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By Pat Hammond

Networking Challenge

Join us for Coffee Buzz Networking, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 7th at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm challenging you to a game of Networking Cupid.

The goal is to make a match and give a referral to two people in your network. I'll even make it easy for you.

If you can't think of anyone you can connect then give an atta boy or testimonial.

Your network needs to be nurtured if you want it to grow, so take a few minutes this week and share some networking love. Trust me, a few minutes of effort will lead to stronger connections, better referrals, and more sales.

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By Pat Hammond

Networking with the Networkers

I had a conversation with Kevin Willett the other day and as you would expect, the main topic was networking.

For anyone who doesn't know Kevin, he is the man behind Friends of Kevin, New England B2B Networking, and the Friends of Kevin Radio Show. He's also the author of "One Connection: How You Can Grow Your Business (and Change the World) One Connection at a Time. "

In case it isn't obvious, Kevin knows networking. He understands what makes people nervous, how to overcome obstructions, and how to meet the right people.

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By Pat Hammond

Love it or hate it, the fact remains the same, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, typically referred to as Obamacare or ACA, has created a lot of headaches for sole proprietors, and with this year's tax penalty for not having ACA-compliant insurance at 2.5% of your household adjusted gross income[1], those headaches have gone from being a gentle throbbing in your temple to an ice pick in your brain.

  • Premiums
  • Out of pocket costs
  • What is covered?
  • What has to be covered to avoid tax penalties?
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By Pat Hammond

What do you get when you mix wine, chocolate, ghosts, and toner?

Would you believe a boat load of savings and a whole lot of fun?

Happy New Year everyone! I don't know about you but I am super excited about 2017. I spent the last couple weeks networking and I am on overload at this point. I'm bouncing off the walls and running around like a lunatic and it's driving my husband and everyone else around me a little nuts.

One of the things that got me so excited is that we are kicking off the new year with not one, but two guests on this month's edition of Live from the Hive, Tammy Downing from Out of the Box Tours and Mike Lynch from Inkspot NH.

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By Pat Hammond

Anything and Everything

If you haven't seen next week's events calendar yet, you're in for a shock.

We have business, networking and tech events for just about any and every interest. How-to workshops for email, sales and marketing, business symposiums, open networking, information about franchising and entrepreneurship, public speaking and so much more.

I know I've been saying it a lot lately, but take advantage of these opportunities.

As small business people, we need to be visible and connected in the community and that starts by getting out and meeting people.

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By Pat Hammond

Bouncing off the walls like a 6-year old hepped up on chocolate

As we wrap up the first week of the new year all I can say is wow. Every day this week has been a networking adventure and it's only week 1.

I started the week with the new NH Business Partner Finders group on Monday, Coffee Buzz on Tuesday, Millyard Networking and the Spanish Conversation group on Wednesday and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

I met so many new people this week that I'm in overwhelm. My phone is ringing off the hook. People are texting, emailing, and connecting all over the place and I am bouncing off the walls like a 6-year old hepped up on chocolate.

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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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