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By Pat Hammond

Week 2 Notes

It's really weird, but Tuesday is the only day with meetups this week. I understand that a lot of groups suspend December meetings but why aren't Tuesday meetings affected?

Even stranger is the fact that the Gold Star meeting didn't show up in the meetup.com calendar of events, though it is posted on their meetup page, the link to RSVP for the Chamber of Commerce event is on the meetup.com calendar but isn't mentioned on the Chamber's website and the Hometown Business Alliance meeting has two listings on meetup.com. I guess we can add disorganization as another reason why it's so hard to find local business events.

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By Pat Hammond

Week 4 Notes

Between Thanksgiving and Black Friday it's an understandably light week with only one networking and one tech meetup, and they're both on Tuesday.

For anyone who is off and wants to avoid the malls there are an incredible number of free and budget friendly activities including traditional concerts, craft fairs, art exhibitions, ski swaps, bowling, yoga and meditation. (see NH365.org for details)

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By Pat Hammond

Week 3 Notes

It looks like a nice mix of business and tech events next week.

The 603 Networking Group from LinkedIn is hosting their last networking event for the year, Makers in Manchester is doing a Show and Tell, the Information Security Systems Association is featuring a presentation on DDOS and Gold Star has their Tuesday morning meeting. (Highly Recommend!)

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By Pat Hammond

Gold Star - Mill City Referral Group

Location: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester 03103
Date: Tuesdays 8:30 AM (check their meetup.com page for details)

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By Pat Hammond

Where are all those groups?

The number one complaint I hear from small business owners is that the biggest challenge to networking in New Hampshire is finding a networking group.

Even here in Manchester, the largest city between Boston and the Canadian border, organized networking events are few and far between. Or are they?

I did a little research and discovered that not only are there quite a few recurring events, but there are networking opportunities for almost every personality, schedule and budget.

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By Pat Hammond

November: Week 2 11/8/14 - 11/14/14

Tuesday 11/11/14

International Game Developers Association New Hampshire Chapter Meetup
Guest Speaker: Steve Golson, the creator of Ms. Pacman!

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at South Side Tavern (formerly Joker's), 1279 South Willow St, Manchester

see website for details

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By Pat Hammond

The big event this week is TechOut. If you're not familiar with it, TechOut is the local technology version of Shark Tank where would-be technology startups pitch their ideas to investors and compete for prize money. Even if you're not competing, TechOut is one of the largest New Hampshire tech events of the year and offers a great opportunity to network and see what other people are working on.

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By Pat Hammond

The Manchester Flânerie Society (a.k.a. People Taking Pictures With Their Smart Phones)

Here's the thing, there is no Manchester Flânerie Society, but there could be.

Right now it's just me walking around town taking pictures with my cell phone, but all it takes is another one or two people, right? And if Queen City Buzz can entice a few followers maybe I'll get lucky and someone else will want to join me.

Which begs the question of what the heck is flânerie?

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By Pat Hammond

Week 4 9/21/14 - 9/27/14

One of the features that I want to include in Queen City Buzz is a weekly listing of upcoming business and tech meetups. It would be nice if I could just link one community calendar or networking site that everybody uses, but there isn't one. To be more accurate there seem to be several websites with community events but there is no one central place that most organizations post to. Some groups use Event Brite or meetup.com, others Facebook, Craig's List, Linkedin or NH365.org and the overwhelming majority seem to rely on simple word of mouth.

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By Pat Hammond

A quick look at ten national "Best of" lists that feature Manchester, NH.

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