Success Stories

Blake's Turkey Potpie

Chris Licata, President & CEO of Concord-based Blake’s All Natural Foods was named the New Hampshire Small Business Person of the Year for 2014. This notable award, given by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) annually, recognizes top small business leaders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Blake’s All Natural Foods is a fourth generation family company best known for its made from scratch, all natural and organic comfort food classics as well as its commitment to bringing convenient and healthy dinner options to families across the U.S. Chris Licata joined the family business in 2006 and under his direction, Blake’s has struck the balance of remaining true to the core values that have guided the brand for decades while excelling in new sales channels. Since joining the company in 2006, Blake’s has gone from a New England-only brand to national recognition, selling products to more than 6,000 retailers in 46 states and... Read More

Team O’Neil Rally School of Dalton honored as the SBA 2013 New Hampshire Veteran Owned Business of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced they honored Team O’Neil Rally School of Dalton with the SBA 2013 New Hampshire Veteran Owned Business Award. Owner Tim O’Neil, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and five-time US and North American Rally Racing Champion was one of America’s brightest rally stars. At the height of his career with Volkswagen and Mitsubishi, O’Neil withdrew from the competition to follow his passion to teach.

He opened Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton, New Hampshire, a car control and rally training facility. For the past 18 years business owner Tim O’Neil has trained thousands of everyday drivers, plus professional rally drivers, US government and private security personnel, in advanced car control, rally and winter driving techniques.

O’Neil got his hands dirty early in life at his family’s logging business in Whitefield, New Hampshire. In1977, he joined the United States Air Force and became a Fuel Systems Technician, maintaining F-111s... Read More

Garland Mill Timberframes selected as 2013 Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year

Garland Mill Timberframes of Lancaster, New Hampshire was recently named the 2013 Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business Award winner by SBA New Hampshire. This award recognizes a business that has been passed on to the next generation, demonstrating long term staying power, economic growth, and commitment to their community. 

Garland Mill Timberframes is a design/build company that provides high quality craftsmanship and materials along with state-of-the-art building methods.   The heart of the operation is the Garland Mill, an 1856 water-powered sawmill that powers the mill and generates surplus energy that is returned to the grid.  Brothers Tom and Harry Southworth were the first generation business owners, operating the business since 1974.   They grew their company as they grew their families, hoping one day to pass the company and its high standards and quality on to their children. 

Their sons, Benjamin Southworth and Dana Southworth, left for college and career... Read More

NH Contractor Expands Credentials with SBA Assistance

Sandown-based JMC Construction and Associates, a general construction firm, entered its fifth year in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program in May 2012. The company, launched in 2004 as Carvalho Electric, LLC, focused solely on the electrical trade at the time.

Since becoming certified for SBA’s 8a program in 2008, the company has expanded its primary capabilities beyond the electrical trade to include general construction projects allowing them to take on additional work. As a result of JMC’s participation in SBA business development activities and matchmaking events, JMC has grown their sales exponentially with revenues exceeding the $1 million milestone in 2011.

Rachael Roderick, the SBA Business Opportunity Specialist who administers the 8a program throughout New Hampshire said "Over the past three years, John Carvalho has used an array of SBA programs and tools to propel his business forward. He has seized opportunities to... Read More