20 Years Later… A Note from our Executive Director

Jack Dugan sat on my couch 20 years ago in March of 1997 dodging ladybugs.  They had suddenly come to life on that warm and sunny day to crawl out of the delightful crevices only a 200 year old house can offer up. I had started the NH Traditional Craft & Industry Fair (later to […]


Expert’s Corner: Wink Faulkner

Strategic Planning: What It Is and Why It’s Important! “A Strategic Plan is 1% Vision and 99% Alignment” On March 9th, I lead a workshop at the Hannah Grimes Center that focused on Strategic Planning. We had a great turnout of attendees, ranging from start-ups to fairly well established businesses offering products and services including […]


The Latest Local Economy Buzz: Pollinator Enterprises

“In nature pollinators like bees, butterflies, or bats carry pollen from plant to plant, and they instinctively know that the intermixing of these pollens nourishes the entire ecosystem. Pollinator businesses similarly carry the best elements of one local business to another, thereby fertilizing all local businesses and creating a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.” ~ Michael Shuman, […]


Green Economy Industry Cluster

An exciting vision for sustainable economic growth is emerging in the tri-state region centered in Brattleboro, VT. Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) and Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategy (SEVEDS) has led an investigation to assess existing assets that could fuel economic development in the tri-state region, including Windham and Bennington Counties in Vermont, Cheshire County […]



Bank of New Hampshire Kicks Off Scholarship Fund Drive

The Center for Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund: A Gift That Will Grow Jobs While many of our programs are free here at Hannah Grimes, we also offer in-depth programs that come with a price tag.  These programs offer a new or growing business the opportunity to work with a skilled coach and a group of peers […]



A Roadmap to a Sustainable Community: CONNECT and The Keene Comprehensive Master Plan

Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News A sustainable community is one that is economically, environmentally and socially healthy and resilient.  It meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one of those goals at the expense of others.  And it takes a long-term perspective — one that’s focused on both the […]


We’re Growing! Building Renovation Will Support Local Entrepreneurship

Over the past several years, the Monadnock Region has become a beehive of entrepreneurial activity. And the Hannah Grimes Center has grown to become a focal point for entrepreneurship in the area, running a business incubator program, providing workshops to hone business skills, and offering services to businesses and nonprofits alike. To meet growing demand, […]


Understanding a Benefit Corporation or B-Corp

A Benefit Corporation, or B-Corp, is a type of for-profit corporation that provides the highest standard of social and environmental transparency, accountability and corporate purpose. Recently New Hampshire passed legislation allowing B-Corps. If you’d like to know more about the potential advantages of a B-Corp, register now for a free workshop, Understanding a Benefit Corporation […]