Manchester, NH – Are you a current small business owner or someone looking to start a small business? Do you need help securing a loan, writing a marketing/business plan or deciding which healthcare option is best for your small business? The City of Manchester has you covered. The City of Manchester is hosting a Small Business Resource Fair on Monday, May 16th at Southern New Hampshire University. The Resource Fair is open to the public from 1:30-3:00pm and will be attended by more than 25 local and statewide business resource organizations looking to provide the small business community with the tools and resources they need to succeed.
“Manchester is a great place to start a small business. I was amazed to find so many organizations willing and able to help me along the way”, stated Chelsea Stoddard, owner of Queen City Cupcakes located on 790 Elm St. Chelsea utilized many of the services provided by the business resource organizations that will be attending Monday’s resource fair including, assistance writing a marketing plan from SCORE, grant assistance through the Manchester Economic Development Office (MEDO) and free legal services through Devine Millimet. Chelsea has sold out of cupcakes everyday since she opened last Thursday and part of her success can be attributed to the professional and sound advice she received from local business assistance organizations.
Another new small business that recently began operating in Manchester is Accreon, an IT and Business consulting company based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In March, Accreon opened their first US office at the ABI Innovation Hub in downtown Manchester. Accreon's journey from Canada to Manchester started with a simple phone call to the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED). “We relied on a lot of resources in our quest to establish a US office. We were first introduced to the folks from DRED and they opened doors for us in Concord and Manchester. We met with the City of Manchester (Mayor and MEDO) and were convinced the leadership in Manchester supported small business. The Chamber of Commerce has been a great source of networking and the team at the abi Innovation Hub has been great to work with”, stated Kent Murphy, Director of US Operations for Accreon.
The Small Business Resource Fair is a program of Manchester Small Business Week which is a week-long series of events aimed at promoting and assisting the small business community. Manchester Small Business Week is presented by Citizens Bank and will run from Monday, May 16th- Friday, May 20th. Prior to the Small Business Resource Fair, the City of Manchester is hosting a Small Business Forum from 11:30-1:30pm at SNHU which will feature a keynote address by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and an expert panel discussing the topic, “Show Me the Money! Financing a Small Business in New Hampshire”. Whether you are starting a new business like Queen City Cupcakes or expanding your business like Accreon, the Small Business Forum and Resource Fair has something for you. For a complete list of exhibitors at the Small Business Resource Fair or to register for the Small Business Forum, please visit www.yourmanchesternh.com/smallbusinessweek.
Other programming events during Small Business Week include small business workshops at Devine Millimet and FairPoint Communications; tour of downtown office space by Intown Manchester; New Hampshire High Technology Council Entrepreneur forum; and a networking event at the abi Innovation Hub hosted by Dyn. The week culminates in the Mayor’s Small Business Awards Breakfast which will recognize three businesses that have demonstrated strong business growth, an innovative approach within their business model, and a commitment to community service.
Manchester Small Business Week is made possible by presenting sponsor Citizens Bank and supporting sponsors Devine Millimet, DYN Inc, Fairpoint Communications, Public Service of New Hampshire, MVP Health Care, WEDU and Printer’s Square.
For more information about the programs and events scheduled during Manchester Small Business Week or to register for an event please contact Chris Wellington at 603-624-6505 or visit http://www.yourmanchesternh.com/smallbusinessweek.