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By Pat Hammond

I admit it, I used to be a shareware junkie. There's something about finding all the features I love about those uber expensive programs in a free alternative. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but if you're persistent you might just find an awesome open source program that meets or even exceeds your needs.

Here is a list of my Top 10 Favorite Free Tools:

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By Pat Hammond

It's no secret that I love a good plan and while I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions, the start of a new year is a great time to review last year's business goals, specifically what worked and what you can do better.

With that in mind this week's motto is Define Your Goals.

Don't drive yourself nuts, just take a look at your overall business plan and break it down into manageable SMART goals. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) Setting quarterly benchmarks with monthly action steps.seems to work best for me, just remember to leave a little flexibility for the unexpected, like breaking both of your hands. (You can't make this stuff up...)

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By Pat Hammond

A new year traditionally means new beginnings and after our soft start last September the team at Queen City Buzz is looking to hit the ground running in 2015.

To start things off I am posting a weekly one-liner. No, I don't mean jokes. In this instance a one liner is a quick bit of wisdom to help you (and me) find balance and inspiration, both in business and at home.

This week's motto is simply one word: BALANCE.

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By Pat Hammond

Does your small business have a marketing strategy? Did you actually sit down and think about how your company is going to attract new business or are you playing it by ear? What about the competition?

If you're like most people, you probably hate the idea of writing a marketing plan almost as much as you hate marketing. The problem is that a lot of business owners think that they can put up a website or place a few newspaper ads and call it marketing, but it's not.

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By John Rolfe

It’s always so hard to know your first step. “What direction should I go in? What if I make mistakes? Can I get advice that won’t bankrupt my company before I even get started?”

I own Silver Chain Games, a little retail board game seller in New Hampshire. We don’t have a store front. We don’t have employees. I wouldn’t even call it a small business, it’s a micro-business. I do game parties in interested people's homes. And believe me, doubts are there.

The only people that don’t have doubts are those people that have nothing to lose or so much money that they don’t care if they lose a little. If you're reading this article then you are probably neither of those. Don’t worry, I’ve got some advice for you that may help.

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By Pat Hammond

Have You Ever Used a Business Model Canvas?

We all know the importance of planning when it comes to starting a business, but why would you want to waste your time writing a fifty page business plan when a one page snapshot will do?

Originally developed by Alexander Osterwalder, the business model canvas was designed to cut the fluff and drill down to the details.

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By Pat Hammond

Where are all those groups?

The number one complaint I hear from small business owners is that the biggest challenge to networking in New Hampshire is finding a networking group.

Even here in Manchester, the largest city between Boston and the Canadian border, organized networking events are few and far between. Or are they?

I did a little research and discovered that not only are there quite a few recurring events, but there are networking opportunities for almost every personality, schedule and budget.

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By Pat Hammond

We Want You!

We know that not everybody has the time or desire to maintain a blog. Which is where Queen City Buzz comes in.

Our goal is to connect local people, information and resources and one of the ways we are doing that is by providing a platform for you to share your experience and expertise as an entrepreneur/freelancer.

Who: Any small business owner, entrepreneur or freelancer doing business in Manchester

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By Pat Hammond

A quick look at ten national "Best of" lists that feature Manchester, NH.

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By Pat Hammond

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Whether you are a small business owner, aspiring entrepreneur or just trying to eek out a living in the gig economy, Queen City Buzz has the who, what, when, where, why and how to start and grow your business in the Queen City.

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Join us as we share articles featuring local business owners, interviews with local experts, resources and tips for getting...

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