HI FRIENDS, This week, we’ll make it short and sweet – our spring online classes are live!! In honor of spring’s welcome return, we’d like to shine a spotlight on our brand-new Spring Business Series, “Seedling to Start Up”.
You’ve probably seen the word CDBG pop up a lot in our weekly e-newsletters, but have you ever read a bit more about this amazing grant? For more than fifteen years, hundreds of emerging and established WREN business owners have received support in growing their enterprises, thanks to Community Development Block Grant dollars. Funding for this program flows from HUD to the CDFA to Grafton County and then to WREN. Each year we receive funds to assist fifty businesses. As long as a business owner meets our program guidelines, she/he may receive up to three years of free assistance. Selection for this program depends on three factors: the likelihood that the emerging or established business will grow its earnings and jobs over time, as well as family size and income. As an example of these last two factors, a single person currently living in Grafton County would be eligible if their annual income is less than $40,900. ELIGIBLE BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING ASSISTANCE: · A free annual WREN membership, valued at $75· Free enrollment in all WREN’s business development classes· Free one-on-one assistance from WREN staff and consultants In return for this support, participants are expected to annually share data on their business income and expenses for the prior year, current number of employees, total wages, salaries or owner’s draw paid in the prior year, and total business loans taken in the current year.
REGIONAL FYI Did you know that NH Grand is a program of WREN? Whether you’re a local looking to learn more about your favorite region of the state, or you’re a traveler coming to New Hampshire’s North Country for the first time, don’t forget to visit the NH Grand website (and the town of Bethlehem’s website!) for all of your area information.
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Thank you for supporting WREN and your community! WREN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit accepting donations year round. If you would like to show your care for the work we do, visit the “Donations” page on our website. Many thanks!