20 years ago today…

The buy local movement had not yet struck in 1997 and the ability to buy and sell local products was all but disappearing.  Many towns had the same chain stores selling the same generic products.  If a buyer’s options were limited, a local producer’s options were almost non-existent.  With the consolidation of distribution channels, it had become increasingly difficult […]


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 […]


Hannah Grimes Hosts Nonprofit Management Certificate Program in Keene

The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship is partnering with the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College to offer the College’s Nonprofit Management (NPM) Certificate in Keene for the Fall of 2016. This highly regarded program takes place at the Hannah Grimes Center as well as in Waterbury, VT. The 80-hour series helps nonprofit leaders […]


New Hampshire Kicks Off Small Business Week: Innovators Conference

Innovators Conference with Kelly Ayotte and Dean Kamen May 2, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College Cost:Free — Registration Required The conference will be a unique occasion to listen and connect with inventors, venture capitalists, patent attorneys, bankers, business incubators, as well as other leading […]


You’re Invited: Coworking Day at Hannah Grimes Center

Join the Hannah Grimes staff and other business owners, telecommuters, freelancers, and coffeeshop-aholics in a new working environment! Hosted at Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, Coworking Day is an opportunity for you to meet new people, change up your work environment, and experience Keene’s entrepreneurial hub firsthand. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Drop in between anytime […]


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 […]


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, […]