SBA Announces National Small Business Week

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced that this year’s National Small Business Week will be held from May 1-7.  This year’s theme will be “Dream Big, Start Small.” Contreras-Sweet will start the week in Washington, D.C., where she will recognize and award outstanding small business owners from around […]


Machina Arts: Changing the World through Culture, Art & Creativity

By Melanie Plenda, Originally posted in Business Monadnock   Where in the world could a sculptor and a fire dancing economic botanist find a place to call home for a for-profit artist collective and bar? The Monadnock Region, of course. At least that’s what Danya Pugliese and Rebecca Hamilton are banking on with their start […]



Startup Lab at Hannah Grimes: From Idea to Successful Business

Make this year the year that you transform your idea into a successful business.  Take the Startup Lab at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. Steve Silverstein, founder and president of Tree-Free Greetings in Swanzey, NH teaches this six-week program.  You will finish the course with a written business plan charting the course for your […]


Entrepreneurship is a Contact Sport

Originally Posted at Kauffman.org A cohesive network of entrepreneurial-support organizations can let each organization act as a node, providing an entry point into this crucial resource network.  When entrepreneurs connect to even a single node, they gain access to a trusted advisor who will link them to the broader, highly confidential network, where they find […]


Building Our Vibrant Region

Almost to the minute, it has been ten years since the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship opened here on Roxbury Street.  And while it is hard to believe, next year Hannah Grimes Marketplace will celebrate 20 years. In his book The Third Plate, Dan Barber argues that sustainability isn’t achieved until the culture supports it.  It made […]



Small Businesses in the U.S. on the Rise, Reversing Six-Year Downward Trend

Reversing a six-year downward trend, activity in established small businesses increased last year, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index: Main Street Entrepreneurship, a new report that tracks small business activity and ownership in the United States. Though the number of established small businesses is increasing, the gain remain below pre-recession levels and just above the historical norm.