that I am absolutely terrible at modeling and design work. My total lack of artistic ability has served as the inspiration behind MakeIt 3D.

What’s the best advice you have received?

The best advice I have ever received came from Ron Emrick, director of engineering innovation at Wasabi Ventures. “Make it work, make it work better”.

It’s a piece of advice that came out of my internship with Wasabi this past summer but I’ve found myself using it in every thing that I do. This piece of advice is very important for me, personally. I always look towards the end picture: make everything work perfectly, look pretty, and function effortlessly all right away. This method isn’t a great choice for building a startup.

“Make it work.” Make everything functional, there can be some minor bugs or flaws, things definitely will not look pretty, and there may be some effort required to use the app, but it works. This half of the phrase expresses the importance of a first draft, of creating a baseline. Then, “Make it work better”. After the functional baseline is completed, all the slick animations, pretty formatting and cool features are built. Through all of Ron’s advice, beyond this phrase, I have found that I’m learning more and more of what it means to become an entrepreneur and build a successful startup.

What was the most challenging part of developing and pitching your startup idea and how did you overcome it?

To date, the most challenging part of developing my startup idea was bringing a more innovative solution to the material extrusion market. It’s easy to copy someone else’s ideas, but how do you make yours new and different? Overcoming this challenge doesn’t exactly happen overnight, in fact it’s a long process. Successful companies are always innovating, creating new, attractive products and solutions. Personally, I have started to attack this problem by talking to as many people as I can about my idea. Soon, I will be working on MakeIt 3D as part of the Commercialization Academy, which will help me to add high-value patented technology to make my startup more innovative. This challenge, albeit long, has proved to be quite fun and I can’t wait to keep attacking it.

What are your thoughts now about starting your own company, either now or later?

Since last fall, when I took a Wasabi Ventures Academy course with TK Kuegler, I have wanted to build tech startups. The way he portrayed his life, his work and his business showed me exactly what I want to do. I’m starting early, as a freshman in college, so that I can have my feet firmly planted on the ground by the time I graduate. This will allow me to spend the rest of my life building companies. TK’s inspiration has sparked within me a passion for startups!

What does the future look like for your company?

Imminently, I will be working on MakeIt 3D through the Wasabi Ventures Commercialization Academy. I am incredibly excited to be given the opportunity to work with Wasabi again and to have access to all of their resources, tools and mentorship. In late October I will be pitching my company in Utica New York, with the rest of the Commercialization Academy cohort. I plan on becoming an entrepreneur with the help of Wasabi Ventures and building an incubated company!

Tune In: Three Podcasts Highlight New Hampshire’s Startup/Entrepreneur Scenes

September 6th, 2016

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Alpha Loft ~ Manchester

New Hampshire’s startup and entrepreneurial communities are getting some attention of late. Just a couple of weeks ago, this article highlighted the Granite State as having the ‘most beautiful’ tech scenes in the country.

This week, the Global Startup Movement features New Hampshire in not one, not two, but three  podcasts. In the first, Mark Kaplan, CEO of Alpha Loft in Manchester, talks about the state’s startup ecosystem, followed by an interview with Mike Decelle, recently appointed as dean at the University of New Hampshire’s Manchester campus, who talks about entrepreneurship and the opportunities afforded here in the state. Kyle York of Dyn rounds out the trifecta with a look at the emergence of the Silicon millyard.

All are worth a listen as you slide back into the post-Labor Day work week.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

 

 

North Conway and Ashland: Catching Up with Some Recent Northern Border Regional Commission Grant Recipients

August 31st, 2016
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On the Road with Northern Border Regional Commission Grant Recipients

Commissioner Jeffrey Rose and Deputy Director Chris Way joined federal and local officials in North Conway and Ashland last week for a look at two projects receiving grants this year from the Northern Border Regional Commission.

At the site of the future expansion of the New England Ski Museum, they were briefed on the expansion getting started; the museum received a $100,000  grant from the NBRC. In Ashland, which received a $250,000 grant, they heard about plans to increase capacity at the town’s wastewater plant.

As diverse as these projects are, both will contribute the infrastructure of their communities and boost economic development.

These projects were two of 13 receiving the grants from the NBRC, which distributes grants each year to northern communities in New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Communities located in Coos, Carroll, Sullivan and parts of Grafton County are eligible to apply.

Created by the US Congress in 2008, the NBRC’s mission is to help alleviate economic distress and encourage job creation throughout the northern regions in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development provides technical assistance and processes grant applications submitted for consideration. For more information about the next round of NBRC grants, contact Way at 271-2341 or visit www.NBRC.gov .

 

New Hampshire Economic Development Launches Commercial Real Estate Resource; Register Today for Training Webinar

August 31st, 2016

The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive the webinar access instructions.

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Visit ChooseNH.com for available commercial and industrial real estate in New Hampshire.

The availability of commercial and industrial properties and comprehensive data about the state are now available to business owners, investors and site selectors at ChooseNH.com.

The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development launched the site in partnership with the New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors. Listings by NH CIBOR members automatically load to the site; non-NH CIBOR members may learn how to upload their properties at a free training webinar from 3 to 4:30 pm, Sept. 15.

In addition to the real estate information, the website is also a source for data such as community profiles, demographics and business analysis.

“This is an essential tool for anyone interested in moving or expanding their businesses to New Hampshire and we now join many other states that offer access to the information needed for strategic planning,” said Carmen Lorentz, director of the Division of Economic Development. “Having this kind of information readily available in one place is critical for decision makers mapping out the future of their business.”

Representatives of municipalities with commercial real estate for sale or lease, as well as commercial property owners and commercial real estate agents who are not members of NH CIBOR should plan to enroll in the Sept. 15 webinar. It will explain how to upload property and how to use the site’s other features.

The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive the webinar access instructions.

For more information, contact Michael Bergeron or Cindy Harrington, business development managers at the Division of Economic Development at 271-2591.

 

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Impact Investing

August 29th, 2016

A recent article on Forbes.com noted that questions about impact investing have undergone a significant shift, from “What is impact investing?” to “How do I do impact investing?”

Three New Hampshire institutions −Live Free & Start, the NH Charitable Foundation and the NH Community Loan Fund − answer that question for Granite State investors and prospective investors. The fifth in a series of public forums, Investing in New Hampshire, will be held from 4:30 t0 7 pm, Sept. 22, at SNS, 775 Industrial Park Rd., Littleton.

“A successful startup ecosystem and strong business climate require, among other things, access to capital,” said Mark Kaplan, a Live Free & Start advisory council member and chairman of its Capital Access committee. “This focus by LFS comes as the state’s five incubators and other economic development groups are creating a vibrant startup ecosystem and angel groups have a desire to become more active. These seminars will educate people about opportunities to invest in New Hampshire, making capital more available to entrepreneurs.”

The forum features representatives of the three presenting organizations describing what they offer to impact investors:

  • Kaplan;
  • John Hamilton, vice president of Economic Opportunity at the NH Community Loan Fund;
  • Kevin Peterson, senior program officer at the NH Charitable Foundation

“Live Free & Start is not an investor or conduit for investment, but it can stimulate and catalyze activities leading to investment,” Kaplan said. “The first step in doing that was a very-well-attended angel conference that has led to new members in angel groups. The next step are these forums, which take a broader view of the opportunities to invest with impact in New Hampshire through other means as well.”

Hamilton said the Community Loan Fund has welcomed impact investments for more than three decades.

“Our options range from Opportunity NH Investments, which pay fixed-rate returns and support job creation and retention, affordable housing, child care and other vital community services, to potentially higher-yield co-investments in growing businesses,” he said.

“We made our very first impact investment in 1971, by providing a loan to preserve historic buildings in Harrisville,” said Peterson. “Working alongside our grant and scholarship dollars, impact investing creates an opportunity to make sizeable, long-term investments to strengthen New Hampshire communities.”

“Through our impact-investment program, we can invest philanthropic capital in innovative business ventures and solid nonprofit organizations aligned with our mission to improve community well-being.”

The presentations will finish at 6 p.m., followed by a networking reception at which attendees can ask questions. All are free and open to prospective and current investors and to philanthropists. This event is for educational purposes only; it’s not intended for individuals or businesses seeking investment or capital.

The seminar is free, but registration is required.

Celebrate National Park Service Centennial Anniversary at Some New Hampshire State Parks

August 24th, 2016

Philip Bryce, director of the NH Division of Parks and Recreation, is today’s guest blogger. – Ed.

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(Weeks State Park above) In celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial anniversary, New Hampshire State Parks will offer free admission into day-use parks tomorrow (Aug. 25). Visitors to day-use parks just need to say Happy Birthday to the park staff and the entire vehicle will receive free admission.

In 1983,  Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and environmentalist Wallace Stegner proclaimed, “The national parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than at our worst.”

Tomorrow (Aug. 25), New Hampshire State Parks celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

On this day in 1916, Congress passed the National Park Service Organic Act and upon its approval by President Woodrow Wilson, the National Park Service was established to oversee the 14 national parks and 21 national monuments that existed at the time.

Over the past century, the National Park System expanded to now include 412 official units covering more than 84 million acres.

Yellowstone was the first national park, created in 1872. The story of its founding is an interesting one, as detailed in this excerpt from Parks and Recreation magazine.

In 1870, the members of the Washburn-Langford-Doan expedition were traveling south of Helena, Mont. to witness the wondrous collection of thermal peculiarities bubbling up through the Earth’s crust. At the last evening’s encampment, the conversation turned to how the area might be divvied up among the expedition’s profit-minded entrepreneurs.

But one member of the party, a lawyer named Cornelius Hedges, suggested a higher purpose for Yellowstone’s thermal wonders: They should be protected, he said, in the form of a national park for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. The idea caught on and, soon thereafter, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Act creating Yellowstone National Park.

The Organic Act that created the NPS in 1916 to oversee these parks defined its mission as “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The charge was to protect and preserve the nation’s “crown jewels,” while simultaneously making them available for public use. This dual and somewhat conflicting mandate has been the source of ongoing debate throughout NPS history.

The NPS has a presence in our state through a number of programs; most notably for us is the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides grants to communities for recreational projects and to us to supplement our capital funds from the legislature for our own projects. It is also responsible for two NPS properties: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the Appalachian Trail.

For more information, visit the NPS website.

New Hampshire, UK Aerospace Consortia Sign MOU: Trans-Atlantic Relationship Opens Trade, Business Opportunities

August 23rd, 2016

The New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium signed a memo of understanding with a respected British consortium, opening possible trade and business opportunities for Granite State companies.

Under the agreement, NHADEC and the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium will cooperate and coordinate actions among their members. NHADEC is the first of its kind export consortium in the U.S. and is expanding rapidly, keeping pace with the significant growth of the industry in New Hampshire and New England. Founded in 2013, its first cooperative agreement was signed in its first six months with AeroMontreal.

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David Barnes, CEO of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, left, and Donald Tyler, president/CEO of Corfin Industries in Salem

“We look forward to playing a leadership role with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, in fostering and supporting trade, business, and investment opportunities between our members, and further solidifying this most important of transatlantic relationships,” said Don Tyler, president of Corfin Industries of Salem, and a founding board member of NHADEC.

The Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, established in 1994, is one of the oldest aerospace and defense associations in the United Kingdom. It has more than 120 members and is a not-for-profit trade association facilitating business between large global primes and the supply chain.

“At this very significant time in our international business situation, we are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen links and opportunities between the aerospace industries in the southeast of England and in New Hampshire in the USA,” said David Barnes, CEO of the Farnborough consortium. “The signs are that there will be much to be done together, to the advantage of both of our aerospace communities. We in the UK are determined to make it work.”

More than 300 New Hampshire companies are involved in the aerospace and defense sector, one of the state’s key industries driving the economy. For more information about NHADEC, visit www.NHADEC.com.