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Belknap EDC to Partner in Launch of Community Navigator Pilot Program

$2.5 million Grant Awarded to the Community Development Finance Authority by U.S. Small Business Administration

Belknap EDC to Receive $250,000 to Support Lakes Region Businesses

Belknap EDC is pleased to be a partner with the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) in the launch of the Community Navigator Pilot Program in New Hampshire. The program is designed to reduce barriers to accessing critical resources for small businesses, specifically for underserved businesses and communities, and is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to CDFA.

New Hampshire’s Community Navigator Pilot Program will focus on addressing the barriers for businesses owned by women, socially and economically disadvantaged, and underserved entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on microenterprises, cooperatives, and early-stage business development. The program design builds on years of Belknap EDC’s support of microenterprises through technical assistance, business financing support, workforce development, and more. To learn more and sign-up for program-related news and updates, visit

Justin Slattery, Belknap EDC Executive Director states, “We are excited to be selected as one of the lead agencies in the state on this new economic development initiative. With the $250,000 we receive; we look forward to working with our business partners to support our business community in the Lakes Region.”

For more information on resources available to New Hampshire small businesses and microenterprises through Belknap EDC, click HERE.

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