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SNHU - CWBA Spring Workshops and Events 

Spring Workshops and Events


Even with all the snow, we have been busy planning a full spring line-up of workshops and events that you don’t want to miss.

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Let’s Talk About Money

April 2nd – QuickBooks 101

April 16th – QuickBooks Reports

SNHU Manchester

$15 Member

$25 Non-Member

March 26thWomen in Action Forum

SNHU Manchester

Free. Please register

Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge

March 27th – Concept Papers due to



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April 1st – Choosing the Right Legal Entity

April 8th – Insurance Bass-ics

April 15th – Applying for a Loan

Coming Soon – Top State and Federal Tax Issues



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April 9thGSQC Leadership Conference

SNHU Manchester


April 10thImmigrant Integration Symposium

SNHU Manchester

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April 22ndEncore Entrepreneur: Making Your Hobby into a Business

SNHU Portsmouth

Free. Please register

May 12thWomen and Money Forum

SNHU Manchester

$50 Member

$75 Non-Member

June 24thEncore Entrepreneur: Making Your Hobby into a Business

Nashua Library

Free. Please register

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Center for Women’s Business Advancement

Southern New Hampshire University – Madison House

2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045

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NHCharterSchools - NHMA says pay your property taxes or take the money from poor people!? 

Choice would force public schools to pay taxes or

take money from poor people? 


This morning lobbyists from the New Hampshire Municipal Association testified against a bill that would have provided property tax relief to public charter schools and sent that money back to the teachers and students where it belongs. The bipartisan bill sponsored by a democrat and a republican passed the house with huge majorities.


During testimony (audio file here), a lobbyist representing the NHMA produced an amendment to HB662 and suggested that instead of having municipalities refund property taxes to these public schools that charter schools should be eligible to take money from a program designed to assist low income families.

Now was the lobbyist just doing their job? Maybe, but this is outrageous. Too many groups in Concord are receiving public funds and using them to lobby against parents, students, taxpayers and any number of other issues. Logic and common sense have given way to politics, money and power.  





New Hampshire RSA 72:23 offers property tax exemptions for certain entities in New Hampshire including public schools & charitable organizations that own their own buildings/land.



1. NH public charter schools do not receive building or construction aid to purchase their own facility.


2. New Hampshire state law RSA 194-b:5 prohibits public charter schools from incurring long-term debt until they have been in operation for more than five years.  



Many public charter schools are forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes that they should not.



HB662 would modify RSA 72:23 granting New Hampshire public charter schools that lease facility space from an entity that is not tax exempt, a reimbursement for the amount they paid.


It is a common sense bill, a no brainer, at least until the lobbyists arrive.


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NH Charter School News and Legislative Updates 

Dear charter school parents and supporters,


Last week the charter school funding bill HB563 received strong support from the House of Representatives and now moves to the State Senate. Learn More 


On March 10th, voters from the Monadnock Regional School District turned out in support of the Gilsum STEAM Academy, a public K-6 focusing on the arts & sciences. Learn More


There are many wonderful things happening in our public schools, too many to include in one newsletter but we have included some highlights below.

Matt Southerton

Director, NH Center for Innovative Schools 

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Charter school supporters celebrated last week after the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 222-116 to support increased funding for public charter schools.


Emotion overcame decorum as parents and students cheered as the vote was announced. Twenty eight democrats joined all but five republicans to support HB563. The bill now moves to the State Senate where supporters hope to see it quickly move through committee and to a floor vote.


If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that. hb563 


NH public charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. NH charter schools receive $3,500 in state adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars.



On Tuesday March 10th, voters of the Monadnock Regional School District voted to keep the Gilsum STEAM Academy open for the next five years. As a STEAM school, GSA's mission hopes to bring alive student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. At a time when the Governor's Taskforce on STEM Education has recommended increasing options in STEM education, it would have been a shame to close this public school.


On Tuesday afternoon I attended a meeting of stakeholders representing the school board, administrators and parents as they worked on their application to become the state's first charter conversion school. We can't wait to see this talented group move forward!



gilsumOver eighty students from the Academy for Science and Design Charter School will be competing in the NH State Technology Student Association conference in Lincoln today and tomorrow. GL ASD!



About ASD

ASD is a public charter school specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). To learn more about ASD please visit them at



Granite State Arts Academy (GSAA) has produced a new video featuring artwork and commentary from their students and staff. The talent exhibited by these students in just the first year is impressive. This video speaks to the need for increased options in public education and the results that we can achieve when we allow children the freedom to find a program that is right for them.


To learn more please visit them at



Our friends at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools have been busy fighting to increase public options coast to coast. Their most recent achievement? Helping the state of Alabama to become the 43rd state in the nation to pass a public charter school law!




To learn more about NAPCS please visit them at:



The first charter school opened in New Hampshire about nine years ago. It hasn't been an easy journey for anyone but nothing worth fighting for ever is. The reflections below are from parents who have been kind enough to share their thoughts. While this is certainly not a scientific study, it does help one to understand why some parents have chosen a charter school and the benefits that it has made in their child's life.


We share this feedback with you not to diminish our traditional public schools but to celebrate the power of increased education options for all families.


Jennifer wrote: "The charter school has ignited our son's desire to learn. Alternatively our daughter loves her district school. More choice!"


Amanda wrote: "We chose the Charter School because of our daughters love of the Arts & this suited her perfectly. We could not be more happy"


Ruth wrote: "I have never seen him so excited about going to school...The school is always looking to achieve higher standards."


Kathy wrote: "As a parent of a special needs student attending a charter school I have been amazed... My son is in his second year at a charter school and is finally excelling. He is treated with respect and value."


If you would like to share some aspect of your journey in a public charter school we would like to hear from you. Please use our Parent Feedback form and specify whether or not we may share your thoughts.


Thank you! 




SNHU - Come Meet 11 of New Hampshire's Awesome Women Leaders 

Women in Action Forum


Interact with these amazing NH business leaders from the non-profit and  private sectors to learn about their leadership path including their triumphs and challenges along the way.  


Come meet our Wonderful Women :

Maureen Beauregard – President and Founder, Families in Transition

JerriAnne Boggis – Director, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail

Tiffany Eddy – Principal, FocusFirst Communications

Linda Fanaras – President, Millennium Integrated Marketing

Margaret Franckhauser – CEO, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Betsy Gardella – President and CEO, NHPR

Lisa Guertin – President, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield NH

Amy LaBelle – Founder and Winemaker, LaBelle Winery

Sharron McCarthy—President and Publisher, McLean Communications

Dianne Mercier – President, NH People's United Bank

Cathy Schmidt – Executive Director and CEO, McLane Law Firm



Linda Johnson - Esquire, McLane Law Firm

MaryAnn Manoogian - Executive Director, Center for Women’s Business Advancement


Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time: 5- 5:30 reception; 5:30 - 7:00 program

Location: Southern NH University, Robert Frost Hall, Walker Auditorium

Cost:  Free but please register at



SNHU - 5th Annual Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge Now Accepting Submissions 

Exemplary Business Ideas Sought for 

5th Annual Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge 

Entrepreneurs with exemplary business ideas are invited to submit their concept papers in the 5th Annual Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge being administered by the Center for Women’s Business Advancement. 

All active businesses and potential start-up businesses in New Hampshire, with less than three years in business, are eligible to participate. All genders are encouraged to apply. Interested entrepreneurs will submit a two-page initial business concept paper by April 6. 


2015 Schedule:

  • April 6 - Concept Paper due to by 11:59 p.m. EST
  • April 22 - Ten Semi-Finalists will be announced
  • May 2 - Mandatory Business Plan Training for Semi-Finalists
  • May 15 - Semi-Finalists' Business Plans due to by 11:59 p.m. EST
  • May 27 - Five Finalists will be announced
  • June 6 - Finalists Presentations to the judges mid-day; Awards Ceremony early evening


2015 Rules and Requirements:

  • Business is or plans to be based in the state of New Hampshire
  • Entries can be a concept or a business that is less than three years old
  • Only one entry per per applicant (group or individual)
  • Applicant does not need to be a woman
  • If selected, individuals must attend all other portions of the competition as listed above
  • Previous finalists of this competition are not eligible to enter with the same business entity. All other prior applicants are welcome to participate so long as the applicant fulfills the above criteria
  • Anyone younger than 18 years of age requires guardian consent


2015 Prizes:

  • 1st Place - $5,000
  • 2nd Place - $2,000
  • Three Honorable Mentions - $500 each


How to Apply:

  • Write a Concept Paper
    • Contents: Your Concept Paper should answer:
      • What is the problem that the business solves or what opportunity is being taken advantage of?
      • How will the business accomplish its goals? (i.e. What is the business model?)
      • How will the business make money?
    • Format: Your Concept Paper should be formatted as follows:
      • 2 page maximum (not including cover page)
      • Cover page should include name of each member of the business. One person should be identified as the contact and should include his/her address, phone number, and email
      • Single spaced
      • 12-point Times New Roman font
      • 1 inch margins
  • Send your PDF Concept Paper to by April 6th by 11:59 p.m. EST


Center for Women’s Business Advancement


Southern New Hampshire University

Madison House

2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106

tel: 603.629.4697