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New Hampshire District Office - September 7, 2022 

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Small Business Visit Highlights the Importance of Cybersecurity

Senator Jeanne Shaheen and SBA New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich Visit Small Business in Nashua Highlighting the Importance of Cybersecurity

Mike Vlacich and Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich and New Hampshire District Director Amy Bassett joined – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for a small business roundtable at PT United in Nashua. The roundtable discussion was focused on the importance of cyber security to small businesses. 

“New Hampshire’s small businesses are at the heart of our economy. It was great to be in Nashua at PT United alongside SBA officials to discuss the important role cybersecurity plays in protecting small businesses from online criminals. As bad actors become increasingly adept at targeting small businesses, it is imperative that we provide local owners and employees with the tools they need to keep businesses and their customers’ personal information safe,” said Senator Shaheen.

“I want to thank Senator Shaheen for her leadership and dedication to the mission of ensuring that America’s small businesses are better protected from the threat of cyber-crimes,” said SBA New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich. “Cybersecurity is increasingly critical for small businesses and startups as they face rising challenges and cyber risks that could disrupt their operations. The SBA is working to build a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem and is laser focused on making sure that our small businesses have the tools and resources they need to combat evolving risks and challenges like cybercrime.”

“Knowledge is power, so it’s important that New Hampshire’s entrepreneurs are fully aware of the threat of cybercrime to their small businesses and the steps they can take to mitigate this threat,” said SBA New Hampshire District Director Amy Bassett.  “The New Hampshire SBA and our partners are committed to helping our local small businesses prepare for cybersecurity attacks and are available to help entrepreneurs with coaching, workshops, and referrals.”

Cyberattacks are a growing threat to small businesses and the U.S. economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes against the small business community reached $2.4 billion in 2021.

Small businesses are attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses.

According to an SBA survey, 88% of small business owners felt their business was vulnerable to a cyberattack. Yet many businesses cannot afford professional IT solutions, have limited time to devote to cybersecurity, or don’t know where to begin.

To learn more about SBA’s programs and services related to cybersecurity, visit  www.sba.gov/cybersecurity.


Calling all #SmallBiz for National Small Business Week Awards

Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

NH District Office is excited to announce we are now accepting nominations for its 2023 National and NH Small Business Week Awards.

The SBA Awards given in celebration of National and District Small Business Week include the following awards:

Small Business Person of the Year Award: Nominees must bear principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three years prior to being nominated and demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities.

Small Business Exporter of the Year: SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services.

New Hampshire District Office Awards: 

Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the Year:  Any small business that is family-owned and operated, with a 15-year track record that has been passed on from at least one generation to another. 

Minority Small Business Owner:  Any individual who qualifies as a minority and who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated.

Veteran Small Business Owner:  Any individual(s) who owns at least 51% and operates a small business and is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated.  

Woman Small Business Owner:  Any woman/women who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated. 

Microenterprise:  Any individual(s) who founded, owns, and operates a business with 5 or fewer employees (including the owner). 

Young Entrepreneur: Any individual(s), under the age of 30 by June 1st 2023, who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated.

Small Business Manufacturer: Any small business manufacturer may be nominated. Highlighting demonstrated creativity and/or commitment to a social mission, buying local, etc.

Homebased Business Owner: Any small business operated out of a home office location may be nominated.

Financial Services Champion: Any Individual who assists small businesses through advocacy to increase usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services. 

To be nominated and receive one of the following awards, the nominee must fit within the category of the award, have a three-year track record, have received at least one type of SBA assistance, growth in number of employees, and increase in sales over 3 years (2019, 2020, 2021).

A complete nomination package will require a completed background form (SBA Form 3300) and the SBA District Office Award Form (SBA Form 3315), both found at www.sba.gov/nsbw

All nominations must be received by the NH District office (by electronic submission ONLY) to the district office BOX account   to no later than 3:00 p.m. on December 8th, 2022*Incomplete packages will not be accepted.

To obtain information please contact Cheryl Croto- Cheryl.croto@sba.gov or call 603-892-8901


2022 NH #SmallBiz Survey - NH SBDC

This year the SBDC is beginning a new survey, the New Hampshire Small Business Survey. We all hope to discover how businesses have built resiliency or where they may still need our help.

Your input and response are critical.  The higher the response rate, the deeper and more valuable the survey data will be. The survey results will directly impact how economic development partners create programs and add services to help you and other small businesses thrive once again.

The survey will be live through September 7- September 30th and should take 10 –15 minutes to complete.

Please click this link to access the survey


Upcoming Event ~ Bringing Resources to NH BIPOC Hospitality Business Owners

Concord- The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) is participating in an event hosted by Community Driven Economic Empowerment Program coalition members (C-DEE).  This event connects, Manchester National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), NH Community Loan Fund, NH Lodging and Restaurant Association (NHLRA), along with resource partners from NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE, and Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) on Tuesday, September 13th at the Palace Theater, Spotlight Room, 96 Hanover Street, Manchester from 9-11am, for a ‘Hospitality Resource Event for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Business Owners.’

“We know that hospitality businesses were severely impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic, but studies show that BIPOC owned businesses suffered even more,” said Amy Bassett, NH district director for SBA.  “This collaborative event is the first for this collection of partners who want to ensure that BIPOC owned hospitality businesses are aware of the myriad of small business resources available to them to help build greater resiliency and grow successful small businesses.”

Please join us for this informational session that will connect you and other NH small business hospitality owners from the BIPOC community. Find the resources, support and assistance that is available for anyone who is thinking of, currently in or considering expanding within the lodging and restaurant small business arena. This 2 -hour in person event will feature a panel of BIPOC hospitality business owners that will answer questions during an interactive Q&A session. There is time to network and ask questions before, during and after the panel discussion. This event is FREE and registration is required.


What others are doing to Help #SmallBiz

OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and the Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

have resources to help employers comply with federal regulations established to protect workers' rights. 

Employers have an obligation to provide a workplace free from recognized safety and health hazards. If you would like to learn more about resources and programs contact your local agency office online.


USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Rural Microenterprises

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) announced that the Department is accepting applications for loan and grants to help rural microenterprises connect to new markets and create prosperity

The funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to a non-profit entity, tribe or institution of higher education as a Microenterprise Development Organization (MDO) to establish revolving loan funds to provide loans to
rural microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. Additionally, the funds may be used to provide training and technical assistance to microentrepreneurs. To be eligible for a loan from an MDO, an ultimate recipient must be a business with 10 or fewer full-time employees and be located in a non-metropolitan rural area with a population of 50,000 or less.

READ USDA Announcement Here 



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