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By Pat Hammond

Have you compared electric rates lately? How about cell phone or long distance providers?

Whether you manufacture widgets in a factory or work from a home office, utilities are one of the basic expenses that every business owner has to deal with.

  • electricity
  • internet
  • local & long distance service

Over the last several years, utility deregulation has given New Hampshire consumers a lot of new options when it comes to choosing a utility provider, unfortunately those options are not always equal.

Per the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission[1] the Granite State now boasts 25 electric power suppliers and 95 electric power aggregators.

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By Pat Hammond

Week 4 Notes

Between Thanksgiving and Black Friday it's an understandably light week with only one networking and one tech meetup, and they're both on Tuesday.

For anyone who is off and wants to avoid the malls there are an incredible number of free and budget friendly activities including traditional concerts, craft fairs, art exhibitions, ski swaps, bowling, yoga and meditation. (see NH365.org for details)

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By Pat Hammond

Have You Ever Used a Business Model Canvas?

We all know the importance of planning when it comes to starting a business, but why would you want to waste your time writing a fifty page business plan when a one page snapshot will do?

Originally developed by Alexander Osterwalder, the business model canvas was designed to cut the fluff and drill down to the details.

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Week 3 Notes

It looks like a nice mix of business and tech events next week.

The 603 Networking Group from LinkedIn is hosting their last networking event for the year, Makers in Manchester is doing a Show and Tell, the Information Security Systems Association is featuring a presentation on DDOS and Gold Star has their Tuesday morning meeting. (Highly Recommend!)

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By Pat Hammond

SEO is Like Chess...

Players always start with the same pieces, but strategy and skill determine the winner.

I've been getting a lot of people asking about how to improve their website's page rank the last few weeks so I thought I'd put together a quick infographic.

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By Pat Hammond

Gold Star - Mill City Referral Group

Location: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester 03103
Date: Tuesdays 8:30 AM (check their meetup.com page for details)

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By Pat Hammond

I"m always looking for a better way to organize my time and one of my favorite tools is a free online product called Trello.

A cross between a digital whiteboard and index cards, Trello's deceptively simple interface makes it easy to use without all the visual clutter that usually accompanies most project management tools while its robust tool set allows the user to collaborate and manage even the most complex projects.

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By Pat Hammond

Where are all those groups?

The number one complaint I hear from small business owners is that the biggest challenge to networking in New Hampshire is finding a networking group.

Even here in Manchester, the largest city between Boston and the Canadian border, organized networking events are few and far between. Or are they?

I did a little research and discovered that not only are there quite a few recurring events, but there are networking opportunities for almost every personality, schedule and budget.

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By Pat Hammond

We Want You!

We know that not everybody has the time or desire to maintain a blog. Which is where Queen City Buzz comes in.

Our goal is to connect local people, information and resources and one of the ways we are doing that is by providing a platform for you to share your experience and expertise as an entrepreneur/freelancer.

Who: Any small business owner, entrepreneur or freelancer doing business in Manchester

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By Pat Hammond

Where's the buzz?

Sorry guys, one of the challenges of living and working in New Hampshire is the lack of resources and in this instance the resource I am lacking is internet.

My internet connection has spiraled down to almost non-existent the past two weeks and after a call to Fairpoint's tech support I was left without any internet at all.

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