Rep. Adam Schroadter to Address Independent Business Council

Schroadter will give a rundown of the small business legislative landscape at an upcoming IBC event in Dover, March 13th.

The event is by invitation only. For more information about the Independent Business Council, visit

Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) called on NH small businesses to be proactive in Concord.  Schroadter, a leading member of the House Business Caucus stated, “Concord is trending against pro-growth business policies.  Beyond creating costs for businesses through healthcare mandates and new specialized taxes, the general trend in Concord has become decidedly anti-small business by creating a culture of protected classes.”  NH small businesses can affect the direction in Concord  by meeting with their legislators and speaking up.”  Schroadter will provide a rundown of the small business legislative landscape at the upcoming IBC event in Dover.


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Working to cut red tape

By Laurie Sanborn

So many of us ran for public office with a primary goal of improving jobs and the economy in our state, and we know you can only be pro-jobs if you are pro-business.

That’s why I created in January 2011, and now chair, the House Business Caucus, a nonpartisan group of like-minded legislators who are entirely focused on evaluating and supporting legislation that promotes job creation and expansion of the economic base through strong business growth and success.

While New Hampshire is more business-friendly than many states, we can do a better job of welcoming entrepreneurs and making our state easier and more affordable to start or operate a business.

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2013 Legislative Accomplishments for Business

The House Business Caucus is pleased to have played an integral part in the successful passage of numerous pro-business bills that, in big ways and in small, improve the environment for economic and job growth in our state.  Below, you will find partial list of our successes:

  • Doubled the Research & Development Tax Credit and made it permanent (SB1)
  • Increased the record keeping Safe Harbor under a reasonable compensation audit from $50,000 to $75,000 (HB598)
  • Established an integrated land permit option (SB124) and shortened the process for appealing permitting decisions related to dredge and fill in wetlands (HB416)
  • Allowed restaurants to sell alcohol until 2 am if authorized by local ordinance (HB575)
  • Encouraged economic development in the North Country by promoting OHRV use.  (Protected land owners against liability for trail maintenance (SB108); Allowed new, wider “side by side” ATVs on trails (HB574); and Clarified the use of these machines on public highways where permitted (HB383))
  • Preserved Landlord rights by allowing under certain circumstances to assert that the tenant has abandoned the property (HB413).
  • Improved fairness and flexibility for our state’s motor vehicle and equipment dealers by updating the NH Dealer Bill of Rights (SB126)
  • Updated our NH Business Corporations Act (SB41)
  • Passed a budget on time, giving business owners and entrepreneurs much-needed predictability and stability in their relationship with state government (HB1&2)

We want to thank the pro-business Senators who also did their part in supporting these bills, and for all of the business leaders who came to the State House to testify.  We cannot do this alone.


As always, we welcome your feedback, input and ideas as we continue to do everything we can to improve the environment for responsible businesses to operate, succeed, grow and hire in our state.  Please don’t hesitate to email me at anytime at

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House Business Caucus Helps to Pass Improvements to Dealer Bill of Rights

CONCORD – Today the New Hampshire House voted to pass SB126, a bill that significantly improves the environment in which auto and equipment dealers operate in our state.

SB 126 updates the Dealer Bill of Rights New Hampshire has had in law for 40 years, improving fairness for motor vehicle and equipment dealers and enabling them to run their operations more independently from manufacturer mandates.

“The final vote of 338 to 30 shows how pro-business legislators and local business owners can work together to improve the business environment in New Hampshire,” said House Business Caucus Chairman Representative Laurie Sanborn (R, Bedford).  “Passage of this bill will help preserve family dealerships and enable them to better succeed here.  It will also allow New Hampshire dealers to purchase more goods and services from local companies, keeping expenses down and further helping the economy in our state.”

Representative Laura Jones (R, Rochester), a member of the House Commerce Committee and House Business Caucus added, “Equipment dealers face the same pressures from manufacturers as auto dealers, and the bill includes them under RSA 357-C just as snowmobiles and off-road RVs were included back in 2002.”

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N.H. is near-perfect in new small business survey


New Hampshire is a very friendly place to do business – in fact, it gets an A+, according to a small business survey conducted by in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The state was given an A grade in last year’s survey, but this year it has a near-perfect record, ranking third overall and tops as the best state for business (those are two separate categories). It also is ranked second for ease of starting a new business.

Read the full article here

View the data from here

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Business Roundtable Series – April 12th

Many of the great ideas for pro-business, problem solving legislation we passed in the 2011-2012 Session came directly from business leaders like you.  The State Representatives who are members of the NH House Business Caucus are focused on promoting policies that improve the climate for businesses, and we can only do that successfully when we maintain an ongoing dialogue with you.

We are pleased to announce our first Business Roundtable of 2013 will be held on Friday, April 12th, from 8:30 am until noon in Concord.

We hope that you will mark your calendars and plan on participating.  For our space planning and agenda planning purposes, it would be helpful if you could email Rep. Laurie Sanborn at  if you are interested in learning more or attending.

Feel free to contact us at anytime with feedback and input on pro-business legislation, and please check out our website at and sign up for periodic updates.

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