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By Pat Hammond

July Women Connecting With Women meeting at Ideal Health, LLC on Wednesday, July 18th!

If you are a businesswoman looking to network with other businesswomen in a friendly, supportive environment, Women Connecting With Woman might be a good fit for you.

The group meets from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. Each 2-hour meeting is usually hosted by a different member each month and includes open networking in a relaxed setting.  (Yes, there will be food!)

The next meeting is Wednesday, July 18th at Ideal Health, LLC 170 S. River Road, Bedford, NH. For more information, please visit the group's Facebook page.

Also this week, the Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) and the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce are both hosting an evening of baseball and networking with the Fishercats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday, July 17th.

The groups have conflicting start times for the events and the first pitch, but it looks like the correct time is 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  This doesn't appear to be a joint event, so you'll want to check each group's event page for ticket information.

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By Pat Hammond

ManchesterInkLink.com is Celebrating Their 4th Anniversary! 

Join Manchester's favorite reporter (now publisher!) Carol Robidoux from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 28th as she celebrates the 4th anniversary of her hyperlocal news website ManchesterInkLink.com

As more and more newspapers close their doors, it's refreshing to see that a top-quality online local news outlet can gain a foothold and thrive, even in a state as small as New Hampshire.

Kudos to Robidoux and her team for believing in the possibility and staying strong in spite of the naysayers. They provide a valuable service to the people of southern New Hampshire and we appreciate all their hard work. 

If you'd like to join Thursday's festivities, the party will be held from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at WBC Office Suites - 1087 Elm Street - #2nd Floor in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

In case you missed it the first time... StayWorkPlay is doing another presentation of their survey findings

If you take a peek down the page you'll see that next week's business and networking events calendar is overflowing with events.  Before I get to this week's top picks, I wanted to take a minute to mention a couple important meetings that could easily get lost in the noise.

The first event is the Coffee and Conversations: To Stay or To Go Survey Presentation 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 13th at the UNH Law School, 2 White Street Warren B Rudman Center Room 204 in Concord. 

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By Pat Hammond

Art Social Manchester - Experience an afternoon filled with art and live music 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sunday, June 10th at Jupiter Hall in Manchester! (It's FREE!!!)

Sometimes when I'm out walking, especially in the evening when people have the lights on and the curtains open, I take a peek at the art they have hanging in their living rooms.   I wish I could say I'm enthralled by what I see, but most of the time the walls are bare. 

It's kind of sad.  

I don't know why people are intimidated by the idea of original art.  Maybe they think art is something you have to be wealthy to enjoy.  Maybe they worry they won't understand it.  Maybe they're afraid looking at a piece will compel them to say something nice to the artist.  Whatever it is, they're overthinking it.

Art is a celebration of life. 

Sometimes it's a burst of joy that brightens a cloudy day, other times it's a reminder of people, places, or events.

Art is for everyone.

You don't have to be rich and you don't have to have some sort of insider knowledge about what the artist was thinking when they made it.  

What you do need is a desire to be open to whatever feeling or memory a piece evokes.  

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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

Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Association Annual Young Careerist Competition Wednesday, May 9th

The Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's group will be presenting their annual Virginia Allan Young Careerist Award at their Monthly Sucess Meeting, 6:00 PM Wednesday at The Coach Stop in Londonderry. 

The award is meant to encourage and support young women in business by "opportunities for young adults to network, practice speech presentation skills, and participate in meaningful workshops."

In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, this year's winner will receive a one-year membership to the Greater Londonderry Professional Women's group. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Why Does Your Customer Hire Your Product? Design Thinking Using Jobs-to-be-Done

Business 101 says you need to know your customer 

  • Who they are
  • What they want
  • What they need

This should be a slam dunk, right?  Knowing your customer should make it easy to build products they will buy. 

So why do we struggle?

Why is there such a disconnect between the designer who wants to innovate and the client who just wants to push a button? 

Maybe someone should be asking why they need it...

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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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