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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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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