Best Small Business Resources in the Manchester Area

Small map with pin depicting Manchester, NH

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. New Hampshire has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Manchester area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in New Hampshire.

Resources Available in your Area

Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Legal Assistance

Description

The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center provides various opportunities for entrepreneurs with questions to meet with coaches for one-on-one sessions to discuss their ideas. These mentoring sessions offer legal advice as well. The center also provides an excellent an makers space that has advance tech equipment for product development or other needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

21 Madbury Road, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824
800-735-2964
e.center@unh.edu


Alpha Loft Manchester

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

Alpha Loft provides comprehensive programs for aspiring entrepreneurs; it hosts regularly programming for education, a free course for start-ups to hone in their skills and pitches, as well as an accelerator function that provides mentorship to early-stage start-ups.  The organization also offers coworking spaces and many opportunities for networking.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1087 Elm Street, Second Floor
Manchester, NH 03102
603-629-9511
info@alphaloft.org


Center for Women & Enterprise

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning

Offers Free Service

Description

The Center for Women & Enterprise offers a variety of services and programming to strengthen women entrepreneurship and leadership. The CWE in New Hampshire provides one-on-one mentoring services for women needing advice or aid in developing their ideas. The center also offers training programs and networking opportunities throughout the year. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

30 Temple St., Suite 610
Nashua, NH 03060
603-318-7580
info.newhampshire@cweonline.org


Center for Women and Enterprise New Hampshire

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

30 Temple Street, Suite 610
Nashua, NH 03060
603-318-7582


Creative Kitchens

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Product Development

Description

The Creative Industry offers a great commercial space for entrepreneurs interested in food startups and need space to develop their products.  The wide, modern kitchen space also offers mentorship to help entrepreneurs get started on creating their unique products and begin their businesses. 

Restrictions

Food industry businesses only.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

35 Manchester Rd., Unit 9
Derry, NH 03038
888-625-2111
info@creativechefkitchens.com


Manchester SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


nashuaHub

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

The nashuaHub is a resourceful incubator space for aspiring entrepreneurs; paired with its large office spaces come with experts in business who provides training and mentoring services. The hub also hosts various events throughout the year, a great chance for networking.  

CONTACT INFORMATION:

4 Water Street
Nashua, NH 03060
603-402-1700
info@nashuahub.com


NH SBDC Environmental Management Program

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.