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Success Stories

Andy Cochran, owner of Salmon Falls Stoneware, started making and selling pottery when he was a
senior in high school. He peddled pottery on Main Street in Durham, NH from a cart made with old
bicycle wheels and then upgraded to a 1935 Ford truck outfitted for displaying his wares. He started
several studios before settling into the Boston & Maine Engine House in Dover, NH. Since then,
Salmon Falls Stoneware has developed into a true production pottery facility complete with potters
who spin the pots, decorators who create the designs, and artisans that manage the production and
sales. It was 37 years when Andy began his relationship with the Small Business Administration (SBA)
and NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC) when he needed help building his business and
purchasing his facility.

When COVID-19 reached New Hampshire, KT & T Distributors of Nashua, a minority-owned small business which provides energy-efficient products was largely impacted.

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Keri Laman’s work ethic, passion, and commitment to her clients is admirable. Keri proudly owns and operates a full-service catering company, seven cafes, a private event room and two micro markets, all in Manchester. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to close 4 cafes entirely, received many cancellations for events that were already booked, and had to shut down her micro markets.

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Joseph Bator is the Executive Vice President and Senior Lender at Primary Bank located in Bedford NH, where he is second in command and responsible for all lending and commercial banking functions of the Bank.

“I am humbled to be honored with this award.  I am only one of many people who do great things to help small businesses. During the financial crisis in 2008-2009 I learned the true value that SBA plays in helping our small businesses.  They were ready then providing recovery loans with no fees and I was able to help so many small businesses survive that crisis that needed access to capital.  It is no surprise in the current pandemic that the SBA is again at the forefront helping small businesses survive and keeping people employed.  Just last week a small business owner called me concerned that they would not be able to make their loan payment because of the shutdown.  I told them not to worry, the SBA would be making their payment for them for the next 6 months.  I... Read More