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By Pat Hammond

Break out those ugly sweaters, it's time for the 13th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

We are coming up on the end of another year and it's time to kick back and celebrate this year's accomplishments.  Instead of another boring lunch meeting, why not join 1,000 other people at the Derryfield Country Club on Friday, December 22nd for the 13th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party?

According to their webpage, this charitable event has raised over $100,000 in the past seven years which is wicked impressive considering all funds come directly from tickets and sponsors. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's no surprise the Creative, Science & Tech calendar is a little thin the next couple weeks.  Don't worry though, there are still activities for dedicated networkers and things do pick up right after New Year's Day. 

If you are looking for something to do this week the Nashua Technology Park @ Gateway Hills has their monthly Innovation Roundtable from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 20th in the Enterprise Collaboration Room at 200 Innovative Way, Nashua.  This month's topic is Collaboration and you don't have to be a tech or tech business to attend.

While I'm thinking about it, one of my non-tech friends recently rented desk space at the Nashua Technology Park and absolutely loves it.  He says the amenities, especially the massage chair, are incredible.  It's a little far for me, but if I was in the Nashua area looking for desk space I would definitely check it out. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's not just reporting and news writing...Loeb School classes include digital, audio, and visual media as well as traditional print journalism and it's completely free.

When was the last time you had an opportunity to take a free, six-week hands-on course taught by noted experts on subjects relevant to both your personal and professional lives?

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications has announced the schedule for their winter classes, including six free classes developed to give you the skills you need to be comfortable, articulate, and confident, no matter how you communicate.

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By Pat Hammond

Join Backyard Brewery & Kitchen for an evening of local craft beer & networking at the first Backyard Winterfest on Friday, December 15th!

Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, 1211 South Mammoth Road, Manchester is celebrating local breweries with the first Backyard Winterfest from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Friday, December 15th.

Spend an evening under the stars sampling beers from New Hampshire's most popular local breweries.

  • 603 Brewery
  • From the Barrell
  • Pipe Dreams
  • Kelsen
  • Rockingham
  • Great North Aleworks

Yes, you read that right. This is an outdoor event, please remember to dress warmly!

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By Pat Hammond

Are you a woman who works in a tech field or for a tech company? Have you heard about the NH High Tech Council's Women in Tech Power Breakfast?

The TechWomen Power Breakfast is a monthly meeting for women in tech in the Granite State.  The group meets from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the Manchester Country Club 180 South River Road in Bedford, NH.

In addition to open networking, this event includes a keynote speaker on topics of interest to women working in tech fields. 

This month's breakfast meeting is on Wednesday, December 13th, and will feature guest speaker Dr. Annabel Beerel, founder, president, and CEO of the New England Women’s Leadership Institute, who will be discussing "mindful leadership – what mindful leadership truly is, how to become a mindful leader and how to empower others to be mindful leaders."

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By Pat Hammond

Are you dreaming about starting a business? Do have a business problem with your existing business? Or maybe things are going great and you're thinking about breaking into new markets and expanding your business. The good folks at Merrimack Valley SCORE want you to know that no matter where you are on your business journey they are here to help.

For anyone who isn't familiar with SCORE, it is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to "Foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education." [1]

It is also one of the oldest partner programs under the Small Business Administration (SBA) umbrella, and probably the most misunderstood, so I thought I'd take a minute and share a few things you should know about this fabulous, underused resource.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Addressing the Capital Region's Workforce Challenges

One of the recurring themes I hear from managers and small business owners is how challenging it is to find qualified employees. 

The news always seems to focus on tech fields, but when you live in a small state like New Hampshire connecting with qualified workers can be a significant problem for all business owners.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel discussion called "Addressing the Capital Region's Workforce Challenges" on Thursday, December 14th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Drive, Concord, NH.

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By Pat Hammond

Memorial High School FIRST Robotics Team 238 Robotic Art Fundraiser

The Memorial High School FIRST Team 238 is holding a Robotic Art Exhibit on Thursday, December 7th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Aviation Museum of NH. 

They will be exhibiting and selling "unique robotic and wall art" to raise funds for next year's International FIRST competition in Detroit, Michigan.  

We've reached the point where technology is so integrated into our lives and culture, yet STEM careers are still undervalued. We can't all be bankers.  Lets support programs like FIRST that open the door to possibilities.

For more information about the Robotic Art Exhibit please visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org/events/

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By Pat Hammond

No Coffee Buzz in December! You heard that right. I am taking a break from Coffee Buzz Networking.

It's the time of year when I step back and review this year's goals, what worked, what didn't, and what I can do to make next year better. Part of that review is taking an honest look at my allocation of resources.

I could give a breakdown of the why's, but the simple fact is there are only so many hours in the day and right now I don't have time for Coffee Buzz.

My job as the editor of Queen City Buzz is to connect you with the people, information, and resources you need to start and grow your business in New Hampshire. Three years ago that meant putting together a networking group. Today that's not enough.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Are You an Effective Leader?

They say some people are born leaders, but for most of us, leadership is a learned skill.

When you're a kid it seems like the popular kids are always the chosen leaders, but by the time you get to college, there is a noticeable shift in how people are picked to lead.  People will always rally around a charismatic person with a pretty face, but when it comes to success they will turn their allegiance to the people who demonstrate the ability to build strong teams and get things done. 

On Tuesday, December 12th the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce December Lunch & Learn will feature a presentation from George Burtch of Burtch Tree Associates called "Are You an Effective Leader?"

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