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By Pat Hammond

Refer a friend, get a gift card...

We all know I don't take paid ads on Queen City Buzz, but I do share promotions and this offer from Island Breeze Virtual Assistants is too good to ignore.

Island Breeze Virtual Assistants are already a very affordable option for anyone on a tight budget, but they just sweetened the pot by offering Amazon gift cards when you refer a friend. (see http://islandbreezeva.com/referral.html for details)

  • $10 Amazon.com gift card when your friend signs up for a 5 hour monthly support plan
  • $20 Amazon.com gift card when your friend signs up for a 10 hour monthly support plan
  • $50 Amazon.com gift card when your friend signs up for a 1 hour daily support plan
  • $90 Amazon.com gift card when your friend signs up for a 2 hour daily support plan
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By Pat Hammond

Happy New Year!

I hope you weren't planning on easing into 2017 because this week's events calendar is off the charts.

If one of your goals for the new year is to step up your networking, you are in luck.

There are events for open networking, tech, entrepreneurs, people thinking about going back to school, and events for people who want to learn Spanish or improve their public speaking skills.

And these are only the business, networking, and tech events. Once you add in all the fun and hobby events, you have no excuses. Even the weather is supposed to be warm (for January) and relatively snow-free.

Looking at this week's calendar, my top picks are the new NH Business Finder group on Monday, Coffee Buzz Networking on Tuesday, and Gold Star Manchester Business Network on Thursday.

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By Pat Hammond

Happy Friday!

Before I get to this week's events, I want to take a minute to remind you that networking isn't a passive activity.

Whether you go to events or prefer to do it one-on-one, networking requires that you actually go out and meet people. You have to be visible and you have to nurture connections so they become valuable relationships.

In my experience, the number one reason people give when asked why they don't network is they're not comfortable walking up to a stranger and introducing themselves, and I get it. It's hard to know where to start, especially when you are facing a room with a hundred complete strangers, but you know what, you don't have to.

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By Pat Hammond

Not so guilty pleasures...

It may make you feel pampered and decadent, but massage is actually an affordable luxury that should be part of your healthy living plan.

Whether you've got that nagging neck pain or are simply feeling overwhelmed, the healing power of touch can bring a welcome relief to many of today's stresses.

  • pain relief
  • relaxation
  • improved focus & concentration

In a 24/7 world where there is no down time, making a commitment to give yourself a 30 or 60-minute timeout every month is a necessity for anyone who wants to be on top of their game and feel their best.

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By Pat Hammond

Time to Get Organized

Do you have a favorite system or tool that keeps you organized and productive?

Maybe an online notebook like Evernote or a project management platform like Basecamp or Asana?

Or perhaps you're old school and stand by a classic Day Runner.

Whether you're a devoted Getting Things Done follower or someone who simply scribbles a list on a post-it, there is no getting around the fact that you can't be productive without some sort of organization.

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By Pat Hammond

Please Support Your Small Business Community

I shouldn't have to point this out, but these are your friends and neighbors, the people you meet at the supermarket, and on those cold January mornings when you're digging out the snow plowed up at the end of the driveway. Local small business owners are the people who sponsor Little League, provide the jobs and the services we need and they can't do that if we don't support them by buying their products and services.

Between now and December 25th Queen City Buzz is giving over the top half of the home page to promote local businesses.

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By Pat Hammond

It's December!

It's December and at this point of the year, if it's not in the works, it's probably not going to happen, especially if whatever it is you want to do requires any kind of contribution from other people so my best advice is to plan for the future, but live in the moment.

Do whatever absolutely, positively has to get done, then call some of those people you keep meaning to catch up with and invite them to coffee, lunch or cocktails. I might even invite some people to play pool. I'm really bad at it, so anyone who is feeling the need for a minor victory should definitely take me up on it.

Looking at next week's events calendar, I want to point out two new groups that are going to interest a lot of people, the Spanish Conversation Group in Manchester and the Trailblazing Business Marketing Laboratory in Amherst. I also want to remind you that Coffee Buzz Networking is meeting 9:30 AM on Tuesday at Aroma Joe's Coffee in Manchester. This month's topic is "How to Promote Your Business in 2017" and it should be a pretty good discussion.

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By Pat Hammond

Success Starts Here

Do you know the difference between people who fail and people who succeed?

It's mental fortitude.

The fast track to success starts with a can-do attitude coupled with a strong work ethic. That means no excuses and no putting things off until next week so you can lay on the couch and binge watch Game of Thrones.

The new year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and I am launching the new NH Business Partner Finder group on Monday, January 2nd, the first business day of the new year.

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By Pat Hammond

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday

In case you haven't been to the Queen City Buzz website this week, there are some significant (temporary) changes to the homepage.

We all know that I don't take paid ads on the blog. My goal is to build a platform to promote local businesses, and while paid advertising doesn't necessarily conflict with that goal, I don't want people to feel like they have to pay to participate. I also don't want to spend all my time doing sales, but that is a whole other conversation...

So when John Morgan from Island Breeze Virtual Assistants challenged me to come up with a way to promote local businesses who are offering Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday sales this year, I thought "why not?"

It was very short notice, but I did it.

In fact, it worked out so well I'm going to do it again in December.

From December 5th through December 25th I'm giving away ad space to local businesses. It doesn't matter whether your business is B2B, B2C, sells a service or products, if you're a local small business trying to reach the local New Hampshire market, I want to hear from you. Just email at buzz@queencity.buzz, be sure to put "Holiday" in the subject line.

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By Pat Hammond

Introducing the NH Business Partner Finder Group

We've all been there. You have a great idea, but need some help to get it off the ground. Maybe you have the required skills, but the project is too big for one person. Or, perhaps you don't have all the skills to get the idea from concept to market and need someone who can do the things you can't.

Whatever your situation, starting a new business or business project can be overwhelming when you have to do it on your own, but finding a business partner can be worse than finding a life partner.

Not only do you need to find someone who complements your skills, you both have to share the same vision, work ethic, and work style. And when you narrow your search area to the small state of New Hampshire, that search gets even trickier.

Which is where Queen City Buzz comes in.

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