By Pat Hammond

Another exciting week for business & networking events in the Queen City!

One of this week's top business picks is the 30th Annual Tri-City Expo 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 27th at the Center of NH in Manchester.  

This joint event from the Greater Concord, Manchester, and Nashua Chamber of Commerce will feature almost 200 exhibitors from just about every industry. 

  • Auto Dealers 
  • Financial Institutions
  • Service Providers
  • Marketing and Public Relations Agencies
  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Non-Profits 

This is a fabulous opportunity to network and connect with other area businesses. 

Even better, admission to the Tri-City Expo is free.

Please see the Tri-City Expo website for more information about this year's event.

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By Pat Hammond

This is embarrassing. Manchester is supposed to be the new tech hub, but we can't even field a week's worth of STEAM events.

I was challenged to bring the focus of Queen City Buzz back to the Queen City, now it's your turn.  

I've pared down the events calendars to Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, and Goffstown and it's a little thin.  

So thin that you'd never realize Manchester has one of the fastest growing tech economies in the United States.

If you manage a science, tech, engineering or artists group, I want to hear from you.

If you own or manage a science, tech, engineering, or art business, I want to hear from you. 

Meetups, workshops, webinars, open houses, new products or services.  This is your opportunity to promote your STEAM group, event, or business to a dedicated local audience.  As always, I can be reached at

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By Pat Hammond

Do you have a unique story about why you choose to live and work in Manchester? The Greater Manchester of Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.

It's no secret the Granite State is facing a significant labor shortage and the Queen City is not immune. 

The results of last year's Stay Work Play NH survey of why millennials leave the state shocked a lot of people.  But New Hampshire employers paid attention and the business community is trying to respond. 

If you are a young professional who currently lives and works in Manchester or is planning to move here, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & the Manchester Young Professionals Network want to hear your story. 

  • Did you grow up in New Hampshire?
  • Did you go to college here?
  • Did a job bring you here?

They want to know what brought you to Manchester and why you're happy to stay.

To share your story, please visit the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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By Pat Hammond

Per the updated application, the deadline for the NH High Tech Council's 2018 TechOut NH Startup Competition has been extended until Friday, September 21st.

With a first place prize of $200,000 and second place prize of $100,000, the annual TechOut NH Startup Competition is a fantastic opportunity for local tech startups to get noticed and compete for some serious prize money. 

There is no cost to apply for the competition, but all submissions must include:

  • Completed Application
  • 10 Slide Pitch Deck following the Guy Kawasaki Pitch Deck Guidance 
  • Brief narrative - maximum 250 words, explaining "why winning this competition the company will move forward"
  • Brief narrative - maximum 250 words, outlining "how your company seeks to have a positive impact on New Hampshire"

Please visit the NH High Tech Council website for more information. 

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By Pat Hammond

As promised, now that we're into September the business, networking, and events calendar is on overload! 

The Concord Parks & Recreation Department is hosting this month's Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 11th at their new community center at 14 Canterbury Road in Concord.

This month's Tech Women Power Breakfast is 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Wednesday, September 12th at the Manchester Country Club. This month's speaker is Sarah Hodges, Director of the Construction Business Line at Autodesk.

NH Employment Security is hosting job fairs in Portsmouth on Monday, September 10th and Manchester on Thursday, September 13th. 

Also this week, the start of Fall 2018 classes start at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

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By Pat Hammond

DEADLINE: Call for speakers for this year's Granite State Code Camp has been extended to Friday, September 14th at midnight.

Granite State Code Camp has extended the speaker deadline for this year's event. 

Code Camp is a FREE one-day event for New Hampshire techs with a focus on software development. This year's code camp takes place on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street in Manchester. 

Organizers are still looking for a few speakers to present 30, 60, or 120-minute sessions. 

Session style can be:

  • Show & Tell with slides or live coding
  • Lightning Talks - no slides or media
  • Workshop -- usually 120-minutes

Per the event website: "All speakers volunteer their time to share knowledge with fellow developers."

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By Pat Hammond

Here's a two-fer for New Hampshire job seekers & employers!

New Hampshire will be hosting a Job & Resource Fair from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst Street in Nashua on Thursday, September 6th.

This free event will feature employers from industries as diverse as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, accounting, tech, and more. (see flyer for the full list of companies)

Following the job fair, Cookson Strategic Communications will be hosting the final stop in their summer-long Connecting Workforce Resources tour.

The last stop on the tour will showcase six core workforce programs and give human resource professionals to meet with:

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By Pat Hammond

Concord, NH - Final sculpture installed on Main Street and the public exhibition is now open!

Next week is the last slow events week until Thanksgiving.  Take advantage of the sunny skies and warm temps to take a stroll down Main Street in Concord to see the 1st Concord public sculpture exhibit.

It's often overlooked by the mundanes, but creativity is an integral part of science and technology.  Whether you're an artist, science geek, or tech, take an afternoon to let the creative energy spark your gray matter, then stop by Gibson's for a coffee (tea for me!) and let the ideas flow. 

All of the sculpture on display is for sale, so if you see that perfect piece for your start-up's lobby or courtyard you can snap it up.

Even better, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce just announced that "The City will receive a 30% commission on any piece purchased to be placed into a dedicated fund towards the purchase of permanent public art in Concord." 

How cool is that? 

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By Pat Hammond

It may be the last week of August, but there's no time for snoozing.  

With networking, golf outings, webinars, and summits, this week's calendar is crammed with events for almost every interest and schedule.  If it wasn't for the fact that there is nothing on the schedule for Friday or Saturday, you'd never know that we're hurtling towards Labor Day Weekend. 


This week's hot find comes from the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Not only do they host regular live training and networking events, but they maintain an incredible calendar of paid webinars on a large variety of accounting and tax-related topics.  - 38 pages of webinars at the time of this post. 

And you don't have to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to attend. 


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By Pat Hammond

Savor the end of summer...once we get to September the STEAM events calendar is going to explode

Okay, explode may be an exaggeration, but after the first week of September, things should start to normalize as groups come back from their summer breaks. 

In the meantime, now is a good time to try some networking outside of your comfort zone.  

Think about the people or industries you're trying to reach and shift your focus 150

If you need to connect with small business owners or decision makers, think about going to an event for accountants.  (NH Society of Certified Public Accountants has tons of events.

Association events tend to be skewed to industry topics, but not always.  Check a group's calendar to see if they are doing an open networking event or mixer, introduce yourself and listen to what people are saying,  Remember, you're there to make connections, not sales. 

Another option is to be bold and invite a competitor for coffee. 

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