Women's Business Center to reopen at SNHU


Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Southern New Hampshire University's School of Business will announce Tuesday the re-formation of a New Hampshire Women's Business Center.The announcement will be made at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the school's Manchester campus.The original center -- which was based in Portsmouth -- shut down last year after 15 years, citing funding difficulties. During its existence, the center was able to offer counseling, support and other assistance to thousands of New Hampshire women entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs.SBA Regional Administrator Jeanne Hulit said the SNHU application to restart the WBC "was selected after a lengthy competitive process and illustrates firsthand the commitment of SNHU to have a lasting and positive impact on the small business community in New Hampshire."According to the school's dean, William Gillette, the relaunched WBC was put together with the help of several women, many of whom have had long relationships with the WBC. Among them are Laurie Chandler of Vigilant Capital, Lucy Hodder of Rath, Young & Pignatelli, Mary Jo Brown of Brown Design, Kathleen Reardon of Citizens Bank, Deborah Schachter and Katie Merrow from the NH Charitable Foundation and Marianne Jones of the Women's Fund of New Hampshire."The school is excited to be able to serve both active and potential women entrepreneurs and business owners in the state through training, assistance, networking and business counseling programs and assistance," said Gillette. -- JEFF FEINGOLD/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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