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By Pat Hammond

Are you tired of the same old networking events? How about shaking things up and stepping out of your comfort zone?

I know it sounds a little crazy, but The Community Players of Concord are holding auditions for their upcoming production of Ken Ludwig's play "Shakespeare in Hollywood."

It doesn't matter what your job is, this is the kind of activity that will help you foster confidence and connect to you a wide range of people from fellow thespians, production, fans, and financial supporters and you'll never have to worry about having to sit through ten elevator pitches. 

Auditions will be held at 6:30 PM Monday, March 12th at The Community Players Studio 435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord.

For more information please visit The Community Players of Concord website: communityplayersofconcord.org

 Who knows, you might even get discovered...

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By Pat Hammond

Snow, snow, and more snow... We may be approaching the middle of March, but Mother Nature is still wreaking havoc on the calendar...

Thanks to the latest storm, a lot of this week's events were canceled or rescheduled and since it was still snowing while I was writing this week's posts there's a good chance that some event organizers will be doing more changes.  As always, please be sure to follow links and double check the event information with organizer.  

I know I've mentioned this several times in recent months, but if you're planning on going to an event that requests an RSVP, please do so.  Most organizers will send an email to let people know if they decide to cancel or reschedule an event.  If you didn't RSVP or did not get a notice from an event organizer, check their website, Facebook or meetup.com page before heading out. 

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By Pat Hammond

Check out this FREE resource for your business!

The primary goal of Queen City Buzz is to connect you to the people, information, and resources you need to start and grow your business in the Granite State, and this week, I've got a phenomenal find from Spectrum Consulting that does all three. It's a live webinar series that covers a full range of essential human resource topics like hiring, insurance, and current event topics such as harassment, and it's absolutely FREE.

Yes, I said free.

Now in its fifth year, Spectrum's monthly webinar tackles tricky questions like The Top Ten Icky, Sticky People Stuff Problems – Ugh, they never end, Stealing at Work – Investigation strategies, and regular human resource topics such as Managing your workers’ compensation carrier – YES, you are going to manage them!, Managing Remote Workers, and OSHA and my staffing employees? Not my problem!

I stumbled upon this fabulous resource last October when I was doing research on leadership and I was completely wowed.

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By Pat Hammond

Dust off those communication skills with FREE Spring Classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

It's March and that means it's time to talk about the latest classes from the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. 

As many of you know, the Loeb School offers a variety of classes three times a year at their school, 749 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester. 

Taught by local industry experts, the courses cover topics related to modern journalism, digital media, and business communications.

The Spring 2018 six-week classes run every Wednesday from March 14 through April 18.

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By Pat Hammond

How's this for a sneak peek?

All I can say is wow, wow, and wow! This is what happens when you combine art and business in the Granite State and it's just one of many local products on display at this year's Made in NH Expo. 

I received a press release from Elaine Farmer of White Birch Fine Art Studio featuring four coloring books she will be selling at next month's Made in NH Expo and was blown away by the products she put together. 

Setting aside how beautiful the images are, these coloring books are a fantastic example of finding alternate uses for existing products, how to create multiple revenue streams from one product, and maximizing your efforts for the greatest effect. 

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By Pat Hammond

What's New for 2018

Now that I'm finally wrapping up the last of my web projects, I have a little time to sit down and share a sneak peek of some of the changes I have planned for Queen City Buzz in 2018.

I'm going to start by saying that Queen City Buzz is a work in progress. 

It's been three and a half years since the first blog post and while it didn't happen the way I expected, the blog has exceeded my expectations. If I'm going to be honest, I think it exceeded a lot of people's expectations.

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By Pat Hammond

Holy Networking Batman, 603 Networking has 4 FREE events in three weeks!

Are you new to the local networking scene?

Do you struggle with the idea of walking into a room full of strangers and introducing yourself?

603 Networking is a FREE statewide networking group that hosts regular monthly events designed to connect local business people. 

With its roots as a virtual networking group on LinkedIn, 603 Networking provides the perfect blend of real world and digital networking.

Live events offer a casual, laid-back environment to meet other business people who live and work in the Granite State without the stress of wading through a hundred people pushing business cards and reciting canned pitches.

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By Pat Hammond

Do some networking & get those creative juices flowing with the New Hampshire Creative Club!

Hello NH Creatives! 

The New Hampshire Creative Club is back on the schedule with an open networking event, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, February 26th at The Farm, 1181 Elm Street in Manchester.

According to New Hampshire Creative Club president Jim Roldan, "Members are typically graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, photographers, copywriters, art directors, educators, marketers, and some vendors and students of those disciplines. "

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By Pat Hammond

2018 Spring Workshops From SCORE: Get the Information & Tools You Need to Start & Grow Your Business Today!

Now that we've made it past the worst of winter it's time to start putting some of those business plans into action.

Whether you're dreaming about starting a business, looking for help with funding or have questions about marketing the Merrimack Valley chapter of SCORE has a workshop to help you make 2018 the most successful year ever.

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By Pat Hammond

Are you having trouble finding a specific creative, science or tech group? Or maybe you have an event, group, or meetup you'd like to share.

I visit 30 different websites, online calendars, and groups to curate content for the Weekly Roundup and NH Creative, Science & Tech Events calendars every week. 

It takes me an entire day to scour the web for the latest meetups and it doesn't come close to capturing all of the activities happening across southern New Hampshire. 

There are dozens of professional organizations, businesses, and trade group that don't post their events to public calendars.

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