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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By Pat Hammond

"Clear the head trash. Break through your branding. Finally, figure out how to get to the next level & make more money. Share your brilliance."


New Hampshire's own Sales Firestarter, Charlene DeCesare from Charlene Ignites is hosting a Lakeside Business Retreat from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 23rd and if you are a small business owner it is well worth your time to attend.

I know Charlene and I like her.  I've been lucky to attend a couple business events where she was the facilitator and can honestly say that in a world of self-proclaimed experts, she's the real deal

This is a super opportunity to get top-level sales and marketing advice from someone who has built and sold million dollar companies.  

If you can free up your schedule next Thursday do it.  

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By Pat Hammond

Anyone else amazed how many art events are popping up every week?

Sometimes we get so caught up in all the tech and engineering events that it's easy to forget that the "A" in STEAM stands for art. 

Not this week. 

Whether you're looking for a place to buy art, display art, network with other artists or just get some help figuring out how to set a price for your latest masterpiece, there is an event for you. 

And if art's not your thing, be sure to check out the science and tech events.  

TECH REMINDER: The SBIR Tour will be at UNH Manchester from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM on Thursday, This is a great opportunity for early-stage startups in tech, biotech, and related fields to find funding from US government agencies.  The free tickets have sold out on, but you can still register via UNH. 

The cost is $25.

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By Pat Hammond

3 Schools are holding open houses this week -- It's a great time to think about going back to school!

Remember way back in January when you promised yourself you were going to get serious about taking some classes this year?  

Well, it's August and it's time to get serious about following through on that promise.

The good news is if you haven't quite followed through on that promise yet it's not too late. 

There are still four months left on the calendar and with three local schools holding open houses this week, it's the perfect time to find the right course and program.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM       Fall Term Open House - Granite State College All Locations, Open houses will take place at our main locations: Manchester, Concord, Conway, Portsmouth, and Rochester - Click here for campus locations

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM       Manchester Community College Open House, Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH

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By Pat Hammond

Are you as excited as I am? I know I said it a few weeks ago, but the local STEAM scene is buzzing. 

You might even say we're witnessing a renaissance.  

It may not look like there are a lot of events on the calendar, but there has been a consistent influx of new groups, conferences, and events all summer.  Four years ago when I started Queen City Buzz there weren't more than four or five events every week, now we have a separate calendar just for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  

It's amazing what happens when people believe in something then work to make it happen. 

Whether you're a trendsetter or trend follower, STEAM has come to the Granite State and it's gaining momentum. If you don't work in at STEAM field, it's time to embrace the changes and start thinking about how your products and services can be tweaked to fit the special needs of those markets. 

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By Pat Hammond

With a 2.6% unemployment rate and booming economy New Hampshire employers are scrambling to fill vacancies. And that means it's a great time to think about a new job. 

NH Employment Security (NHES) will be holding a series of job fairs throughout the state between August and October to connect job seekers with employers. 

The first NHES job fair is 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thursday, August 9th at the Everett Arena in Concord. They've even included a list of employers who will be attending and a tip sheet for how to work a job fair


  • 8/9/18 Concord Job & Resource Fair


  • 9/6/18 Nashua Job & Resource Fair Nashua 
  • 9/10/18 Portsmouth Job & Resource Fair
  • 9/13/18 Manchester Job & Resource Fair
  • 9/18/18 Laconia Job & Resource Fair
  • 9/20/18 Concord Job & Resource Fair
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By Pat Hammond

It may look a little thin, but this week's STEAM calendar features arts & crafts, tech, biotech, medicine, and engineering.  There's even a webinar for home healthcare providers. 

This week's top pick is a toss-up between the 85th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair and the two ARMI Biofab USA events.

The 85th Annual Craftsman's Fair will be held Saturday, August 4th - Sunday, 12th at Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 in Newbury. 

The fair includes exhibits, demonstrations, DIY workshops, music, and a "Science of Math of Craft tent."

Event hours are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and admission is $15.  


On the science side of the calendar, ARMI BioFab USA has two events, the Coordinated Continuum of Biological Systems Supporting Human Motion Conference on Thursday, August 9th in Andover, NH and a Workshop on Characterization of Fiber-based Scaffolds, Friday, August 10th in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

We're at that point in the summer when people get serious about taking a vacation and the events calendar starts winding down. 

Don't worry though, whether you're stuck in the office or looking to mingle, we've got a nice lineup of business and networking events to kick off the last full month of summer.

  • Golf & Mini-Golf 
  • Daytime & Evening Networking & Mixers
  • Informational Events
  • and 4 Webinars for those of us who can't seem to step away from our desks 


Reminder: Check out the webinars at the bottom of the page. 

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By Pat Hammond

Is it me or does it look like almost every science, tech, and art group in the state has gone on vacation?

There's not much on next week's STEAM calendar so I thought I'd share a couple events for authors.

The first one is a free event from the Griffin Free Public Library in Auburn.

The library will be hosting New York Times bestselling author Mark Dagostino as part of their Summer Author Series on Tuesday, July 31st, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.  

According to the event page, Dagostino will share lessons in life and business learned from the celebrity, sports, and leadership subjects of his 14 hit books, including his bestseller, “The Magnolia Story” with Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”

The second event is a sneak peek of an upcoming workshop for authors called "Market Your Book Using Facebook & Video...Painlessly" from Christine Halvorson and Nanette Perrotte. 

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By Pat Hammond

Manchester Trolley Night -- Get out & see what the Queen City has to offer!

When was the last time you walked around downtown Manchester?

I don't mean the trek from the parking garage to a meeting or a ball game. I'm talking about intentionally parking the car and wandering the streets.  stopping by the galleries and shops, having drinks and dinner and enjoying the city. 

For me, it's been since I left City Hall. 

In real time that's about 14 years.  (Yikes!) 

Don't get me wrong.  I live and work in Manchester and I go downtown all the time for meetings, trips to the library and City Hall, but I never hang around because there's nothing there.

Things have apparently changed.  A lot.

When I went to the Manchester Ink Link party a few weeks ago I realized that the Elm Street I remembered had morphed into something new and exciting.

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