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Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2014

Communications Office

New Hampshire Finance Fair Draws Business Owners, Entrepreneurs

MANCHESTER – Nearly 200 entrepreneurs and small business owners connected with representatives from 40 banks, credit unions and service providers at today's New Hampshire Finance Fair, an initiative that Governor Maggie Hassan outlined in her State of the State address in February.

The finance fair offered resources and seminars to help businesses ensure that they have access to the financing and support they need.

"We are here to make sure that we can help entrepreneurs and businesses grow, expand and hire," Governor Hassan said. "There have been so many changes in our economy in the past few years, it is critical to bring all stakeholders together. This finance fair is for those businesses striving to expand and develop relationships so that they can create good jobs and keep our economy moving forward."

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, the US Small Business Administration and the New Hampshire Bankers Association, the finance fair drew a mix of small business owners who have plans for expansion, as well as entrepreneurs with ideas that they would like to launch.

"We want to make sure that as our economy continues to grow, our entrepreneurs and businesses can grow with it," said Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Seth Goodall, the SBA's New England Regional Administrator, noted that small business owners are "the backbone of the New Hampshire economy and the nation's economy," and urged those attending the fair to take advantage of all the resources available.