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By Pat Hammond

TechWomen Power Breakfast - "How to Thrive in a Hyper-Connected World" with Cisco chief security officer, Edna Conway

How much thought do you give to the information shared by the apps on your phone?  

Angry Birds, Pinterest, and Facebook all rub elbows with email, Google Maps, and Instagram.

I bet you even do banking from your phone.  It's a convenience, right? 

But what about security?  

Every time you download an app you get a pop-up screen detailing which files and processes the app "needs" access to.  

You might feel confident in your banking app's ability to protect your data, but what about all those other fun little games and tools you download on a whim?  Are they really safe?  And how much access do they really need to your personal data?

Cisco's chief security officer Edna Conway will be presenting "How to Thrive in a Hyper-connected World" at this month's TechWomen Power Breakfast 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Wednesday, December 12th at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.  

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By Pat Hammond

Queen City Buzz is back on the events calendar, and I'm doing it big.

I'm joining 603 Networking and WBC Office Suites for a FREE networking event on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at WBC Office Suites, 1087 Elm Street, Manchester.   

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Network with other local business people & techs 
  • Check out the new co-working space
  • Meet the people behind 603 Networking & Queen City Buzz

And if you can't make Wednesday's event in Manchester, 603 Networking will be in the Enterprise Conference Room at Gateway Hills in Nashua on Monday, December 3rd.  

Diversity is the key to a strong network and the best way to accomplish that is by attending joint events like these because they draw from a cross-section of people from different industries. 

If you feel like you're seeing the same people at your regular meetups and networking groups, try one of next week's 603 Networking events.   

Remember to check out this week's webinars at the bottom of the page.

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By Pat Hammond

Join NH Business Directory and small business benefits expert Tim Hirsch from Planstin for a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: How to Compare Insurance to Find the Best Price & Coverage

Warning! Blatant self-promotion ahead!

I meet a lot of small business owners and people who work for small businesses and the one thing they all have in common is the need to find their own health insurance.  

Obamacare did a great job protecting people with critical health problems, but it put the pinch on the rest of us by effectively reducing coverage with increased costs and deductibles.  

With the open enrollment deadline rapidly approaching I decided to put together a lunch & learn to help people overcome open enrollment overwhelm.

  • Review insurance alternatives - not all plans are on the exchange
  • Get answers about the real cost of coverage (premiums vs. out of pocket, deductibles, & co-pays)
  • Learn how to compare coverage to find the best plan for you

This is not a sales event.

I'm a writer.  I don't sell insurance and I'm not an insurance expert, so I invited my good friend Tim Hirsch, from human resource solutions provider Planstin to present an outline of insurance options and answer questions.

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By Pat Hammond

If you can only go to one business event this month, then you might want to look at She Built This - An evening of thought, leadership, and discussion from some of New Hampshire's top female entrepreneurs.  

She Built This will be a panel discussion featuring three local women entrepreneurs "sharing their stories, what daily habits help them to continuously serve and help others every day, and their tricks for maximum productivity.

The event is 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, November 27 at LaBelle Winery, 345 New Hampshire 101 in Amherst. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's hard to believe, but it's been a year since I've hosted a networking event and now I've got two.  

Just in time for open enrollment, the first event is a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 27th at Gateway Hils in Nashua.

The event is hosted by the NH Business Directory and will feature guest speaker Tim Hirsch from Planstin.

Tim's going to talk about alternative insurance - there are a lot more choices than what you see on the exchange.  

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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

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

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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