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By Pat Hammond

A Conversation with Tech Guru Norm Gentry

"If you haven't planned for it you're not going to do anything but pay the money" It's a bold statement from a soft spoken man and it sends chills down my spine.

What would you do? What can you do if your computer gets hit with ransomware? What about the Windows 10 upgrade? Is it worth it? Does it really cause all the problems we hear people complaining about on the web?

Between security breaches, viruses and Microsoft's heavy handed upgrades the internet is rife with tales of tech woe so when I met Norm Gentry from SBTI Technology Solutions at last month's Coffee Buzz I jumped on the chance to pick his brain.

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By Pat Hammond

"You don't have to wear the same thing, but you should try to coordinate." Local photographer Jeff Hastings from Frame of Mind Photography is on the phone with a client as I approach his table at Aroma Joe's Coffee shop. He is patiently explaining that coordinating outfits for a family photograph simply means that your clothes shouldn't clash. "You should try to avoid having one person wearing stripes and the other wearing plaid."

I try not to laugh as I drop off my laptop and go off in search of a cold drink.

By the time I get back he has finished the first call, responded to a handful of emails and is on the phone with an anxious mother.

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By Pat Hammond

When was the last time you had a massage?

This week's Live from the Hive guest is licensed massage therapist and local business owner Cathy Clement from Clement Massage and after talking to Cathy, there is no excuse for anyone not to be enjoying this affordable luxury.

As a veteran therapist with ten years experience, Cathy is trained and available to meet your massage needs.

  • chair massage
  • table massage
  • reiki
  • reflexology
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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever used a business coach? Have you at least thought about it?

If you're not familiar with the world of business coaching, it's a lot like sports coaching.

A business coach can work with an individual or a team, can specialize in one particular position or industry and uses their specialized skills, training and knowledge to help their clients create goals to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Jen Ryan of Jen Ryan Coaching is a successful small business owner who brings the skills and lessons learned over her 25 year career to help you develop the personal and business skills you need to start and grow your small business.

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By Pat Hammond

Boom!! Crash!! Bang!! Even something as subtle as a creak in the night, the simple truth is that people notice sound. It's in our DNA and we can't help it. So why don't more businesses use it? Why don't you?

The marketing gurus tell us it's a visual world, but they're wrong. Yes, a great graphic will get noticed, but it's sound that grabs people's attention and Peter Jude from SoundWhere17 knows how to get your attention.

Equal parts marketer, artist and sound engineer, Jude is passionate about his craft and with a corporate pedigree that includes 15 years with the Walt Disney company he has the chops to back it up.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you compared electric rates lately? How about cell phone or long distance providers?

Whether you manufacture widgets in a factory or work from a home office, utilities are one of the basic expenses that every business owner has to deal with.

  • electricity
  • internet
  • local & long distance service

Over the last several years, utility deregulation has given New Hampshire consumers a lot of new options when it comes to choosing a utility provider, unfortunately those options are not always equal.

Per the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission[1] the Granite State now boasts 25 electric power suppliers and 95 electric power aggregators.

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By Pat Hammond

No doubt about it, Daryl Eames from New England Web Strategies may be the MacGyver of marketing.

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