The Local Crowd Upper Valley

Community. Connection. Capital

The Local Crowd Upper Valley is a community-based crowdfunding platform that’s about us
– our region, our community – and the goals we’ve created around economic development and prosperity.

About The Local Crowd Upper Valley

The Local Crowd Upper Valley is a community-based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations, and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in our region.

Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, usually via the Internet.

The Local Crowd Upper Valley is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations working together to increase access to capital to both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors throughout the region.

Calling All New Hampshire Route 11 Corridor Businesses, Farmers, Entrepreneurs, Nonprofits, Community Initiatives: 

Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen? Want to grow your organization, our community, and the local economy, but don’t have access to capital?

In partnership with TLC Monadnock, we are hosting up to eight crowdfunding projects in 2021. Submit a proposal by December 11, 2020 to be part of this project.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to raise money and community support!

Community Crowdfunding

The Local Crowd Upper Valley’s Mission: 
To leverage the power of crowdfunding to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, social enterprises, and local economy champions to support in a local, green and fair economy in the Upper Valley.

Our Vision:
We envision a region:

  • Rich in collaboration, with strong connections and partnerships between business resource organizations, regional investors, and the communities in which they reside – connections that are reflected in our sustainable business development proposals.
  • With a robust and resilient local economy. A a strong system that supports local investments, leverages capital, and offers complete funding packages to entrepreneurs, new businesses, and growing businesses.
  • With strong positive social and regional economic impacts as a result of the new partnerships forged, businesses started, jobs created, local dollars spent, and increased regional business-to-business networking and support.
  • Where residents gain a new way to connect with local businesses, through their understanding of and support for this novel approach to raising capital.

Calling All Farmers! Create a crowdfunding campaign to fund a project that will grow your farm!

Farms in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire successfully funded a barn raising and a sausage cart while educating and connecting with their communities. Need storage space or a freezer so you can feed your community more months of the year? Can you create a value-added product if you only had the equipment? Create a campaign to fund your project and get the support (financial and moral) of your community! Call Nancy at 802-291-9100 x 106 or submit your proposal here.

Capital for Local Businesses!

Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen – one that would grow or strengthen your business, our community, and the local economy – if only you had the funds to make it happen?

Learn More!

Entrepreneurs & Innovators: Get Your Idea Off the Ground!

TLC Upper Valley campaign can provide start-up capital while testing your idea with the community. Business support from TLC partners available to help you get going! Call Nancy at 802-291-9100 x 106 or submit your proposal here.

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Staff

Erika Hoffman-Kiess

Vital Economy

Local First

 

Local First

— Erika Hoffman-Kiess, Vital Economy

Erika Hoffman-Kiess joined Vital Communities in 2020 – first as a Workforce Development consultant, facilitating a workforce discussion for the Corporate Council, and subsequently joining staff to support Covid-19 economic response activities. Erika brings years of experience in program design, management, and consulting for United States Agency for International Development and other donor funded international workforce and economic development. Most recently she facilitated a statewide series of Workforce Summits for the Regional Development Corporations of Vermont, developing policy guidance for the legislature and the executive branch. Erika grew up in Thetford, graduating from Thetford Academy, and moved back to the area in 2011 after many years spent living and working across the US and abroad. She holds a BA in Political Science from Goucher College and an MPA (Master of Public Administration) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Erika lives in Thetford with her husband, Mike Kiess (also on VC staff) and enjoys spending time with extended family, exploring the natural environment and volunteering on two Boards serving international community development organizations, Tabitha USA (Cambodia) and Friends of Pakistan USA.



Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.