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By Pat Hammond

Limited networking events next week. 

It's to be expected, next week is the week before Christmas and the events calendar is a little light.  

The good news is there are a few events like Strategies & Skills for Successful Negotiations, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on Wednesday, and two Toastmasters meetings, Thursday morning and evening for anyone looking to dust off or learn a new skill for the new year. 

If you're like me an still have a little shopping to do, the Craftworkers' Guild is hosting their annual Holiday Fair now through Saturday, December 22nd at the Oliver Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.  Doors are open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. It's a great opportunity to check work from local artists and find a unique gift for that hard-to-shop-for relative.

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By Pat Hammond

Put some jingle in your mingle with a couple holiday networking events

We are at the point in the year when the short days and early nights can make it a struggle to motivate to an after hours business event.  Why not take advantage of the holiday season to do something a little different? 

Many businesses offer holiday open houses and events designed to thank their customers, spread good cheer, and promote their business.  

The Whole Foods Market in Bedford is hosting Holiday Arts 'n Eats from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM in their store at 21 South River Road.  This free event will showcase tasty treats from local suppliers as well as a selection of work from local Etsy artists.  It's a great opportunity to do some casual networking and shopping before you head home.  

Also next week, Marketplace Home Mortgage is hosting a free Holiday Open House Soiree including drinks, food, and fun for clients, industry partners, and the community.  The event will be held at the Marketplace Home Mortgage office, 116 South River Road in Bedford, on on Thursday, December 13th from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  

Marketplace Home Mortgage is an official Toys for Tots donation site, for anyone who would like to bring a donation.  

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By Pat Hammond

Queen City Buzz is back on the events calendar, and I'm doing it big.

I'm joining 603 Networking and WBC Office Suites for a FREE networking event on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at WBC Office Suites, 1087 Elm Street, Manchester.   

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Network with other local business people & techs 
  • Check out the new co-working space
  • Meet the people behind 603 Networking & Queen City Buzz

And if you can't make Wednesday's event in Manchester, 603 Networking will be in the Enterprise Conference Room at Gateway Hills in Nashua on Monday, December 3rd.  

Diversity is the key to a strong network and the best way to accomplish that is by attending joint events like these because they draw from a cross-section of people from different industries. 

If you feel like you're seeing the same people at your regular meetups and networking groups, try one of next week's 603 Networking events.   

Remember to check out this week's webinars at the bottom of the page.

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By Pat Hammond

Join NH Business Directory and small business benefits expert Tim Hirsch from Planstin for a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: How to Compare Insurance to Find the Best Price & Coverage

Warning! Blatant self-promotion ahead!

I meet a lot of small business owners and people who work for small businesses and the one thing they all have in common is the need to find their own health insurance.  

Obamacare did a great job protecting people with critical health problems, but it put the pinch on the rest of us by effectively reducing coverage with increased costs and deductibles.  

With the open enrollment deadline rapidly approaching I decided to put together a lunch & learn to help people overcome open enrollment overwhelm.

  • Review insurance alternatives - not all plans are on the exchange
  • Get answers about the real cost of coverage (premiums vs. out of pocket, deductibles, & co-pays)
  • Learn how to compare coverage to find the best plan for you

This is not a sales event.

I'm a writer.  I don't sell insurance and I'm not an insurance expert, so I invited my good friend Tim Hirsch, from human resource solutions provider Planstin to present an outline of insurance options and answer questions.

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By Pat Hammond

Celebrate the First Amendment with the 16th Annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards!

Can you imagine having to get permission from the police department every time you wanted to hold a networking event?

How about your business website or blog?  Without the First Amendment, there would be no privately owned blogs, no newspapers, and no dissenting opinions.  There would also be no exchange of ideas or innovation.  

Much of today's web technology was developed through the collaboration of people across the globe.  Following that line of logic, there would be no internet.  

  • Free Speech
  • Free Press
  • Free Assembly
  • The ability to choose and practice religion, or choose not to
  • The ability to petition the government

These rights were so important to our nation's founding fathers that they were listed first when they drafted the Bill of Rights.  

The Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards were created to "honor First Amendment freedoms and those in New Hampshire who go above and beyond to uphold them."  

In its sixteenth year, the annual First Amendment Award illustrates the importance of flexing the rights guaranteed to all citizens in the Constitution.  

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By Pat Hammond

A little bit of everything to keep a hopeful networker busy :)

 

I should probably be embarrassed to admit this, but it took me a few minutes to figure out why there is only one event on Tuesday.  It's not that I didn't know Election Day is Tuesday the 6th, I just didn't realize that next Tuesday is the 6th.

Go figure. 

If you're like me and your calendar is on overwhelm or you just need a break from regular networking events, take a look at the "Sip 'n Read" event with author Paula Moore on Sunday. 

She has an interesting tale about how her life changed after winning $42 million dollars in the lottery.  I haven't had the chance to read it, but I'm pretty sure she has some useful advice for when you find your golden ticket.  In the meantime, keep networking. And maybe buy a couple lottery tickets.

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By Pat Hammond

The temps may be getting colder but the networking calendar is heating up...

Tired of the usual weekly and monthly meetups? Next week's business and networking calendar has a lot of new events designed to help you network, reconnect, and pick up some timely business skills.

I know it's a busy time of year for small business owners, but weeks like this don't happen that often.

If you're behind on this year's networking goal or you're simply trying to expand your network, this is the week to think about adding an extra event to your schedule. 

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By Pat Hammond

Take a break from the business side of things.  Kick back, enjoy some local beer, wine, and mead while supporting the Millyard Museum.  You can even do a little networking.

The Manchester Historic Association will be hosting an open house with a beer & wine tasting and silent auction on Thursday, October 25th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Millyard Museum at 200 Bedford Street in Manchester.

The evening will include live music from Alli Beaudry, hor d'oeuvres, and hundreds of silent auction items.

The open house is free, but there is an admission for the beer tasting. 

The cost for the tasting is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and will feature local brewers including:

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By Pat Hammond

Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter 10th Annual Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser - Enjoy an evening of wine, chocolate, appetizers, and networking!

Since 1996, the Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter has provided food, shelter, and medical care to over 25,000 of Manchester's homeless animals.

The shelter is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on funding from grants, fundraisers, and the community.

Their annual Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser is the perfect opportunity for you to meet people, promote your business, and give back to the community.

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By Pat Hammond

StayWorkPlay 9th Annual Rising Star Awards -- Celebrate New Hampshire's Remarkable Young People!

Once again StayWorkPlay NH reminds us to have a little fun at an event that honors tomorrow's New Hampshire business leaders.

In addition to "live music from Derek Russell Fimbel, and access to the incredible works of art in the gallery at the Currier Museum of Art,"  audience members can enjoy a cash bar and play games while they meet nominees and participate in an "interactive live audience poll to select this year's People's Choice award winner."

This year's event will be held on Thursday, October 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Currier Museum of Art, 

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the event page.

NOTE: This week's events calendar was a little light so I've included two events in Concord.

And since networking happens anytime you meet people, I'm also going to start including a couple social events each week.  This week's non-business activity is the  Cider Doughnut Relay Challenge from Runner's Alley on Saturday, October 13th.  A team activity with running, body weight exercise and doughnuts -- how could that not be fun? 

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