Business & Entrepreneurship

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Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem


Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of our local communities and economies. We bring best practices and guidance for steps that communities can take to become friendly to entrepreneurs and innovators. Cooperative Extension will work with communities to engage entrepreneurs and innovators, identify areas of strength and opportunities, develop a plan and a framework to become more entrepreneur-friendly, and begin to tackle projects.


Economic Development 101

Empowering citizen volunteers and community leaders to play a direct role in strengthening the economy is important and impactful. The Economic Profile Program allows communities to identify local and regional economic assets and opportunities. This helps leaders prioritize the needs and implement effective strategies to strengthen a community’s economic base.

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Economic Development Academy

Our economic development work focuses on promoting solutions for New Hampshire's communities. The end goals are to strengthen local businesses, build local leadership and improve quality of life, all of which support a sustainable and resilient future for our state and citizens like you. The Economic Development Academy provides practitioners and community leaders with the skills to retain and grow our NH economy.

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Economic Profiles

 Empowering citizen volunteers and community leaders to play a direct role in strengthening the economy is important and impactful. The Economic Profile Program allows communities to identify local and regional economic assets and opportunities. This helps leaders prioritize the needs and implement effective strategies to strengthen a community’s economic base.

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Articles

The University of New Hampshire is advancing sustainable and affordable energy technologies and facilitating knowledge and technology transfer that wi... Learn More
Research shows that rural communities in New Hampshire are innovating
Extension specialists have contributed to a new book called Building Rural Community Resilience Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Learn More
Extension connects makers, artists and innovators with resources and a peer-to-peer community
Ty Meier is an artist who has found a way to make a living using his craft. He’s also found a home at the nonprofit Making Matters N.H. — a makerspace... Learn More
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of our local communities and economies. They start new businesses, create jobs, provide essential ... Learn More
Looking for a good summer read? We crowdsourced recommendations from our community and economic development team members on a variety of topics: natur... Learn More
On a stormy summer evening, dodging thunderstorms, the Ossipee Economic Development Council, with support from UNH Coopertive Extension’s Community &a... Learn More

Resources

An entrepreneurial community is a community that intentionally acts to cultivate and support entrepreneurs. Focusing on building business and economic... Learn More
Why Conduct a Community Assessment? A community assessment gathers data from community members to assess the current situation in a city or town. As p... Learn More
An Introduction to Fiscal Impact Analysis Learn More
Broadband Overview

Broadband—high-speed internet that is always on, is faster than traditional dial-up access, and allows multiple user... Learn More
The Community Profile program provides an opportunity for communities to affirm strengths, identify opportunities for change, envision a vibrant futur... Learn More
The Community Profile program provides an opportunity for communities to affirm strengths, identify opportunities for change, envision a vibrant futur... Learn More