Colonial Theatre Project Update

Last week we learned that the federal New Markets Tax Credits we hoped would be part of the financing for the Colonial Theatre project will not be forthcoming – no projects in Northern New England received an award in this round. Although these tax credits were a significant part of our ideal funding plan, the redevelopment of the Colonial Theater continues to be an active project. We continue working with our dedicated partners, including the City of Laconia and State of New Hampshire, developing plans to move the project forward with the millions of dollars that we have already raised. Because you have been an important supporter of the project and Belknap Economic Development Council’s wo

Helping Laconia Village Bakery Grow

Belknap EDC can assist your business with financing, business planning, and in accessing other resources to help your business succeed. We were able to work with Rachel Jameson at Laconia Village Bakery on her growing business's needs and we welcome the opportunity to help more Lakes Region businesses. If you are looking to finance your business start-up or ready to put your expansion plans in motion, Belknap EDC is here to help you navigate the process of business financing. Learn more at

Grow Your Business with Our Support

Starting or growing your business takes vision and most often, financing is needed. Belknap EDC is focused on supporting local businesses thrive. If you are looking to finance your business start-up or ready to put your expansion plans in motion, Belknap EDC is here to help you navigate the process of business financing. Financing takes many shapes and forms from conventional lending and commercial financing to trendy crowd funding platforms and can be overwhelming to know where to begin or what works for your business goals. Not sure where to begin? Our dedicated loan officer and business consultant will help you navigate your needs to determine best options, so you can confidently secure

Congratulations to the Lakes Region Futures Golf Scramble Winners

BelknapEDC was proud to be a presenting sponsor, along with Fusion, NH and Laconia Country Club, of the Lakes Region Futures Golf Scramble and BBQ Social that took place May 13. Teams of four competed in a golf scramble format tournament, making an emphasis on fun without the pressure of players keeping individual scores. Everyone enjoyed the brisk afternoon of golfing and networking, along with great food and prizes. Congratulations to the winning team, which included Ryan Phelps, Dennis Phelps, Jeff Pierson, and Jim Phelps. Thank you to all who participated! Photo Caption: The winning team poses for a photo along with Andrew Pike (far left) and Kara LaSalle (far right).

Belknap EDC Announced 2019 Board of Directors

Belknap EDC is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors: Bill Bald, Melcher and Prescott Insurance President, Dr. Larissa Baia, Lakes Region Community College President and Jeanie Forrester, Tilton Town Administrator. Directors provide leadership and direct our mission to promote economic vitality and opportunity in Belknap County. Chris Kelly, ReMax Bayside Realty Owner, will serve a second year as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. William Bald, Melcher and Prescott Bill Bald serves as President of Melcher & Prescott Insurance. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the insurance arena, includes healthcare and employee benefits insuranc

April showers bring May flowers!

As the clock moves forward toward warmer months and enjoying our beautiful region outdoors, it is exciting to look forward to taking part in all that the Lakes Region has to offer! Whether exercising on the WOW Trail and enjoying a night out at the WOW Ball on 5/18, checking out Winni River Days in June, or the Exit 20 Food Truck Festival in Tilton on 5/11, you can't go wrong! There are too many outdoor recreation and events to name! Here's to a great upcoming season and enjoying all our region has to offer....

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