UNH Professors Discuss State Economy At Breakfast
Forum Nov. 17
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 15, 2004
WHAT: Jeff Sohl, professor of decision sciences, and Ross
Gittell, professor of management, at the University of New Hampshire
Whittemore School of Business and Economics, will present a preview
of their research on the critical area of entrepreneurial start-up
funding and the state’s shifting economy at the Portsmouth
Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Forum.
WHEN: 7:30-9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004
WHERE: Redhook Ale Brewery, Pease International Tradeport,
BACKGROUND: Jeff Sohl has been researching the national trend
of entrepreneurial start-up funding for NetworkNH, a coalition of
business and academic leaders working together to build a strong
economic future for New Hampshire. The final report is scheduled
to be released in January, so this is an opportunity for chamber
members and policy makers to get a jump on the research findings.
The preliminary report shows that angel investors are moving away
from putting money into seed and start-up companies. According to
Sohl, it’s a trend that could prove crippling to the New Hampshire
economy given that 20 percent of small innovative start-up companies
account for more than 80 percent of the state’s job growth.
Ross Gittell will speak on what’s hot and what’s not
in the New Hampshire economy, compare the state’s performance
to New England and the nation, and present a forecast for the future
of high-tech, manufacturing and entrepreneurial ventures.
Admission is $12 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. Those
interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP the Portsmouth Chamber
by contacting Diane Burch at (603) 436-3988, ext. 13, or e-mail