Business Workshops

The Enterprise Center at Plymouth holds regular workshops and seminars for both its members and for the local business community.  Workshops are no cost to attend and are supported by the Meredith Village Savings Bank, NH Community Development Finance Authority, and the Grafton Regional Development Corporation. Plymouth State University faculty, local business leaders, and community partners facilitate these entrepreneurial sessions throughout Grafton County.

Please check back often to see a full schedule of these events.  For questions or additional information about the ECP Seminars or to discuss how we can help your business, please contact Anne Duncan Cooley, at ADC@graftonrdc.org or 603-536-2011.

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION: For all workshops hosted at the Enterprise Center, please park in the metered parking on Main Street or Green Street. Not sure where those streets are? We created this map for your convenience!

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Creating an Advisory Board for your Small Business

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:00 – 10 AM

Littleton Opera House

You’re not in this alone! It’s important as a small business owner, to surround yourself with individuals who have expertise in a variety of different fields. This group of people will serve as an informal Advisory Board you can bounce ideas off, or go to for advice on matters you’re not familiar with. They can help you identify areas for improvement, potential partnerships, or help with your strategic direction.

But where do you start when you want to create an Advisory Board? In this seminar, Stewart Gates, will go over some of the best practices for identifying and asking people to be a part of your advisory board. The work doesn’t stop there though. Stewart will also be going over how to get the most out of your advisors and how to develop long standing business relationships with them.

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Developing a Well-crafted Business Plan

Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:00 – 11 AM

Enterprise Center at Plymouth

Whether you are preparing to launch a new business or you have been in business for years operating without one, there are many advantages to creating a business plan. It’s also typically a requirement for any business seeking financial support.

In this workshop, SBDC Certified Business Counselor, Stewart Gates, will guide attendees through the process of developing a well-crafted business plan. Along the way he will provide tips for optimizing each section to assemble a convincing plan that demonstrates to a lender that the business will succeed and be sufficiently profitable to repay a loan.

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Choosing and Forming the Right Business Entity

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce

So you decided to go into business for yourself. Choosing the right business structure is the first important decision you will make in launching your new enterprise. Most small businesses in New Hampshire are of three common types: sole proprietorships, limited liability companies and corporations. But which choice is right for you? In the first of a three-part seminar series, Jonathan Boutin and Leigh Willey, business law attorneys will provide an overview of each structure and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each to assist you in making this decision. The seminar will also cover business formation, corporate governance and best practices to ensure your new company remains in good standing.

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Understanding Employment Law for Small Businesses

Mar 5, 2019 9:00 AM

Enterprise Center at Plymouth

Congratulations! Your new business is thriving and you need to hire employees. That’s the good news. The bad news is that hiring and managing employees is fraught with potential pitfalls that are not only distressing, but expensive. In this second seminar of a three-part series, attorneys Jonathan Boutin and Leigh Willey will discuss some of the common employment issues encountered by small businesses. In addition, Mr. Boutin will share insight from his ten years’ experience in human resources management. Topics to be covered in this seminar include: · Hiring: best practices, interviewing tips and techniques, reference and background checks, employment agreements, including non-competes/non-solicitation/non-disclosure agreements and worker classification. · Benefits and Compensation: wage and hour requirements, insurance and the Family Medical Leave Act. · Workplace Policies: employee discipline, the role of social media and employee handbooks. · Termination: separation agreements and severance packages.

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Real Estate for Small Businesses: Setting Up Your Home Away From Home

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Enterprise Center at Plymouth

In the third installment of a three-part series, Attorneys Jonathan M. Boutin and Leigh S. Willey, will present on real estate issues that small businesses commonly face. Topics will include: financing options, negotiating leases and purchase and sale agreements and navigating the associated due diligence and pre-closing phases of the transactions. Speakers will also provide an overview of the municipal permitting process, including variances and special exceptions.

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Generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank:

Meredith Village Savings Bank