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Small Business Day at the State House, presented by Bangor Savings Bank

Small Business Day at the State House, presented by Bangor Savings Bank

Friday, March 24, 2023 (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM) (EDT)


BIA's annual Small Business Day at the State House is an opportunity for small business owners and managers to meet peers from other small businesses across the state and learn about solutions to many challenges they face. Small business owners and managers can look forward to learning:

Hear an update on pending small business legislation at the State House, how to attract and retain employees from seasoned human resources professionals, and current economic factors facing small business financing options. The event concludes with a complimentary State House tour and meet & greet with the governor and/or legislative leadership depending on scheduling.


8:00 am: Registration & Breakfast at the Holiday Inn

8:30 – 8:45 am: Welcoming remarks

Mike Skelton, President & CEO, Business & Industry Association

Mike Vlacich, New England Regional Administrator, US Small Business Administration

Michael O’Reilly, Senior Vice President, Bangor Savings Bank

8:45 – 9:45 am: Financing panel

Please join a panel of experts in the small business financing arena as we discuss changes in the banking market from last year until today. Leaders will discuss how inflation, workforce issues, supply chain delays and rising interest rates have affected the market. Learn how banks and their financial partners are working together to help small business through this ever-changing economic environment.


Amy Bassett, District Director, New Hampshire Office, SBA

Liz Gray, State Director, New Hampshire SBDC

James Key-Wallace, Executive Director, New Hampshire Business Finance Authority

Heather Leach, Vice President Commercial Banking, Bangor Savings Bank

Moderator: Michael O'Reilly, Senior Vice President, Bangor Savings Bank

9:45 – 10:00 am: Networking Refreshment Break

10:00 – 11:00 am: Resources for Small Businesses

There is nothing more complicated for the small businessperson than safely navigating the many complex state and federal laws and regulation regarding employment. This panel discussion features two of New Hampshire’s finest labor law attorneys who are both seasoned HR vets with many years’ experience working with small business clients. Together, they will cover employment issues critical for small businesses and provide answers to all your employment/HR related questions.


 Andrea Chatfield, Of Counsel, Sheehan Phinney

Peg O’Brien, Director, Employment Law Practice Group, McLane Middleton

Moderator: David Juvet, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Business & Industry Association

11:00 am: Event at Holiday Inn concludes, attendees reconvene in State House Lobby (Hall of Flags)

11:30 am: State House Tour and meet and greet with Senate President Jeb Bradley. Following the State House tour, lunch and refreshments are available for purchase in the State House cafeteria.

For more information or sponsorship/exhibitor details, please contact at 603-224-5388 x101.


The cost to attend is $25 per person and is open to the general public. 

Registration fee includes breakfast, refreshment break, and State House tour. Lunch is available at your own cost at the State House cafeteria immediately following.

Cancellations accepted up to one week prior to event. After that, substitutions are allowed. 

**Please note, online registration will close at 12pm on Thursday, March 23rd. Walk-ins will be accepted but there will be a $10 surcharge and payment is required at the door.** 

Holiday Inn
172 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301 United States
Friday, March 24, 2023 (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM) (EDT)
Small Business Day
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