Farmers Market Week - #SmallBiz Help

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New Hampshire District Office - August 10, 2022 

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SBA Celebrates ‘National Farmers Market Week’ in New Hampshire

Picadilly Farm

The second week of August (Aug 7-13th), farmers markets across the nation celebrate ‘National Farmers Market Week’, highlighting their role in supporting healthy communities, food systems and stimulating local economies.  A farmers' market is a physical retail marketplace typically consisting of booths, tables, or stands and here in New Hampshire are plentiful, often year round and located everywhere across the state.

Shopping at a local farmers market has a lot of advantages where you can find a variety of fresh foods and goods. There are seasonal foods, organic foods, pasture-raised meats, free-range eggs and poultry, handmade cheeses, maple syrup, honey, handmade soap, cut flowers and plants, wines, berries, crafts, and baked goods to name a few. It also is a great place to enjoy an outdoor walk, a place to meet neighbors, listen to live music, watch cooking demonstrations, participate in contests, sample taste offerings, and a chance to meet and talk with farmers from all over. In NH, you can find winter farmers markets and year round farm stands allowing you to enjoy and keep fresh food on plates throughout the colder months.

The NH SBA staff had the pleasure of visiting and meeting owner Jenny Wooster at ‘Picadilly Farm’ a certified organic producer in Winchester, NH. Jenny gave us a tour of their amazing fields of veggies, herbs, and flowers. The seventy-one acres that comprise ‘Picadilly Farm’ is nestled among the fields and hills of southwestern New Hampshire, right along the Vermont and Massachusetts borders and has been agricultural land for many generations. Prior to Picadilly, the farm was a dairy farm for 40+ years. Jenny and Bruce Wooster purchased the farm from neighbors Albert and Judy Hudson in 2006. Picadilly Farm is a not a direct farmers market contributor; however, they are a ‘Community Supported Agriculture Farm’ (CSA) along with about thirty-six other farms in NH. A CSA is a vibrant movement of small-scale farmers and local consumers joining forces. In essence, consumer “shareholders” purchase shares of their farm’s harvest in advance of the growing season. The advance purchase gives farmers more financial security, as well as resources to grow the best crops possible each season. The advance purchase gives shareholders a good deal on high quality, fresh, nutritious food, and because produce is often harvested within days or hours of delivery, it retains more nutritional value and stays fresher longer.  They grow a ‘Pick Your Own Garden’ for all CSA shareholders to enjoy. Members and visitors are welcome to walk through the expansive fields, meander through the woods, and bring a blanket and picnic. Picadilly Farm grows produce crops on twenty-six acres, has two homes, a barn complex, and four greenhouses.  During the covid pandemic they utilized the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from Greenfield Cooperative Bank to help with the uncertain times and to keep their employees working. Today, business is better than ever with 20 seasonal employees who return year after year, helping them to continue to grow and thrive. For more information visit Picadilly Farm.

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Thanks to local farmers, we have an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods available. So, join us and shop regularly at a local farmers’ market and support local all year long.

For a list of local markets, https://www.nhmagazine.com/nhmarkets/   https://www.visitnh.gov/things-to-do/food-drink/farmers-markets .


Join SCORE for Expert Advice and Solutions for Black-Owned Business Challenges #BlackBusinessMonth

Black Owned Business

August is #BlackBusinessMonth

#BlackBusiness Month was created to recognize and support the economic development of black entrepreneurs and business owners from across the United States.

Join SCORE on August 11 at 1:00pm for an hour-long Q&A session to answer your questions about starting, managing, and maintaining your business.

To help our community learn from successful Black business owners, we asked CEOs and entrepreneurs for their best insights.13 Black Business Owners Share Their Secrets To Success | SCORE 


Save the DATE!!

Take-Off Tips for BIPOC Small Business Hospitality Owners

Come meet, network and learn from hospitality owners and coalition members have for tips and tricks to implement in your small business.

This event is for anyone who is thinking of, currently in or considering expanding within the lodging and restaurant small business arena.

The Community Driven Economic Empowerment program’s coalition members (NHSBA, NH Community Loan Fund, NAACP, SBDC, CWE and NHLRA) want to connect with and hear from you and other hospitality small business owners from the BIPOC community across New Hampshire.

Tuesday September 13, 2022

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

at

The Palace Theatre

80 Hanover Street

Manchester, NH 

Register to Join

~ Meet the Panel of Guests ~

Sandra Almonte, Don Quijote, Manchester

Jillian Hall-Johnson, Sassy Biscuit, Dover

Joanna Kelly, Cup of Joe, Portsmouth

Gail Somers, Yahso Jamaican Grille, Keene

David Vargas, Vida Cantina, Portsmouth


What others are doing to help #SmallBiz

Department of Education seeks to raise awareness of new initiative. 'Work as Learning' offers Employers reimbursement for internships.

NH State Department of Education program is expanding paid internships for high school students.

Close to 200 New Hampshire businesses are working with the NH State Department of Education to offer paid internships to high school students this upcoming academic year.

The new internship program, called Work as Learning, is being paid for with federal COVID relief money and aims to work with up to a thousand students over the next two years. Read more here . 

Read NH Business Review


NH Tech Alliance

Speed Venture Summit 

September 15 - from 3pm-6pm

HRKNSScowork, Concord, NH

Bringing together early-stage growth companies and regional investors.

Speed Venture Summit is a great way for startups to meet investors.

Startups will meet with multiple investors in 15 minute increments. Think of it like speed dating.

No deals will be done at the event. Instead good conversations are had that should lead to follow-up meetings where participants can dig into the details.

Investors

Are you an investor who would like to participate?    Let Us Know

Startups

Startups looking to scale their business and make contacts with regional investors should apply.  A committee will review applications and contact applicants a week before the event to let you know if you have been selected. Application will close August 15th.

Apply


20th Annual Business Excellence Awards

2022 marks the 20th anniversary of NH Business Review honoring the imagination, industriousness, innovation and achievements of business owners and operators in New Hampshire.

The Business Excellence Awards — awarded in nine different categories — honor individuals from New Hampshire-based businesses with less than 100 employees and those with more than 100 employees in the following categories:

  • Business & Professional Services
  • Consumer Services
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Social Equity
  • Technology
  • Submit a Nomination 
  • Nominations close on Friday, August 12, 2022

Rockingham County 

ARPA Grant Funding and Applications

Rockingham County was awarded State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

 The three ARPA projects: (1) Aid to Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industries Business Assistance Program,  (2) Nonprofit Assistance Program and (3) Nonprofit Sub awards to Enhance Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities.

Learn more HERE



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