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: - 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

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By Pat Hammond

The Annual Birthday Post

Okay, so technically the blog's official birthday was September 1st, but I was a little busy that week.

In fact, I was so busy that I missed some pretty significant posts like "The latest issue of Flackery is live."

I spent three months on that issue. You'd think it would have been front and center in my mind to post about it, but it wasn't.

Instead of taking a few minutes to celebrate and share the accomplishment, I crossed it off my to-do list and moved on to the next task.

And the next one, and the next one, etc...

It took two weeks for me to realize I never did a Flackery post. It's four days later and I still haven't done it.

But I digress.

This is the blog's birthday post, it's a time to reflect on the past year and outline next year's changes.

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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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