Carol Miller, Phil Przybyszewski, Jeffrey Rose, Michael Power accepting two BOB awards this week.
The BOB Awards, handed out every year by our friends at New Hampshire Business Review, recognize scores of businesses from around the state for how they conduct their business; it’s a measure of the best of the best.
“With 3,500 ballots cast for 2017 awards, the BOBs continue to be considered a standard of excellence in the New Hampshire business community,” said NHBR Editor Jeff Feingold.
On hand to accept the awards were Commissioner Rose; Carol Miller, our broadband technology director; and Michael Power, Office of Workforce Opportunity and Phil Przybyszewski, who coordinate the Sector Partnership Initiative.
Applications for grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission are now available. 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 deadline is June 2.
Within New Hampshire, the commission’s grant programs cover Coos, Grafton, Carroll and Sullivan counties. Information sessions will be held from 1-3 pm, March 29 at the CSB Community Center, Claremont, and 1-3 pm April 7 at the Wolfeboro Town Hall, and 1-3 pm at the North Country Resources Center, Lancaster.
Eligible grant projects must develop the transportation, water, sewer, energy and telecommunications infrastructure of the region; assist the region in obtaining job skills and employment related education, as well as entrepreneurship, technology and business development; provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped; promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open spaces in a manner consistent with economic development goals and to promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources.
Applications from New Hampshire agencies and organizations must be submitted to the state’s Division of Economic Development for processing. The division will also provide technical assistance to applicants. After the ranking is completed, the governors of the four states will certify to the commission their priority projects.
New Hampshire applicants should contact Mollie Kaylor of the NH Division of Economic Development at (603) 271-2591.
Rose and Kaylor then headed up to Gilsum, home of Badger, which makes body care projects and is expanding. They then headed to Smiths Medical, meeting with employees and learning about the state-of-the-art medical devices manufactured there.
Good things are happening in southwestern New Hampshire!
The Division of Economic Development has regional business resource specialists cover all of New Hampshire, working with companies and municipal leaders on ways to help them grow, compete and prosper.
NHEconomy.com’s Lorna Colquhoun and Matt Cookson, NH High Tech Council
New Hampshire’s high tech sector is a key industry in the state and places like Manchester, Portsmouth, Lebanon and Nashua are gaining attention of entrepreneurs and others seeking a place to find talent, lower costs and a business-friendly climate.
Cyber crimes can strike any business, at any time, at any place in the world, including New Hampshire.
A webinar from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, on Feb. 22 tackles the topic and is especially of interest to businesses involved in international e-commerce. Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention will be led by Chris Brenton, senior director of information systems at Dyn in Manchester. Brenton has extensive experience in the computer security industry and is credited with uncovering numerous security vulnerabilities.
International Trade Officer Rachel Adams talks about programs to help launch New Hampshire businesses into global markets.
It is sponsored by the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce; U.S. Commercial Services; the Granite State District Export and Provident Bank.
The webinar will cover a range of topics, including security precautions companies can take on their websites to protect against fraudulent transactions; red flags of which to be aware when conducting e-commerce sales and safeguards to protect assets in the event of a compromising transaction.
The cost for the webinar is $25. For more information, contact Rachel Adams at the Office of International Commerce, 603-271-8444 or register here.
The Office of International Commerce, within the Division of Economic Development, part of the New Hampshire Department for Resources and Economic Development, is the single point of contact for New Hampshire businesses needing assistance and resources to grow and thrive, as well as for out-of-state companies looking to expand or relocate in the state.
For more information, visit nhEconomy.com or call 603-271-2341.
The needs of employers in New Hampshire attended a talent attraction focus group with week.
Leaders from advanced manufacturing and high technology – two of the key industries driving New Hampshire’s economy – joined us this week for focus groups conducted by Development Counsellors International, which specializes in economic development and talent attraction and has been working with us on campaigns to highlight these industries to a national audience.
These in-depth discussions explored the challenges companies are having in finding employees; challenges our state is not alone in facing these days.
Anne Struthers and Carol Miller from our division organized the sessions and report robust discussion from the participants.
This information now lays the groundwork for creating a marketing campaign to retain and attract the workforce New Hampshire needs so that our companies increase their competitiveness, grow and prosper.
The cost to attend is $20 (including breakfast) and you do not have to be a member of the BIA to attend. This is a popular event; be sure to register early!
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcoming Remarks Governor Chris Sununu
Senate President Chuck Morse
8:15 a.m. Financing Options for Small Business
Learn about traditional and alternative (non-traditional) options for financing your small business from a panel of experts – Gary Barr, TD Bank; John Hamilton, Community Loan Fund; and Greta Johansson, U.S. Small Business Administration.
9:10 a.m. SmallBusiness Boosters! Accessing global markets, bidding on, and winning, government contracts, and putting the state’s Job Training Fund to work are ways to boost your small business’s competitiveness. These programs are offered for free through the NH Division of Economic Development. Presenters: Tina Kasim, Office of International Commerce; Dave Pease, NH Government Contracting Assistance Center; Michael Power, Office of Workforce Opportunity.
10:15 a.m. Affordable Care Act Under Attack: Implications for Small Business
Hear about how changes to the ACA may impact your business and employees. Presented by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and New Hampshire Medical Society.
11:10 a.m. Taxing Issues for Small Business Whether it is “reasonable compensation,” apportionment, or taxes relating to the Affordable Care Act, there has never been a time more complex for the small business owner when it comes to taxes. We have assembled a panel of New Hampshire’s finest tax accountants and attorneys who will present on recent state and federal tax changes affecting the small business community and respond to your specific questions on taxes impacting your individual businesses. Presenters: Karl Heafield, Baker Newman Noyes; Kevin Kennedy, Maloney & Kennedy; John Rich, McLane Middleton; and Steve Lawlor, Nathan Wechsler
New Hampshire exports are a vital part of our economy – $4 billion in 2015, supporting over 18,000 jobs in the Granite State.
In 2014, 2,734 businesses here exported their goods to markets overseas. Is it time for your business to go global?
Your go-to resource is the Office of International Commerce, which assists businesses with finding those markets and helping you navigate the process. Program Manager Tina Kasim and international trade officers Nathaniel Nelson and Rachel Adams (above) work with partners like US Commercial Services, the Small Business Administration and The Provident Bank to provide timely information and training seminars.
If the EEF program sounds familiar then that’s because it’s been around since 2014 assisting companies with international growth.
“Since its inception, New Hampshire companies have used the EEF over 60 times to support their international business development activities in over 20 markets,” said Tina Kasim, program manager of the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce. “We’re excited to see its continued growth through the partnership of The Provident Bank and we look forward to continuing our work with New Hampshire’s exporters to grow their international presence.”
Qualifying businesses can use EFF funds, via indirect grants, to take advantage of the many services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service. With these programs, businesses looking to expand their market reach overseas can use the funds to cover costs of due diligence on and even meeting with identified partners.
The EEF program is open to qualifying New Hampshire companies with 1,500 employees or less in their state’s location. Although the program aims to concentrate on manufacturing companies, services companies, including educational institutions, travel and tourism, engineering and other service companies, may also qualify.