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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek:  Ever wondered how to sell your products & services to the federal government?  Check out these 3 important tech-biz workshops from the Small Business Association of New England & University of New Hampshire

Since the events calendar is a little light this week, I thought I'd take a minute to share a few upcoming workshops from the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) and University of New Hampshire (UNH).

On Wednesday, November 29th, The Law offices of Sheehan Phinney will be hosting a workshop called "Protecting Your Business From a Data Breach" from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM, 1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, in Manchester.  The discussion will include the legal risk of a data breach, defending against data breaches, and insuring for data breaches. 

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By Pat Hammond

Are Facebook Ads Really the Right Choice for Your Limited Marketing Dollars?

If you are like a lot of small business owners, you don't have the time or money to waste on advertising campaigns that don't work. 

As promised, Brad Solomon from Solomon Strategic Business Development is back this month to talk about how to use Facebook ads to connect with the people who want and need your services.  

He's going to be sharing his insider tips on how to:

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Salary Negotiating Skills for Women

Have you ever negotiated a salary with a new employer?

How about a raise with your existing employer?

If you said no you are missing an important part of the employment process. 

Employment is an agreement where one party pays the other party for their time and services.  And while a lot of people go their entire careers with the belief that they are obliged to gratefully accept what their boss is offering, the fact is you have a right to counter.

If you struggle with the idea of asking for money, flex time, or perks like tuition reimbursement, I've got good news for you.

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By Pat Hammond

Feeling the Geek Love - Three Tech Groups Bringing Technology, Information, and Security to You, Your Business, and Your Community

At the time of year when tech groups usually go on hiatus, we've got two groups stepping up with timely content, and a brand new group focussed on the latest buzz in data management and security.

The New Hampshire Chapter of the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) is hosting a discussion called "Are We Ready? Examining United States Readiness for Cyber-attacks on the Power Grid" 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15th, in Portsmouth.

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By Pat Hammond

FREE Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Ads! It was so much fun last year, I'm doing it again.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the goal of Queen City Buzz is to promote and support the local business community.

I started the blog because my design clients were struggling to find a way to connect with local customers, other small business owners, and the resources they needed to build their businesses. 

One of the ways I do this is by offering free ads for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: A Few Events for Veterans...

With Veterans Day a little over a week away, it's time to take a look at some of the activities the business community has put together to thank and honor our veterans.

NHTI Concord's Community College is hosting a Veterans Resource Fair & Remembrance Ceremony on from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 7th at their campus 31 College Dr. in Concord.

In addition to the Remembrance Ceremony, noon in the Sweeney Auditorium, there will be representatives from several local groups to provide information about services available to veterans.

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By Pat Hammond

Somewhat North of Boston, PHP, Hoopla & NaNoWriMo -- The November Events Calendar is Bringing its A-Game

Don't let the calendar fool you.  It may look like another week of random creative, science and tech events, but you don't have to look too far to see that next week is bringing the A-list of networking, meetings, and workshops.

The 2017 SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival will be featuring 50 independent films from Thursday, November 9th - Sunday, November 12th at the Red River Theatre in Concord. 

For the many aspiring writers, the Pelham Public Library is celebrating NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by hosting 4 weekly sessions from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM starting Tuesday, November 7th to help you reach your 50,000-word goal.

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By Pat Hammond

Join us for Coffee Buzz Networking on our new date and time, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Monday, November 13th at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

What Worked & What Didn't

It's November again, and you know what that means, it's time to start thinking about next year.

Let's start with the elephant in the room.

  • Did you reach your goals this year?
  • Are you finishing the year with the same goals you started the year?
  • What changed & why?

There are a lot of reasons we fail to achieve our goals that have nothing to do with intent or effort.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Hoopla Party at Alpha Loft - Manchester

Join Alpha Loft from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, November 7th for a Hoopla Party in their new office space at the WBC Office Suites 1087 Elm Street - 2nd floor.

It's an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in New Hampshire, why not take this opportunity to kick back with your fellow startups, techs, and creatives before the year-end holiday kerfuffle?

This is also a great opportunity for the non-techs among us to get out and meet tomorrow's business owners and your future customers.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: TechOut 2017 -- The Prizes and Competition Are Bigger Than Ever!

Heads up to all my tech peeps -- TechOut is back on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Oracle (Dyn), 150 Dow Street, Manchester.

Anyone who has been following the local tech news the last few months knows that the Millworks II Fund has substantially increased prize money with this year's first place winner taking home $200,000 and the second place winner walking away with an impressive $100,000.

The goal of TechOut is to identify "talented, hungry tech entrepreneurs and fund them through investment capital awards," and with this kind of prize money two very lucky startups will be enjoying a huge leg up in their entrepreneurial adventure.

The competition includes live pitches and product demonstrations in front of the event judges and a live audience. 

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