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By Pat Hammond

Unit 5 -- How Freaking Cool is This???

Some people wonder how creative, science and tech events ended up on the same calendar, the answer is pretty simple.  In spite of the whole left brain vs. right brain conundrum, there is a lot of cross-over between creativity, science, and technology.   The ability to think outside the box, to see possibilities, and apply logic all come together to pursue ideas and build things bigger than ourselves.  

With that in mind, this week's shoutout is to the Unit 5 comic. 

Created by Skip Winter, Unit 5 follows the lives of five people with personal connections to the World Trade Center bombing who are recruited by the government to fight against global terror.  Unit 5 is the story of regular people who become superheroes.  They don't come from a different planet, didn't get bitten by a radiated spider, they're just five people who react to their circumstance by standing up to make a difference.

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By Pat Hammond

How do you know if you're winning if you don't keep score?

We are into October, the end of the year is coming up fast and if you've been paying attention the past three years you'll know that means it's almost time to talk about my favorite topic.  Nope, it's not networking.  

My favorite topic is goals.  

GOALS!!!

One of the keys to creating goals is to make sure the task you want to achieve is something measurable, and when it comes to business goals, the measurements usually revolve around revenue.  

You need to know how much money you've made, how much you've spent, where you're spending it, and who still owes you money.

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By Pat Hammond

This week's sneak peek comes from Homeland Heroes called "From the Battlefield to the Boardroom" with Colonel Jill Morgenthaler

Homeland Heroes will be hosting a lunch event with Colonel Jill Morgenthaler 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM on Friday, November 17th.

Colonel Morgenthaler draws on her experiences as the former Battalion Commander in the 88th Regional Support Command Division, Brigade Commander in the 84th Division, and director of homeland security for the state of Illinois to share essential tools and insights on leadership and how they can be translated to the private sector.

The cost is $40 and includes lunch.

For tickets/RSVP please visit homelandheroesfoundation.org.

For more information about Colonel Morgenthaler and her inspirational career, please visit her website: www.coloneljill.com

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By Pat Hammond

Lots of networking, hands-on activities, and left-brain thinking this week...

If painting and welding aren't your things, there are two different patent discussions, a bunch of tech groups, three engineering events, including a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain.  And if that's not enough, the new Nashua Cryptoparty group is hosting their first meeting on Wednesday.

Too tired for hands-on work or high-brow thinking?  Kick back and hang out with the creatives from the New Hampshire Creative Club at their networking event at Stark Brewing Company 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM on Monday, October 16th.

Does your creative, science or tech group have an event you'd like included on the NH Tech & Creative calendar? Drop me a line.  I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

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By Pat Hammond

Forget what you read on the internet.

If you build it, they will come is the biggest con of the 21st century.

Overnight success is an urban legend.

And the idea that a Facebook account is all you need to succeed is ridiculous.

If you feel like you're doing everything right and you're still struggling to succeed, I've got good news.

There are typically three reasons people aren't buying your products and services and they're easy to fix.

  1. Wrong Price
  2. Wrong Product
  3. Wrong Audience

 

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By Pat Hammond

October's Sneak Peek: Looking for Money with the NH Speed Venture Summit

Think speed dating for your business.  According to their event page, the NH Speed Venture Summit brings "together New Hampshire’s early stage growth companies, regional investors, and tech influencers." 

This is an incredible opportunity for networking, pitching ideas, and picking people's brains.  If you are a New Hampshire startup, and you know you will need to find investors, this is the one event you need to attend this year.

The NH Speed Venture Summit will be held Thursday, November 30th from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, Bedford.  Registration is required.  The cost to attend is $10.  For more information please visit Live Free & Start's event calendar.

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By Pat Hammond

October Sneak Peek

Here's a quick look at two events coming up near the end of the month.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is presenting "Build It and They'll Come: Greater Concord's Creative Economy and It's Economic Impact" at their monthly lunch forum from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM on Monday, October 23rd at the Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street, Concord. 

The event will discuss Concord area's creative economy and its impact on local business.  

Cost: $25/Members, $35/Non-Members

For more information please visit the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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By Pat Hammond

Are You an Engineer, Science or Tech Looking for a Professional Group?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, otherwise known as IEEE, has an active chapter right here in New Hampshire. 

IEEE's website says they are the "world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity" and based on the number of groups, sub-groups, areas of interest, conferences, publications, and communities, I'd have to say they have everything on the science and tech side covered. 

If you're an engineer, tech, scientist or professional geek who is feeling a little left out of the casual meetup groups, take a minute to check out the IEEE group's website.  Chances are good they have a community for you.

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By Pat Hammond

Join us for Coffee Buzz Networking on our new date and time, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Monday, October 9th at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

Networking = New Opportunities

Do you still think that networking is about making sales?

Let me ask you this when was the last time someone called to say they had a referral for you?

When was the last time someone asked you to collaborate on a project or shared a money making idea?

If you asked me those questions my answer would be last Friday.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: 2017 UPS X-Port Challenge

You don't hear a lot about it, but New Hampshire has a thriving export economy.  

According to the NH Office of International Commerce, 2,625 New Hampshire companies export over $4 Billion of goods to 180 countries.  [1]

International markets can be very profitable for local manufacturers, but it takes money to get a product from a factory in the Granite State to a distributor or end user across the globe.  Which is where UPS comes in.

As a global shipping leader, UPS knows first-hand the costs and challenges small business owners face getting their products to international destinations and they've put together a contest called the UPS X-Port Challenge to help you get your products to a global market.

The pitch-off event is Thursday, October 26th from 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the Manchester Country Club. 

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