Seacoast Forward

- A week of entrepreneurial support and celebration -

Monday, October 21st to Friday October 25th - 2013


Kickoff Event

Monday October 21st - 8AM

Portsmouth Library

State of the Seacoast
Join us for breakfast where Nancy Carmer from the City of Portsmouth and Joshua Cyr of Alpha Loft will outline the current economic and entrepreneurial scene in the region.

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Lunch and Learn

Tuesday October 22nd
12PM to 1:30PM

NH-ICC, Portsmouth

Doing a Friends and Family Financing
You may think you can finance your company around the kitchen table through friends and family, but there is more to it than telling them about your great idea. Come learn about the ins and outs of a friends and family financing; including how to avoid costly pitfalls, some recent changes in the law that could impact your financing, what kind of documentation is required, and how to manage it all so that you keep your friends even if the venture doesn't work out.

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Art of the Startup

Tuesday October 22nd - 5:30PM

Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth

Digital Portsmouth
A quarterly event showcasing the creative, digital culture that is thriving on the Seacoast. The evening consists of a cocktail and appetizer hour, followed by presentations from our guest speakers, then an open discussion. We will be showcasing 3 startups followed by a quesiton and answer period.

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Office Hours

Wednesday October 23rd
10AM to Noon

White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth

Chat with State and Local Officials to Help Your Business
The NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and City of Portsmouth Economic Development Office are holding open office hours at White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke to discuss business issues. Warren Daniel, Seacoast Regional Manager will be there to talk about how the SBDC might be able to assist with business development, access to capital, and start-ups. Nancy Carmer, City of Portsmouth Economic Development Program Manager, will provide answers to common questions about doing business within the city.

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Hoopla Party

Wednesday October 23rd
5:30PM to 8PM

The Press Room, Portsmouth

Networking and Social Event
Hoopla is a gathering for you and 100 or so of your favorite peoples who love creative, tech and entrepreneurship in the Seacoast. Enjoy a cool beverage and relax. No presentations. No fuss. Just a lot of hoopla.

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Lean Seminar

Thursday October 24th
4PM to 6:30PM

NH-ICC, Durham

Identifying Your Minimal Viable Product
This year's theme is "Business Tactics"! We will invite industry experts to share their knowledge on key strategies to help you formulate a successful business plan, develop long-term company goals, and take an existing business to the next level.

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Entrepreneur Showcase

Thursday October 24th - 7PM

White Heron Cafe, Portsmouth

Hosted by Seacoast Local
The showcase is a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors and community members passionate about building a local economy based on values of sustainability. The showcase features "lightning" presentations by local entrepreneurs followed by Q&A. Events are casual with food and drink available.

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Lunch and Learn

Friday October 25th - Noon

Alpha Loft, Portsmouth

What Type of Business Structure is Right For Me?
Mitchell Bragg of Ascentage Law will review different types of business formations from Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, LLC, C Corp and more. Bring your questions and your lunch!

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Participating Organizations

Alpha Loft

Alpha Loft



Seacoast Local

Seacoast Local


University of New Hampshire

Music Hall

The Music Hall

NH SBDC / City of Portsmouth

City of Portsmouth and NH SBDC


Joshua Cyr

Founder Alpha Loft
Nick Plante

Nick Plante

Founder Zerosum Labs
Bob Marino

Bob Marino

Board Member Seacoast Local