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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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By Pat Hammond

Networking in the QC, Follow-Up from the Tri-City Expo, Merrimack Valley SCORE announces new mentor - Yeah, it's been a busy week :)

Look around people, business in Manchester is hopping and your opportunity to connect with your next client, boss, or business partner is one introduction away.  

Remember, networking happens every time you stop and talk to someone.  If you're not comfortable with cocktails and business cards, trade shows, or coffee, try a new hobby.  Studio 550 has regular pottery nights, Runner's Alley has running groups and outings, Boards & Brews has games, and the one thing they all have in common is the opportunity to meet people.   

Which brings me to this year's Tri-City Expo. 

Trade shows and expos are a great way to introduce yourself to people in organizations you're trying to reach without having to go through the gatekeeper.  And with businesses from three of the state's biggest chambers of commerce, Thursday's Tri-City Expo had most of the heavy hitters. Did you stop by?

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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

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

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

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

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. 

Webinars

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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