Nonprofits: Strengthening Businesses & Our Local Economy

Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News In the Monadnock Region, we are fortunate to have a number of large companies giving generously to the “small guy” and our community.  What we don’t always notice is that the reverse is true as well.  Our community has many small businesses and nonprofits offering services that enable […]



Bringing It All Together: Creative Economy Summit

By Marsha Hewitt, Encaustic Artist Greenfield, MA in Franklin County seems to have it all together – a charming downtown, excellent restaurants and a dedicated community of artists and businesses who collaborate and support each other. Recently, I attended the Creative Economy Summit 3 in Greenfield, MA and was very favorably impressed. Over the two […]




Nonprofits Mean Business

At Hannah Grimes we work to build strong collaborations among a diverse mix of businesses, nonprofits included.  From apples to aerospace to after-school programs – we know these improbable collaborations are the key ingredient for strong and innovative businesses and communities in an increasingly complex and quickly changing world. Nonprofits employ 15% of the NH […]


From Apprenticeship to Independence: Cultivating the Next Crop of New England Organic Farmers

Back when small farms proliferated the countryside and the majority of the population was focused on crop and livestock production, learning how to farm was as easy as walking outside and supporting the family business. These days, learning how to grow food takes a little more effort and often requires uprooting from one’s community. A […]


Applications Due Next Week! Spring 2012 Business Start-Up Program

Applications are due next week for the next Hannah Grimes Business Start-Up Program, set to begin on March 29, 2012.  We invite you to explore the program and submit your application by March 15, 2012. The Hannah Grimes Business Start-Up Program is modeled after our proven 12-month business development program, the Entrepreneur Project, but covers […]


March 7 — A Meeting of Angels

The Monadnock Angel Investors group at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship brings together investors and entrepreneurs to encourage local investment opportunities and economic growth in our region.  With the economy continuing to improve, with entrepreneurs in need of investment to grow, and with investors looking for a better return on their dollar, the group […]


Improving the Odds

It is a sunny afternoon and we are gathered around a table in a bright and sunny office here at the Hannah Grimes Center.  A diverse collection of businesses is gathered that share office space, challenges and ideas.  They also share the credit for their work together that yielded a 29% average growth rate in […]