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For a Prosperous New Year, Check Out nhEconomy.com

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The New Year is here and it is sparkling with opportunity, especially if you’ve decided that 2014 is the year you’ll finally do it – open your own business here in New Hampshire. It’s a great time for this particular resolution, as the economy here in the Granite State has a skip in its step as spending – and optimism – increases.

Is it time for you to open for business?

As with any dream, it’s one thing imagining yourself turning the ‘open’ sign to face the world every morning, but if trying to figure out how to get to that point is an obstacle, we have a solution.

It can be found on our website, www.nhEconomy.com, where the Starting a Business in New Hampshire page is, month after month, one of the most popular destinations. From creating a business plan and finding financing to obtaining necessary permits and hiring employees, this web page is hugely valuable in turning your dream into reality.

There is – and frankly, always has been – a great air of entrepreneurship and innovation in New Hampshire. From its earliest days of statehood, through the Industrial Revolution and into the 21st century, generations of Granite Staters followed their dream of making things better for their neighbors today and tomorrow and beyond.

If you are looking to join them, your journey begins by clicking over here.

Happy 2014!

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development


Airport Video is the Ticket to Possibility in New Hampshire

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The next time you’re at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, check out a video there in the lobby, which represents a nice collaboration of organizations who are high on New Hampshire for all that it offers in terms of business, lifestyle and possibility.

Earlier this week, our friends at the New Hampshire High Tech Council unveiled the exhibit at the airport, which features clips from Stay Work Play New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire. The video runs in a loop, greeting travelers on their way out of the terminal.



It’s the first snapshot of the Granite State, a video landscape of our economy, tech sector, commitment to research and quality of life.

The tech council’s board of directors, understanding that the airport is a prime opportunity to grab the attention of visitors to the state, worked on the collaboration to make the video possible.

“We knew that a unique format like a video with key messaging about our state would catch people’s attention and demonstrate the value proposition the state offers to launch, relocate and grow a business,” said Matt Cookson, executive director of the council. “The airport staff was extremely supportive of this effort to create a welcoming message to the millions of people that fly in and out on Manchester every year.”

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, was quick to sign on.

“With our focus on recruiting new businesses to the state and ensuring that their workforce needs are met we are open to finding innovative ways to reach new audiences,” he said.  “We consider ourselves champions of the economic opportunities within New Hampshire and this video is a creative way to highlight some of the state’s advantages.”

For its contribution to the video, Stay Work Play NH answers the question What makes New Hampshire a great place to live and work?

(The answer, of course, is our quality of life statistics — as one of the lowest poverty rates in the nation and number one rankings in child and family well-being and the most livable state.)

UNH highlights its support of the high tech sector in the state through research and programs such as the Emerging Technology Center, the Flow Physics Facility and the Technology Transfer Center.

The display is located on the first floor of the airport to the right of the main entrance. The effort was underwritten by Dyn, Fairpoint Communications, Image 4 Productions and Nanocomp Technologies.


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

Division of Economic Development