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By Pat Hammond

A Little Help for Your Tech and Style Woes

 

When you work in the corporate world you have an IT department to handle all those tech challenges - computers, software, and data security. It all seems so easy when the guy from IT shows up, plugs in a few cables, taps a few keystrokes and says "Okay, you're all set." But when you're on your own one of the first things you notice is that all that tech is a little more complicated than it looks. Especially nowadays when everything we do is on a computer or in the cloud.

In this month's episode of Live from the Hive, IT tech Joe Tauras from Team Logic IT will be on hand to talk about software, hardware, and those pesky ransomware viruses. We're also going to be sharing a major announcement about a new podcast.

I'm also going to be joined by featured guest Sharon Jensen from Embrace Your Wardrobe.

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By Pat Hammond

Gearing up for Veterans Week

Last year Chris Pastrana from NH Business Show and I teamed up to honor New Hampshire veterans by featuring seven veteran owned businesses in seven days.  

We had so much fun and met so many incredible people that we decided to do it again.

The week of November 5th - 11th, Chris and I will be posting video interviews and articles about local veteran owned businesses. 

If you are a veteran and would like your business featured let us know.  I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.  Please use "Veterans Week" in the subject line.

Top Business & Networking Picks for 8/13/17 - 8/19/17

  1.  Coffee Buzz Networking - Manchester 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on Monday, August 14th at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester
  1. Google I/O Recap: The Road Ahead - Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, August 14th at Alpha Loft, 844 Elm Street, Manchester
  1. Present to One or Many from Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Association 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 16th at La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry, NH
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By Pat Hammond

We're not a "drug infested den"

This month's sneak peek is a super timely public health workshop for small business owners called "How does Opioid Misuse Affect Your Business?"

A few months ago Dean Kamen was quoted as saying that the drug situation is the biggest challenge facing business growth in New Hampshire.

He was right.  

Every night, news of the latest overdose shown against a bucolic backdrop of rolling hills and church steeples flashes across the screen on the national news.  

It's the kind of thing that stops people from starting or expanding their business in New Hampshire.  It causes people to move their families to "safer" places, and it makes it difficult for businesses to attract skilled employees.

If you are a business owner and are concerned about how addiction affects your business this free workshop, co-sponsored by the Capital Area Public Health Network and the Center for Health Promotion, will help you learn how the opioid crisis impacts your small business.

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By Pat Hammond

More Changes Coming to the Weekly Roundup!

Starting Thursday, August 31st local tech events will have their own weekly listing called  NH Tech Roundup.

The tech industry has become a key player in the local economy and the number of tech specific business and networking events, as well as tech training, workshops, and networking groups have reached the point that they deserve their own spotlight.  

As always, if you have a networking group or business event that you would like to share in the Weekly Roundup of Business & Networking Events or a tech group or event for the NH Tech Roundup drop me a line.  I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

Sneak Peek

In honor of local tech, this week's sneak peek is a new group called New Hampshire Robot Operating System Users Group (NH-ROS).

Robotics has grown well beyond the realm of kiddie toys and military applications and is now taking on prominent roles in fields such as manufacturing and medicine.

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By Pat Hammond

What is your pain point?

Have you ever had one of those days when you were so frustrated you wanted to drop kick your computer across the room?

Sometimes you just need a little help, the answer to one simple question. Other times it's a little more complicated.

It's usually an easy fix for someone who knows what they're doing, but you don't have the time or money to find the person with the answers.

It's okay, we've all been there.  In fact, I get so many people asking where to find help with their business questions that I started curating a list of tools and resources to help you solve your most pressing problems.

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By Pat Hammond

This Week's Top Picks

  1. New England B2B Networking Group 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on Tuesday, August 1st at Cantella & Co., Inc. 10 Technology Way - 3rd Floor in the Cafeteria, Nashua, NH. Cost: $20
  1. Vetworking - Manchester 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 1st at 1750 Elm St. Suite 103 - Manchester, NH. Cost: Free
  1. Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) Lunch & Learn: 12 Tips for Marketing and Efficiency 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM on Thursday, August 3rd at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Lower Level Conference Room 49 South Main Street Concord, NH. Cost: Free

The last item this week is one of those only-in-New Hampshire activities that popped up on next week's calendar.

It's not really a business or networking event, but networking happens anywhere you find people and this one has the potential to draw a lot of people.

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By Pat Hammond

August is heating up with events that will help you kick back and enjoy those lazy, hazy days of summer!

Do remember back in January when you promised yourself that this year was going to be different?  You said you would make more of an effort to get out and do some networking, but the temperature was hovering around 10o and it looked like it might snow so you hunkered down on the couch to binge watch Game of Thrones and swore you would definitely embrace networking once it warmed up.  

Guess what?  

It's almost August and it doesn't get much warmer than this in New Hampshire.  

No more excuses. 

I'm even going to make it easy for you.  This month's sneak peeks are super laid back events that will be so fun you'll forget you're networking.  And because I'm such a nice person, I'm throwing in some bonus picks for our friends on the western side of the state.  

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By Pat Hammond

This Week's Top Picks

This week's picks are a mixed bag of open discussion, open networking, and an open house for one of Manchester's most promising biotech firms.

  1. Ted Talks at the Library - Derry: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, July 24 at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry. Cost: Free
  1. Commercial Resources Group Open Networking- Concord: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26 at Litherman's Brewery - 126 Hall Street - Concord, NH. Cost: Free
  1. ARMI / BioFabUSA Launch & Open House - Manchester:10:00 AM - 4:30 PM  on Friday, July 28 at Technology Center 340 Commercial St.  Manchester, NH Cost: $15/Early Bird by July 21st

In case that's not enough, I'm throwing in a Saturday geek pick. The FIRST ® Festival of Champions will be at the SNHU Arena from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Saturday, July 29.

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By Pat Hammond

MANCHESTER — At first glance, the empty desk, bare cinder block walls, and three plastic chairs give the new headquarters for Uni-Star Cleaning Service a vacant look, but looks can be deceiving.

Between a string of new hires, a growing fleet of vehicles, and new digs, Ryan Van Orden is living the dream.

In fact, this Manchester native and owner of Uni-Star Cleaning Service says he's taking his business to the next level.

He explains that cleaning is a competitive industry because of the low barrier of entry.

You don't need an office, you don't need a lot of equipment, and you don't even need employees. This is a business that one person can start on their own with very little up front cost and that's where most cleaners stop.

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By Pat Hammond

Two Local Business Owners Find Success as Problem Solvers

In this month's episode of Live from the Hive I am talking with Manchester business owner and Ward 6 aldermanic candidate Ryan Van Orden.

As the owner of Uni-Star Cleaning Service, Van Orden has overcome a lot of obstacles to start and grow his business and will be sharing some of his insights and experiences as a parent and small business owner in the Queen City.

Also this month, Candy Osborne, owner of Snowbird Creatives, is giving insider tips and tricks for taking control of your business content so that you reach your target audience and make the sale.

 

  • Identify your audience
  • Know your end goal
  • Create a plan
  • Reuse existing content
  • Build relationships
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