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 […]


Early Bird Sale: Take 75% off…

From our Director: Energy prices in New England create a competitive disadvantage for businesses located here.  And with the unpredictability in energy prices (except that we can generally count on them going up), a smart, strategic move for any business owner will be to identify energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that can reduce operating […]


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 […]


Paragon Digital Helps Put Downtown Keene on the Map

Paragon Digital Marketing took 360-degree interior photography shots of Downtown Keene businesses — allowing people (existing and new shoppers, clients, fans) to take a virtual tour of the inside of participating business. Paragon is working with the New England Web & Tech Collective (NEWT) to find ways to continue and expand this project. In the […]


Persistent Listening: The Key to Exceptional Customer Experiences

By Stephen Monaco, Originally Posted on Monadnock SCORE Persistent listening is a frequently neglected skill, both in business relationships and personal ones, but it’s crucial for mutual understanding and success. From a business standpoint, persistent listening is empathetically listening to consumers in order to learn about them, understand their sentiments and values, and put that knowledge […]


Show Off That You’re Locally Owned: Join Monadnock Buy Local Today!

Locally owned businesses contribute so much to our local economy and community — make sure everyone knows that you’re part of this movement and join Monadnock Buy Local today. What is Monadnock Buy Local? We are a network of locally owned businesses, nonprofits and citizens building a stronger local economy and a more vibrant community.  […]


Free Workshop: Is Your Business Retail Ready?

Are you creating beautifully crafted products but uncertain how to sell them in today’s retail environment? When you present your products to retailers what are they looking for? How should you determine your price? Award-winning business coach and certified AdviCoach® Ann Connor presents a free Hannah Grimes workshop, Is Your Business Retail Ready?!?, on Friday, […]