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 UNH President’s Embrace NH Tour included a stop in Franklin to feature the positive impacts of engaging the community. In 2015, Extension CED bega... Learn More
This position is based at Extension's Sullivan County office in Newport, N.H.
The Sullivan County Community and Economic Development field specialist, based in Newport, New Hampshire, will provide educational outreach, technical... Learn More
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

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