Business & Entrepreneurship

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Making Connections

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.

Business Engagement and Retention Program

Building the local economy by identifying and addressing the needs, challenges and opportunities of business.

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Economic Profiles

 Allows communities to identify local and regional economic assets and opportunities.

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Economic Development 101

Helps leaders prioritize the needs and implement effective strategies to strengthen a community’s economic base.

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Economic Development Academy

Provides practitioners and community leaders with the skills to retain and grow our NH economy.

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The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and Hillsborough County invite qualified individuals to apply for the Hillsborough County Commun... Learn More
A Conversation with Mark Hayes of Highland Mountain Bike Park and the Foothills Foundation
Stepping Up the Granite examines the intersection of tourism, community development, and quality of life through interviews with New Hampshire people ... 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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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 cit... Learn More
The pandemic has disrupted the economy, employment, and community vibrancy. Small towns and main streets have been especially hard hit by the impact t... Learn More
During the summer of 2020, we interviewed 20 economic development and conservation volunteers about the impact of the pandemic in Northern NH communit... Learn More

UNH Cooperative Extension partnered with the Town of Derry to lead a community outreach and engagement effort to re-imagine Hood Park. This re... Learn More