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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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By Pat Hammond

Is Your Event Team Prepared for the Unthinkable?

Founded after the shooting in Las Vegas, Northeast Event Emergency Response & Preparedness (NEERP) is on a mission " to provide the local event industry an open forum and training to better protect themselves and others in an uncommon emergency."

NEERP is holding an all-day Event and Safety Forum on Monday, February 12th at The Capitol Center for The Arts in Concord to help event organizers, venues, caterers, and everyone involved in managing local events prepare for the possibility of an event emergency. 

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By Pat Hammond

TechWomen Power Breakfast: Creator of Tranquilo Mat to discuss how she became an entrepreneur by following her passion and curiosity

The NH High Tech Council's TechWomen Power Breakfast for this month is 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 14th at the Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford and features Melissa Gersin, Founder, and CEO at Tranquilo, LLC.

This is a must-do event for anyone who has ever wondered how someone takes an idea from what-if through design, development, and funding. 

Cost: $10/NHHTC Members, $20/non-members

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By Pat Hammond

The Secret to My Sanity A.K.A. How I Stay on Top of Things

After spending the entire month of January putting out fires, that's figurative, not literal, I thought it might be a good idea to share my number one, can't-live-without-tool for staying organized and getting things done.

Are you ready?

It's a super simple, user-friendly, weekly planner. And I'm giving it away for FREE!!!

Yup, the Queen Bee, lover of all things tech (former) web dev uses a piece of paper and a pen to make managing multiple projects do-able.

And before someone clicks on the contact form and asks what about January, I'd like to point out that January was an extraordinary worse case scenario, like Defcon 1, incoming missiles from every border. It had nothing to do with organization and everything to do with a sleazy, money-grubbing web host trying to shake down a poor small business owner, namely me.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever wondered what exactly the Small Business Administration (SBA) can do for you?  Here's your chance to find what programs are available and how they can help you start and grow YOUR New Hampshire business!

What is the first thing people ask when you tell them you're starting a business?  "Did you check the SBA?"

If you're like most small business owners you shrug and say you're not planning on getting a loan.   But you know what? Loans are just a small part of the Small Business Administration's programs.

Their mission is to "aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation,"  and while some of that includes helping business owners find financing, it's just one piece of the SBA pie.  

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By Pat Hammond

Blockchain: The future of secure asset management is here in the Granite State.  

I'm going to start by saying my understanding of blockchain technology is minimal.  I kind of, sort of get how it works, but there is no way I could explain it to a non-tech person.  Fortunately, there aren't too many non-tech people who have heard about blockchain, but that is about to change.

With almost every aspect of modern life documented in a digital file, the safety of digital records is a big deal. 

Doctors, lawyers, accountants, even store owners all need to keep records and record transactions containing confidential personal information and everyone is concerned about data asset management.

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