Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 6/11/17 - 6/17/17

by Pat Hammond on Friday, June 09, 2017

scoreworkshop.jpgWe don't all live in Manchester, Concord, or Nashua...

Even though the Queen City Buzz calendar doesn't often include events outside of the Manchester Metro Area, it doesn't mean they don't exist.  This week's sneak peek is taking a look at a few upcoming events in Keene and Peterborough, as well as some resources you can access right from your home or office.  

The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship hosts a monthly group called the Leadership Circle.  According to their event page, the Leadership Circle program "is designed to develop business leaders in the Monadnock Region, offering them a chance to share their experiences, ask for guidance, and learn new skills."  The group meets from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury Street, Keene.   The next meetup is Wednesday, June 28th.  For more information please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-circle-tickets-26951423433?aff=es2

Starting Friday, July 14th, Christine Halvorson is presenting Morning Marketing Series: Social Media Basics at Depot Square Offices Conference Room, 11 School Street, Peterborough.  The series includes three workshops covering different aspects of using social media for your business.  The price varies between $25 - $35 per workshop.  You can also purchase the entire series for $85.  The first workshop, Beginner Facebook for Business is on Friday, July 14th, and the series runs through August 11th.  For more information please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morning-marketing-series-social-media-basics-tickets-35047834015?aff=es2

The last items are a pair of online sources for business webinars and e-courses.  They won't open the door for networking, but they will give you some new tools for starting and running your business when you can't make it to Manchester or Nashua.

  1. Merrimack Valley SCORE: SCORE offers a variety of webinars covering business, startup and planning, as well as sales & marketing, infographics, and taxes.
  2. NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC):  SBDC has more than 40 free online courses, covering almost any aspect of business you can imagine.  In addition to common topics like starting a business or marketing, their courses include more diverse topics such as customer service, international trade and export.  

These are great business resources and they're FREE.  All you have to do is sign up and you're in.  

This Week's Top Picks

  1. YMCA of Greater Nashua's 20th Annual 'Send A Kid To Camp' golf tourney on Monday, June 12th at the Overlook Golf Club in Hollis. Breakfast starts at 7:00 AM , tee off begins at 8:00 AM. Cost is $175 http://nashuachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ymca-of-greater-nashua-s-20th-annual-send-a-kid-to-camp-golf-tourney-1547
  2. Sandler Introductory Executive Workshop - Why Have a System? - Manchester from 9:00 aM - 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 13th. Cost: Free  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sandler-introductory-executive-workshop-why-have-a-system-tickets-34621292217

  3. Networking with a Purpose: Build a Better Brand - Bow 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 15th. Cost: Free  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/networking-with-a-purpose-build-a-better-brand-tickets-34826667500

This Week's Business, Networking & Tech Events

Monday 6/12/17

YMCA of Greater Nashua's 20th Annual 'Send A Kid To Camp' golf tourney 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Overlook Golf Course, Hollis, NH.   Come spend the afternoon on the links at Overlook Golf Club in Hollis for the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s 20th annual “Send A Kid To Camp” golf tournament. This event supports the fund-raising efforts of the Y’s Annual Campaign. Dollars raised through this campaign enable the YMCA to award financial assistance to local families and individuals who otherwise could not afford to experience Y programs or membership. Breakfast starts at 7:00, tee off is at 8:00 AM.  The cost is $175.  http://nashuachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ymca-of-greater-nashua-s-20th-annual-send-a-kid-to-camp-golf-tourney-1547

Unemployment Support Group - Concord 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM EJ's on Main at the Holiday Inn, 172 N Main Street, Concord. This is a support group for people who are unemployed or underemployed. They don't have a website, but you can contact the group organizer Phil Rose at PSRCleaning@aol.com

603 Networking Concord - Open networking 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM UNO Pizzeria & Grill,15 Fort Eddy Road, Concord.  Come join the 603 Networking group for an evening of open networking and conversation in Concord.  As always, the event is FREE, but they do need an RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-612-530-730pm-concord-open-networking-tickets-34547771314

603 Seacoast Networking Tuscan Kitchen, Portsmouth, NH 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tuscan Kitchen - 581 Lafayette Road - Portsmouth, NH 03801.  Come join us for an evening of networking and conversation on the Seacoast!  The event is FREE, but they do need an RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-seacoast-networking-612-tuscan-kitchen-portsmouth-nh-tickets-34586108983

CWE New Hampshire - Steps to Grow your Business - Nashua 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Center for Women and Enterprise - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua, NH 03060.  Have you recently launched your business and secured your first few clients, but want to take your business to the next level? This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company.  Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-steps-to-grow-your-business-tickets-33010242524

Career Night at Keller Williams Metropolitan - Bedford 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan - 168 South River Road - Bedford, NH 03110.  Keller Williams Realty Career Night is an informational forum about what the life of a Real Estate agent looks like.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-night-at-keller-williams-metropolitan-tickets-32049831910?aff=es2
Manchester Makerspace - Open House 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Manchester Makerspace 36 Old Granite Street, Manchester.  Weekly open house open house so members and non-members can gather and talk about what's going on at the space.  http://manchestermakerspace.org/events/category/events/

Tuesday 6/13/17

Retaining and Incentivizing Your Staff - Manchester 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Puritan Conference Center - 245 Hooksett Road - Manchester, NH 03104.  With New Hampshire's unemployment rate hovering around 3.2%, retaining your staff and keeping them motivated is more important than ever.  Join us for our last event before summer as Matt Nagler discusses "Retaining and Incentivizing Your Staff.  Presented by the Institute of Management Accountants - NH Chapter.  Cost: $20/members, $25/non-members, $10/students.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retaining-and-incentivizing-your-staff-tickets-34784437188?aff=es2

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/

Sandler Introductory Executive Workshop - Why Have a System?  - Manchester 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Sandler Training - Manchester, NH - 55 S Commercial St - Street Level - Manchester, NH 03101.  Are you tired of losing sales or discounting to win business?  Discover a compelling sales strategy that will create that slight edge sales advantage, overcome the random approach to sales calls, and close the sale with a think-it-over prospect.  Cost is free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sandler-introductory-executive-workshop-why-have-a-system-tickets-34621292217

New England B2B Networking Group Event in Merrimack, NH 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM .  This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett.  The cost is $20, only one person per industry.  Cost: $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-group-event-in-merrimack-nh-tickets-34441475380?aff=es2

Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 29 West Broadway Derry.  This catered networking event is held the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Chamber's conference room. All participants are given the opportunity to promote their businesses to the group, which in turn becomes an additional sales force that refers members of the group.  FREE for members; $10 for not-yet-members.    http://derry-chamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/networking-referrals-leads-luncheon-06-06-2017-740

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/

NHHTC Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program - Hooksett 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Southern New Hampshire University 2500 North River Road, Hooksett.  The New Hampshire High Technology Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology-based businesses in NH. Applications for the award were solicited through universities, corporations, attorneys, bankers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.  Cost: $80/members $100/non-members  http://https://members.nhhtc.org/events/details/entrepreneur-of-the-year-june-2017-50

CWE New Hampshire - QuickBooks Intensive - Nashua 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CWE New Hampshire - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua, New Hampshire 03060.  Keeping track of your business's finances can be complicated, but a systematic approach with QuickBooks can make a world of difference. In this 4-week intensive series, participants will learn the basics of navigating the QuickBooks program and have the opportunity to practice using it in real-time.  Cost: $195  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-quickbooks-intensive-tickets-31885602696

Stay Work Play 3rd Annual Next Generation Networking Event - Manchester 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM The Foundry @ 50 Commercial St, Manchester, NH 03101.  Join us for an evening of food, drinks, great conversation, and a little fun thrown in!  To RSVP, email events@sheehan.com.  Cost: Free  http://stayworkplay.org/blog/event/3rd-annual-next-generation-networking-event/?instance_id=1875

Concord Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours at Good Life Programs & Activities 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM GoodLife Programs and Activities 254 North State Street Concord, NH.  Visit GoodLife Programs and Activities and enjoy the tasty food of co-host Contigiani's Catering! Members may register online. $7.00 payment to Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce in advance of the event, $10.00 payment at the door.   NOTE: The event listing does not give a price for non-chamber members, but there is a login option on the registration form.  http://cca.concordnhchamber.com/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=NHCon&categoryid=8192&keyword=&class=E 

Perfecting the Conversion Process to Get More Leads - Manchester NH HubSpot...  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Schall Creative - 250 N Commercial Street - Suite 2023 - Manchester, NH 03101.  Is your website working for you to transform your visitors into leads? Come learn how to get the right information about your prospects and optimize your conversion process.   http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/manchester-nh-hug-meetup-tickets-30889248574

Startup Pitch Night - Nashua 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM Auditorium Room @NTP 200 Innovative Way, Nashua, NH 03062.  John Flatley Company will organize a Startup Pitch Night on June 13th, 2017 at Nashua Technology Park. This is a golden opportunity to develop startups' business.  It's a great opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders. This event is open to all.  Cost: Free  http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-pitch-night-tickets-34828161970

Run A Successful Book of Business Boot Camp With Lyn-Dee!  Next Level Up!  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse - 206 New Hampshire 101 - Bedford, NH 03110.  Are you are ready to learn and take your business to the next level?  Lyn-Dee Eldridge Super Charges Your Success. She is more than a Motivational Speaker, Life and Business Coach; she is a Transformational Force, who can change your life.  Cost: $45 http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/run-a-successful-book-of-business-boot-camp-with-lyn-dee-next-level-up-tickets-33266682543

Wednesday 6/14/17

June Human Resources Exchange: But Wait There's Still More - Workplace Law Year in Review - Manchester 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, Manchester, NH, 03101.  The NHHTC Human Resources Forum breakfast meetings feature experienced professionals as speakers who offer valuable and practical advice on issues important to workplaces of all types and sizes.  Complimentary breakfast meeting.  http://https://www.sheehan.com/event/wait-theres-still-workplace-law-year-review/

Women's Council of Realtors: Improving Your CMA Through Market Derived Adjustments w/ Kevin Fritschy, Appraiser - Epsom 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM The Meeting Room LLC, 1913 Dover Road, Epsom, NH 03234.  Cost: Free/members, $25/non-members  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/improving-your-cma-through-market-derived-adjustments-w-kevin-fritschy-appraiser-tickets-34885610801

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/

Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours Frasca & Frasca 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Join us for our June Business After Hours hosted by Frasca & Frasca! Network while you enjoy complimentary refreshments and the chance to win some exciting prizes! Pre-register now for an additional chance to win!  Cost: Free/members, $15/non-members http://http://nashuachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/june-bah-2017-frasca-frasca-1562

MYPN June Social Event: Tap House Grille - Hooksett 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Tap House Grille - 1292 Hooksett Road - Hooksett, NH 03106.  Socialize and network with other young professionals at Hooksett's Tap House Grille.  Cost: Free http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-social-event-tap-house-grille-tickets-34839230075

Hooksett Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours - Pro Technologies 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Pro Technologies, 146 Londonderry Tpke # 6, Hooksett.  Join the Hooksett Chamber of Commerces Business After Hours the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The event is hosted by a different local business every month and is open to everyone.  http://http://www.hooksettchamber.org/hooksett-chamber-events.html

CWE New Hampshire - Financing Strategies: Learn from the Experts, Derry Public Library  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Derry Public Library - 64 E Broadway - Derry, New Hampshire 03038.  If you are in the process of launching a new business, thinking about starting one, or looking to finance your expansion, this panel discussion will help you to understand the variety of financing options available to you as a business owner.   Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-financing-strategies-learn-from-the-experts-derry-public-library-tickets-33058698457

Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women (BPW) - Monthly Success Meetup 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM La Carreta Mexican Restaurant 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry.  This is a monthly meetup with presentations and networking.  Membership is $65/year, the first meeting is free for visitors!  For more info/RSVP  http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Londonderry-Business-and-Professional-Women-BPW/

 NH Real Estate Investors Association - Manchester 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM This is a paid membership group whose primary focus is real estate investing. The event is free for members and $20 for non-members.  https://www.meetup.com/nhreia/

Write Free or Die - Derry 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Marion Gerrish Community Center 39 West Broadway, Rt. 102, Derry.  Regular 2nd Wednesday critique meeting at Marion Gerrish Community Center (MGCC) Derry, NH. https://www.meetup.com/Write-Free-Or-Die/

Thursday 6/15/17

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://millyard.toastmastersclubs.org/

New England B2B Networking Group Event in Manchester, NH 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM New York Life - 1155 Elm Street - Manchester, NH 03101.  This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry.  Cost is $20  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-group-event-in-manchester-nh-tickets-34479479050

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/

The Miracle Morning for Salespeople Workshop - Bedford, NH 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Keller Williams Realty - Bedford, NH - 168 S River Rd Ste 1A - Bedford, NH 03110.  The Miracle Morning for Salespeople brings you these Life S.A.V.E.R.S. as a guide for taking your sales to the next level. Get beyond the typical sales advice and get into a daily rhythm that will transform your career.  Cost: $65 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-miracle-morning-for-salespeople-workshop-bedford-nh-tickets-33621988272

Greater Derry - Londonderry Chamber 2017 Marketing Series - Email Marketing 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 29 W. Broadway Derry.  "Power of the Inbox: Tips and Tricks for Email in the Mobile Age"  Learn best practices for email marketing that will apply regardless of what email marketing platform you use.  Presented by: Robin Samora, Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert.  Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.  Lunch provided.  http://http://derry-chamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2017-marketing-series-email-marketing-2246  

Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours with the Nashua Silver Knights 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Holman Stadium 67 Amherst Street Nashua.  Join the Merrimack Chamber and the Silver Knights on Thursday evening, 5:30-7:30 at the Historic Holman Stadium in Nashua for a night of networking in their luxury suites.  See website for details: http://merrimack.chamberofcommerce.me/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=251704

Networking with a Purpose: Build a Better Brand - Bow 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Grappone Toyota - 594 New Hampshire 3A - Bow, NH 03304.  Welcome to the second meeting of our Networking with a Purpose series! One of the biggest requests we heard was you are interested in building YOUR brand, but you don't know where to start! We are incredibly excited to bring out Abigail White of Abigail White Co. Abigail is a gifted brand-er, and graphic designer that specializes in helping others build their brand!  Cost: Free http://www.eventbrite.com/e/networking-with-a-purpose-build-a-better-brand-tickets-34826667500

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. For more information/RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Toastmasters-of-Manchester-4227/

Best of NH Party 2017 - Manchester 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Line Drive, Manchester.  Best of NH attendees can look forward to enjoying food and drink samples from more than 65 booths while enjoying a night outside at the ballpark listening to music, live entertainment and ending the night with an amazing fireworks display.  Cost: $65 per person, $55 for 6+ people, $19 for kids 4-10  http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH/

Friday 6/16/17

CWE New Hampshire - Steps to Start your Business - Nashua 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMCenter for Women and Enterprise - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua, NH 03060.  If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you.  Cost: Free http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-steps-to-start-your-business-tickets-33010936600

Wrap Up

Almost every time I go to a networking event, I meet someone who is thinking about trying their hand at a direct sales business.  It's no secret that I'm not a fan of direct sales and network marketing type of businesses, but I do know a few people who have made money at it without ending up with a garage full of product or signing up every relative they could find.  So in spite of my own reservations, I try to be fair and impartial when talking about direct sales and will occasionally share information when I meet someone who is happy and successful in their direct sales endeavors. Which brings me to Lisa Carvalho.

I'm not promoting any specific business, I'm not even giving the name of the company Lisa represents, but I am suggesting that if you are thinking about trying your hand at direct sales, you might want to talk to her.

She is one of the best pitchmen I've met in a long time. She's passionate about both the product and company and realistic in what you have to do to succeed as a network marketer. She's also been with them for 10 years.  If she wasn't happy with the company, I could see her easily making ten times more money as a professional sales coach.

Lisa is holding two information sessions this month. The first is Saturday, June 10th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, the second is Wednesday, June 14th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM.  Both sessions will be in Derry.  For more information, including the location, please contact Lisa directly at 781-771-7461.

I don't want to discourage anyone who feels like direct sales is a good fit, but it's a challenging business and I would not recommend it to anyone who isn't comfortable talking to strangers and hearing "no." If you decide that the pluses outweigh the minuses, I would urge you to do your due diligence. Take a look at the article I wrote last year called Network Marketing: Could Part-Time Sales be the Solution for Your Empty Pockets & Busy Schedule? Read the tips and follow the suggestions.

You can make money at it, but you need to go in with your eyes wide open.  

Have a great week people!

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz