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Cost-free program to grow small businesses comes to NH

Cost-free program to grow small businesses comes to NH


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WEBVTT >> WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE’S BUSINESS. I’M FRED KOCUR. A UNIQUE AND DYNAMIC PROGRAM IS COMING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MOST OF IT IS FREE, F-R-E-E. HERE IT IS. LET’S GO TO THE GRAPHICS. 10,000 SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS BY BABSON COLLEGE AND THE GOLDMAN SACHS MADE A $10 MILLION COMMITMENT. NATIONAL MINI MBA PROGRAM TAUGHT AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE PROGRAM IS FREE AND YOU CAN BECOME MORE BANKABLE. NOW, HERE IS THE ELIGIBILITY. IN BUSINESS AT LEAST TWO YEARS, AT LEAST $100,000 IN REVENUE, YOU EMPLOY AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE, INCLUDING YOURSELF, IF YOU’RE AN OWNER. AND BUSINESSES OF ALL TYPES OF ELIGIBLE. WITH ME TO TALK ABOUT THIS ARE TWO PEOPLE WHO KNOW THIS PROGRAM WELL ALREADY. THEY ARE ROSS KATELL. >> GOOD TO BE HERE. >> NICE TO HAVE YOU. >> MARY ALICE LAPOINTE, TO THE POINT MARKETING AGENCY. NICE TO HAVE YOU. >> THIS YOU, FRED. >> ROSS. >> THIS IS DYNAMIC. THIS IS REALLY EXCITING. AND A LOT OF THIS IS FREE, AND I WANT YOU TO JUST GIVE US A QUICK CHARACTERIZATION OF THIS. >> RIGHT, THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT, FRED, IT’S A MINI MBA PROGRAM, BABSON COLLEGE CURRICULUM TO PROVIDE AN MBA KNOWLEDGE ABOUT FINANCE, ABOUT MARKETING, ABOUT STRATEGY, ABOUT HOW I’M GOING TO GROW A BUSINESS AND IT’S APPLIED SO BUSINESS OWNERS COME, THEY TAKE THE PROGRAM FREE. MINI MBA AND THEY CAN APPLY IT TO THEIR BUSINESS AS THEY’RE IN THE PROGRAM. >> HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT? >> I KNOW GOLDMAN SACHS AND BABSON COLLEGE GOT TOGETHER, BUT THEY OBVIOUSLY SAW A NEED FOR THIS. FOR SMALL BUSINESS. >> YEAH, THEY WERE VERY IMPRESSED BY THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND THE OPPORTUNITY THE SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE. THEY’RE POISED FOR GROWTH. AND THE REAL VALUE, THE REAL OPPORTUNITY HERE IS TO TAKE BUSINESSES THAT WANT TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN THEIR BUSINESS PROGRESS, AND ROLL IN THIS PROGRAM AND TO BE ABLE TO GROW HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. >> AND MARY ALICE, YOU DID THIS. >> I DID. >> WITH YOUR AGENCY. YOU WENT THROUGH THE PROGRAM, BUT YOU WENT TO BABSON COLLEGE TO DO THIS, AND NOW PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL GO TO MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HOW DID THIS HELP YOU GROW? >> WELL, I THINK, FRED, THAT THERE COMES A CERTAIN MATURITY IN A BUSINESS WHERE PERHAPS THE ORIGINAL PASSIONS THAT BROUGHT YOU TO OPEN THE BUSINESS, EITHER BEING REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT GOODS OR SERVICES, AFTER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF YEARS WHEN YOU REACH CERTAIN REVENUE THRESHOLDS AND YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES. >> RIGHT. >> SUDDENLY, THOSE SKILLS OF J US PLAIN BEING A GOOD BUSINESS OWNER ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND THIS PROGRAM HELPS TEACH THE BASICS OF NOT ONLY BEING A GREAT BUSINESS OWNER, BUT HOW TO GROW TO THE NEXT LEVEL. >> DID IT CHANGE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN? >> IT GAVE ME A NEW BUSINESS PLAN AND IT HAD BEEN A LONG TIME AND I HAD DEVELOPED MY BUSINESS MRAN WHEN I FIRST STARTED AND I WAS JUST A SOLE PROPRIETOR. AND IT HAD BEEN TEN YEARS AND I HADN’T DONE IT FOR THE FUTURE AND NOT FOR THE FUTURE I WANTED IT TO BE. >> AND YOUR BUSINESS IN A QUICK ONE-LINER. >> A MARKETING WITH DATA DRIVEN. >> AND IN BUSINESS AT LEAST TWO YEARS AND AT LEAST $200,000 REVENUE AND EMPLOYED AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE INCLUDING THE OWNER. ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS IS ELIGIBLE. WHAT DO YOU SEE THE RELEVANCESY OF THIS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE? YOU KNOW THIS BUSINESS COMMUNITY VERY WELL. >> WELL, WE’LL BE– DURING THIS PROGRAM OUT OF MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, OUR BUSINESS FACULTY TOGETHER WITH THE BABSON FACULTY, BUT THIS PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE AND WE’LL SUPPORT THOSE BUSINESSES THROUGH OUR SIX OTHER COMMUNITY COLLEGES ACROSS THE STATE. SO, IT REALLY GIVES ACCESS TO BUSINESS OWNERS ACROSS THE STATE TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND WORK WITH BABSON AND BUSINESS FACULTY FROM OUR COLLEGES. >> LET’S PUT THE CONTACT PERSON UP ON THE SCREEN. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN THIS, THIS IS A PERSON TO GET A HOLD OF. CHRISTINE DUDLEY AT MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND YOU CAN SEE PHONE NUMBER THERE AND HER E-MAIL, WRITE IT DOWN REAL QUICK. AND THEN YOU CAN GET– SEE IT ONLINE BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE’RE GOING TO PUT THIS INTERVIEW. ROSS CHANCELLOR OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. >> THANK YOU. >> AND MARY AL ALICE, TO THE POINT. >> THANK YOU. >> AND IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN WMUR.C

Fred Kocher sits down with Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH, and Mary Alice LaPoint, CEO of ToThePoint marketing, to discuss a new, cost-free program available to NH small business owners to help grow their business

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