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By Pat Hammond

2018 Spring Workshops From SCORE: Get the Information & Tools You Need to Start & Grow Your Business Today!

Now that we've made it past the worst of winter it's time to start putting some of those business plans into action.

Whether you're dreaming about starting a business, looking for help with funding or have questions about marketing the Merrimack Valley chapter of SCORE has a workshop to help you make 2018 the most successful year ever.

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By Pat Hammond

Is Your Event Team Prepared for the Unthinkable?

Founded after the shooting in Las Vegas, Northeast Event Emergency Response & Preparedness (NEERP) is on a mission " to provide the local event industry an open forum and training to better protect themselves and others in an uncommon emergency."

NEERP is holding an all-day Event and Safety Forum on Monday, February 12th at The Capitol Center for The Arts in Concord to help event organizers, venues, caterers, and everyone involved in managing local events prepare for the possibility of an event emergency. 

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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

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

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

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: Addressing the Capital Region's Workforce Challenges

One of the recurring themes I hear from managers and small business owners is how challenging it is to find qualified employees. 

The news always seems to focus on tech fields, but when you live in a small state like New Hampshire connecting with qualified workers can be a significant problem for all business owners.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel discussion called "Addressing the Capital Region's Workforce Challenges" on Thursday, December 14th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Drive, Concord, NH.

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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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