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.
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Merrimack Valley SCORE
Online Workshops
Creating Eye-Popping Graphics
March 16 at 10am
Creative graphics catch the eye and attention of potential customers. If you need help with yours, join us in this free online workshop where you'll learn the right photo and image size and tone; get text onto photos; create epic infographics; and much more.

Register online for this Free Online Workshop
Learn the Graphic Design Power of
March 23 at 10am
This 1-hour webinar will demonstrate the robust features of the FREE version of Canva, including sizing your posts for specific platforms, customizing Canva's millions of templates, and building the graphic design angle of your brand.

Register online for this Free Online Workshop
Pitching to Journalists, the right way and the wrong way
March 25 at 2pm
Learn what is useful to a journalist, who to pitch to and who not to pitch to, how to personalize a pitch, length of pitches, some research you need to do before pitching, how to use the WIFM (What is in It for Them) strategy and the importance of a good subject line.

Register online for this Free Online Workshop
Video Marketing for Beginners
March 30 at 10am
Presented by Christine Halvorson & Nanette Perrotte, this free online workshop will cover: Why video? The data; Facebook loves video; Video Storytelling; Knowing your audience; What to put in your videos; Equipment; Trends and Best Practices; Video styles; and Editing apps.

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!
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  
Meetings Notice 
 Sullivan County Delegation 
Executive Finance Committee 
The Sullivan County Delegation Executive Finance Committee will convene on Monday, March 21, 2022, 10:00 AM 
 at the 
 Sullivan County Administration Building 
Commissioners Conference Room, Suite 1 
14 Main Street, Newport NH 03773 
The purpose of the meeting is to review FY22 financials. Other business may be discussed during the meeting. Meeting Packet Information.

Feel free to contact the Sullivan County Commissioners Office at 603-863-2560 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, if you have any questions about this notice.
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 
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.
TLC Seeks Leader for Family and Youth Program Director Position
TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont is hoping to find another exceptional leader to join the team. Interested individuals can learn about this position and apply through our website at:  Family and Youth Program Director - TLC Family Resource Center ( [].
Please contact Stephanie, with any questions.
Companies interested in participating can email Nika Oakes at
Did you know Vital Communities has an e-newsletter?
Check out the most recent issues online here!
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
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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