Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 7/4/16 - 7/8/16

by Pat Hammond on Friday, July 01, 2016

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Don't let the dog days of summer get you down!

It's the first week of July and the temps are starting to sizzle here in the Queen City, but that doesn't mean that you need to scale back those business and tech networking activities.

In fact, when you consider that next week starts with a holiday there is a surprising number of events this week.

This week's featured event is our own Coffee Buzz Networking 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM on Tuesday at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street in Manchester. This month's topic is a Quick & Dirty Guide to Finding Clients and it should be an interesting discussion.

If you're not doing anything Tuesday morning why not stop by? For more information about this month's Coffee Buzz see Coffee Buzz Networking: Your Quick & Dirty Guide to Finding Clients

The new month also means that it's time for another Alpha Loft Startup Meetup. This group meets the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester. It's a great opportunity to get both peer-to-peer and expert advice on topics related to starting and growing a business in the Granite State. Alpha Loft's primary focus may be tech, but don't let that stop you from joining the conversation. For more information about the Startup Meetup please visit http://www.meetup.com/startupmht/

The final featured event this week comes from the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. They will be holding a one day Photography for Public Relations workshop from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM on Friday. This one-day workshop is designed to help public relations photographs land on the web and in the paper, not in the trash. Cost is $50. Bring your camera! For more information please visit http://www.loebschool.org/classes-and-workshops/workshops.aspx

This Week's Business, Networking & Tech Events

Monday 7/4/16

Independence Day — Celebrate Freedom!

Tuesday 7/5/16

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "Your Quick & Dirty Guide to Finding Clients"

Gold Star Mill City Referral Group: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford. This is a paid referral group managed by Piper Turgeon. It's very low key and definitely worth a visit for anyone who is looking to join a regular referral group.

Open Beta: Playtest: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Myriad Games 1525 S. Willow St., Manchester So bring your projects, bring your friends, or just bring your sparkling personality. This event is open to everyone, whether you make games or not.

Wednesday 7/6/16

Alpha Loft Startup Meetup: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester.

Thursday 7/7/16

Gold Star Manchester Business Network: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Moe Joe's Family Restaurant 2175 Candia Road, Manchester If you can't make Tuesday, how about Thursday? This is the second Gold Star group in Manchester but there are other chapters within the Manchester metro area. To find a group near you visit: http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

Manchester Makerspace: Open House 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 36 Old Granite Street Weekly open house so that member and non-members can gather and talk about what's going on at the space.

Toastmasters of Manchester: Regular Toastmaster's Meeting - Prepared Speeches and Impromptu Topics 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Manchester Community College, Room #Main 240 1066 Front Street Manchester Guests are always welcome to sit in to see how we learn to speak in front of an audience. Participate as much (or as little) as you like.

Friday 7/8/16

Photography for Public Relations: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications 749 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester. This one-day workshop is designed to help public relations photographs land on the web and in the paper, not in the trash. Cost is $50. Bring your camera! http://www.loebschool.org/classes-and-workshops/workshops.aspx

Wrap Up

I've been spending a lot of time holed up in the Queen City Buzz office working on code this week, but my network is still buzzing. Out of the blue Piper Turgeon, owner of Eco Chic Interiors and manager of the local Gold Star Referral groups, connected me to someone who may be a great fit for a project I've got coming up. I haven't talked to her since May and I'm sure I didn't mention it at the time, but she met this person and knew he was someone I wanted to know. That my friend is the power of networking.

I'm not trying to sell him anything, but it's possible that I may be able to send him some work and he may be able to take care of something for me. This is why it's so important to have quality connections who get what you do. Two thumbs up and thanks Piper!!

I also found another new group on meetup.com called Software and Online Business. They're a little vague on the specifics and I haven't had time to talk to Ben the organizer, but their blurb says they are "A badass group of entrepreneurs who share, have fun, and mentor one another to achieve greatness. We focus specifically on creating income through software, ranging from e-commerce, to SaaS, to affiliate marketing." I've already back burnered two separate digital projects, one was ready for testing, so I'm hoping that this group will be motivation for me to get my act together. If you're a software developer or just someone who has a great idea for an online product why not stop by their meetup page.

Have a great week people!

Don't forget the Kickstart Monday podcast on Monday (who'd a thought it?) and Coffee Buzz Networking on Tuesday!

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz