SBA NH Celebrates 'Hispanic Heritage Month'

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New Hampshire District Office - September 15, 2022 

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Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' with 3 #SmallBiz Visits

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New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich, Amy Bassett, DD and NH District Office staff celebrated 'Hispanic Heritage Month' with 2 Small Business visits to newly graduated 8 (a) firms in Nashua and Manchester. Arrow Security & Training, LLC (AST) graduated from the 8(a) program in May and provides role playing and other organized exercises for the military and others.  We met with owner, Joe Lopez, to discuss his experience in the program and strategy going forward as a certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).  CMGC Building Corp is located in Manchester and is owned by Frank Swanson.  The firm graduated from the 8(a) program in January of 2022 and was able to grow considerably as a federal contractor increasing project size and scope with the help of the program. 

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For lunch we stopped at Don Quijote, a Latino restaurant in Manchester. Opened since 2000, owner Sandra’s Almonte’s business has grown and thrived by providing authentic cuisine and by being a pillar in her community. We discussed the EIDL and PPP programs and how they helped her during the uncertain times.

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About Hispanic Heritage Month on September 17, 1968, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming the week including September 15 and 16 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” The celebration, commemorating the contributions of Hispanics, was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on the same day. The timing of the week coincided with the Independence Day celebrations of five Central American nations—Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica—which celebrate their independence from Spain on September 15. Mexican Independence Day is September 16. From 1968 until 1988, Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan all issued yearly proclamations setting aside a week to honor Hispanic Americans. In 1988, a bill expanding the observance to a month was passed and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. To learn more, visit here .

3 Part Series - Turning Your Innovation into a Business

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A three-part webinar series, Turning Your Innovation into a Business, will be hosted by UNH Innovation and the NH Small Business Development Center. Are you an inventor, engineer, or developer with a brilliant idea for a business? Or do you want to commercialize that idea or get an SBIR/STTR grant to do additional R&D? The topics covered in these webinars will help you establish a business mindset. With this foundational information, you can then work on developing your business with the NH SBDC and UNH Innovation. Topics for this 3-part online workshop series are:

  • September 20 - Getting from Idea to Business
  • September 27 - Generating Revenue Beyond SBIR/STTR
  • October 4 - Patenting Apps and Software: U.S. Patent Practice

All sessions are from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and are sponsored by FOcused on SBIR/STTR, Technology, Equity and Research (FOSTER), a U.S. Small Business Administration grant awarded to UNHInnovation, as well as a cooperative effort of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center and the New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Center. These workshops are free for all, but advanced registration is required. Attend one or all of these helpful sessions. To learn more about all upcoming FOSTER events, please visit: For more information or questions, please contact Marc Eichenberger, FOSTER Project Director at


NH SBDC Needs your Feedback!

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.

September 7- September 30th and should take 10 –15 minutes to complete.


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Phone: 603-225-1400