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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

Join local artists on Saturday, June 2nd  for the 11th Annual Concord Arts Market - Opening Day!

The ever-popular weekly Concord Arts Market is back for their 11th season on Saturday, June 2nd.

The market runs 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM every Saturday, except Labor Day weekend, between June 2nd - September 29th in Bicentennial Square in Concord.

Whether you're looking for art for your wall, a fun piece of summer jewelry, or an excuse to wander around Concord's newly renovated downtown, the Concord Arts Market is a great excuse to get out and enjoy the sun. 

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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

Like it or not, no business can survive without sales and this week's calendar is filled with events to boost your sales without feeling like a used car salesman...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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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

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

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

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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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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