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By Timothy Hirsch

Prepare for the unexpected

Almost everything in life is uncertain and we should always prepare our families for any unplanned situation that may arise. Why everyone needs a life insurance plan is quite simple and it’s obvious when we look around at our family. Life itself is uncertain, and we need to be prepared for the unexpected. In fact, one of the only certainties in life is death. While many things in life are predictable, death is not one of those situations that we can predict. We see all too often families posting “go fund me” pages on Facebook. These are instances in which families were not prepared, not only by the emotional devastation but the financials aspects as well.

Sickness and death are particularly frightening on their own. Death is a certainty in life that nobody can avoid. What’s really frightening though, is if we are not prepared when this happens. This is the reason why every person should have adequate life insurance coverage. After all, we do not get life insurance for ourselves, but rather for our loved ones. It is one of the most selfless purchases that we can make for our loved ones.

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By Pat Hammond

Would it help if I begged?

I'm going to start by saying that the most frustrating part about blogging is that nobody reads what you write.

It's okay because I know it's not personal.

There are hundreds of thousands of well-written articles on the web that never get read and I get enough feedback from people about the Weekly Roundup that I generally feel pretty good about the information I put out on Queen City Buzz, but in this case, I am asking for your help.

We all know that the number one question I get from people is "Where do I find networking events?" It's why I spend 6+ hours each week hunting down events, curating the calendar, writing and posting the Roundup. If I did nothing but the Weekly Roundup, people would be happy.

But you know me. Good enough feels like settling, and I'm always striving to create added value.

The second most popular question I hear is "Where can I find business help with (fill in the blank)?"

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By Pat Hammond

The SBA, It's Not Just Loans

I get a lot of questions from people about what resources are available for small business owners and where they can find help for basic, and not so basic, business questions so I decided it was past time for me to sit down and share the skinny on the big daddy of small business resources, the Small Business Administration.

The first thing most people think of when they hear Small Business Administration (SBA) is loans.

And yes, the SBA guarantees a variety of loan programs through local lenders, but that is a topic for another day. Today I am giving you an overview of who the SBA is and how the NH District of the SBA can help you.

If I had to sum it up with one line, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is your strategic partner for starting and growing a business in the United States.

Originally created as the result of the Small Business Act of 1953[1.], the goal of the SBA was to provide "aid, counsel, assistance, etc., to small business concerns" so they could compete with larger corporations.

The idea was that with a little help, regular people could live the American dream of starting and owning a business and today's SBA has evolved to include a vast network of people, programs, and resources right here in New Hampshire to help you take your business from your initial concept to startup, growth and every step in between.

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By Pat Hammond

Look who's at the top of the page on Eventbrite!

It's a new month and a new quarter and that means that Queen City Buzz has two events next week.

Our NH Business Partner Finders group has its second meeting 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, April 3rd at Aroma Joe's, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

The NH Business Partner Finder Group is a quarterly networking group created for the express purpose of connecting local entrepreneurs and freelancers with other entrepreneurs and freelancers interested in collaborating on projects and/or becoming working business partners. If you're looking for a project or a partner, why not stop by. RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nh-business-partner-finder-group-how-to-find-your-dream-team-tickets-33077941012?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Then on Tuesday, we have the monthly Coffee Buzz Networking from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester. This is a casual, open networking group to network, share referrals & connect with other local freelancers and small business owners. For more information please visit http://queencity.buzz/articles/new-quarter-new-opportunity-succeed


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By Pat Hammond

You're Only as Strong as Your Network

At some point in your life, you probably heard that your reputation is a reflection of the company you keep. This is just as true as an adult as it was a teenager. People want to do business with people they know, and if they don't know you they're going to look at the people around you. Make sure your network is filled with people whose reputation mirrors your own values.

It doesn't matter if you're self-employed, just out of school, or work in a cubicle, the one truth that transcends your personal and professional world is that you are only as strong as your network, and when you build strong network on a foundation of meaningful relationships, you set yourself up for success.

Always remember that the value you provide your network partners is more important than what they give you.

  • be selfless → give more than you get
  • be the guy that's there in a pinch
  • give an attaboy for a job well done
  • celebrate and share other people's victories

Networking is about creating relationships and relationships are built one conversation at a time.

Join us Tuesday, April 4th from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee in Manchester.

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By Pat Hammond

It's Clydesdale Camera Day!

Next Saturday, April 1st is Clydesdale Camera Day at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Merrimack. (http://www.newhampshire.com/section/newhampshire04#/event/6086781-clydesdale-camera-day?location=03301-concord§ions=all&date=today)

I know what you're thinking. The events calendar is already full of business activities, why is she wasting space with pretty horses?

The short version is that I was doing my weekly rounds of the local events calendars the other day and when I came across Camera Day with the Clydesdales I thought this was genius. You could even say that it's elite brand management.

I mean what is more iconic than a Clydesdale?

Budweiser makes beer which is, of course, a product designed for adults. But their brand transcends the adult only demographic. It has a rich history and the images they present to the public are cuddly and family friendly. (Anyone remember the Budweiser frogs?)

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By Pat Hammond

It's Time to Get Serious

Have you ever tried to find a business partner? Someone who shared your vision, had a similar work ethic, and the skills you needed to take your great idea from the back of a cocktail napkin to fruition?

I'll give you a hint, it's harder to find a business partner than it is to find a New Year's Eve date.

You might even say it's virtually impossible.

Networking events are a meat market. The people who aren't trying to get you to join their network marketing/MLM scheme are either selling insurance or looking for a job. Even if you luck into a carefully curated B2B event, there is almost no chance to find other business people looking for a partner or new business opportunity. Which is why I started the NH Business Partner Finder Group.

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By Pat Hammond

Bye Bye Stella!

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm tired of talking about snow. At this point, my inner Jersey girl is telling me that it's mid-March and that means it's time to think about daffodils, crocus, and all those other telltale signs that spring is around the corner. With that in mind, I'm going to put my head in the sand and press on.

First quarter is almost over and in spite of the many snow days the last few months, I'm pretty close to reaching this quarter's goals. Heck, I've even started working on next quarter. I've been booking projects for May and June and it was a little scary when I realized that I had to flip a couple calendar pages to find enough free time for a new project. But enough about me. What's going on with you?

Are you where you want to be?

Is it time to rethink some of this year's goals?

Maybe you're ready for a new direction?

Or perhaps, you are exactly where you need to be and are on track for the best year ever.

No matter what your situation is, there are a lot of opportunities for anyone in New Hampshire who is looking for a new job, new business, or a new direction, all it takes is a willingness to jump in and try. For most of us, that means making a plan then making the right connections.

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By Pat Hammond

In this month's episode...

In this month's Live from the Hive I am talking about office design and functional workspace with Justin Mikolyski from Creative Office Pavilion and how to promote your business using video with Chris Pastrana from the NH Business Show.

It doesn't matter if you are a one man office working from your apartment or if you have a hundred employees in the Millyard, every office needs the right design and equipment to keep your staff healthy and productive.

  • chairs
  • lighting
  • work surfaces

Justin Mikolyski is here to share his insider tips on things to think about when you need to add more desks without moving to new office space. He's also talking about how to keep up with next generation needs in an evolving workplace, and how hiring a professional design team can make the transition to your new office space worry-free.

I'm also catching up with Chris Pastrana from the NH Business Show. He's sharing how testimonial videos can be a very affordable way to create social proof in competitive markets. We're also talking about his new Elevator Pitch coaching product and the new veteran's business networking group.

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By Pat Hammond

It's Sunshine Week!

I don't want to get all political on you, but you'd have to be living under a pretty big rock to not know we are struggling with a lot of issues at the national, state, and local levels of government.

It doesn't matter what the topic is, someone, somewhere is making backroom deals and someone else is complaining about PACS and special interest groups swaying decisions that impact lives.

The core checks and balances written into our government's structure eventually catch up with many of these issues, but it's slow and without someone shining a light into the dark corners it can take a while before anyone notices something's not quite right.

In the old days, the free press took the lead when it came to finding the truth, but we live in a new normal where many of the old newspapers have either gone out of business or been bought by international news conglomerates who may be more connected to the problems than the solutions.

Even here in New Hampshire, our beloved newspapers no longer cover the State House and do little more than print minutes from town hall meetings, which begs the question of who is doing oversight?

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