Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 5/28/17- 6/3/17

by Pat Hammond on Friday, May 26, 2017

Connect the Dots: Mental Health & the Opioid Crisis (an interactive panel)

Sneak Peek: Looking at June

Before I get to this week's sneak peek, I want to mention an event from New England College called Connect The Dots: Mental Health & the Opioid Crisis on Tuesday, May 30th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the Manchester Health Department 1528 Elm Street, Manchester. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-the-dots-mental-health-the-opioid-crisis-an-interactive-panel-tickets-34477406852

When I was at the Exit Planning Exchange event the other day, Kyle York from Dyn said something that scared me. He was talking about a recent conversation he had with Dean Kamen and recalled that Kamen said the biggest challenge Manchester faces in attracting new business and new residents is the drug crisis.

People are sick and dying and it has got to stop. We need to find a way to help people avoid drug abuse before it starts, and according to the city, part of the solution can be found with diagnosis and treatment for mental health issues. The event is free and according to the event listing "is appropriate for anyone caring for those struggling with mental health or addiction."

The first sneak peek event is Manchester Young Professional Network's (MYPN) June 10th volunteering event with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 10th. They have two shifts, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and are looking for 10 volunteers for each shift. The crews will be working on the Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity's current project house on Lowell Street. Volunteers are required to wear work boots or boots with thick soles. You can wear whatever clothes you like, but they do want you to know whatever you're wearing will get dirty. For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-10th-volunteering-event-habitat-for-humanity-tickets-33018926498?aff=es2

The second sneak peek event is NH Magazine's Best of NH Party from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 15th. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The evening will include food and drinks from over 65 booths, music, and fireworks. Cost: $65 per person, $55 for 6+ people, $19 for kids 4-10 http://nashuachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/best-of-nh-party-2017-1527

This Week's Top Picks

  1. Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce: Expo Nashua 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 31st at The Radisson Hotel in Nashua 11 Tara Blvd. Nashua. Cost: Free for members & non-members. http://www.nashuachamber.com/expo2017/
  2. Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Merrimack Flower Shop and Greenhouse 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 31st at the Merrimack Flower Shop and Greenhouse 4 Railroad Avenue, Merrimack.http://merrimack.chamberofcommerce.me/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=251703
  3. SCORE: How to Start Your Own Business - Nashua 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Rivier University, Sylvia Trottier Hall, Room 230 Clement Street Nashua. Cost: $25, Free for Veterans Cost: $25, Free for Veterans. https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee27fk9a53825d81&oseq=&c=&ch

This Week's Business, Networking & Tech Events

Sunday 5/28/17

Fashion Show Fundraiser and Donation Drive - Manchester 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester. Dress for Success Boston Fashion Show Fundraiser and Donation Drive! Entry tickets will be priced at $15 per fashionista , and all the proceeds will go directly towards this non-profit organization to support women in the workforce. Cost: $15 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-show-fundraiser-and-donation-drive-tickets-33646072308

Monday 5/29/17

Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday 5/30/17

Gold Star Mill City Referral Group - Bedford 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford. This group meets every Tuesday morning and is one of three Gold Star groups in Manchester. For more information, please visit Gold Star New England's meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

NH Real Estate Salesperson Pre-Licensing Course - Summer, Concord 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty, 143 N Main St, #103, Concord, NH. This in-person course consists of ten sessions, with the first eight sessions taking place every Tuesday and Thursday morning for four weeks, and the last two sessions taking place on the the following Saturday for a full day (with a lunch break included). Cost: $349.00 fee is for the entire course and includes the text book. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nh-real-estate-salesperson-pre-licensing-course-summer-concord-registration-34510771647

Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Merrimack Town Hall Meeting Room, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack. Meetup and improve your public speaking skills! For more information/RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Merrimack-Motivators-Toastmasters-Meetup/

Connect The Dots: Mental Health & the Opioid Crisis (an interactive panel) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Manchester Health Department 1528 Elm Street, Manchester. Our mental health can be compromised by so many things like sudden loss, complex trauma, chronic illness, co-occuring disorders, and more. Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, people often turn to alternative substances and begin a dangerous cycle that adds even more challenges to their lives and the lives of others. Come learn about the connection between mental health and addiction, and get insightful strategies from those who know. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-the-dots-mental-health-the-opioid-crisis-an-interactive-panel-tickets-34477406852

Wednesday 5/31/17

Spanish Conversation Group Manchester, NH 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panera Bread 52 March Avenue, Manchester. Spanish conversation group for anyone looking to improve or practice their language skills.https://www.meetup.com/Spanish-conversation-group-Manchester-NH/

Commercial Resources Group Networking Event at Tap House in Hooksett 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM New England’s Tap House Grille, Hooksett Road, Hooksett. Enjoy cameraderie and networking with local business owners at the areas most hip restaurant and beer taps. The Tap House in Hooksett is hosting the Commercial Resources Group's next networking event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/commercial-resources-group-networking-event-at-tap-house-in-hooksett-tickets-34688688802

CCRA Northern New England Area Chapter Meeting - Amherst 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM La Belle Winery, 345 State Route 101, Amherst. CCRA Wine by the glass, wine flights, cocktails, beer and Bistro Menu available. Wine Tasting offered in The Tasting Room before 5 pm, arrive early if you're interested. Looking forward to you at our CCRA Agent Social Evening!

Launch 'n Learn Series: Avoiding Common Legal Pitfalls for Startups - Nashua 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM MakeIt Labs 25 Crown St Nashua, NH 03060. This session will explore 7 common legal issues for startups. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-n-learn-series-avoiding-common-legal-pitfalls-for-startups-tickets-32071076453

Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce: Expo Nashua 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM The Radisson Hotel in Nashua 11 Tara Blvd. Nashua. Greater Nashua's premiere business expo - bringing together business owners and decision makers looking to connect with and support local businesses and non-profits in Greater Nashua. Cost: Free for members & non-members, Pre-register for 3 additional raffle tickets. http://www.nashuachamber.com/expo2017/

Lady Boss Entrepreneurial Club - Manchester 5:30 PM - 7:30 PMGauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, 62 Lowell Street, Manchester. Women's business networking group with free and paid levels of membership. http://www.meetup.com/Lady-Boss-Women-Entrepreneurial-Club-Meetup/

Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Merrimack Flower Shop and Greenhouse 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Merrimack Flower Shop and Greenhouse 4 Railroad Avenue, Merrimack. Join Merrimack Flower Shop & Greenhouse and getting outdoors, and shopping local! Celebrate warmer weather! Enjoy a delicious BBQ cookout while networking with other businesses and members. http://merrimack.chamberofcommerce.me/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=251703

Network Palooza Manchester - Open Networking 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Wall Street Tower Apartments, 555 Canal Street, Manchester. Come join the 603 Networking group and co-host/sponsor Debby Adair (IPPW - In the Presence of Positive Women) for an evening of open networking and conversation at a Network Palooza in Manchester. Limited parking available in parking garage; plenty of parking on neighboring streets. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/network-palooza-531-530-730pm-manchester-open-networking-tickets-34093092357

Why Franchising? - Learn how to utilize this strategy as a vehicle for success! - Nashua 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, 495 Amherst Street, Nashua. Join us at a local franchise, Sub Zero in Nashua to explore the basic elements of a franchise, and why it can be a great vehicle for success for many!https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-franchising-learn-how-to-utilize-this-strategy-as-a-vehicle-for-success-tickets-34210761308

Southern NH Apple Core (SNAC) Group - Nashua 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Nashua Public Library 2 Court Street, Nashua - Theatre. The Southern New Hampshire Apple Core, or SNAC, is one of the oldest, longest running Apple User Groups in the United States. Bring your questions and we will try to answer them. http://www.meetup.com/SouthernNHAppleCore/

Thursday 6/1/17

Millyard Toastmasters - Manchester 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Eversource Energy Park at 780 No. Commercial Street, Manchester. Become the leader & communicator you want to be by attending a Toastmasters Networking Night event in Concord or Manchester. Details available at http://bit.ly/2o8HrOV

Gold Star Manchester Business Network - Bedford 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford. This group meets every Thursday morning and is one of three Gold Star groups in Manchester. For more information, please visit Gold Star New England's meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

CWE New Hampshire - Exploring SBA Resources - Nashua 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Center for Women and Enterprise 30 Temple Street, Suite 610, Nashua. This workshop will help you understand the various SBA programs and services that are available to entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-exploring-sba-resources-tickets-32961462622

New England B2B Networking Group Event in Manchester, NH 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Craig, Deachman and Amann 1662 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-group-event-in-manchester-nh-tickets-34252619507?aff=es2

Live Free and Start Advisory Council Meeting - Manchester 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester. Live Free and Start is a joint state initiative aimed at creating jobs and making New Hampshire an even better place for innovative businesses to start, grow and succeed. The initiative is run by our State’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Liz Gray, and supported by the LFS Advisory Council, a group of dedicated entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the state. http://livefreeandstart.com/events/live-free-start-advisory-council-meeting-3/

Toastmasters of Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Manchester Community College, Room #Main 240 1066 Front Street Manchester. This chapter meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at Manchester Community College. http://www.meetup.com/Toastmasters-of-Manchester-4227/

Friday 6/2/17

Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Networking Before 9 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Merrimack Chamber of Commerce 4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack. Rick Levine will host the Networking Before 9 at the chamber conference room. Enjoy light refreshments, networking and learning about Servpro. http://merrimack.chamberofcommerce.me/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=251018

New Hampshire Networkers at Puerto Vallarta Mexican Grill - Manchester 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM NOTE: Different location this month. Peer advice on business ideas and marketing, and exposure to resources other members are using in their organizations. Cost is $5/meeting or 20/lifetime membership http://www.meetup.com/Merrimack-Manchester-Hudson-Goffstown-Amherst-Networkers/

Food Trucks for CASA - Manchester 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM McIntyre Ski Area 50 Chalet Way, Manchester. Food Trucks for CASA is coming to McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH! We're bringing you almost 15 of the best food trucks from throughout New England. Plus, we'll have some tasty cold craft beers for you to enjoy as you stroll around the trucks in the idyllic McIntyre base area! (ID required, for guests over 21 only). $5 gets you into the festival, where you can pick up tasty apps, entrees, and desserts from award-winning food trucks! This event runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please see website for hours and details. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-trucks-for-casa-tickets-33961357334

Saturday 6/3/17

SCORE: How to Start Your Own Business - Nashua 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Rivier University, Sylvia Trottier Hall, Room 230 Clement Street Nashua. Starting a small business is easy --- starting a business that thrives is a lot harder. We'll take a look at some of the key components and partners you need before your dream of a small business becomes a reality. Join us for this overview of How to Start Your Own Business. Cost: $25, Free for Veterans https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee27fk9a53825d81&oseq=&c=&ch=

Wrap Up

As John Donne famously wrote, "No man is an island," and this week proved yet again how right he was.

Like any busy bee, I found myself bouncing from meetings and conferences to networking groups. I spent as much time out of the office as I did at my desk and the one constant that kept me moving forward was my network.

Thanks to my network I met a potential client, my network helped me keep my perspective when I was ready to trash an article, and my network reminded me that you're never alone, even when you work alone.

Building and maintaining a strong network takes time and effort and some days may feel like you're doing more favors than you'll ever get in return, but it's worth it.

If you're lucky, the value you find in your network extends far beyond a simple business referral. If you haven't gotten there yet, keep looking. As long as you're honest with yourself about how much you are willing to give, you will eventually find the people who share your vision and are willing to trade a little quid pro quo.

Have a great week!

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz