Show your Support in NH this Small Business Saturday

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New Hampshire District Office - November 23, 2022 

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SBA Administrator Guzman Calls on Americans to “Shop Small®” on Small Business Saturday® Across America

Illustration of a main street with small businesses, shop small logo, SBA logo and text, Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022.

 Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) calls on Americans to “Shop Small” throughout this holiday season and on Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 26.

“As our economy continues to stabilize, it’s more important than ever that consumers shop and dine small during the holiday shopping season,” said Administrator Guzman. “We continue to see positive impacts and opportunities for our small business owners through President Biden’s economic agenda, and Small Business Saturday is another chance for us to further strengthen America’s entrepreneurs with our local and online spending and promotion.” 

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SBA joins U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Laconia to Support #SmallBusiness Saturday

SBS event with Senator Shaheen

Small Business Visits in Laconia 

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), SBA Mike Vlacich, New England Regional Administrator, Amy Bassett, NH District Director, Louis Luchini, New England Regional Advocate, representatives from NH SBDC, SCORE, Lakes Region Chamber, Belknap Economic Development Council and local officials visited Laconia small businesses ahead of Small Business Saturday. Visits included stops at The Colonial Theatre, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, NH Vintage Vinyl and Piedmont Print and Frame. The group heard the stories of success from each owner and saw the importance of encouraging shoppers to support community retailers during the holiday season. 

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New England RA Mike Vlacich and SBA NH Kick off the Holiday Shopping Season with #ShopSmall Events

Walking tour SBS in Hanover

Hanover NH Small Business Walking Tour

Shopping small is a concrete way to support small retailers and restaurants and helps keep downtowns energetic and vibrant. Making holiday purchases at a small business not only contributes to the essence of NH’s communities but also creates jobs and boosts the local economy. Since these stores are independently owned and operated, customers receive that personalized touch, and many times will be greeted by the owners themselves.

On Thursday, November 17th, SBA’s New England Regional Administrator, Mike Vlacich, NH Director, Amy Bassett, and staff along with Tracy Hutchins, President of the Upper Valley Business Alliance (UVBA) and a local representative from the NH Small Business Development Center for a walking tour of some of Hanover’s downtown businesses.

“Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities.  Shopping small and dining local, helps our job creators, boosts our local economies, and enriches our neighborhoods every day,” said Mike Vlacich, SBA New England Regional Administrator. “I’m honored to serve the 1.5 million small businesses across New England that help keep our communities vibrant. Start your holiday shopping early and shop small!”

The walking tour began with a stop at Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery, an iconic restaurant which has served Hanover’s hungry customers for over 70 years. It was bustling with regulars enjoying breakfast dishes, fresh baked goods, and coffee. 

Next stop was retailer, Lemon Tree Gifts, that showcases interesting and unique offerings like jewelry, home décor items, pillows, handbags, scarves, gloves, throws, and lamps – many from local artists. 

The next stops featured sweet surprises. My Brigadeiro was founded by owner Paula Fernandes. The store specializes in Brigadeiro's which are luscious, handcrafted, chocolate truffle balls that consist primarily of local ingredients from farms in VT and NH. 

Red Kite Candy is a family-owned business founded in 2009 by life-long candy hobbyist Elaine McCabe. This business started as a homebased business and expanded into their current retail location in 2020. 

Also promoting supporting local entertainment, the group included a stop and tour of ‘The Nugget Theater’ a Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) recipient. 

Last stop was Hanover True Value. Owner, Sonya Campbell, and her husband, Mike, were busy running the day- to-day operations. The shelves were plentiful and stocked with essentials, holiday toys and winter supplies.

The goal of the SBA-led walking tour is to highlight downtowns to encourage communities to support these independent businesses. The agency also wants to ensure that local businesses know of the variety of programs and resources that are available to them. Many of the businesses visited utilized one or more of the SBA programs to start and grow their businesses.

Small Business Saturday is a great reminder to shop small not only on November 26th but year-round. Supporting small businesses is an investment in the future and success of local Main Streets.

Small businesses need local support now more than ever as they pivot from the effects of the pandemic and transition to stable, steady growth. To learn more about the agency’s programs, visit or email

Hanover Shop Small Walking tour

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Phone: 603-225-1400