Support Local businesses with our Chamber Coupon flipbook! It's on our website, printable and also

Want to be part of the Chamber's FREE*, on-line, printable Chamber Coupon Book? It's a great opportunity to market your business?

Email Liz for details**!

*Free for GMSVCC members; $50 for non members, we will credit you that amount If you join the Chamber within 30 days of placing your ad.

Stay Positive,Stay Strong and Stay Connected with the GMSVCC
** Make the Most of your Chamber Membership Tip of the week!**

Your chamber membership includes many resources for you to increase your visibility and market your business to a wide audience of potential new customers! This week's tip is a video, which will show you how to improve your company's page on the website; how to add hot deals, job postings and member2member deals; some marketing tips, and how to improve your social media presence. Click here.


GMSVCC's February Calendar
Click here to register. Note, some dates are
members-only events and meetings:

Tues, Feb 9, 9am- Membership Committee via ZOOM

Fri, Feb 12, 8am-noon, Statewide Small Business Day via ZOOM

Wed, Feb 17, 5:30pm- Virtual Business After Hours hosted by UNITED WAY OF GREATER NASHUA

Tues, Feb 23, 9am- Business Education Committee via ZOOM

Tues, Feb 23, 6pm-Take Out Tuesday and Virtually Dine with Us via ZOOM

News You Can Use

1.TODAY! The NH Senate Commerce Committee is holding a public hearing today, February 8th at 1 PM on SB6, the "Safe Harbor" bill for NH businesses . You can sign up below to support the bill! This is the bill that provides legal protection against coronavirus-related liability for businesses who are acting in good faith following federal and state health guidelines. GMSVCC strongly encourages you to sign up in support of this bill. You do not need to sign in to speak unless they want to; just signing in support will show the committee how important this is for NH businesses.

If you haven’t already, please sign in support for SB63 by following these directions. Although the directions are long, it should take less than 3 minutes.

Note: Some browsers will report the website is not safe or secure, but it is the correct webpage.
  1. Click Feb. 8 on the calendar.
  2. Select “Senate Commerce”
  3. Select “1:00 pm – SB63”
  4. Select “A Member of the Public”
  5. Type in you are representing yourslef
  6. Click the circle next to “I Support this Bill”
  7. If you wish to speak, select “I Wish to Speak on this Bill.” Otherwise, leave blank.
  8. Click Continue.
  9. Type in your contact info.
  10. Click continue.
  11. Review the information and click the button to verify that everything is correct.
  12. Click continue.
Thank you for your help in working toward passage of this important protection for employers!

2. NH SBDC and UNH's Resiliency Survey Part 2 opens today! Fill it out and let us know how your business is doing! Click here to take the survey.

3.From NHPR: Your Guide To Coronavirus Vaccines In New Hampshire click here; NH's COVID vaccine info page is here.

  • Everyone over 5 is required to wear a mask or cloth face covering over their noses and mouths any time they are in public spaces — indoors or outdoors — if they can’t stay at least six feet from people “outside their own households.” On Jan. 15, 2021,  Emergency Order #74 , was extended and the statewide mask mandate will run through March 26, 2021

  • Universal Guidelines for COVID-19 are still in effect, even if your industry no longer has specific guidelines to follow. Click here for NH's COVID -19 Universal Guidelines.

Business News, Resources
& Educational Webinars

Merrimack Valley SCORE Webinars

The Art of the S.W.O.T.
 February 9, 2021, 10:00am EST
S.W.O.T. Analysis is an approach that can be used to assess personal and business practice and progress: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It can be applied to a variety of strategic planning goals and evaluations for business, whether you are starting a business, trying to figure out a business name and more.

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Hiring a Website Developer
 February 12, 2021, 10:00am EST
Are you a business owner considering hiring a website designer/developer to do or redo your business website? Do you know what questions to ask and how to research their business to evaluate if it is someone you feel comfortable hiring? In this workshop we'll provide you with those questions and more, including an RFP you can use.


Feb 9th, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

COVID Assistance for the Self-Employed
Sole proprietor, Schedule-C filer, or LLC? Join us to review special considerations for PPP and other federal relief programs, as well as your eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Guest speaker: Rachael Roderick, Deputy District Director, SBA
Presented by Chuck Gilboy, NH SBDC business advisor

Feb 12, 12-1pm
Topic: Financing
PPP Applications in 2021, Both First and Second Draws
We'll prepare you for the 2021 PPP Application Process and will answer questions during the Q & A.
Presented by Chuck Gilboy, NH SBDC business advisor


Upcoming Events - Capitol Connect members are free*.
*GMSVCC member exclusive- when you join the Chamber, businesses with less than 10 employess receive an affiliate membership with the Business and Industry of NH.You don't need to do anything to activate this perk-- we automatically sign you up annually! You can always opt out if you don't want this benefit.* Click here for more details!

Small Business Day (see flyer above)
Friday, February 12, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


How Packaging Can Build Your Brand, Reduce Damages and Waste, and Even Save Money
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1–2pm EST

Increased online shopping during the pandemic means consumers are being flooded with more packages than ever. Packaging can make your shipments stand out from those of other businesses and products, while helping reduce damages and save money. In this session, Kim Dixon, FedEx Office Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, will discuss key packaging considerations for small-business shippers and share how optimizing your packaging can increase customers’ satisfaction and even reduce waste and cost. You’ll learn about: Packaging Basics for brand new shippers to save money in the long run Custom-branded boxes and other packaging options to market your business How to understand and calculate dimensional weight to decrease estimated shipping costs How to utilize the experts at the FedEx Packaging Lab for package, freight and material testing to ensure better protection for your shipments and help reduce customer damage claims. REGISTER HERE