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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

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

Celebrate National Small Business Week - April 29th - May 5th with events online & around the Granite State!

It just takes a quick look at this week's business & networking calendar to see there is a lot going on. 

In addition to the usual networking groups, Merrimack Valley SCORE and the Nashua, Concord, and Manchester Chambers of Commerce are hosting more than a dozen Small Business Week events. 

And if you really can't take an hour away from the office, the SBA & SCORE are hosting a three-day National Small Business Week Virtual Conference from May 1st - May 3rd. 

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By Pat Hammond

Updates & 3 Free Webinars for Your Business!

A few weeks ago I asked if anyone was interested in seeing a regular post with webinars presented by local businesses. 

Not surprising, a lot of people said yes. 

The thing that did make me scratch my head was that every person who responded was looking for a webinar. 

You read that right. I did not hear from one business owner.

Since this is a resource people are looking for I'm going to leave it on the table.  Now that the NH Business Directory is expanding services I don't have the time to chase down leads, but if I come across a webinar or if someone wants to send me information about a webinar they are hosting I will gladly share it.  

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By Pat Hammond

Hippo Press Best of 2018 - Reader's picks for the best businesses in southern New Hampshire

Good news for all you business geeks and groupies, the Hippo Press readers have spoken and the results for the Best of 2018 are in. 

The list of this year's winners is far too long for the two inches of space I have here, but I will give a shout out to my buddies at Pro Image Automotive for being named the Best of the Best in the Auto Repair category. 

Way to go Mike, Christine, Scott, and all the guys in the back!!!

Awards like this are a big deal for local business owners because it shows that not only did they do a good job, but they made a connection with their customers.  And as we all know, once you have that connection you will have a repeat customer who is happy to recommend you and your business to their friends and family.

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By Pat Hammond

Visit the Made in NH Expo - Friday, Saturday & Sunday @The Downtown Hotel (Formerly the Radisson) 700 Elm Street, Manchester!

It's April in the Granite State and you know what that means, it's time for the annual Made in NH Expo. (cue the cheers)

With the last count at 122 exhibitors, the Made in NH Expo is the state's premier event for connecting people to local businesses and it is happening today.

This event draws a huge cross-section of exhibitors and visitors representing just about every product and service in the Granite State from homemade hot sauce to local restaurants, pet products, clothing, and local craftsmen. It's a great way to get a look at what other people are doing and support local businesses.

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By Pat Hammond

Nice Job TriTown Chamber of Commerce!  

One of my networking buddies sent me a link to an upcoming event from the TriTown Chamber of Commerce and I was so impressed by the level of service this tiny group provides to members that I have to give them an 'atta girl.

The TriTown Chamber of Commerce actively promotes and supports businesses in Goffstown, New Boston, and Weare, NH by connecting members to resources, fostering community involvement and hosting events like Tuesday's Business After Hours, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Allison Hope Photography, 81 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston. 

In addition to hosting business events, TriTown's website is easy to navigate and provides a gateway to information small business owners are looking for such as SCORE webinars, news about state bills, and articles of interest from local and national business leaders.  

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By Pat Hammond

Here's one for all the HR professionals - Cookson Strategic Communications is presenting the Connecting Workforce Resources Spring Tour to bring human resource programs to you.

The Cookson team has put together an event for you to learn about the many employment-related programs available to your business.

  • Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI)
  • ApprenticeshipNH
  • Office of Workforce Opportunity
  • WorkReadyNH
  • Individual College Business Training Centers
  • Department of Employment Security

It's not an exaggeration to say that between our aging workforce and the very low unemployment rate, finding and keeping workers with the skills companies need is the primary challenge to both employers and the future of New Hampshire's economy.

This free event is a great opportunity for any hiring manager who struggles with these issues to connect with available resources and learn how they can help you grow your business.

Join them from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 29th at Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

What are your thoughts about me doing a monthly post of upcoming live webinars from local businesses? 

My normal practice is to limit the Roundups to in-person events and give a shout out if someone asks me to share a webinar, but with the weekly nor'easter messing with the events calendars the last couple months, it seems like a good time to revisit the idea of maintaining a webinar calendar. 

To my knowledge, there is no central repository of webinars from local businesses.  This means that I would have to rely on people to tell me if they were going to host a webinar and they would have to do it up to a month in advance. 

So what do you think?

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By Pat Hammond

Dust off those communication skills with FREE Spring Classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

It's March and that means it's time to talk about the latest classes from the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. 

As many of you know, the Loeb School offers a variety of classes three times a year at their school, 749 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester. 

Taught by local industry experts, the courses cover topics related to modern journalism, digital media, and business communications.

The Spring 2018 six-week classes run every Wednesday from March 14 through April 18.

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