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Archive for February, 2017

On the Road in the Monadnock Region

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

NHEconomy.com at Smiths Medical, Keene

Commissioner Rose and Mollie Kaylor, one of our regional business resource specialists, were in the Monadnock region last month, spending the day in Keene and Gilsum.

The day began with a meeting of municipal and local economic development partners in Keene, with a discussion about priorities in the region and ways the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development can assist in those efforts.


NHEconomy.com at Badger, Gilsum

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.

Meet our staff.

A Quick Check of the High Tech Sector Scene in New Hampshire

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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.

Matt Cookson, executive director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council, was the guest on our monthly New Hampshire Business Matters radio show, hosted by WTPL-FM.

New Hampshire Business Matters with Matt Cookson, NH High Tech Council.

Tune in and catch up on the state’s exciting, evolving high tech scene.

Join Dyn Pro for Webinar about International Cyber Threats and How NH Businesses Can Protect Themselves

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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.

Focus Groups Lay Foundation for Talent Attraction

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

Join Us for Small Business Day Feb. 10

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

We are partnering again this year with the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire on the 12th annual Small Business Day, focusing on challenges and opportunities facing small businesses. We are also joined by the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local and regional chambers of commerce and business associations.

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.          Small Business 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

Register Now!