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Business Services North

Business Services North is a collaboration of White Mountains Community College (WMCC), Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and the NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC).

Business Services North offers small business owners help and solutions by making just one phone call to a common number (603-342-3174). Trained business consultants will discuss with callers how the collaborating entities can best meet the needs of the entrepreneur. http://www.businessservicesnorth.org/

Business owners have access to N.H. SBDC’s confidential business management assistance and online e-learning program, WMCC’s entrepreneurial counseling and group educational events, and NCIC’s business financing, technology related grants, and marketing assistance.

Local Biz Wiz provides small business owners in northeastern Vermont and northern New Hampshire with immediate access to online resources for starting and operating a small business.  The website also features a business evaluation tool and link to Local Biz Wiz resources to guide business owners and provide assistance when requested.  Local Biz Wiz is a collaborative project of the New Hampshire Business Services North partners, as well as Vermont based partners. http://www.ncic.org/bizwiz/

WMCC also offers one-on-one technical assistance to small businesses, as well as our popular Small Business Launchbox, and Small Business Shoebox series.

Launch Box

The Launch Box Party is for those individuals who are thinking of starting a new business or strengthening their existing business.  The Launch Box is designed to be an all-inclusive box full of material to start a business.  Almost everything that you will need to start or grow a business is included in the Launch Box; forms for registering your business name, forms for applying for an EIN number, marketing information, financial information and even a place to organize your business records for a year is included. 

Starting a business can be as easy as hanging a shingle on your front door.  This series will guide you through all the other steps that you need to make your business thrive and grow.  Don't miss out on this important free information! 

“Small businesses are cropping up everywhere!  More and more individuals are starting their own businesses.  Getting the information to keep it going in the right direction is the key.  The Launch Box Party invites the experts in to answer your questions, open your eyes, and help you through the process", said Joyce Presby, Entrepreneurial Resource Consultant for the White Mountains Community College.  “By inviting a lawyer, an accountant, a marketer, and a planning specialist, this series is packed full of essential information for the new start-up business or even the existing business looking to grow and prosper."

Maybe you have been thinking about starting your own business and just do not know where to start, maybe you have a hobby and would like to develop it into a business, or maybe you just need extra income.  Whatever your reason, there is not a better time than now to explore your options.

This Launch Box Party is brought to you by Business Services North, which is a collaboration of White Mountains Community College (WMCC), Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and the NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC).

Registration is free but required and seating is limited for the Launch Box Party, so register early.  For more information and registration for the Launch Box Party or any of the seminars, please call Joyce Presby at 603-717-5457 or email jpresby@ccsnh.edu

Laucnh Box Series Dates Early Summer 2015

A Small Business Launch Box Party is being held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive, at 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The series schedule is as follows:

Tuesday May 19 2015 @2 :00-4:00 PM
Information on legal aspects such as business entities.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Financial information about record keeping and tax obligations.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 @ 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Marketing information about branding and the need for marketing materials. 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 @ 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Information on Planning: the business plan, the marketing plan, and a financial plan.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 2:00 – 4:00 PM
A Resource Panel for more technical assistance, financing, and more.
 

ShoeBox

Do you have a small business and keep your expense receipts and sales receipts in a “Shoe Box?”  If you answered yes, or even if you didn’t, you might be interested in attending a Small Business “Shoe Box” Party! This workshop is the ticket to get you organized and ready for Tax Time, and to get you started on the right foot for the years to come.  The Shoe Box workshop will help you get started with a system that will work for you to keep your records sorted, organized, up to date, and more accurate.  Bring your shoe box, basket, or file folder, all your expense receipts, your sales slips, and any other information that you have regarding your business.

Virtual Box

A Small Business Virtual Box Party is being held on Monday, May 11 2015 at the White Mountains Community College Littleton Academic Center from 9:00- 11:00 AM.  (See below for the rest of the series.) The Virtual Box seminar series defines social media and describes how businesses can take advantage of social media tools. This series is hands-on and walks you through how to use social media tools.  The first session will be an overview of what social media is and what it can do for the small business owner.  The remainder of the seminars will probe into a few of the many platforms available to small business owners. The Virtual Box series take place at White Mountains Community College in Berlin. 

“Marketing your product or service in today’s market is a challenge.  Having some tools to use (that are still free) is a great asset.  Exploring what is out there and what will work for your business is what we are trying to accomplish with the Virtual Box Party,” said Joyce Presby, Entrepreneurial Resource Consultant for the White Mountains Community College.  “Having the opportunity to sit at a computer with step by step instructions, is one of the best ways to delve into the unknown.”

Facebook is used by many to keep up with family and friends, but for a small business it can be a valuable tool.  To Tweet or not to Tweet?  There is no question – savvy marketers need to stay on the cutting edge.  Staying connected on Linkedin can lead to more customers. YouTube can draw customers from all over the world.  Pinterest can display your products in a new community.  Blogging can help you tell your business story, educate your clients, and entertain your audience.  Learn how to tap into this amazing community of people from around the world.  Create and maintain your own accounts.  Discover ways to engage the community, build your following, and drive communications to your business. Gain an understanding of the tools and best practices for effective communications and integrate them into your business.

Social Media is like word-of-mouth on steroids, blogs are a key platform in launching any successful marketing campaign.  Businesses can build credibility, enthusiasm, and customer trust. Discover how the blogosphere has changed the face of marketing, advertising, public relations, and content development.  Learn how to create and maintain your own blog, engage in blogger outreach, and integrate these tactics into your overall social network marketing strategies. 

This social media series gives you the tools and knowledge you need to make that decision for yourself. This Virtual Box Party introduces social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and social media tools such as blogs.

Mark your calendars for the remaining workshops in the series:   

May 18 Facebook 

June 1 Twitter

June 8 Linkedin

June 15 YouTube 

June 22 Pinterest

June 29 Blogging

This Virtual Box Party is brought to you by Business Services North, which is a collaboration of White Mountains Community College (WMCC), Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and the NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC).

Registration is free but required and seating is limited for the Virtual Box Party, so register early.  Laptops are not required, but encouraged.  For more information and registration for the Virtual Box Party, please call Joyce Presby at 603-717-5457 or email jpresby@ccsnh.edu.