Help us Find the Next NH Small Business Award Winner

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New Hampshire District Office - November 9, 2022 

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

Don't Delay - Act Today - Let's Get those Nominations in for #NSBW- Deadline Dec. 8th


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. Nominees will be evaluated on:

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.

 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

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

To obtain information please contact Cheryl Croto- or call 603-892-8901

What others are doing for #SmallBiz

November 9 


Hannah Grimes - Keene

Beyond Friends, Family and Fools: exploring small business financing resources in our region in Keene at The Hive at Hannah Grimes Center, Nov 9 at 5PM

Are you looking for funding to start or grow a business?
Do you have a story to share about your search for resources to start or grow your business? Would you like to explore options to invest in local businesses in your community? Are you a resource provider that wants to share what you offer? Are you a community champion that supports the start and growth of local businesses? For more information and to register

Beyond Friends, Family and Fools - Hannah Grimes Center


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

Practical Business Growth Program for Small Business Owners 

New Hampshire is one of twenty sites nationally to offer this world class entrepreneurship education program for small business owners. In professional workshops and clinics, you will:

  • Receive a world-class business education in only 11 sessions
  • Learn skills that you can immediately put into action
  • Participate at no cost to you

Non-profit organizations encouraged to apply 

For more information 

Grant Opportunities

Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN)

Grafton - Carroll - Coos

Whether you are thinking about starting a small business or want to grow your existing business, WREN is here to help. WREN has been a source of economic support and business mentorship for women in the North Country

For more than fifteen years, hundreds of emerging and established WREN business owners have received support in growing their enterprises thanks to Community Development Block Grant dollars. Funding for this program flows from HUD to the CDFA to Grafton County and then to WREN. Each year, WREN receives funds to assist 25 low to moderate income (LMI) businesses. As long as a business owner meets our program guidelines, they may receive up to three years of free assistance.

For more information 


Business Specific

Are You a Woman Looking for a Grant for Your Skin Care & Wellness Business?

Here’s How You Become Eligible for Our November “Skin Care” Business Specific Grant — As Well As All Our Additional Grants:

Apply for our monthly Amber Grant. By applying just once for the $10,000 monthly Amber Grant, you automatically become eligible for that month’s $10,000 Business specific grant

November: Skin Care & Wellness

December: Fashion Design

For more information 

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Ways to Connect with SBA New Hampshire:

Phone: 603-225-1400