Opportunities for Businesses to support their community in the COVID-19 Crisis

  • Our partners need us now more than ever and with your help we will together have the resources to react and then to rebuild. DONATE NOW! The NH Response Fund, funded in part by contributions from the business community, will provide nonprofit organizations with resources up to $100,000 for working capital, equipment purchases and programming expenses.

Other Resources for Small Business:

  • NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs is a clearinghouse for NH COVID-19 resources for businesses here.
  • NH Business Finance Authority – BFA has low-interest loan resources to support
  • Small Business Administration – Many of the resources for small business authorized through the CARES Act will be delivered through the SBA and qualified SBA lenders. A summary of resources is here.
  • NH Alliance of Regional Development Corporations – The New Hampshire Alliance of Regional Development Corporations (NH RDC Alliance) is a network of local nonprofit organizations serving each New Hampshire community which support businesses with accessing resources including financing services. Ten RDCs provide technical assistance, support and financing to small businesses across the Granite State.
  • Small Business Development Center – SBDC offers business counseling, access to technical assistance, and help navigating various funding and financing sources. SBDC counselors often work in close coordination with RDCs.  SBDC is tasked with helping businesses access the new resources available through the CARES Act.
  • The Business and Industry Association (BIA) has a comprehensive employer resource page for COVID-19.

CDFA Role in Supporting Businesses

CDFA is working with a variety of partners to support the delivery of direct technical assistance to small businesses and microenterprises.  Those resources include tax credits for operating support for Regional Development Corporations; technical assistance funding to RDCs to help small businesses retain jobs and access Federal and other support; and microenterprise technical assistance grants to economic-development entities across the state who work with very small (‘micro’) businesses.  CDFA is working to increase resources, support greater coordination and collaboration across the community economic development network, and share best practices among practitioners.