Business Advising

Center for Women & Enterprise

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit economic empowerment organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and the economy by supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.  Opened in 2015, the New Hampshire Women’s Business Center operates in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We offer consultations, workshops and networking opportunities to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Department of Business and Economic Affairs (DBEA)

The Department of Business and Economic Affairs (DBEA) is comprised of the Divisions of Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Development. The divisions are dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of the State of New Hampshire and promoting it as a destination for domestic and international visitors.

FOSTER Program

UNHInnovation is leading a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative called FOSTER to increase proposals for SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grants in the state of New Hampshire. SBIR and STTR grants represent a valuable source of non-dilutive funding for New Hampshire (NH) small technology businesses with less than 500 employees. FOSTER also includes an important mandate to support underserved communities such as women- and minority-owned businesses, rural as well as socially-economically disadvantaged companies.

Grafton Regional Development Corporation

GRDC supports entrepreneurs and local businesses through one-on-one business counseling, access to no-cost business workshops and by helping you make important connections that will help your business reach its full potential.

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship

We provide the space, tools, and connections that innovative entrepreneurs need to build strong businesses, thriving local economies and vibrant communities in the Monadnock Region.

New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC)

NH SBDC is the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in the Granite State. SBDC’s dedicated team of professional business advisors delivers highly individualized, confidential advising at no charge to enterprises across New Hampshire. We are proud to support clients from every walk of life, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religious or political beliefs. Our team has more than 120 years of experience working with small businesses to help them grow and be successful, resilient, and always prepared to respond to the unexpected.

NH Community Loan Fund

Serve as a catalyst, leveraging financial, human, and civic resources to enable traditionally underserved people to participate more fully in New Hampshire’s economy. We do this by 1. Providing loans, capital and technical assistance; 2. Complementing and extending the reach of conventional lenders and public institutions; and 3. Bringing people and institutions together to solve problems. 

River Park

River Park will be the Upper Valley’s finest research park, an extension of historic West Lebanon, and it will provide public access to the Connecticut River. The mixed-use development will include life science research and office space, manufacturing space, retail, restaurants, and housing in a pedestrian friendly environment.

We help everyday entrepreneurs. Do you own a main street business? Have a professional services practice or a trades business? Are you an innovator or maker who is ready to build a business? We can help you. 


Small business success comes from a combination of hard work and risk taking in the pursuit of your dreams. You don’t have to take those risks alone. SCORE can give you the support, encouragement, and tools you need to build and sustain your business. And you can count on the highest-quality service available.   SCORE NH’s more than 175 business experts provide you with free, ongoing mentoring, sharing real-world advice and know-how. Our mentors come from every business sector and have substantial skills. Some have worked as executives at Fortune 500 companies, while others were small business owners.

The New Hampshire Alliance of Regional Economic Development Corporations

Capital Regional Development Council is the regional development corporation that provides a variety of economic development services to businesses and local governments throughout New Hampshire. CRDC is certified to provide SBA 504 loans statewide. We also manage several small business gap financing funds in Merrimack, Sullivan and Hillsborough Counties.  CRDC is a mission driven non-profit focused on providing tools that result in private sector job creation and local property tax base enhancement. In addition to small business lending CRDC also offers real estate development, economic development consulting programs, and new market tax credits.

U.S. Small Business Administration (NH District Office)

Over the years, the SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses.

Upper Valley Medtech Collaborative

The Upper Valley hosts a thriving medtech community where innovators can work with talented and motivated colleagues to develop new technologies and manage existing operations while supporting a workforce that appreciates the exceptional quality of life afforded residents of Vermont and New Hampshire.

White Mountains Community College

The Business Training Center provides training services for business and industry. The primary mission is to prepare people for the workplace of the future through customized training. Working in partnership with area businesses to advance technological, interpersonal, and management skills, the Business Training Center assists companies in meeting their training and educational goals by first identifying the specific needs of the organization. We also help business and industry deal with the rapid evolution in technology, management practices, and sophisticated manufacturing and quality initiatives.


WREN was founded 28 years ago, powered by rural women committed to the mission of supporting better lives and livelihoods, enhancing the vitality of Bethlehem’s Main Street and practicing and promoting innovation in rural economic development. Through the years, WREN’s work has impacted thousands of people across New Hampshire’s North Country by providing technical assistance training and market access for local entrepreneurs and artists and providing educational, cultural and social events for the entire community. The Gallery at WREN and The Local Works Marketplace at WREN support the livelihoods of local artists while also increasing the vitality of Bethlehem’s Main Street. In 2021, NH Business Review presented WREN with the Advocate for Women’s Empowerment Award (AWE Award). The AWE Award honors an individual or organization that has made a lasting impact on empowering women and girls in the Granite State.

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