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Small Business Development Center NH - May 2023 Newsletter

Nashua Inclusivity Celebration &
Networking Event
It was incredible to see so many small business owners, SBDC clients, community members, local leaders, and partners last Thursday to celebrate Nashua’s BIPOC business community.  
We also know that this event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many partners and friends. A special thanks to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Positive Street Art for hosting us in their beautiful space.
Thank you to Tropical Point RestaurantCaribbean Breeze Restaurant & Bar, La Mexicana Bakery, and Delicious Bites for supplying the amazing food and sweet treats. And thank you to Chris Boncoddo for taking great photos and videos at the event.
Thanks again for helping us celebrate. Our Team had so much fun and we’re ready to host more Inclusivity Commitment events around the state! Stay tuned for details!
In the few months since owning Fortin Gage, Amber Morgan notes the challenge in finding a way to maintain the legacy of the business while planning and building for the future, but is thankful to have SBDC there. Amber states, "the part that really excites us about working with the SBDC is knowing that no matter what the challenge is, I have an SBDC business advisor in my court that knows not just what my challenges are today, but what they're going to be, and very gently nudges me to look at those as we go along.”
SBDC's Andrea O'Brien Receives Awards
SBA's 2023 NH District Director Award
2023 UNH Sustainability Lifetime Achievement Award
We are so proud of Andrea O'Brien, long time SBDC Business Advisor and Director of SBDC's Business Sustainability Program, for being recognized for her dedicated service to NH SBDC and thousands of small business clients across the Granite State throughout her 25-year tenure. 
Andrea received the NH SBA District Director Award for her passion, expertise, and commitment to growing NH’s small business community.  She has worn many hats over the years but exemplifies NH SBDC’s mission in all that she does.
Andrea received the UNH Sustainability Lifetime Achievement award for her work as SBDC’s Lead Inclusivity Commitment Business Advisor and Director of Business Sustainability. Andrea brings her expertise in clean energy and business advising to New Hampshire’s businesses and communities to help them identify ways to prioritize energy efficiency. Andrea meets with BIPOC business owners to help them start up and expand their businesses, all while utilizing environmental-minded business practices. 
The SBA NH District and the NH Bankers Association hosted the 2023 SBA Awards event on May 3rd. Congratulations to all the amazing awardees!
USPTO First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program
The USPTO and its Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2) are proud to present the First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program, which is designed to increase accessibility to the patent system for inventors who are new to the patent application process, including those in historically underserved geographic and economic areas. This program expedites the first Office action, which expands opportunity in innovation. By lowering time-based barriers for inventors who might otherwise be unable to participate in the patent system, this initiative will enable them to bring their innovations to impact more rapidly. For more information.
Watch these recordings of SBDC webinars:
Partner Happenings
Quickbooks Online 5 Week Intensive
May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM
In this 5-week intensive series, participants will learn the basics of navigating the QuickBooks Online and have the opportunity to practice using it in real-time. Both beginners and those business owners looking for a refresher course will find this class helpful. Participants must have a Quickbooks Online account to participate. For more information and registration here.
Annual Tech Social
May 24, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
The Annual Tech Social will be a fun, casual networking event for New Hampshire’s technology community to make connections and hear updates about the Alliance while enjoying a showcase of exciting technology products being developed in the Granite State. Register here. - Finding Contract Opportunities
May 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Most federal bid opportunities are required to be published in the Contract Opportunities section of In this webinar, learn how to design an effective search, save, and automate searches and follow solicitations in SAM.
Starting Your Own Business
May 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
NSF Proposal Prep Intensive
May 23, 10:00am - 3:30 pm
NH SBDC is NH's premier business advising resource. SBDC's team of certified business advisors provides highly individualized, confidential advising and education at no cost to NH enterprises. We are proud to support entrepreneurs and small business owners from every walk of life regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religious or political beliefs. 
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA ) and through assistance provided by the State of New Hampshire. The NH SBDC is an outreach program of the UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics in conjunction with SBA, the State of NH (BEA), the University of NH, and the private sector.