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Law in the Marketplace: New Hampshire business know-how

  • John Cunningham

For the Monitor
Published: 7/10/2021 3:00:44 PM

New Hampshire has a population of only 1.37 million – the ninth smallest in the United States. And its gross state product ranks 39th in the U.S. However, it has a complex business structure, and New Hampshire business owners need to know that structure to the extent relevant to their business.

There are, of course, many sources for this knowledge. These include, for example, the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association as the statewide chamber of commerce, local chambers and state and national trade associations. Most New Hampshire business owners are likely to be aware of all of these sources. However, there is one with which they may well be unaware – namely, the annual July issue of Business New Hampshire, a leading New Hampshire business magazine. This issue is entitled “Everything You Need to Do Business in New Hampshire.” The scope of coverage of the issue is remarkable, and it provides many types of information that New Hampshire business owners might have difficulty finding in any other book or magazine. (Full disclosure: the co-sponsor of the issue is the law firm of McLane Middleton, of which I’m of counsel.) I highly recommend the issue to all New Hampshire business owners, but particularly to founders of New Hampshire business start-ups, who, before starting their businesses, may have had little reason to master the New Hampshire business “big picture” that the issue provides.

The specific information in the issue that will be most useful to a New Hampshire business owner will, of course, depend on the owner’s specific type of business. Here, however, is a brief list of types of information in the issue likely to be of use to any New Hampshire business owner.

■Page 10 lists the principal New Hampshire foreign trade markets and NH export volumes to them. These markets include Germany, Canada, Ireland, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. They do not include China or Taiwan. Maybe this means that New Hampshire business owners with unique products may find these two nations to be potential new customers in which these owners will face no U.S. competition.

■Pages 18 and 19 provide an overview of the New Hampshire state government, including information about 33 different New Hampshire agencies and departments, and they provide basic contact information for all of them. Every New Hampshire business owner should be aware of all New Hampshire agencies and departments potentially relevant to

■their businesses, and they should know how to contact them if the need arises.

■Pages 20 through 22 list the names and contact information of every key New Hampshire and federal leader – many of whom, at one time or another, New Hampshire business owners may want or need to contact.

■Pages 23 and 24 provide extensive information about New Hampshire colleges and universities. If New Hampshire business owners or other New Hampshire residents want to know of schools near where they live that their children may want to attend, this is where to look.

■ Page 31 lists the top ten occupations by number of employees in New Hampshire and the fastest growing occupations in New Hampshire between 2018 and 2028. This information may be of interest to many New Hampshire business owners, but even more so to individuals, whether or not they reside in New Hampshire, who want to know the relevance to New Hampshire business owners about possible employees in their occupations.

■Pages 32 through 34 provide extensive information about New Hampshire wages, including minimum wages, in this state and the other New England states.

■Pages 36 and 37 provide extensive information about technology businesses in New Hampshire and other New England states.

■ Page 39 lists all of the 55 chambers of commerce in New Hampshire, many of which can provide major support to New Hampshire businesses located in their areas.

■ Pages 44 through 51 list, in alphabetical order, dozens of types of business resources and the names of New Hampshire organizations that provide them.

But you get the idea. I guarantee you that regardless of your business, you’ll find lots of other materials in the issue that you’ll value – including, on the cover, photos of six lovely babies!

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