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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

Sneak Peek: Are You an Effective Leader?

They say some people are born leaders, but for most of us, leadership is a learned skill.

When you're a kid it seems like the popular kids are always the chosen leaders, but by the time you get to college, there is a noticeable shift in how people are picked to lead.  People will always rally around a charismatic person with a pretty face, but when it comes to success they will turn their allegiance to the people who demonstrate the ability to build strong teams and get things done. 

On Tuesday, December 12th the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce December Lunch & Learn will feature a presentation from George Burtch of Burtch Tree Associates called "Are You an Effective Leader?"

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By Pat Hammond

I know we're still a whole week away, but is anyone else starting to feel that post-Thanksgiving dinner lethargy? Maybe it's just the drizzly, dreary weather... it's okay, really.  Once we get past next the events calendar is going to explode again.

Thanks to the holiday, the calendar may be a little light next week, but there are a couple events that should make the diligent networkers among us smile.

  1. Instagram for Your Brand at LDR! (with Elyssa Alfieri) - Concord on Monday, November 20th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lilise Designer Resale 113 Storrs Street, Concord, NH
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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Salary Negotiating Skills for Women

Have you ever negotiated a salary with a new employer?

How about a raise with your existing employer?

If you said no you are missing an important part of the employment process. 

Employment is an agreement where one party pays the other party for their time and services.  And while a lot of people go their entire careers with the belief that they are obliged to gratefully accept what their boss is offering, the fact is you have a right to counter.

If you struggle with the idea of asking for money, flex time, or perks like tuition reimbursement, I've got good news for you.

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By Pat Hammond

Feeling the Geek Love - Three Tech Groups Bringing Technology, Information, and Security to You, Your Business, and Your Community

At the time of year when tech groups usually go on hiatus, we've got two groups stepping up with timely content, and a brand new group focussed on the latest buzz in data management and security.

The New Hampshire Chapter of the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) is hosting a discussion called "Are We Ready? Examining United States Readiness for Cyber-attacks on the Power Grid" 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15th, in Portsmouth.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: A Few Events for Veterans...

With Veterans Day a little over a week away, it's time to take a look at some of the activities the business community has put together to thank and honor our veterans.

NHTI Concord's Community College is hosting a Veterans Resource Fair & Remembrance Ceremony on from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 7th at their campus 31 College Dr. in Concord.

In addition to the Remembrance Ceremony, noon in the Sweeney Auditorium, there will be representatives from several local groups to provide information about services available to veterans.

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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, November 13th at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

What Worked & What Didn't

It's November again, and you know what that means, it's time to start thinking about next year.

Let's start with the elephant in the room.

  • Did you reach your goals this year?
  • Are you finishing the year with the same goals you started the year?
  • What changed & why?

There are a lot of reasons we fail to achieve our goals that have nothing to do with intent or effort.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Hoopla Party at Alpha Loft - Manchester

Join Alpha Loft from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, November 7th for a Hoopla Party in their new office space at the WBC Office Suites 1087 Elm Street - 2nd floor.

It's an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in New Hampshire, why not take this opportunity to kick back with your fellow startups, techs, and creatives before the year-end holiday kerfuffle?

This is also a great opportunity for the non-techs among us to get out and meet tomorrow's business owners and your future customers.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Missy's Closet Fashion Show

Missy's Closet, the consignment shop operated by the YWCA NH in Manchester, will be hosting their first ever consignment fashion show on Thursday, November 9th at the YWCA NH, 72 Concord Street, Manchester.

Emcees for the event are Kyle Heavy from WMUR and Robyn Warren and the event includes the fashion show, reception, cash bar, and silent auction.

Cost: $20/General Ticket, $40/VIP (tickets)

If you've spent any time on social media this past week, you've probably seen the #metoo stories from the thousands of women who have shared their experiences of sexual harassment and assault after the revelations about the dozens of accusations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

It was one of the few times when the happenings in Hollywood were truly a reflection of the lives of wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters across the country.

Very few women right here in the good old USA make it through life without being groped, propositioned by a man with power over their lives, or otherwise harassed or assaulted because some man feels it's his right to do so.

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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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