Howard Brodsky finds inspiration in the Biblical story of David and Goliath.
There's no reason why the small-business owner has to succumb to a giant corporation like Walmart or Home Depot, or why a small charity can't survive alongside mega-organizations like the Red Cross and the Cancer Society.
So Brodsky is in the business of evening the odds. His Manchester Millyard company CCA Global Partners is 30 years old this year. The member-owned cooperative provides bulk purchasing and business services such as marketing, insurance, credit-card processing and human relations to small businesses.
Some 4,000 businesses are members and are in fields that range from flooring to childcare.
Three years ago, Brodsky brought the same philosophy to nonprofits, when he and the New Hampshire Center for Non-Profits launched NonprofitNext, which provides organizational help to small nonprofits.
"My life is really about bringing equality to the world," Brodsky said. "David and Goliath; we provide the tools to make that happen."
Brodsky grew up in Manchester and has remained in the state nearly his entire life. He launched the New Hampshire Better Business Bureau 20 years ago, he sits on the boards of Southern New Hampshire University, the New Hamsphire Institute of Art and the Elliot Hospital.
He is also a justice of the peace and keeps score: 30 marriages, no divorces.
Brodsky doesn't want his age reported; people discount you after a certain age, he said. But he admits to being older than 60. "I'm still," he said, "in the middle of my career."