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By Pat Hammond

Could apprenticeship be the solution to the rising cost of education & shrinking workforce?

Between an aging population and an exodus of young people, New Hampshire's unemployment rate continues to hover around 2.4% and employers are struggling to fill jobs.

And when you add in the cost of college in New Hampshire, you have to wonder if it's time to re-think the idea of a traditional 4-year degree.

A paid apprenticeship that combines education and on-the-job training gives young people an alternative to a lifetime of debt and employers the skilled workers they need to fill jobs today and tomorrow. 

This is a win-win for everyone. The student has the opportunity to explore their options, learn a trade, and earn money while going to school and the employer builds a relationship with the future leaders and managers of their company.

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By Pat Hammond

Join local artists on Saturday, June 2nd  for the 11th Annual Concord Arts Market - Opening Day!

The ever-popular weekly Concord Arts Market is back for their 11th season on Saturday, June 2nd.

The market runs 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM every Saturday, except Labor Day weekend, between June 2nd - September 29th in Bicentennial Square in Concord.

Whether you're looking for art for your wall, a fun piece of summer jewelry, or an excuse to wander around Concord's newly renovated downtown, the Concord Arts Market is a great excuse to get out and enjoy the sun. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's almost June and you know what that means, it's time to talk about golf.

I'm going to be honest, golf is one of those activities that I just don't get, but the prevalence of golf leagues, outings, and tournaments suggests I am in the minority.

Since there are so many golf events on next month's calendar I decided it makes sense to do a special post just for golf.

Most of these events are for charity and use a scramble format so no excuses. People will be way too busy laughing at your plaid shorts to notice your golf skills. 

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By Pat Hammond

Kickstart your summer networking with Get Together Golf at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club!

It's no secret that I'd rather get a root canal than go golfing, but that's just me. 

The fact is golf is probably the number one networking activity for the movers and shakers of the business world. 

If your schedule doesn't have wiggle room for a regular league or a daylong tournament, how about a couple evenings? 

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By Pat Hammond

New group! -- Songwriters of New Hampshire meeting Saturday, May 19th

According to their meetup.com page, the Songwriters of New Hampshire welcomes "Songwriters at all levels are invited to share their original songs, melodies and lyrics."

They meet the third Saturday of the month from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in the Chandler Memorial Wing in the Large Meeting Room of the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street Nashua, NH

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By Pat Hammond

Like it or not, no business can survive without sales and this week's calendar is filled with events to boost your sales without feeling like a used car salesman...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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By Pat Hammond

I'm not sure why it's not on their website, but we are only three weeks until Alpha Loft's annual Startup Shindig. This year's party is Thursday, May 31st - Better get your tickets soon! 

 

Alpha Loft's annual Startup Shindig is the biggest tech & business event of the year in Manchester and possibly the entire state.  This is where everyone who is anyone in the local tech and startup scene kicks back and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in the Granite State. 

There will be food and drinks, tons of networking, and presentations from eleven participants of this year's Accelerate NH program.  

The Millworks II Fund will also be announcing which two lucky companies will be awarded $300,000 in funding.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever been to a national convention? Workshops and talks by renowned experts, hundreds of vendor booths, cocktail receptions, and awards dinners. Forty hours of activity crammed into two or three days. You eat, drink, and skip sleep and by the time you get over the jet lag, it's time to go home.

Yeah, it can be fun to get out of town on the company dime, but what do you really get from it?

Twenty years ago it may have been your one chance to hear an industry leader introduce a game-changing theory, but we live in the era of TED Talks and webinars. Not only can you hear the lecture on demand from the comfort of your own office, you have a much better chance of asking questions and connecting to your industry hero online than you do in a room filled with 500 people.

So what is the point?

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By Pat Hammond

Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Association Annual Young Careerist Competition Wednesday, May 9th

The Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's group will be presenting their annual Virginia Allan Young Careerist Award at their Monthly Sucess Meeting, 6:00 PM Wednesday at The Coach Stop in Londonderry. 

The award is meant to encourage and support young women in business by "opportunities for young adults to network, practice speech presentation skills, and participate in meaningful workshops."

In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, this year's winner will receive a one-year membership to the Greater Londonderry Professional Women's group. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Why Does Your Customer Hire Your Product? Design Thinking Using Jobs-to-be-Done

Business 101 says you need to know your customer 

  • Who they are
  • What they want
  • What they need

This should be a slam dunk, right?  Knowing your customer should make it easy to build products they will buy. 

So why do we struggle?

Why is there such a disconnect between the designer who wants to innovate and the client who just wants to push a button? 

Maybe someone should be asking why they need it...

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