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New Hampshire District Office - August 30, 2022 

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Attention Women #SmallBiz Owners

Small Business Administration (SBA) announced its ChallengHer initiative will begin again. 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ChallengeHer is free for all registrants as part of a national initiative designed to promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program, bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain, and provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned small business contractors. 

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman commented on the initiative saying, “Thanks to the SBA’s collaboration with Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express, ChallengeHER continues to level the playing field in the federal marketplace by investing in and empowering more women-owned firms, connecting federal buyers directly with women entrepreneurs via matchmaking, and providing continued advocacy on behalf of WOSBs in every sector of the economy and every corner of the nation—and we are committed to ensuring it continues to open doors to revenue for women entrepreneurs for decades to come.”

Read Entire Press Release Here

NH Small Business Profiles Data

Office of Advocacy


  • How many small businesses are in my state? 
  • How many people do small businesses employ? 
  • How many jobs do they create? 
  • How many establishments opened and closed? 
  • What industries have the most small businesses?  
  • What demographic groups own the most small businesses? 
  • How much do small businesses export? 

There are 31,371 business establishments in the state of New Hampshire, and they break down to the following:

New Hampshire Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 17,766 registered businesses in New Hampshire have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 5,464 registered businesses in New Hampshire have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 3,301 registered businesses in New Hampshire have 10-19 employees.
  • 2,887 registered businesses in New Hampshire have 20-99 employees.
  • 766 registered businesses in New Hampshire have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 1,187 registered businesses in New Hampshire have over 500 employees.

New Hampshire Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 3,992 registered businesses in New Hampshire are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 2,252 registered businesses in New Hampshire are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 3,508 registered businesses in New Hampshire are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 3,599 registered businesses in New Hampshire are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

For more information 

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Join the SBA and the NH Secretary of State Office (SOS)

September 1st

and the first Thursday of every Month at 9am

Learn about NH SOS on QuickStart and how SBA can help

Are you looking to start your own small business? Are you a business owner now and in need of capital? Or free advice?

Join us to hear about the technical and financial assistance offered through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Learn from the local SBA office representative about the agency's available resources and community lending partners who want to help you start or grow your small business. A representative from the Secretary of State Corporation Division will provide information and detailed instructions on the NH Quick Start "how to register your business online". We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Here

What others are doing to help #SmallBiz

CEDC Kicks Off Workshop Series by Hosting Youth Workforce Development Program Initiative for Coos County #SmallBiz Owners

August 30


CEDC (Coos Economic Development Corp) is working to advance current workforce development programs targeted toward local youth in collaboration with Department of Education, ApprenticeshipNH, and White Mountains Regional High School. The first in a series of business workshops will be a webinar held on August 30th at 4pm.

This webinar will educate our local businesses on the latest variety of financial incentives and reimbursable costs available to them when they choose to develop internship/work opportunities for our future generations.

For more information or register for the webinar 

September 8

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Enterprise Center at Plymouth1 Bridge St, Plymouth, NH 

GRDC Hosts Central NH Chamber of Commerce Member Showcase

Come learn how GRDC and the Enterprise Center serve the community. Attendees may tour the facility, meet GRDC staff and partners, and attend brief informational sessions on the business services they offer. Admission is free

Registration is required

September 14

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Grafton RDC

Presents Don't forget the YOU in your business!

You wrote the business plan. You wrote the marketing and communications plans. You created the accounting and inventory systems. You even made sure liability and renter’s insurance are in place. But did you ever create your business continuity plan, and integrate how you will pay yourself, or how you can best leverage the income you are receiving? Do you have a plan for what you will do with the business if anything happens to you? Or, how the business can support/impact your future retirement plans? Do you have a solid, concrete retirement plan in place?


Enterprise Center at Plymouth

1 Bridge Street

Plymouth, NH 03264

OR via Zoom

Coos County Pop Up Business Grant Program

Provide a three (3) month short-term storefront business growth and marketing opportunity for Coös County businesses and entrepreneurs in support of their start-up or existing businesses.
Locations include: Berlin, Colebrook, Gorham, Lancaster, and Whitefield. The vision is this will allow business owners who are thinking about taking the next step towards a storefront do so without the big investment and make sure it’s the right for their business plan

For More Information 

CEDC has a number of tools available to assist in the economic growth of Coös County.  CEDC can help you build or improve your business in Coös County.


Small Business Grants for Women in Business


WomensNet was created  to help women achieve their business dreams. We offer: free tips on how to get a grant, our own monthly grant, and we promote encouraging stories of woman entrepreneurs just like you.

Monthly Amber Grant$10,000 winner each month

$25,000 Annual Amber Grant-Two winners per year

The Marketing Grant- Two winners per year

The Non-Profit Grant $10,000 winner each quarter

Business Category Grants $10,000 winner each month

For more information 

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Ways to Connect with SBA New Hampshire:

Phone: 603-225-1400