Were we an essential business? Were our customers (garden centers and landscapers throughout Northern New England) essential? Fifty percent of our sales happens April through June. We wouldn’t survive if we were shut down during those months. It was an…ominous time.
Then, to our surprise, gardening became a craze. We literally sent the crew home for one day and brought them back the next. We began to joke that plants were the new toilet paper.
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For a catering business, things were pretty grim in April. Nobody needs a caterer unless there’s a gathering. Executive Chef Jay Curcio and his wife, Liz, own and run The White Apron, serving the Seacoast area of New Hampshire out of Dover. “I’d feel a lot worse if it was just us,” he admitted back then. “But I just haven’t been able to wrap my head around this. I have no control. There’s nothing I can do except hang out and wait.”
By mid-July, however, Jay was able to say, “It looks like...Read More
It’s the usual story: Start racing go-carts at age 11, become a star NASCAR driver by your early twenties. Then open your very own used car dealership. Melissa Fifield launched her new business last summer, Pine Knoll Auto Sales in Sanbornville, NH on Route 16, with help from the NH SBDC.Read More
Sometimes the work of a small business advisor at the NH Small Business Development Center is to help entrepreneurs determine what not to do.
Ryan Lonergan runs Third Shift Fabrication in Plainfield out of his home. Business had picked up and he was running out of room and thought he would need to move the business. Instead, his business advisor helped him develop a better solution.
In 2017, Daryl Dawson purchased a Lakes Region landmark, the Kellerhaus, in Laconia. Daryl decided that pursuing energy efficiency was a great way to bring the Kellerhaus up-to-date and improve his bottom line, so he reached out to Andrea O'Brien, director of NH SBDC's Business Sustainability Program, for help.Read More
Shortly after starting a conversation with Peter Doten, you’re quite likely to be lost in a forest of acronyms that you may or may not be able to see your way through. That doesn’t matter. Peter knows what he’s talking about and is growing his software development and consulting firm in Nashua, New Hampshire.
While still working as a civilian with the Air Force in Portsmouth, Chris Guerrette purchased the beloved Durham shop, The Candy Bar. After two years of tremendous growth there, he began to envision opening a second store. NH SBDC business advisor Warren Daniel had worked with the previous owner of The Candy Bar, and with many other businesses in the Durham area, Chris said. “That made him the obvious connection to work with on my idea.”Read More
Mark Mortensen of Hampton, New Hampshire, studies the equivalent of a master’s degree worth of information each year in his research for the telecommunications industry. He’s also had a full career in telecom and software start-ups, back to the days before anyone understood software. He knows a lot. But what he didn’t know was how to start and run a one-person company. That’s how he found business advisor David Boynton at the NH SBDC.Read More
Just two years ago, Deb Shinnlinger was on track to open a coffee shop—a longtime dream of hers—in an entirely different town than the one she finds her thriving business in today. She counts herself extremely lucky, instead, to have found her ideal location at what was once Roy’s Auto Service in downtown Lebanon, New Hampshire—so lucky, in fact, that it became part of the name: Lucky’s Coffee Garage.Read More
Vista Foods in Laconia, New Hampshire, has been a vital community member for more than a decade. This past spring, store manager Bob Fitzpatrick and Associated Grocers of New England’s (AGNE) general manager Tim Merrill realized that Vista Foods was ready for some sustainable changes.Read More