As a result of recent efforts to strengthen strategic partnerships with NH chambers of commerce, the NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) will launch the NH SBDC & Chambers of Commerce Collaborative program.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a statewide need for assistance to small businesses. The insight, provided by chambers of commerce through NH SBDC’s study in September, further reinforced the idea that building a solid and long-term relationship with chamber leaders can help benefit small businesses statewide.
“SBDC has had relationships with chambers in New Hampshire for many years and we felt it was crucial at this point in time to gain additional information and insight,” said Liz Gray, NH SBDC state director.
The SBDC goal is to expand its assistance to small businesses through the chambers, which in turn can strengthen the chambers' value to members.
Phase one of the study began in early September and focused on documenting the SBDC's current relationships with chambers of commerce. About half of the 48 chambers around NH participated in the study, representing more than 5,400 businesses. The research was performed by Cardinal Consulting, LLC.
The results and final report were presented to chambers in a virtual meeting.
“As an organization focused on professional development and collaboration for chamber executives, NHACCE [NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives] is pleased to partner with NH SBDC to build an even stronger relationship between our organizations,” said Wendy Hunt, chair of NHACCE. “Together we will enhance the skills and abilities of our members and provide them with knowledge and information they need to bring the programs and services of NH SBDC to their members.”