Mayor Announces 3rd Annual Manchester Small Business Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Contact: Samantha Piatt, Chief of Staff
Office: 624-6500
Cell: 860-6422
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Mayor Announces 3rd Annual Manchester Small Business Week
Manchester, NH – Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas in conjunction with the Manchester Economic Development Office (MEDO) will host the 3rd Annual Manchester Small Business Week presented by Citizens Bank beginning Monday, May 20th through Friday, May 24th.  This week long event will feature programs and events targeted at providing small business owners with the information, resources and tools needed to be successful.
“We are excited to continue this tradition of celebrating small business here in Manchester during National Small Business Week and we are committed to helping owners achieve and maintain success,” began Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  Program topics range from the affordable care act, financing, branding and various event opportunities for networking.
Manchester Small Business Week is presented by Citizens Bank in partnership with the Manchester Economic Development Office.  Workshop sponsors include Comcast Business Class, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Service Credit Union, UNH Manchester, Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and Devine Millimet.  
Events are hosted at various sites across the city by our sponsors and partners.  Most events are free and are open to everyone.  A complete schedule and details of events are available at  A brief oultine follows:
Monday, May 20, 2013:
9:30am – 11:00am
The Affordable Care Act:  What does it mean to you and your business?
Location: The Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road
Cost: FREE
11:30am – 1:15pm
Small Business Week Forum: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Location: The Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road
Cost: $25
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Options for Financing: Ideas and expert advice
Location: PSNH auditorium, 780 North Commercial Street
Cost: Free (refreshments provided)
Tuesday, May 21st:
9:30am – 11:00am
Navigating your business in the city: Tips for handling the planning, development and licensing process
Location: Aldermanic Chambers, City Hall, One City Hall Plaza (refreshments provided)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
How to Pay Your Employees When Your Startup is Getting off the Ground
Location:  Devine Millimet, 111 Amherst Street
Cost:  FREE
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The NH Startup Challenge Semi-Final Pitch Event
Presented by MYPN
Location: abi Innovation HUB, 844 Elm Street
Cost: FREE
Wednesday, May 22nd:
8:30am – 11:30am
What does “sustainability” mean for small business?
Location: UNH Manchester , 400 Commercial Street
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Break the Rules and Close More Sales
Location: Service Credit Union, 14 Colby Court , Bedford , NH
COST: Free
5:20pm – 8:30pm
The NH High Tech Council’s Entrepreneur Forum
Presented by the NH High Tech Council
Location: FIRST Headquarters, 200 Bedford Street
COST: $25 for members, $35 for non-members
Thursday, May 23rd:
7:30am – 9:00am:
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Network AM
Location: Cross Insurance, 1100 Elm Street
COST: FREE for all small business owners
11:30am – 1:30pm
Branding Basics
Location: Millenium Integrated Marketing, 150 Dow Street , 3rd Floor
Cost: FREE
5:30pm – 9:30pm
abi’s Party at Arms
Location: Arms Park , Commercial Street
Cost: $35 per person
Friday, May 24th:
7:30am – 9:00am
Mayor’s Small Business Awards Recognition Breakfast
Location: New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive
Cost: $15 per person (breakfast included)
Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, Department of Resources and Economic Development.
A complete schedule and details of the week events are available at  Events are open to everyone and not limited to Manchester residents.
Samantha Piatt
Chief of Staff
Office of the Mayor ~ Manchester , NH
P. (603) 624-6500
F. (603) 624-6576

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at