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By Pat Hammond

Business Isn't Always Fair...

Have you ever met a competitor and wondered how the heck someone like that is succeeding while you struggle?

You know the guy I mean. He's not as smart as you. He doesn't have the same skills or training, and he definitely doesn't have your passion.

How does he find so many clients? He knows how to leverage his network.

  • You don't have to be the best when you are the first person referred.
  • You don't have to be the most skilled when someone says they know you.
  • And you don't have to be the most passionate when someone just needs the job done now.

As long as you have the minimum skills to do your job, all you need to succeed are the right connections.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Free CWE Classes in Portsmouth, Manchester,  & Concord

Great news for anyone looking to pick up a new skill or take a budget-friendly free class on essential business topics.  

It looks like the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) in Nashua is expanding their footprint to offer their very popular classes to towns around New Hampshire. 

In addition to the recent workshops in Claremont, CWE has posted classes for Portsmouth, Manchester, and Concord. 

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By Pat Hammond

Welcome to the New Weekly Tech Roundup!

I know it doesn't look like it this week, but the Weekly Roundup has been getting a little overwhelming to read with all the new business, networking, and tech events so I'm giving the creative and tech groups their own Roundup.

Every Thursday Queen City Buzz will post a listing of upcoming creative and tech groups, meetups, workshops, and networking events in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and other locations around the state.

My primary sources for creative and tech groups and events are:

Feel free to let me know if there is another tech calendar I should be following.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Free Loeb School Fall Classes

September and back-to-school are only a week away which means it is time to take a look at the Loeb School's Fall Classes.

For anyone who hasn't heard of the Loeb School, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is a non-profit school founded by the late Nackey Loeb to "kindle the enthusiasm of future generations of journalists by providing a solid foundation of skills and values."

The Loeb School offers free classes in three sessions, Winter, Spring, and Fall, as well as one-day workshops providing students the opportunity for hands-on learning with local professionals in a classroom setting.

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By Pat Hammond

Since last month marked our 24th episode and next month features the launch of the new monthly Tech Buzz podcast, I thought it would be a great time to put together a page of links to all of last year's Live from the Hive episodes.

If you haven't listened to the podcast, here's your chance to meet some local business owners and get some insider tips and tricks.  

My guests have covered subjects as diverse as virtual assistants, video marketing, networking, day care, weight loss, and how to start a business.  

We've talked about current events, continuing education, how to market your business, and how to succeed at networking.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek - SCORE

This week's sneak peek at the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE has five small business workshops coming up in September.

It's a great opportunity to get some information, meet a few fellow entrepreneurs, and ask questions from people who have started and run their own business.

Most SCORE workshops are $25, Free/Veterans

For information about SCORE's fall lineup, please visit A Sneak Peek at SCORE's Fall Workshops!

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By Pat Hammond

A Little Help for Your Tech and Style Woes

 

When you work in the corporate world you have an IT department to handle all those tech challenges - computers, software, and data security. It all seems so easy when the guy from IT shows up, plugs in a few cables, taps a few keystrokes and says "Okay, you're all set." But when you're on your own one of the first things you notice is that all that tech is a little more complicated than it looks. Especially nowadays when everything we do is on a computer or in the cloud.

In this month's episode of Live from the Hive, IT tech Joe Tauras from Team Logic IT will be on hand to talk about software, hardware, and those pesky ransomware viruses. We're also going to be sharing a major announcement about a new podcast.

I'm also going to be joined by featured guest Sharon Jensen from Embrace Your Wardrobe.

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By Pat Hammond

Gearing up for Veterans Week

Last year Chris Pastrana from NH Business Show and I teamed up to honor New Hampshire veterans by featuring seven veteran owned businesses in seven days.  

We had so much fun and met so many incredible people that we decided to do it again.

The week of November 5th - 11th, Chris and I will be posting video interviews and articles about local veteran owned businesses. 

If you are a veteran and would like your business featured let us know.  I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.  Please use "Veterans Week" in the subject line.

Top Business & Networking Picks for 8/13/17 - 8/19/17

  1.  Coffee Buzz Networking - Manchester 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on Monday, August 14th at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester
  1. Google I/O Recap: The Road Ahead - Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, August 14th at Alpha Loft, 844 Elm Street, Manchester
  1. Present to One or Many from Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Association 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 16th at La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry, NH
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By Pat Hammond

We're not a "drug infested den"

This month's sneak peek is a super timely public health workshop for small business owners called "How does Opioid Misuse Affect Your Business?"

A few months ago Dean Kamen was quoted as saying that the drug situation is the biggest challenge facing business growth in New Hampshire.

He was right.  

Every night, news of the latest overdose shown against a bucolic backdrop of rolling hills and church steeples flashes across the screen on the national news.  

It's the kind of thing that stops people from starting or expanding their business in New Hampshire.  It causes people to move their families to "safer" places, and it makes it difficult for businesses to attract skilled employees.

If you are a business owner and are concerned about how addiction affects your business this free workshop, co-sponsored by the Capital Area Public Health Network and the Center for Health Promotion, will help you learn how the opioid crisis impacts your small business.

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By Pat Hammond

More Changes Coming to the Weekly Roundup!

Starting Thursday, August 31st local tech events will have their own weekly listing called  NH Tech Roundup.

The tech industry has become a key player in the local economy and the number of tech specific business and networking events, as well as tech training, workshops, and networking groups have reached the point that they deserve their own spotlight.  

As always, if you have a networking group or business event that you would like to share in the Weekly Roundup of Business & Networking Events or a tech group or event for the NH Tech Roundup drop me a line.  I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

Sneak Peek

In honor of local tech, this week's sneak peek is a new group called New Hampshire Robot Operating System Users Group (NH-ROS).

Robotics has grown well beyond the realm of kiddie toys and military applications and is now taking on prominent roles in fields such as manufacturing and medicine.

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