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Seminar series offers guidance for new business owners

WINDHAM — Thinking of starting your own business?

A free workshop in Windham this month might be just the thing to help you get started.

On Aug. 19, town officials will team up with the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce to offer a workshop, Launching or Relocating a Business in Windham, at the Common Man restaurant, 88 Range Road.

The workshop will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. While admission is free, space is limited and participants are encouraged to register in advance.

During the hour-and-a- half session, potential business owners will have the chance to meet Windham Community Development Director Laura Scott, Fire Inspector Bill Martineau, Building Inspector Mike McGuire and Zoning Board Code Enforcement Officer Dick Gregory.

Guests will tackle such topics as land-use regulations, building and fire codes and the permit and inspection processes in town, among other things, and have plenty of time to ask questions.

Scott said Windham is rapidly growing and is rife with economic development possibilities right now.

Earlier this summer, the Chamber hosted a similar workshop in Londonderry and plans are in the works to engage would-be business owners in other areas around the region in the future.

The Chamber serves the communities of Londonderry, Derry, Auburn, Windham, Atkinson, Chester and Hampstead.

The Doing Business in Londonderry seminar on July 18, held at the Financial Planning Adult Education Conference Center, drew several dozen participants, according to Bonnie Roberts, president of the Chamber’s board of directors.

“It was standing room only,” Roberts said.

Back by popular demand, another Londonderry workshop is being planned for Sept. 19 and will focus on legal and tax-planning issues. The location is still being determined, Chamber officials said this week.

Roberts said the overall goal of the seminar series is to help make the startup process a bit simpler.

“A lot of the questions we hear tend to revolve around things like zoning, about signage and about the legalities of having a home-based business,” she said.

For more information or to reserve a spot in one of the upcoming workshops, call the Chamber offices at 432-8205 or email

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