Speaker Series



The ECenter's Start-Up Speaker Series connects you with proven entrepreneurs who share real stories about their challenges and victories on the path to success.


Top Reasons to Participate:

ECenter Start-Up Speaker Series

  •   Hear from diverse innovators who show what's possible
  •   Speakers are often UNH alums and know what you can achieve
  •   Rotating speakers means there's always a new story to inspire you
  •  Get fired up about what you can do with your own idea or start-up

Fall 2022 EVENTS


Being Your Own Boss & Owning a Franchise

October 19, 2022

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Entrepreneurship comes in all shapes and sizes. Being your own boss has several different looks.

Join us for an exciting panel discussion with three successful entrepreneurial franchise owners. Learn about the process of finding and buying a franchise, the entrepreneurial skills to launch and run them, and the benefits of growing a proven concept.

FREE dinner & drinks. Raffle and Door Prizes!

Register today!

Meet Our Speaker

Eric Stites '90, CEO & Managing Director, Franchise Business Review

Eric Stites is CEO and Managing Director of Franchise Business Review, the leading market research and consulting firm specializing in franchisee satisfaction and employee engagement. Franchise Business Review’s mission is to help franchise organizations continuously improve performance.

In 2007, Stites created the Franchisee Satisfaction Index (FSI), which has become the industry standard for measuring and benchmarking franchisee satisfaction. Stites is an active member of the International FranchiseAssociation (IFA) and speaks frequently on the topics related to franchise relations, employee engagement, and franchise investing.

Stites graduated from UNH in 1990 with a B.S. in Plant Biology and a minor in Business Administration.


Meet Our Panel









Anna Stice, General Manager, Crumbl Cookie

From working as a Crew Trainer at McDonalds as a teenager to running a baking business from home, Anna has spent many years preparing and serving quality food. She is a problem solver and efficiency expert. In addition to having excellent organizational, planning, and managerial skills, she loves to promote happiness through tasty food.

Anna has spent the last twelve years working as a Stay-at-Home Mom and volunteering in the community. Prior to that she worked as a Securities Trader for Fidelity Investments.  She has a double degree from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Russian.









Matt Goyette '97, Multi-Unit Franchisee, Jersey Mike's Subs

Founded in 1956, Jersey Mike's Subs has over 2300 domestic stores and is consistently #1 in the best sandwich categories. It is also ranked one of the top QSR brands nationwide. Known for its best-in-class sub sandwiches, Jersey Mike's has also branded itself as a leader in philanthropy, committing every March to the Month of Giving. In 2022 Jersey Mike's donated over $20 million to Special Olympics USA Games.

Goyette spent 23 years in commercial finance and 15 of those years with a specialty in franchise finance. Providing senior-secured financing for multi-unit operators in the franchise space, Goyette had premier access to 'blue chip' brands, and therefore was afforded insight to the economics of the brands he serviced. He opened his first store in 2019 in Exeter, NH.


Goyette graduated with honors from the Whittemore School of Business (Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics) in 1997 with a BS in Business Administration. He currently lives in Rye, New Hampshire with his wife, Natasha and two children, Chase and Stella. 








Eric Chaisson '96, Owner, My Handyman of Dover Portmsouth Rochester

Eric has a diverse background in management, with a focus on managing teams where timeliness, efficiency, and safety are critical to customer satisfaction, and to the success of the business.

Prior to joining the My Handyman franchise as a co-owner, Eric was an Assistant Store Manager for an independent grocery company, where he aided in managing and building the brand for 20 years for a semi-retired owner. Before that, Eric worked as the General Manager for a manufacturing company for about 7 years, where he was responsible for running the day-to-day business. His natural leadership skills combined with an innate ability to efficiently coordinate operations for complex teams are what allow him to manage a team of skilled handyman professionals to consistently deliver exceptional service.

Sponsored by Lake Street Advisors

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 event videos

Two Wildcats and Their Unusual Journeys to Start-Up Success

Lessons Earned by a Serial Entrepreneur - Bill Seibel

Shaw Innovation Explorers An Evening With Brian Skerry October 18, 2021

Innovation Speaker Series: Two Beats Ahead November 18, 2021


125 lbs of burritos

Total CHIPOTLE consumption by hungry Speaker Series participants SINCE Spring 2020!


"Listening to these entrepreneurs felt like being engaged in a conversation and they encouraged others to reach for their passions. It was so valuable to learn about their journeys starting from the beginning [...] almost like you're reading a book.“

Participant, Fall 2022 Speaker Series


BIPOC Idea Workshop Session 2 - September 16, 2020
BIPOC Idea Workshop Session 1 - September 15, 2020
Squeezing, Recruiting, and Mystery Shopping with Tyler Goodwin '12 (Intel 360) and Alex Vandermark (The Juicery)