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Gray to lead Small Business Development Center

July 17. 2018 10:02AM

DURHAM — University of New Hampshire alumna Elizabeth Gray will lead the Small Business Development Center as state director, UNH announced Tuesday.

An outreach program of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the SBDC provides business advising services for new and existing businesses. Gray most recently was director of entrepreneurship at the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority. She established Live Free and Start, an initiative designed to promote entrepreneurship.

Gray served as economic development business services manager at the state Department of Resources and Economic Development and worked in various capacities in the offices of governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan, and as a legislative aide in the state Senate.

“Liz will bring strong leadership skills, vision, engagement, and energy to her new role at SBDC,” Paul College Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands said in statement. “She will be able to build on the great work Rich Grogan (past state director) and the SBDC staff did to develop a sound strategic plan and create a strong team.”

Gray serves on the UNH Manchester advisory board, and on the boards of directors of the UNH Alumni Association, the Alpha Loft and the New Hampshire High Tech Council, where she is the council’s chair of the government affairs committee. She earned her master’s in public administration from UNH, as well as her bachelor of science, cum laude, with dual majors in environmental conservation and international affairs.

“Entrepreneurship fuels the New Hampshire economy,” Gray said in a statement. “NH SBDC has played a big part in supporting the state’s businesses for 34 years with ongoing expert management advising and education, and I want to help the SBDC continue to thrive and make an impact on economic development in the state.”

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center ( offers business advising and training at 17 regional offices and satellite locations around the state. The program is a cooperative venture of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the University of New Hampshire, and the private sector.


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