All interested presenters are asked to complete this simple online form.
We are looking to use a more local resource for our physical award that we will present for the May 2022 event and future President’s Awards Ceremonies. We are also open to ideas for an updated design and concept to more closely align with our mission and location. Potential design ideas could include but are not limited to the representation of the Claremont City Hall clocktower, ties to our past as the precision valley/manufacturing excellence, and/or an homage to our location along the Sugar River. We are open to any materials although glass, metal, and/or finished and polished wood are preferable.
Member News & Notices
A Message from Arrowhead
As of now Arrowhead is closed through this weekend due to conditions, staffing and a cable on the tube lift that needs to be repaired. At this time the next planed operating day, if conditions improve, will be Saturday March 12th.
We also started our spring scheduled and will only be open during the day time hours for the remainder of the season.
Merrimack Valley SCORE
Online Workshops
Non-Traditional Investments
March 8th at 10am
Come spend some time with us and learn about non-traditional investments to include Gold, Silver and Cryptocurrency. Some people don't know of any investment strategy other than a typical IRA, 401k, or other traditional investment because their parents and friends took this approach. What does it look like when you don't want to take the traditional path to investing for the future and you want to have a better financial education.

Register online for this Free Online Workshop
Building a Media Kit
March 11th at 2pm
Media kits are an essential for marketing your business properly because you never know in advance when you may be approached by a news outlet or other online (or offline) publicity source and you need to have information, photos and details of your business available at your finger tips. Learn how to put together a media kit and what to include, as well as learn how to have your media kit available to news outlets online and offline. 

Register online for this Free Online Workshop
SCORE offers FREE business mentoring from experienced business leaders and business owners - sign up for a mentor today!
Did you know Vital Communities has an e-newsletter?
Check out the most recent issues online here!
The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission and Sullivan County are in the process of developing economic development strategies at the local level and we want to hear from employers in the area about the resilience of their business. What sort of emergency planning does your company develop? How did COVID affect your business? Please take our brief survey at 
Sullivan County Community Grant Program
The Sullivan County Board of Commissioners are accepting grant applications for Fiscal Year 2023 from charitable non-profit organizations that provide services to the entire county, who are seeking public funding to support the delivery of those services to County residents. 
You may view previous year grant recipients; the updated County Grant Policy; and, attain the current grant application at the County’s website on the “County Community Grants” page by following this link:
Completed grant applications are due no later than 12:00NOON Friday, March 18, 2022. 
If your non-profit is interested in applying and would like to attain a Microsoft Word version of the application (and Excel workbook to use for your proposed budget) or if you have questions, please contact the Sullivan County Commissioners’ Office, 14 Main Street, Newport, NH, 03773 at (603) 863-2560 or e-mail  
Community Based Crowdfunding Program Seeks Project Proposals
  • Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen — one that would strengthen your business, our community, and the local economy — if only you had the funds to make it happen?
  • Is your business/organization a “social enterprise” that addresses social and/or environmental issues?
  • Will your project support community goals, while keeping to a budget of $15,000 or less?
If you said yes to these questions…THANK YOU! And please consider applying to launch a crowdfunding campaign with The Local Crowd!
The Local Crowd Upper Valley, a community-based crowdfunding program hosted by Vital Communities, invites emerging and established businesses based in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont to submit project proposals.
While all for-profits, non-profits, and community initiatives are welcome to apply, projects based in Orange and Windsor Counties of VT will receive extra campaign support and resources — beyond what is currently provided to all The Local Crowd Upper Valley campaigns.
Find our application here. Applications are due Monday, March 28 at 5 p.m.
For more information, visit or contact Jen Risley at or 603-400-9157.
CO.STARTERS at River Valley Community College is a fast-paced, hands-on program focused on helping you go from business idea to action. The next 12-week session of CO.STARTERS starts March 11 and goes through the end of May.

Here’s what you get when you sign up for CO.STARTERS at RVCC:

  *  Weekly Workshops: You will attend 12 fast-paced, hands-on workshops on Thursdays from 6.30-9.30p on Zoom. Conducted by Alison Chisolm, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at RVCC. Between sessions, you'll work on your own business using what you've learned and the resources available to you.
  *  1:1 Business Advising: You will be matched with a business advisor from the SBDC.
  *  Co-working space: You will have access to THEbusinessLAB, the co-working space at RVCC's Lebanon Academic Center.

The cost of the program is $325. Thanks to the generous support of the CDBG-Micro program administered by the NH CDFA, scholarships for low-moderate income starters are available.

Apply to the program now! Space is limited. Additional Info

Companies interested in participating can email Nika Oakes at
Business Resources
Community Information
BIA Small Business Day
Friday, March 11th 9am-12pm
Small Business Day, presented by Bangor Savings Bank includes three panel sessions designed to help small businesses grow and prosper.

Panels include:
Financing for Small Business 9:10 - 10:00 am
Learn about traditional and alternative (non-traditional) options for financing your small business from a panel of experts.
  • Amy Bassett – U.S. SBA 
  • Betsy Segal – Community Loan Fund
  • Brigid Murray – Community Loan Fund
  • Julie Glosner – NH SBDC
  • Mary Mattson – Bangor Savings Bank
  • Moderator: Mike O’Reilly – Bangor Savings Bank

Human Resources 101 10:10 - 11:00 am
From hiring to termination and everything in between there are a hundred different ways employers could unintentionally run afoul of federal or state employment laws and regulations. This panel is designed to familiarize you with common pitfalls relating to employment and allow you to get your HR questions answered.

The Bottom Line: Taxes and the Small Business Owner 11:10 am - noon
Federal and state business tax law is constantly changing. How does the small business owner keep up with important changes affecting their bottom line? This panel is designed to update you on recent tax changes, including recent state legislation designed to ease the tax burden for New Hampshire’s smallest businesses.
  • Alyssa Hodges – Mason + Rich P.A.
  • Matt Foley – Bigelow & Company
  • Steve Lawlor – Nathan Wechsler
  • Moderator: David Juvet – BIA of NH

The three panel sessions are included in the free webinar registration.
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches: Tuesday, March 22nd & Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 from 9am - 6pm BOTH DAYS via ZOOM
Suicide Prevention for Recovery Coaches: Tuesday, April 5th 2022 from 8:30am - 4pm via ZOOM
HIV/AIDS/HCV Prevention for Recovery Coaches: Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 from 8:30am - 4pm via ZOOM
Youth Mentoring is Coming to Sullivan County!
Windsor County Mentors (WCM) is officially offering youth mentoring programs in Sullivan County! Local community groups from Sullivan County reached out at the end of 2021 to encourage WCM to consider offering its services in New Hampshire as there are currently very limited options for children to benefit from mentoring in Sullivan County. WCM has accepted that challenge!
WCM will be offering both community- and school-based mentoring options in Sullivan County. In both programs, after mentors complete a comprehensive background check and several hours of initial training, they are matched with a local child. In WCM’s community program mentors and mentees meet for two hours a week out in the community and engage in whatever activities they find fun or useful – from learning a new skill to just playing games. In the school program, mentors and mentees meet for an hour a week at the child’s school during the school day.
The benefits of mentoring are many, said WCM’s executive director Matthew Garcia. Strong social science research has shown that youth with mentors have:
-          Increased high school graduation rates
-          Higher college enrollment rates
-          Higher educational aspirations
-          Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
-          Improved behavior, both at home and at school
-          Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
-          Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
Any parent, teacher, or community member can refer a child to WCM for a mentor, through a quick and easy referral form. Any adult over 18 can apply to become a mentor. WCM can be contacted at for more information. You can reach out to Deryn Smith with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, and the Youth CAN Coalition with anything as well at
About Windsor County Mentors: Windsor County Mentors was founded in 1974 and has been creating and supporting mentoring relationships between caring adults and youth ever since. WCM has traditionally served all 24 towns in Windsor County, Vermont, the state’s largest county.
Pathway to Micro
Create your own pathway to success with NH SBDC’s new Pathway to Micro program!

Entrepreneurship is an alternative to fulltime employment that can offer you independence and flexibility. Starting a small business may sound daunting, but SBDC has a team of business advisors and educational resources to help you get started.

Who can participate in Pathway to Micro?

The Pathway to Micro program offers unemployed or under-employed individuals* the opportunity to launch a micro business (1-5 employees) of their own. Participants get confidential, highly individualized business assistance at no cost. Specialized education offerings for participants will be rolled out this year.

*People who are working part-time but want full-time employment or those with a job that does not fully use their existing skills, experience and education.

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