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Hannah Grimes Times - May 2009
Who Was Hannah Grimes?

Since many ask Who was Hannah Grimes? -- Here you have it:

Hannah Grimes was just as ordinary, and just as extraordinary, as you or me.  She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a grandmother.  She was born and raised in Keene and, quite notably, she was born in 1776.

Hannah Grimes Homestead

The daughter of Bartholomew and Priscilla Grimes, Hannah married William Stoddard Buckminster in 1806 at the age of 30.  The couple moved to Roxbury, established a farmstead on about 200 acres, and built a post & beam cape.  The house was moved a few years later and a large brick addition was added.  In her new home, Hannah made use of two large beehive bake ovens, five Rumford fireplaces, smokers in the cellar at the base of two massive chimneys, eight good-sized rooms, and an attic with excellent drying capabilities.

Hannah's well-built home is still a home.  In fact, it is my home.  The stone walls her family built still stand, serving as a reminder of the people of her time who were also basket makers, bakers, gardeners, blacksmiths, quilters, soap makers, farmers, herbalists, orchardists, furniture makers, and builders.  

Why is it important in the 21st century for us to know or care about an ordinary woman born in the 18th century?  Hannah set a great example for us to follow today.  A product of her times, she created and surrounded herself with simple, creative, beautiful, well-made and functional everyday items.  Just as important, however, was whatever she and her family could not make or grow themselves, they bought from or traded with friends, neighbors and regional businesses in a local marketplace which positively bustled.

A strong local marketplace offers diverse opportunities for self-employment.  It helps to weave people and communities together in interdependent economic and social relationships.  It defines the character of an area and initiates a critical coming together of the people, resources, tastes, craft, and industry of a place.

Enjoy the satisfaction of making and growing your own; build your community by buying from friends and neighbors and...

Keep up the good work of those who walked centuries before us,
Mary Ann Kristiansen
Hannah Grimes Center Executive Director

Creative community responses to the economic downturn.

Join a book discussion and
help bring the green economy to our region.

Set-up your business structure to best match your needs.
Want to discover ways that you can cut down on your waste-related costs?
Click Here:  Waste Reduction


Antioch MBA Topic - Waste Reduction: The Green MBA Earth System class of Antioch University of New England consulted with the Hannah Grimes Center to help local entrepreneurs adopt more environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

For money saving tips and information on the environmental & social impacts of business practices, look for this logo:
Debora Pignatelli Visits Hannah Grimes
Visit On April 24th, Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli visited the Hannah Grimes Center & Marketplace.  There are five executive councils who approve all state contracts.  The Executive Council is a  quiet but powerful group of elected officials in our state, elected to serve as citizen advocates in Concord.  For more information,
ThriveOptions for Setting Up Your Business "Which Business Structure Best Matches
Your Needs?"

Workshop with Attorney, Rob Kasper
 Tuesday, May 26, Noon - 1pm
At Hannah Grimes Center

Attorney Rob Kasper will offer a "Which Business Structure Best Matches Your Needs?" workshop for business start-ups.  This session is your chance to get free insight into topics such as: forms of business organization; tax factors;  and business and legal factors.
Class size is limited to six, ensuring more individual attention and engaging conversation with other entrepreneurs.  To register, visit or call 603-352-5063. Remember, class size is limited - so register today.  There is no charge for these workshops.
Rob Kasper, the principal of Kasper & Associates, PLLC in Walpole, NH, has over 30 years of experience as a business and real estate attorney.  He established his own firm in Walpole, New Hampshire in October, 1991.  For more information, visit
Dazzling PowerPoint Presentations
Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
Friday, May 8, 8:30 - 11:30am
Savings Bank of Walpole, Keene

Neil Giarratana will help participants understand how to make a "dazzling presentation" both orally and electronically. We all make presentations to customers, colleagues, and many others. Come and learn about how to imporve your skills! Cost: $15 members; $20 non-members.  Contact: Susan Newcomer 603-352-1303 ext 14;

GreenEconomyGreen Collar Economy
Book Discussion
How One Solution
Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
Thursdays, June 11 & 18,  6:30-8pm

"Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment...Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy...This path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral."

Working Families Win invites you to a two part book discussion about green jobs and the economy.  Participants will read approximately half the book "The Green Collar Economy" by Van Jones  before each session. Pre-registration required, space is limited.  For information on purchasing books, signing up, or location, contact Nancy Brigham, 603-357-2626 or  More information about Working Families Win at: Co-sponsored by the Hannah Grimes Center.
QuickBooks for Business Owners 
Mondays, May 4, 11, 18 & June 1, 6-9pm
Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Greenfield, MA

The FCCDC is delighted to offer this class for established businesses again due to popular demand. Participants in the first class learned how to tailor this popular accounting software for the specific needs of their own business. They reported that the individual evaluation and counseling with financial consultant, Don Stone, was very helpful as well as the interaction with other business owners. The four session course shows you how to use your financials and reports for decision making.

This course is made possible by a grant from the MA Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship so the only cost to you is $100.  Space is limited.  Contact Amy Shapiro 413-774-7204 ext 107.

Finding Your Target Market Using MarketMaker
Wednesday, May 13
On-line Webinar

Join Dar Knipe, Marketing and Business Development Specialist, University of Illinois for an informative session on how to find your target market and how to use MarketMaker. MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products. It provides an important link between producers and consumers. For more information on how to participate:  For more information on this series:

Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) Reporting 

NHBSR Webinar Series 2009  
Wednesday, May 13, Noon
On-line Webinar

Patricia Carrier, Manager, Facilities/Environmental of NH Ball Bearings, Inc. - HiTech Division, Beth Ginsberg Holzman, CSR Strategy and Reporting Manger of The Timberland Company, NH. For more information, contact Molly 603-391-8471,  Register at

Networking with

Thursday, May 14, 5-7pm
Highlander Inn, Manchester

The Women's Business Center is partnering with Southern NH Women's Business Network and NH Business and Professional Women for an evening networking event at The Highlander Inn, Manchester. Join business leaders from throughout NH in sharing your business tips and challenges. A great networking opportunity. Don't forget your business cards! Light appetizers will be served. Cash bar.  Register by calling Nancy Blake at 430-2892 ext. 1 or emailing, or on the web at  Cost: $5.00 Sign-up online:

Starting & Running a Business
the Right Way

Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 - 9pm
Amoskeag Business Incubator, Manchester

This workshop is for people who are interested in learning the fundamentals of starting and running a business the right way. Some subjects to be covered are the pro's and con's of being in business, registering your business, choosing the business form (LLC, sole proprietor, partnership, etc.), basics of accounting and record keeping, understanding your market, basic business law, cash flow planning and budgeting and how financing really works.  An outline for writing a sound business plan and an example of a business plan are provided. Also included is a generous packet of information pertaining to the workshop.

For more information about this event, call 603-227-0417, or email Cost is $49 - Registration Required
 The registration fee includes all class materials. (Add $30 if a second family member or partner will also attend). Register:

Proper Worker Classification
IRS National Phone Forum
Wednesday, May 20, various times
Location: The convenience of your home or office
Toll free: 1-800-683-4564 or Toll: 913-312-2904
This IRS phone forum is for: tax professionals, small business employers, small business organizations, industry partners.  Learn about:
         Worker classification categories, employee vs. independent contractor
         Categories of evidence for proper classification
         Worker classification related forms
         Treatment of corporate officers
         Section 530 relief requirements
Register by May 15. Cost: FREE. Select the time that works best for you: 10am (access code: 140711), 1pm (access code: 311314), or 4pm (access code: 719050).  We will e-mail presentation materials on May 19.  If you do not receive this e-mail by 2pm on May 19, e-mail us at to request the materials.

Intellectual Property Workshop
Thursday, May 21, Noon to 1pm
Amoskeag Business Incubator, Manchester
Raymond I. Bruttomesso, Jr., a patent attorney at Devine Millimet, will discuss the various ways as well as the most beneficial time to protect your intellectual property. He'll cover patent protection, trademark registration and copyright registration. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. E-mail Karen Menard or call (603) 695-8717,

Entrepreneurial Exchange 2009
Connecting Tools, Techniques and Talents
Thursday, May 28, 8:30am - 4:30pm
SERESC, Bedford

MicroCredit-NH hosts this day-long educational and networking event for owners of small businesses.  One of New Hampshire's premiere entrepreneurs, Howard Brodsky of CCA Global Partners, will deliver the keynote address. Participants will attend a workshop on blogging with Chris Halverson of Halverson New Media in Hancock, and one on Web content with Stephanie Jacques of the Masiello Group of Keene.  The Entrepreneurial Exchange registration fee of $45 members/$55 non-members includes morning refreshments and lunch. Register today for this fantastic event at 1-800-769-3482.

NHBSR Conference: Sustainability
The New Frontier of Revenue Growth   
Monday, June 1, 8:30am     
Grappone Conference Center, Concord

Keynote speakers Andrew Savitz, author of "The Triple Bottom Line: How Today's Best Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success," and Dr. Tom Kelly, Director of the UNH Office of Sustainability, will delve deeply into the bottom line impact of sustainability programs and policies. Educational breakout sessions, networking, exhibitors and discussion circles provide ample time for elevated conversations between like-minded businesses around key issues surrounding social and environmental responsibility. More Information: Molly Hodgson Smith, 603-391-8471,,  Cost: varies. Register Online:

SBA Small Business Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, June 3, 11:30am - 2:30pm
C.R. Sparks, Bedford

The NH Small Business Development Center is hosting the Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon. Sponsorships available.  For more information, contact NH SBDC at 603-227-0417 or

Upstairs Downtown Workshop
Thursday, June 4, 8am - 7:30pm
New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord

The time is right for Upstairs Downtown in New Hampshire. There are hundreds of buildings in our state's historic downtowns with vacant or under-utilized upper floors. These spaces have a central location, high visibility, complete community infrastructure, and are prime candidates for redevelopment. UPSTAIRS DOWNTOWN is an award-winning program designed for building owners, contractors, architects, city officials, preservationists, and downtown professionals to help them reclaim and reuse these vacant upper floor spaces, and turn them into income-producing properties.
Upstairs Downtown presenters, Dan Carmody and Anna Margaret Barris, will address key issues to upper story redevelopment, such as conducting feasibility studies and building assessments; building and safety codes; state and local redevelopment incentives; and downtown parking issues. Through the use of compelling case studies, a speakers panel of local professionals, and a walking tour of some of downtown Concord's upper floors, this workshop will provide you with valuable resources and inspiration to help you reclaim and revitalize the upstairs in your downtown.
RSVP by May 29: Sarah DiSano603-226-2150; Fee includes workshop, lunch and Downtown Concord Tour $75.
SenseMaking $ense: The Economy and Northern New England
From Public Television Stations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont
Watch the full episode of "Making $ense" - an in-depth, informative program that examines some of the economic problems facing our region, and explores some of the innovative approaches northern New Englanders have developed to weather the storm.

Tax Provisions Information
American Recovery & Reinvestment Tax Act (ARRA)
Wendy Campbell, IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison

Revenue Procedure 2009-26 provides guidance under 1211 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 on how an eligible small business  makes an election to carry back a net operating loss (NOL) for a taxable year ending after 2007, for 3, 4, or 5-years instead of the normal 2-years. 

A taxpayer may make the election by attaching a statement to the taxpayer's original income tax return for the taxable year of the 2008 NOL or by claiming the NOL carryback on the appropriate form (Form 1045, Form 1139, or an amended return). 

For a larger listing of ARRA's energy-related tax benefits, see Fact Sheet 2009-10.  Remember that the latest updates on ARRA can be found on on the ARRA page.

Note from Rick Renzelman, Schedule C Workshop Presenter:  What this means is if you sustained a big loss with your schedule C that cancels out all your other income, you could generate a Net Operating Loss (NOL).  You can carry this loss calculated on Form 1045A to another tax year and subtract it from your income for that year.  (An important point that many miss - this loss may zero out your Schedule C income in another year, but does NOT cancel out self-employment tax). 

Previously you had two options when you sustained a loss, you could carry it back two years and use it for that year.  Any loss that still remained after using it in that year was then carried forward one year at a time until used up.  The other option was to forgo carryback and just use it in future years.  The new law allows you more options in that you can now choose what year you want to carry it to (obviously the year that you had the highest income).
In This Issue
Hannah Grimes Business Workshop Series

Marketing Consultant,
David Diesel

Graphic & Web Designer,
Nancy Salwen

Sales Consultant,
Jon Anderson

Computer Consultant, Michael Plotczyk

Attorney, Rob Kasper

Negotiator, Greg Hessel

Banker, Brett Juliano

Other Hannah Grimes Business Programs

Entrepreneur Project

Entrepreneur Alumni Meetings

One-on-One Consultations

NHSBDC Business Coach, Gary Oden

Path of Purpose Business Coach, Helaine Iris

For more information:

2009 Sponsors