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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek - Networking with Food, Wine & Poutine!

It's May, which means it's almost summer and it's time to take a more relaxed approach to networking. This week's sneak peek events are all about hanging out, enjoying some good food, and meeting new people.

The first event is a Wine Tasting Party 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM on Wednesday, May 24th at XO on Elm 827 Elm Street, Manchester. This event is sponsored by Direct Wine Cellars, and according to the event listing it will be "a fun night out with great people, free appetizers, and a large variety of artisan wines." The event is free, but tickets are very limited. For more information please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-party-tickets-34326591760

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever had one of those days when you wished you had a little extra help around the office? Maybe you had two clients with competing deadlines, or maybe you just needed an extra pair of hands to do the things you're not-so-good at so you could focus on doing the tasks that make you money. I'm here to tell you you're not alone.

The number one reason small businesses fail to thrive is a lack of resources. And it's no surprise to anyone that the three resources most businesses lack are:

  1. time
  2. support
  3. money

What if I told you that Career Connections, a family-run staffing agency in Bedford, New Hampshire can help you overcome the challenges of limited time and support so that you can make more money?

You'd probably think I was crazy.

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By Pat Hammond

More Sources Mean More Events!

Thanks to reader input I've added 8 new event sources and the Queen City Buzz Events Calendar has gone from active to explosive!

As much as I love the idea of finding more opportunities to network, a busy calendar can make it easy to miss something, so I'm going to point out a couple interesting events that are coming up in the next few weeks.

Highland Forwarding will be hosting a free seminar from the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security on Export Compliance on Tuesday, May 23rd from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM in their office at 6A Kitty Hawk Landing, #200, Londonderry, NH.


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By Pat Hammond

Who remembers doing show-and-tell in kindergarten?

Everyone hated standing in front of the class, but we all had to do it and if you were really lucky, showing off your cool new toy gave you some serious street cred on the playground.

By the time first grade rolled around your were happy to bury the memories of show-and-tell hell and those memories stayed there until middle school when the teacher introduced a whole new level of torture know as the speech.

Instead of standing in front of a room full of six-year-olds who were generally interested in hearing about your new dog or the latest Pokemon card, you had to look cool and sound confident in front of a group of people whose judgment could seriously affect your social status for the next six years until you could escape to college. That's when the real stress began.

You realized that public speaking wasn't a one-and-done. You were suddenly facing the very real possibility that you would be doing speeches for the rest of your life. High school, college, and even in the working world. Presentations to clients and trade groups loomed in your future and you were horrified to discover that you would never be free from this dreaded task. But you know what? It doesn't have to be that way.

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By Pat Hammond

It's National Small Business Week!

I'm not sure if this falls under the category of sad or scary, but next week is National Small Business Week and I only found two business events that don't normally show up on the weekly or monthly schedule, and they're both on Tuesday. So I thought I'd share an event for next month that will be featuring a small, local startup that made it big.

And when I say big, I mean really big. As in the biggest player in global internet performance strategies.

I'm talking about Dyn.

Dyn is the stuff of legends.

It's a classic dorm room to the boardroom tale that started with a school project and ended with a $600 million acquisition.

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By Pat Hammond

Queen City Buzz is already the go-to source for business information and resources in the Granite State, why not put your business in front of the fastest growing NH audience?

Back in the day, if you wanted to reach a local audience you looked in the Yellow Pages or took out an ad in the local paper. It was an expensive, but effective way to reach a targeted local market, but times have changed.

The internet replaced old-school print as the preferred search tool for people looking for local businesses and services, and while you can't argue that digital is a whole lot easier on the average small business owner's budget, the results aren't necessarily the better.

Unlike the local phone company or newspaper who conveniently delivered your ad right to your customer's doorstep, internet searches frequently result in companies located across the country or even the other side of the world.

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By Pat Hammond

We're Moving to Monday!

Sorry for the short notice, but Coffee Buzz Networking is moving to 9:00 AM the first Monday of the month.

And yes, that means we'll be meeting next Monday, May 1st.

There are a lot of reasons for the move, but the big one is because you asked.

A lot has changed since I started the monthly Coffee Buzz Networking group. In addition to a lot more (conflicting) activities on the events calendar, my own schedule has changed making a Tuesday morning meetup logistically challenging, so we're moving to the first Monday of the month at 9:00 AM.

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By Pat Hammond

Couple Key Events for May

Two new big business events popped up when I was updating the Queen City Buzz Events Calendar this week.

The annual Alpha Loft Startup Shindig on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM. The Startup Shindig is a big deal for the local business community. It's a chance to rub elbow and celebrate the thriving entrepreneurial spirit in the Granite State.

As little as three years ago, there wasn't a whole lot going on around New Hampshire. Many people and companies were struggling post-recession and there was a lot of concern about the graying of New Hampshire. But our business community did what communities do best. They put their heads together and came up with a plan to reignite the spark. The Shindig is a celebration of community and a nod to what has been accomplished. Check out the event page on Eventbrite and get it on your calendar.

The second event that needs to be on your May calendar is the John Flatley Company's Startup Pitch Night. If you are starting or building your business, this competition is worth your notice.

Prizes for the winners, who will be chosen by a panel of judges, are:

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By Pat Hammond

Overwhelmed by Social Media?

Has anyone else noticed that the only people who think using social media to market your business is easy are the people who don't actually have a business?

Don't get me wrong, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are great options for a budget conscious business owner, but they're not easy.

They require careful planning, a commitment to regular posts, and a willingness to engage not only with the people who follow you, but in whatever group or conversation you find your target market. And this all has to be done without sounding like you're spouting a canned sales pitch.

As if that wasn't enough, you have to block off time away from running your business for each and every social media platform you use. It's not hard if you have the time and tools, but when you're a small business owner there is never enough time.

This month's Live from the Hive guests are Stephanie Edwards from Social Wize, LLC and Graham Gifford from the NH Telephone Museum.

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By Pat Hammond

Mix it Up!

Since I'm always saying "Networking doesn't have to be at a networking event" I thought I'd mix it up a little and share a couple non-business events that give you the perfect opportunity to meet people.

Out of the Box Tours offers a very popular Manchester Walking Ghost Tour on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 PM, though they request you arrive 15-minutes early. It's a great opportunity to meet some new people and find out about the spooky side of our Queen City.

The cost is $10. If you're paying by credit card you will need to pay online. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-ghost-tour-of-manchester-nh-tickets-29962102455

Theatre Kapow hosts a monthly open training session from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on the 3rd Saturday of the month. The next session is tomorrow, Saturday, April 15th. According to their website trainings include "acting, movement, improvisation, voice, speech, object work, viewpoints, and more." This is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn some techniques to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

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