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Bar News - May 17, 2013


Devine Millimet Team Named 2013 Small Business Champion

The US Small Business Administration recently announced that the 10-member Small Business Team at the Devine Millimet Law Firm has received the SBA 2013 New Hampshire Small Business Champion Award. The team will be recognized along with several outstanding entrepreneurs at the annual NH SBA Small Business Awards event on May 22.

The SBA, in a prepared statement, said the Small Business Team at Manchester-based Devine Millimet understands the importance of providing sound legal advice at the inception of the business and has developed a keen appreciation for the important role small businesses play in innovation and invigoration of our economy, especially in economically challenging times.

In response to a tendency by entrepreneurs to cut corners in tough times, despite costly consequences later, the Small Business Team at Devine Millimet, led by attorneys Steve Cohen and Practice Group Leader Angela Martin, developed a proposal for the firm’s board of directors. The plan provided direct assistance to up-and-coming small business owners with legal advice and necessary paperwork to start their companies on a solid foundation, without having to pay legal fees. They were convincing, and with the board’s support, the Small Business Team began the Business Launch Initiative in 2010.

The team worked with state and local economic development organizations, bankers, SCORE, the Center for Women’s Business Advancement, the abi Innovation Hub, the Secretary of State, and the NH Small Business Development Center. These organizations now commonly make referrals to the Small Business Team, which has helped more than 200 business owners launch their businesses with the knowledge and assurance that their business has a solid foundation to support growth and future development. The value of the services provided to these small business owners is estimated to be in excess of $160,000 to date.

"Starting a business is a challenging and often daunting endeavor," said SBA District Director Greta Johansson, "and providing legal guidance is a tremendous service to New Hampshire’s budding entrepreneurs."

In addition to advice on legal structure, the team’s new clients have received copies of the firm’s publication, An Entrepreneurs Guide to Starting a Business in New Hampshire, and an ongoing stream of electronic advisories on various topics relevant to small businesses, including changes in laws and regulations.

Attorneys at Devine Millimet have a history of supporting startups, and the attorneys of the Small Business Team have an impressive community service record, including involvement on the boards of community service organizations, the Business and Industry Association, public policy institutes, and business incubators. The team is also a key partner and major sponsor of the City of Manchester’s Small Business Week in collaboration with the Manchester Economic Development Office.

Members of the Small Business Team at Devine Millimet are: Steve Cohen, Angela Martin, Claire Rachel Howard, Kristin Mendoza, Sean Flanagan, Harper Marshall, Margaret O’Brien, Jennifer Rivett Schick, Justin T. Vartanian and Teresa Rosenberger of Devine Strategies.

To learn more about the NH event on May 22, visit www.nhsbdc.org; nationally, SBA celebrates Small Business Week from June 17-21, 2013.

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