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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

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

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

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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