Articles

#

By Pat Hammond

More Events to help you celebrate National Small Business Week, April 29 - May 5!

In case you didn't hear, it's National Small Business Week and the Granite State is rising to the challenge.

There were far too many events on this week's Weekly Roundup to list them all in Friday's post, so I'm doing a follow up to share a few more of the key activities from some of the larger organized groups.

Read full post »
#

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. 

Read full post »
#

By Pat Hammond

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard 2018 - Get Your Tickets NOW!

Who hasn't watched a TED Talk online and thought how cool it would be to be there for the live presentation? 

Thanks to locally organized TEDx events, you can attend live TED Talks right here in the Granite State. 

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard is hosting their 2018 event on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 am - 3:30 PM in the Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. 

Read full post »
#

By Timothy Hirsch

Is the high cost of healthcare coverage forcing you into a high-deductible plan you can't afford to use? 

All too often I find articles that boast about solutions to the rising costs of healthcare yet offer little or no help. Sometimes these articles will offer some remedial resolutions, such as purchasing a cheaper plan with a larger deductible. To me, that is more of a common-sense approach versus professional advice or an actual fix, especially if there is a $7,000 out-of-pocket deductible.

This approach only saves money if coverage is not needed in the first place. This is not practical nor is it a solution. This article is not to discuss the well-known problem many face, but instead to explore an actual healthcare solution unknowingly available to many people across the country.

Read full post »
#

By Pat Hammond

Updates & 3 Free Webinars for Your Business!

A few weeks ago I asked if anyone was interested in seeing a regular post with webinars presented by local businesses. 

Not surprising, a lot of people said yes. 

The thing that did make me scratch my head was that every person who responded was looking for a webinar. 

You read that right. I did not hear from one business owner.

Since this is a resource people are looking for I'm going to leave it on the table.  Now that the NH Business Directory is expanding services I don't have the time to chase down leads, but if I come across a webinar or if someone wants to send me information about a webinar they are hosting I will gladly share it.  

Read full post »
#

By Pat Hammond

The NH High Tech Council is looking for applicants for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year program -- Deadline Friday, May 4, 2018

Now in its 30th year, the prestigious NH High Tech Council (NHHTC) Entrepreneur of the Year Award "honors people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology-based businesses in New Hampshire."   

NHHTC is seeking "any founder or senior-level manager of a New Hampshire business who has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service"

 

Read full post »
#

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.

Read full post »
#

By Pat Hammond

Wow! 7 Days of Creative, Science & Tech Events. I don't know what's going on, but it doesn't get any better than this.

Next week's events calendar has art shows & fundraisers, a mental health job fair, a TEDx event, and way more tech than I can handle.  (That VPN/Cisco talk on Monday evening looks very interesting.)

And having said all that, I want to take a minute to talk about art. 

There's no tactful way to say it. The arts are to business what canaries are to coal miners. And right now, the New Hampshire art scene is booming. 

There are art shows, theater groups, classes and hands-on training events popping up all over the place. They're bringing the promise of new ideas and the belief that the economy really is better.

You don't have to be a creative to appreciate how this trend reflects on our communities.  

Read full post »
#

By Pat Hammond

Let me start by saying that photo anxiety is real and it has very little to do with vanity.

Sure, there are some who use the experience to fish for compliments or treat it as a look-at-me moment, but for many people, just the thought of having their picture taken or seeing a photograph of themselves can be stressful to the point of depression, debilitating anxiety, and even panic attacks.

And yes, I do know this from firsthand experience.

People think I'm being disingenuous when I tell them I really, really don't like having my picture taken, and I get it.

I'm a very confident person. I have no problem walking into a room full of strangers and starting a conversation. And I frequently draw attention to myself with my offbeat sense of humor.

You'd think I would be the first person in line for a photo op, but you'd be wrong. I have extreme photo anxiety. My camera issues sometimes lead to panic attacks and have resulted in me passing on business opportunities because I couldn't handle the idea shooting videos and having my picture taken. 

Read full post »
#

By Pat Hammond

Visit the Made in NH Expo - Friday, Saturday & Sunday @The Downtown Hotel (Formerly the Radisson) 700 Elm Street, Manchester!

It's April in the Granite State and you know what that means, it's time for the annual Made in NH Expo. (cue the cheers)

With the last count at 122 exhibitors, the Made in NH Expo is the state's premier event for connecting people to local businesses and it is happening today.

This event draws a huge cross-section of exhibitors and visitors representing just about every product and service in the Granite State from homemade hot sauce to local restaurants, pet products, clothing, and local craftsmen. It's a great way to get a look at what other people are doing and support local businesses.

Read full post »