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.



2015 Entrepreneur of the Year: Marcia Passos Duffy

The Hannah Grimes Center announces its 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year: Marcia Passos Duffy, founder and owner of Backporch Publishing LLC based in Keene.  Marcia will accept this award at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship’s CONNECT2015 Event on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole. For over […]


Food Day Events: Celebrate Entrepreneurship and our Local Food System

On October 24th, Americans from all 50 states will celebrate the fifth annual Food Day at thousands of events, building a movement to change the American food system.  Join the 2015 Food Day campaign! Also, check out this year’s Food Day Barnraiser — an effort to double Food Day’s impact and reach 10 million new […]





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 […]