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By Pat Hammond

Is Working from home making you a little stir crazy?

One of the perks of the computer age is that when the weather is bad a lot of people can work from home. This is great if the alternative is a long, snowy commute, but it can be challenging for people who need human interaction to stay fresh. If this past week's snow days have you climbing the walls you are in luck.

Next week's events calendar is chock full of business workshops, talks, and networking events.

My top three picks this week are more informational than networking oriented. These are one-time events from industry leaders who have been where you are today and can give you the inside track when it comes to starting or growing your business.

Rocky Romanella, author and former CEO of UniTek Global Services and President of UPS Residential and Retail Operations, will be giving two free talks on leadership at Gateway Hills, 200 Innovative Way in Nashua on Monday, February 13th. The first session is from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM and the second session is 4:00 PM - 5:00.

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By Pat Hammond

Lots of Good Things This Month!

Happy February!

I am excited to share that Queen City Buzz's NH Business Directory is finally ready for prime time and I will be sending out the link to my volunteers for the final wave of testing next Friday, February 10th.

The code is already tested and functioning and this is the last step to ensure that the directory upload form collects all of the information directory members want to share. Any changes at this point will be minor tweaks such as adding a social media account or business category to a user profile and I anticipate a full roll out of the directory by March 1st.

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By Pat Hammond

10 Minutes to Jump Start Your Networking!

This week I have a super easy little tip that will help you jump start your networking.

Put it on the calendar.

Not only will this force you to make the commitment to set aside time for networking, it will ensure you remember there was a group or event you were interested in.

Networking is one of those things that's easy to put off or forget, so why not hedge your bets by taking 10 minutes a week to look at your options and add one or two things to the calendar?

And this tip isn't just for people who hate networking.

We all get caught up in other activities, lose track of time and realize that there was an event we wanted to attend two weeks ago.

I'll even throw in a bonus tip to make keeping a networking calendar even easier.

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By Pat Hammond

New England B2B Networking

Location: Various locations around southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts
Date: Various — currently 20 different meetings per month, check website http://newenglandb2bnetworking.com/ or eventbrite.com for latest meetups.

The Facts

  • price: $20/per event
  • atmosphere: casual, business professional, friendly
  • amenities: varies by location
  • content: networking, peer support, open discussion, networking
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By Pat Hammond

Networking Challenge

Join us for Coffee Buzz Networking, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 7th at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm challenging you to a game of Networking Cupid.

The goal is to make a match and give a referral to two people in your network. I'll even make it easy for you.

If you can't think of anyone you can connect then give an atta boy or testimonial.

Your network needs to be nurtured if you want it to grow, so take a few minutes this week and share some networking love. Trust me, a few minutes of effort will lead to stronger connections, better referrals, and more sales.

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By Pat Hammond

Networking with the Networkers

I had a conversation with Kevin Willett the other day and as you would expect, the main topic was networking.

For anyone who doesn't know Kevin, he is the man behind Friends of Kevin, New England B2B Networking, and the Friends of Kevin Radio Show. He's also the author of "One Connection: How You Can Grow Your Business (and Change the World) One Connection at a Time. "

In case it isn't obvious, Kevin knows networking. He understands what makes people nervous, how to overcome obstructions, and how to meet the right people.

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By Pat Hammond

Love it or hate it, the fact remains the same, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, typically referred to as Obamacare or ACA, has created a lot of headaches for sole proprietors, and with this year's tax penalty for not having ACA-compliant insurance at 2.5% of your household adjusted gross income[1], those headaches have gone from being a gentle throbbing in your temple to an ice pick in your brain.

  • Premiums
  • Out of pocket costs
  • What is covered?
  • What has to be covered to avoid tax penalties?
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By Pat Hammond

What do you get when you mix wine, chocolate, ghosts, and toner?

Would you believe a boat load of savings and a whole lot of fun?

Happy New Year everyone! I don't know about you but I am super excited about 2017. I spent the last couple weeks networking and I am on overload at this point. I'm bouncing off the walls and running around like a lunatic and it's driving my husband and everyone else around me a little nuts.

One of the things that got me so excited is that we are kicking off the new year with not one, but two guests on this month's edition of Live from the Hive, Tammy Downing from Out of the Box Tours and Mike Lynch from Inkspot NH.

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By Pat Hammond

Anything and Everything

If you haven't seen next week's events calendar yet, you're in for a shock.

We have business, networking and tech events for just about any and every interest. How-to workshops for email, sales and marketing, business symposiums, open networking, information about franchising and entrepreneurship, public speaking and so much more.

I know I've been saying it a lot lately, but take advantage of these opportunities.

As small business people, we need to be visible and connected in the community and that starts by getting out and meeting people.

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By Pat Hammond

Bouncing off the walls like a 6-year old hepped up on chocolate

As we wrap up the first week of the new year all I can say is wow. Every day this week has been a networking adventure and it's only week 1.

I started the week with the new NH Business Partner Finders group on Monday, Coffee Buzz on Tuesday, Millyard Networking and the Spanish Conversation group on Wednesday and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

I met so many new people this week that I'm in overwhelm. My phone is ringing off the hook. People are texting, emailing, and connecting all over the place and I am bouncing off the walls like a 6-year old hepped up on chocolate.

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