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By Pat Hammond

Flatley Seeking Tech Startups & Emerging Businesses for the 7th Annual Flatley Challenge Startup Competition - DEADLINE October 31st

Do you own a new or growing tech company in New Hampshire?

How would you like the chance to win $10,000 and 1 year of free office or lab space?

Started in 2011, the Flatley Challenge was created "to assist startups and emerging businesses in the fields of IT, communications, data storage, connectivity, robotics, clean tech, medical devices, digital health, mobile app design, life sciences, and other leading-edge technologies."

Now in the seventh year, the Flatley Challenge has already awarded $120,000 to New Hampshire and Massachusetts startups and is currently accepting applications for this year's competitors.

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By Pat Hammond

Do you spend so many hours at Starbucks people think you work there?

Do you know the wifi password for every coffee shop in town?

Have you ever been passed over for a contract because you're "just a freelancer?" (Didn't expect that question, did you?)

If you said yes to any of those questions it might be time to rethink your workspace.

Working from home may be the cube dwellers dream, but it's not always a good fit for every business.

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By Pat Hammond

StayWorkPlay 9th Annual Rising Star Awards -- Celebrate New Hampshire's Remarkable Young People!

Once again StayWorkPlay NH reminds us to have a little fun at an event that honors tomorrow's New Hampshire business leaders.

In addition to "live music from Derek Russell Fimbel, and access to the incredible works of art in the gallery at the Currier Museum of Art,"  audience members can enjoy a cash bar and play games while they meet nominees and participate in an "interactive live audience poll to select this year's People's Choice award winner."

This year's event will be held on Thursday, October 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Currier Museum of Art, 

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the event page.

NOTE: This week's events calendar was a little light so I've included two events in Concord.

And since networking happens anytime you meet people, I'm also going to start including a couple social events each week.  This week's non-business activity is the  Cider Doughnut Relay Challenge from Runner's Alley on Saturday, October 13th.  A team activity with running, body weight exercise and doughnuts -- how could that not be fun? 

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By Pat Hammond

Events for Writers, Techs, Artists, & Medicine

The opening reception for fused glass artist Verne Orlosk's latest work is this evening from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the StudioVerne gallery, 81 Hanover Street in Manchester. 

The exhibit will feature her "Fall Footsteps" collection of fused glass leaves and runs until November 1st. 

In addition to her own original art, Orlosk takes commissioned projects and offers hands-on 2-hour fused glass workshops.   Visit the StudioVerne website for more information. 

The NH High Tech Council wants to remind you there is still time to get your ticket for next Wednesday's NH High Tech Council Product of the Year event. 

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By Pat Hammond

Become superhuman with one 30-minute workout a week - That's all it takes to achieve and maintain a healthy body.

The first thing Body Fusion FitClub owner John Hardwick will tell you is "30-Minutes once a week is all the work-out you need" to achieve optimal health.

It's a heck of a statement from a man with bulging biceps, but he's serious. So serious he's built an entire business around the concept.

Tucked into 2000 square feet of prime mill space, Body Fusion FitClub does not feel like any gym I've ever been to.

The focus of this boutique fitness club is training, recovery, and healing. And the overall feel of the room is relaxation.

On the day of my visit, filtered sunlight reflects a mellow glow off of the old brick walls as a handful of people sneak in a mid-day workout.

There's no loud music, no ker-thunking of weights, they don't have rows of treadmills or spin bikes and there is no sense of competition.

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By Pat Hammond

Networking in the QC, Follow-Up from the Tri-City Expo, Merrimack Valley SCORE announces new mentor - Yeah, it's been a busy week :)

Look around people, business in Manchester is hopping and your opportunity to connect with your next client, boss, or business partner is one introduction away.  

Remember, networking happens every time you stop and talk to someone.  If you're not comfortable with cocktails and business cards, trade shows, or coffee, try a new hobby.  Studio 550 has regular pottery nights, Runner's Alley has running groups and outings, Boards & Brews has games, and the one thing they all have in common is the opportunity to meet people.   

Which brings me to this year's Tri-City Expo. 

Trade shows and expos are a great way to introduce yourself to people in organizations you're trying to reach without having to go through the gatekeeper.  And with businesses from three of the state's biggest chambers of commerce, Thursday's Tri-City Expo had most of the heavy hitters. Did you stop by?

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By Pat Hammond

A little bit of tech, science, art, and medicine - STEAM has returned to Manchester!

If you want to get technical, the "M" in STEAM stands for mathematics and there is a debate about whether medicine should be considered a science, but Manchester doesn't have many math events, and I'm pretty sure the average person is going to identify medical topics with science, so the Queen City Buzz STEAM events calendar includes medicine and medical topics.  - I'm not really sure why there is even a debate when so much of modern medicine is based on new technology.  

The bottom line here is there are plenty of events on this week's calendar for the creatives, techs, and scientists in the Queen City.  Now all you have to do is choose one or two.

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By Pat Hammond

Book Review:

Title: Insider's Guide to Trade Show and Event Management: 23 Expert Insights, Best Practices and Money-Saving Tips You Can Use Today to Make Your Trade Show or Conference a Smashing Success

Author: Lisa M. Masiello

Where to buy: amazon.com - Note: As an Amazon Associate I make a commission for purchases made through this link.

The Facts:

  • Format: Kindle ebook
  • Page Count: 79 pages
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2018
  • Price: $4.99
  • Overall Recommendation: Don't let the size of the book fool you.  This is an exceptional resource and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about using trade shows, conferences, or similar events to promote their business.
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By Pat Hammond

Another exciting week for business & networking events in the Queen City!

One of this week's top business picks is the 30th Annual Tri-City Expo 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 27th at the Center of NH in Manchester.  

This joint event from the Greater Concord, Manchester, and Nashua Chamber of Commerce will feature almost 200 exhibitors from just about every industry. 

  • Auto Dealers 
  • Financial Institutions
  • Service Providers
  • Marketing and Public Relations Agencies
  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Non-Profits 

This is a fabulous opportunity to network and connect with other area businesses. 

Even better, admission to the Tri-City Expo is free.

Please see the Tri-City Expo website for more information about this year's event.

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By Pat Hammond

This is embarrassing. Manchester is supposed to be the new tech hub, but we can't even field a week's worth of STEAM events.

I was challenged to bring the focus of Queen City Buzz back to the Queen City, now it's your turn.  

I've pared down the events calendars to Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, and Goffstown and it's a little thin.  

So thin that you'd never realize Manchester has one of the fastest growing tech economies in the United States.

If you manage a science, tech, engineering or artists group, I want to hear from you.

If you own or manage a science, tech, engineering, or art business, I want to hear from you. 

Meetups, workshops, webinars, open houses, new products or services.  This is your opportunity to promote your STEAM group, event, or business to a dedicated local audience.  As always, I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

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