SBA visits Coos County on Rural Outreach Tour

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

New Hampshire District Office - July 21, 2022 

u s small business administration

Photo of a rural main street with the following text, rural small businesses. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

SBA Visits Coos County in a #SmallBiz Rural Tour

On Tuesday, July 19th NH DO staff traveled to Coos County and connected with SBA Community Advantage lender Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) to discuss changes to the program and how it can be better utilized to help North Country businesses. 

Following that, a successful lender roundtable was held with 18 lending institutions and partners to discuss SBA program updates and the current lending environment.

Lender roundtable event

The day wrapped up with a business visit to Phlume Media a video and film production company.  Chad Fillion, owner, discussed his company’s history, successes, growth plan, and challenges.

Phlume Media


On Wednesday, July 20th the SBA partnered with the City of Berlin to hold a ‘Small Business Rural Resource Event’. Small Business owners had the opportunity to meet with representatives from City of Berlin, Coos Economic Development Corporation, Northern Community Investment Corporation, White Mountains Community College, North County Council, NH Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), SCORE, VBOC and NH SBDC to ask questions and find the resources they can use to start or grow their businesses.

The day wrapped up with a visit to the Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin to meet with their contracting team and discuss federal procurement opportunities at the prison. 

Business roundtable

Funding Opportunity for Organizations to Help Reach and Provide Training to Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business Community

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced a new funding opportunity for eligible non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, private sector firms, and institutions of higher learning to provide entrepreneurship training to service-disabled veterans. The awarded organization(s) can use the funding to market, deliver, and scale existing service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs' training programs for veterans, service-disabled veterans, and Reserve component members who intend to start new businesses or expand existing small businesses.

The Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVTEP) award is for a base project period of 12 months, with three 12-month non-compete continuation year periods. A total of $300,000 in funding is available for this program in FY 2022. SBA anticipates making up to six (6) awards, each valued between a minimum of $50,000 up to a maximum award of $150,000.

Read entire Press Release Here and How to apply

SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development will host an information session to answer questions about the funding opportunity on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET via this Microsoft Teams link. To join by phone instead, dial (202)765-1264 and enter the conference ID: 760265504#. Please submit your questions no later than Friday, July 22 at 5 p.m. ET to Jerry Godwin at

Small Business Success Story

Success Story

Pride Month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and their contributions to our communities and economy. Across the country, LGBTQ+ owned businesses generate more than $1.7 trillion dollars in US economic impact and support tens of thousands of jobs.   Adam Gaudet, the owner of 603 Birch Realty located in downtown Concord takes great pride in his business being LGBTQ+ owned and its diverse group of talented agents throughout New Hampshire. Adam is well connected with local resources and knew of SBA’s programs and services. 603 Birch Realty was able to connect with their SBA lender Santander Bank to receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to help keep his workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Adam, “Pride Month is a good reminder to celebrate and support each other for our differences. Seeing straight allies and local businesses put out pride flags helps us feel seen and represented – which is important. Pride Month is all year for us at 603 Birch Realty. When you step into our office, you know it is a safe space for all.  In 2020, to help connect with other LGBTQ+ local businesses, 603 Birch Realty sponsored a LGBTQ+ business expo in Concord.”  He added, “Growing up in New Hampshire, I rarely saw businesses showing support for the LGBTQ+ community. I have an opportunity to help change that and that is exciting. It is important that our clients and our agents know that we are champions for equity and inclusion.”

Read Entire Success Story HERE

What others are doing to Help #SmallBiz

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Evaluating your IT Service Provider for your CMMC Program
July 21, 1 - 2:30 pm

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program is a method of verifying that appropriate levels of cyber security controls and processes meet the specific standards that are in place to protect controlled, unclassified information that may be held on the DoD’s industry partners' networks.

SDB and 8(a) Certification
Aug. 4, 12-1 pm

By 2025, the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) contracting goal will increase from 5 percent to 15 percent and this webinar will cover eligibility, strategic teaming and certification. Admission to this 9-year program is free, but requires an extensive application. Benefits include sole-source contracting opportunities and de facto SDB certification.

Rural Small Business

Agricultural Producers Have Until August 1st for Nominations for Farmers and Ranchers to Serve on Local County Committees

Farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1, 2022, to nominate candidates to serve on their local County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for members. LAAs are elective areas for FSA committees in a single county or multi-county jurisdiction. This may include LAAs that are focused on an urban or suburban area.

Nomination is open for the LAA II area. The towns that make up LAAII are: Haverhill, Benton, Woodstock, Warren, Ellsworth, Thornton, Livermore, Waterville Valley, Wentworth, Rumney, Campton, Dorchester, Groton, Plymouth, Holderness, Ashland, Hebron, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Alexandria

For more information 

The PitchFork Challenge - Hannah Grimes - Keene

A national rural pitch competition comprised of the following:

  • 1 pitch clinic with Hannah Grimes Staff
  • 4 one on one pitch practices with the Program Director
  • 2 rounds of friendly pitch competition leading up to
  • 1 final pitch at the Radically Rural summit where you could win $10,000

PitchFork Challenge 2022 is available to rural entrepreneurs across the country this year and will run as a stand alone session during the Radically Rural summit on September 22nd. Rural business owners who qualify can apply anytime before July 25th to secure their spot for invaluable coaching and peer relationships as well as a chance to win $10,000.

Watch last years competition here

Learn More Here and Register Today


twitter logo

Ways to Connect with SBA New Hampshire:

Phone: 603-225-1400