February 15: Online SBA event offers help for small businesses to rebuild and revitalize communities


To rejoin SBA New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich and NH District Manager Amy Bassett on February 15, along with Tuesday Belanger from ‘Tuesday Talks’ for a webinar to celebrate National Black History Month.

Meet local business owners and community leaders to gain information, new perspectives, conversations, and learn ways to engage and connect with community programs and local minority-owned businesses.

Audiences will hear from Zachery Palmer about the resources available to minority business owners and a new program created and rolled out from the NH Community Loan Fund. The goal of the Community-Driven Economic Empowerment (C-DEE) and Manchester NAACP pilot program is to bring people of color together as a community to create a more resilient local economy in the Greater Manchester, NH area.


Keynote speaker Reverend Robert Thompson, Chairman of the Board of the Black Heritage Trail of NH which promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life to build more inclusive communities today. Robert has been in ministry for over 30 years at various locations including Exeter Phillips Academy. He helped open several churches throughout the state with success and ease.
Elizabeth (Liz) Salas Evans, President/CCO of Cayena Capital Management LLC and President/Director of Cayena Econ Lab LLC offers financial literacy webinars, workshops, policy statements and advice in perpetuity. She has held global engagements as U.S. Ambassador to the Transparency Taskforce, a UK-based non-profit organization that works to root out corruption, fraud, and manipulation in financial markets. global. Liz received the Outstanding Women in Business Award 2020 from NH Business Review.
Kile Adumene is a community organizer and works as a consultant to NH State. Kile helped create an initiative called Pathways for Healing, which connects Manchester residents from diverse and marginalized groups to services. Growing up in Nigeria, her natural instinct is to listen and connect people. She helped found and continues to facilitate the Manchester, NH Community Action Coalition for people of colour, immigrants and others to come together to meet their needs and have a voice in community and civic affairs.
Sharicka Washington owns a small business in coastal NH. His company, Institute of Skin Science is a private aesthetic school located in Stratham. As an educator, licensed esthetician, and makeup artist, Sharicka is blessed to spend her time empowering people from all walks of life through education, career development, or simply helping someone look their best. and to feel confident in their own skin.
Jeff Hall is the President/Owner of SafetyNet Solutions, Inc. in Salem, NH. He successfully navigated federal government contracts in the healthcare and service sectors. Jeffrey is a disabled veteran who proudly served his country for 22 years in the United States Navy. He is very involved in many community organizations including the Elks, American Legion, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, and he is a SCORE Mentor.