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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever wondered what exactly the Small Business Administration (SBA) can do for you?  Here's your chance to find what programs are available and how they can help you start and grow YOUR New Hampshire business!

What is the first thing people ask when you tell them you're starting a business?  "Did you check the SBA?"

If you're like most small business owners you shrug and say you're not planning on getting a loan.   But you know what? Loans are just a small part of the Small Business Administration's programs.

Their mission is to "aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation,"  and while some of that includes helping business owners find financing, it's just one piece of the SBA pie.  

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By Pat Hammond

Blockchain: The future of secure asset management is here in the Granite State.  

I'm going to start by saying my understanding of blockchain technology is minimal.  I kind of, sort of get how it works, but there is no way I could explain it to a non-tech person.  Fortunately, there aren't too many non-tech people who have heard about blockchain, but that is about to change.

With almost every aspect of modern life documented in a digital file, the safety of digital records is a big deal. 

Doctors, lawyers, accountants, even store owners all need to keep records and record transactions containing confidential personal information and everyone is concerned about data asset management.

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By Pat Hammond

Pro Image Automotive Coat Drive Extended to December 31st!

There's not much on the calendar next week so I thought I'd give a shoutout to Pro Image Automotive's 2nd Annual Coat Drive.

One of the things I love about my mechanic is that they actively support the community. 

Every year they choose a charity and take donations.  This year they are doing their second coat and winter clothing drive for the New Horizons shelter.

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By Pat Hammond

It's kind of weird the way the Creative, Science & Tech calendar slows down in winter and the Business & Networking calendar picks up.  

It's been my experience that the tech people are much more social when it comes to networking, yet we all disappear the week after Christmas.  I'm not sure if it's the weather or simply a New Year's enthusiasm to start new projects that keeps us at home instead of out networking with like-minded people. 

Whatever the cause, there's not too much going on the next couple weeks so kick back and relax.  Don't worry, the calendar starts to get active in mid-January. 

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By Pat Hammond

Break out those ugly sweaters, it's time for the 13th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

We are coming up on the end of another year and it's time to kick back and celebrate this year's accomplishments.  Instead of another boring lunch meeting, why not join 1,000 other people at the Derryfield Country Club on Friday, December 22nd for the 13th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party?

According to their webpage, this charitable event has raised over $100,000 in the past seven years which is wicked impressive considering all funds come directly from tickets and sponsors. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's no surprise the Creative, Science & Tech calendar is a little thin the next couple weeks.  Don't worry though, there are still activities for dedicated networkers and things do pick up right after New Year's Day. 

If you are looking for something to do this week the Nashua Technology Park @ Gateway Hills has their monthly Innovation Roundtable from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 20th in the Enterprise Collaboration Room at 200 Innovative Way, Nashua.  This month's topic is Collaboration and you don't have to be a tech or tech business to attend.

While I'm thinking about it, one of my non-tech friends recently rented desk space at the Nashua Technology Park and absolutely loves it.  He says the amenities, especially the massage chair, are incredible.  It's a little far for me, but if I was in the Nashua area looking for desk space I would definitely check it out. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's not just reporting and news writing...Loeb School classes include digital, audio, and visual media as well as traditional print journalism and it's completely free.

When was the last time you had an opportunity to take a free, six-week hands-on course taught by noted experts on subjects relevant to both your personal and professional lives?

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications has announced the schedule for their winter classes, including six free classes developed to give you the skills you need to be comfortable, articulate, and confident, no matter how you communicate.

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By Pat Hammond

Join Backyard Brewery & Kitchen for an evening of local craft beer & networking at the first Backyard Winterfest on Friday, December 15th!

Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, 1211 South Mammoth Road, Manchester is celebrating local breweries with the first Backyard Winterfest from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Friday, December 15th.

Spend an evening under the stars sampling beers from New Hampshire's most popular local breweries.

  • 603 Brewery
  • From the Barrell
  • Pipe Dreams
  • Kelsen
  • Rockingham
  • Great North Aleworks

Yes, you read that right. This is an outdoor event, please remember to dress warmly!

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By Pat Hammond

Are you a woman who works in a tech field or for a tech company? Have you heard about the NH High Tech Council's Women in Tech Power Breakfast?

The TechWomen Power Breakfast is a monthly meeting for women in tech in the Granite State.  The group meets from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the Manchester Country Club 180 South River Road in Bedford, NH.

In addition to open networking, this event includes a keynote speaker on topics of interest to women working in tech fields. 

This month's breakfast meeting is on Wednesday, December 13th, and will feature guest speaker Dr. Annabel Beerel, founder, president, and CEO of the New England Women’s Leadership Institute, who will be discussing "mindful leadership – what mindful leadership truly is, how to become a mindful leader and how to empower others to be mindful leaders."

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By Pat Hammond

Are you dreaming about starting a business? Do have a business problem with your existing business? Or maybe things are going great and you're thinking about breaking into new markets and expanding your business. The good folks at Merrimack Valley SCORE want you to know that no matter where you are on your business journey they are here to help.

For anyone who isn't familiar with SCORE, it is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to "Foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education." [1]

It is also one of the oldest partner programs under the Small Business Administration (SBA) umbrella, and probably the most misunderstood, so I thought I'd take a minute and share a few things you should know about this fabulous, underused resource.

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