MEDO - Sen. Kelly Ayotte set to kick off the 2nd Annual Small Business Forum on Monday, May 21st

Manchester, NH – Senator Kelly Ayotte will open the 2nd Annual Small Business Forum on Monday, May 21st at 11:30am at the Radisson Hotel.  The Small Business Forum will focus on financing a small business in New Hampshire and is the kick-off event for Manchester Small Business Week presented by Citizens Bank.  Manchester Small Business Week will run from Monday, May 21st - Friday, May 25th and is a week-long series of programs and events aimed at helping our small business community grow and thrive and to celebrate the contributions that Manchester’s small businesses bring to the economic vitality of the City.

“Small businesses are the backbone of New Hampshire’s economy. Through a series of innovative programs and events, Manchester Small Business Week aims to empower business owners with the skills they need to thrive. I look forward to hearing from local business leaders and providing an update on my work as a member of the Senate Small Business Committee,” said Senator Ayotte. 

The keynote address will be provided by Amy Cortese, New York Times Journalist and author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It.  “Our small businesses are national treasures and help build healthy local economies. Without strong local economies, we cannot have a strong national economy. There has been a groundswell of interest in local investing, and the recently passed JOBS Act will open up brand new opportunities for small entrepreneurs and investors alike. I look forward to speaking with small business owners and business leaders about some of the ways that Manchester can put these ideas to work to support their homegrown businesses.”

The Small Business Forum will also feature a panel of small business owners who will discuss the challenges they faced when first attempting to finance their small business and how they were able to utilize various forms of financing to build and grow their businesses.  The discussion will be moderated by Fred Kocher.  Panelists will include; Jeff Baker, Owner and President – Image 4, Nick Soggu, President and Founder – Silvertech, Jim Doyle, President and CEO – XMA Corp, and Debra Desrosiers, Owner – Visiting Angels.

Manchester Small Business Week is made possible by presenting sponsor Citizens Bank and supporting sponsors; Comcast Business Class, Devine Millimet, Millennium Integrated Marketing, FairPoint Communications, UNH-Manchester, Service Credit Union, Public Service of New Hampshire, MVP Health Care, Business NH Magazine, Anagnost Companies and Printer’s Square. 

The Small Business Forum is $25 per person and $120 for a company table (6 tickets), lunch is included.  For more information about the Small Business Forum please contact Chris Wellington, Manchester Economic Development Office at 603-624-6505 or visit and click on ‘Small Business Forum’.