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New Hampshire District Office - September 12, 2022 

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Last Call to Join- Resource Event for NH BIPOC Hospitality Business Owners

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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 from 9am-11am at:

Spotlight Room

96 Hanover Street

Manchester, NH 03101 

Listen to  a panel of BIPOC hospitality business owners 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 - REGISTER HERE 

Meet the Panel of #Smallbiz Owners

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Joanna Kelly, Owner Cup of Joe, 31 Market St, Portsmouth

Coffee bar located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth NH. They specialize in certified organic wood oven roasted coffee, craft cocktail, beer, small vineyard wines and local baked goods. 

Joanna was elected to Assistant Mayor in fall of 2021 being the first  African American to serve on Portsmouth City Councilor and in role as Assistant. Mayor.

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Kenny Frasch, Owner of the Hop Knot, 1000 Elm St, Manchester

Hop Knot craft beer and pretzel bar aims to be the ‘safe space’ for the Black and LGBTQ+ community in New Hampshire. Kenny Frasch has been working with Queen City Pride in an effort to host events that extend beyond their normal scope. 

The Hop Knot franchise location in Manchester, N.H. is owned by a mixed-race family and prides itself on community involvement. 

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Sandra Almonte, Owner for Don Quijote Restaurant, 362 Union St, Manchester

As a native of the Dominican Republic, Sandra moved to Manchester in 2000, where she opened a Latino restaurant, Don Quijote. 

Almonte is chair for the board of directors of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire to help create affordable rental housing in Manchester, Nashua, and surrounding communities. She is also a board member for the Conservation Law Foundation and Manchester Proud, and an advisory council member for the Centro Latino de Hospitalid. 2022 Outstanding Women in Business recipient by the NH Business Review.

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David Vargas, Owner and Chef of Vida Cantina, Portsmouth

David brings his Mexican heritage and appreciation for local seasonal New England product to every plate at Vida Cantina in Portsmouth, NH. A James Beard nominated chef, (2020, 2019) David grew up in Southern CA and has spent a lifetime learning, living, and sharing his Mexican heritage.  David grew up in the family’s taqueria; cooking family recipes with fresh local ingredients, while learning all he could about his Mexican culture.

Vida Cantina is considered one of New England’s best Mexican restaurants.


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Ways to Connect with SBA New Hampshire:

Phone: 603-225-1400