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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

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

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

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. 

Webinars

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

"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

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

August

  • 8/9/18 Concord Job & Resource Fair

September

  • 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

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 

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

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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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By Pat Hammond

July Women Connecting With Women meeting at Ideal Health, LLC on Wednesday, July 18th!

If you are a businesswoman looking to network with other businesswomen in a friendly, supportive environment, Women Connecting With Woman might be a good fit for you.

The group meets from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. Each 2-hour meeting is usually hosted by a different member each month and includes open networking in a relaxed setting.  (Yes, there will be food!)

The next meeting is Wednesday, July 18th at Ideal Health, LLC 170 S. River Road, Bedford, NH. For more information, please visit the group's Facebook page.

Also this week, the Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) and the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce are both hosting an evening of baseball and networking with the Fishercats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday, July 17th.

The groups have conflicting start times for the events and the first pitch, but it looks like the correct time is 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  This doesn't appear to be a joint event, so you'll want to check each group's event page for ticket information.

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By Pat Hammond

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the 2018 Business Grants for Teachers!

It's no secret that I think the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is the bee's knees when it comes organizations that find the perfect balance between supporting local business and building a better community.

Among the many Chamber programs, Business Grants for Teachers provides a way for the local business community to make a difference to today's students and tomorrow's leaders. 

Congratulations to the teachers who received education grants from the Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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