Resources to Grow Your Business
MEDC will work with you to understand your business and growth needs, then provide connections to resources most relevant to your success. The Monadnock region is home to a range of business growth-supporting activities. MEDC can leverage its relationships to provide you with access to the right resource, at the right time.
- Small Business Development Center-Keene. The SBDC provides management advising to business owners and entrepreneurs, from multiple locations in the Monadnock region.
- Hannah Grimes Center (HGC). Located in downtown Keene, the HCG provides the space, tools and connections entrepreneurs need to build strong businesses, thriving local economies, and vibrant communities in the Monadnock region.
- NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). This organization helps manufacturers become more competitive and profitable through a range of training and services related to operations, technology, quality management, workforce development, and growth strategy.
Site Selection. MEDC is ready to work with you, in-region communities, and our network – on an anonymous basis – to develop site options that are most relevant to your project’s growth needs.
Permitting & Licensing. MEDC is ready to help you navigate local and state government, to engage with relevant officials who can define and coordinate requirements. Our introductions will save valuable time and help add predictability to permitting process. .
Financing. MEDC can help you find financing that can complement conventional commercial credit. MEDC’s in-house options include:
- Gap financing. MEDC can provide financing that can bridge gaps between project needs and commercial financing, through the USDA Intermediary Relending Program (IRP).
- Job creation finance. MEDC can work with your project, your Monadnock region municipality, and the NH Community Development finance Authority (NH CDFA) to provide project finance tied to the creating new full-time and benefitted jobs.
- MEDC Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). MEDC’s RLF provides greater flexibility to support new investment and job creation opportunities. MEDC an deploy these limited resources to support unique opportunities or unique needs.
MEDC can provide connections to external sources, such as:
- NH Business Finance Authority. This state agency can provide loans, credit enhancements, and tax-exempt bond financing.
- NH Community Loan Fund. This non-profit provides loans, capital, and technical assistance, to enable underserved people participate more fully in New Hampshire’s economy.
- Property Tax relief – Chapter 79E program. Through this program, communities encourage investment and redevelopment in designated areas. Under the law, communities can, for approved projects, maintain a project’s pre-rehabilitation value for a period of up to five years.
- Infrastructure Assistance – Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Through this program, communities that adopt the program can, in designated districts, direct incremental taxes created by redevelopment to finance public improvements.
- Antioch University of New England (AUNE). Located in Keene and established in 1964, AUNE provides continuing education, certificate, graduate, and doctoral–level studies in Education, Environmental Studies, Management, Counseling & Therapy, and Clinical Psychology. Education is offered in online, on campus, and low residency formats.
- Keene State College (KSC). Founded in 1909, KSC is home to over 40 programs of study, ranging from liberal arts to Computer Science, Construction Management and Safety, Nursing, Neuroscience, and Safety & Occupational Health. KSC also focuses on collaborating with employers and creating internship opportunities for its students.
- River View Community College (RVCC). Founded in 1968, RVCC offers degrees and certificates in Arts, Humanities and Design, Business, Health Sciences, Social/Behavioral Science, and STEM/Advanced Manufacturing. RVCC also provides customized training for business and WorkReadyNH, a tuition-free course providing improved workplace skills – soft skills, as well as workplace math, reading and graphic literacy.
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