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

Per the updated application, the deadline for the NH High Tech Council's 2018 TechOut NH Startup Competition has been extended until Friday, September 21st.

With a first place prize of $200,000 and second place prize of $100,000, the annual TechOut NH Startup Competition is a fantastic opportunity for local tech startups to get noticed and compete for some serious prize money. 

There is no cost to apply for the competition, but all submissions must include:

  • Completed Application
  • 10 Slide Pitch Deck following the Guy Kawasaki Pitch Deck Guidance 
  • Brief narrative - maximum 250 words, explaining "why winning this competition the company will move forward"
  • Brief narrative - maximum 250 words, outlining "how your company seeks to have a positive impact on New Hampshire"

Please visit the NH High Tech Council website for more information. 

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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

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

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

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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