We’ve been made aware of several helpful events, programs and organizations that could assist our Downtown Nashua business neighbors, and we gladly share them with you here.
EVENT: Chamber of Commerce Business Institute, January Session: ‘Strategy Planning for 2020’
The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to provide sessions for local business leaders. Many business owners know their work well, but that knowledge does not translate to HR, taxes, social media, strategy planning, etc.
Business Institute Sessions are held on the fourth Friday of every month, Jan.–Sept. from 1– 2:30 pm. $10 members, $20 for not-yet members.
Learn more about the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce here.
Every month, Chamber Members who specialize in related services will educate us on what we can do and what we should outsource. The January meeting will feature Laura Noel of Stretch Into Success.
NEXT MONTHLY EVENT: 1–2:30 pm Friday, Jan. 24 at the Adult Learning Center, 4 Lake St.
EVENT: Merrimack Valley SCORE’s Short Course In Starting A Business
Three takeaway tools are provided to new and aspiring business owners. Build your business plan starting with the one-page Business Model Canvas. Access large databases for market research for free. Learn of sources for continuing free startup help. Your dream becomes reality in this SCORE workshop.
Learn more about Merrimack Valley SCORE here.
EVENT: 6–8 pm Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Monadnock Hall – College of Business, Rindge
RESOURCE: Website shows how to invest in Nashua
Learn about Opportunity Zones, and how investment in our community can be best utilized for impact and improvement, at the Invest Nashua website. Community partners, investors and developers can all gain information about what Nashua needs, current identified projects and how to help.
RESOURCE: Website for women in business
Since 1995, The Center for Women & Enterprise operates Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These Centers are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. They offer comprehensive training, resources, counseling and connections to women, to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services.
At 30 Temple Street, CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.
PROGRAM: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
Is your small business female-owned or minority-owned? You may be eligible for DBE certification! The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a federally funded program administered by the Federal Transit Administration and is intended to provide contracting opportunities to small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged groups and individuals.
There are many benefits to becoming a certified DBE, including:
· Free business development services
· Access to training and networking opportunities
· Compete for federal contracts on a level playing field
· Receive bidding information for upcoming projects
· A business listing in the state’s DBE directory to help your company gain access to even more contract opportunities
FOR LOCAL HELP or to find out if you’re eligible for DBE, please contact:
Larisa Djuvelek-Ruggiero, NH DOT DBE COORDINATOR
7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302-0483