Business Resources & Financing

We're serious about helping you succeed in Manchester. Whether you're relocating or growing, just starting or planning your next corporate move, we've got the resources to get it done.

Alpha Loft

Alpha Loft incubates and accelerates startup and early-stage companies in NH, creating an entrepreneurial culture of growing companies.  With multiple coworking locations Alpha Loft provides high value programming, events, advice, and mentoring, improving entrepreneurs prospects for successfully launching and scaling innovation-based businesses.

New Hampshire Business Finance Authority

The Business Finance Authority (BFA) is a self-funded State entity created in 1992 to foster economic development and create employment in New Hampshire. The BFA accomplished these objectives by working with New Hampshire's banking, business, and economic development sectors to develop and implement programs which expand the availability of business credit within the State.

SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers several programs in cooperation with local banks that may increase the availability and reduce the costs of business financing. New Hampshire's SBA also offers a Small Business Hotline available to small business owners seeking advice, assistance or resources. The phone number is (603) 225-1407 and all calls are free and confidential.

Manchester Development Corporation

The Manchester Development Corporation is a non-profit corporation closely affiliated with the City of Manchester. Through its Investment Committee, it may make loans, with approval of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, to promote economic development of the City, based upon its Investment Guidelines.

Community Loan Fund

MircroCredit-NH provides self-employed and small business entrepreneurs with loans of up to $10,000 for participating business members.

Southern NH Regional Planning Commission

SNHPC serves as the coordinating agency for the planning initiatives of thirteen communities in the region. By taking a regional approach to address development concerns, the Commission crafts effective and efficient solutions that will preserve the special character and valuable resources of the region.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Incorporated in 1911, the GMCC is the largest business organization in the greater Manchester area, focusing its efforts primarily on the ten communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, Manchester, and Merrimack. The Chamber provides members with marketing opportunities, economic indicators, listings in the area's only business directory, legislative bulletins, representation in both local and state government and more.

Intown Manchester

Intown Manchester serves the downtown business community, providing maintenance and beautification services, hosting large-scale events that bring the community to the downtown area and advocating for downtown businesses.

NH Small Business Development Center

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center is the key link to business assistance in New Hampshire and to programs offered through the University System, the State of New Hampshire, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the private sector. The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center offers free, one-on-one, confidential business counseling, low cost training programs, and access to information and referral. Specialized services include environmental counseling, manufacturing assistance, and innovative economic development initiatives.

NH International Trade Resource Center

The New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center's unique alliance of state, federal and private sector organizations - all conveniently housed in one single location - offers a full spectrum of information, programs and customized services. The Trade Center also offers an extensive international business library, the statewide hub of the International Trade Data Network, a worldwide network of Commercial Consuls, a European-based logistics center, overseas virtual offices and more.

Venture Capital and Angel Investors

  

Borealis Ventures

Borealis Ventures is a seed and early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in companies in Northern New England.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is an informal group of angel investors with a focus on high tech business opportunities.

CEI Community Ventures

CEI Ventures wholly-owned subsidiary of Coastal Enterprizes, Inc. ("CEI"), a not-for-profit Community Development Corporation, that manages two venture capital funds with total commitments of $25.54 million. These funds make equity investments in companies with the potential to grow profitably and provide attractive financial returns. CEI seeks to create quality employment opportunities, promote progressive management practices, support socially beneficial products and services to benefit qualifying communities.

Vested For Growth

Vested for Growth (VfG) is a resource to help New Hampshire entrepreneurs and their employees realize their shared ambitions. (VfG) was launched by the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to put capital and tested tools to work for small businesses in New Hampshire. It is rooted in a business philosophy that entrepreneurs outperform their peers in growth and profitability when they engage their employees in decision-making and share profits with them.

Merchant Banc

MerchantBanc recognizes under-served markets as viable places of entrepreneurial activity and for venture capital investment. MerchantBanc is rooted in the philosophy that three components make growth oriented companies flourish - a good supply of venture capital, experienced and connected entrepreneurs and skilled labor. MerchantBanc's market building strategy is designed to provide its markets with these same resources, promoting entrepreneurial success.