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By Pat Hammond

2018 Spring Workshops From SCORE: Get the Information & Tools You Need to Start & Grow Your Business Today!

Now that we've made it past the worst of winter it's time to start putting some of those business plans into action.

Whether you're dreaming about starting a business, looking for help with funding or have questions about marketing the Merrimack Valley chapter of SCORE has a workshop to help you make 2018 the most successful year ever.

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By Pat Hammond

Are you having trouble finding a specific creative, science or tech group? Or maybe you have an event, group, or meetup you'd like to share.

I visit 30 different websites, online calendars, and groups to curate content for the Weekly Roundup and NH Creative, Science & Tech Events calendars every week. 

It takes me an entire day to scour the web for the latest meetups and it doesn't come close to capturing all of the activities happening across southern New Hampshire. 

There are dozens of professional organizations, businesses, and trade group that don't post their events to public calendars.

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By Pat Hammond

Is Your Event Team Prepared for the Unthinkable?

Founded after the shooting in Las Vegas, Northeast Event Emergency Response & Preparedness (NEERP) is on a mission " to provide the local event industry an open forum and training to better protect themselves and others in an uncommon emergency."

NEERP is holding an all-day Event and Safety Forum on Monday, February 12th at The Capitol Center for The Arts in Concord to help event organizers, venues, caterers, and everyone involved in managing local events prepare for the possibility of an event emergency. 

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By Pat Hammond

TechWomen Power Breakfast: Creator of Tranquilo Mat to discuss how she became an entrepreneur by following her passion and curiosity

The NH High Tech Council's TechWomen Power Breakfast for this month is 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 14th at the Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford and features Melissa Gersin, Founder, and CEO at Tranquilo, LLC.

This is a must-do event for anyone who has ever wondered how someone takes an idea from what-if through design, development, and funding. 

Cost: $10/NHHTC Members, $20/non-members

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By Pat Hammond

The Secret to My Sanity A.K.A. How I Stay on Top of Things

After spending the entire month of January putting out fires, that's figurative, not literal, I thought it might be a good idea to share my number one, can't-live-without-tool for staying organized and getting things done.

Are you ready?

It's a super simple, user-friendly, weekly planner. And I'm giving it away for FREE!!!

Yup, the Queen Bee, lover of all things tech (former) web dev uses a piece of paper and a pen to make managing multiple projects do-able.

And before someone clicks on the contact form and asks what about January, I'd like to point out that January was an extraordinary worse case scenario, like Defcon 1, incoming missiles from every border. It had nothing to do with organization and everything to do with a sleazy, money-grubbing web host trying to shake down a poor small business owner, namely me.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever wondered what exactly the Small Business Administration (SBA) can do for you?  Here's your chance to find what programs are available and how they can help you start and grow YOUR New Hampshire business!

What is the first thing people ask when you tell them you're starting a business?  "Did you check the SBA?"

If you're like most small business owners you shrug and say you're not planning on getting a loan.   But you know what? Loans are just a small part of the Small Business Administration's programs.

Their mission is to "aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation,"  and while some of that includes helping business owners find financing, it's just one piece of the SBA pie.  

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By Pat Hammond

Blockchain: The future of secure asset management is here in the Granite State.  

I'm going to start by saying my understanding of blockchain technology is minimal.  I kind of, sort of get how it works, but there is no way I could explain it to a non-tech person.  Fortunately, there aren't too many non-tech people who have heard about blockchain, but that is about to change.

With almost every aspect of modern life documented in a digital file, the safety of digital records is a big deal. 

Doctors, lawyers, accountants, even store owners all need to keep records and record transactions containing confidential personal information and everyone is concerned about data asset management.

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By Pat Hammond

Pro Image Automotive Coat Drive Extended to December 31st!

There's not much on the calendar next week so I thought I'd give a shoutout to Pro Image Automotive's 2nd Annual Coat Drive.

One of the things I love about my mechanic is that they actively support the community. 

Every year they choose a charity and take donations.  This year they are doing their second coat and winter clothing drive for the New Horizons shelter.

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By Pat Hammond

It's kind of weird the way the Creative, Science & Tech calendar slows down in winter and the Business & Networking calendar picks up.  

It's been my experience that the tech people are much more social when it comes to networking, yet we all disappear the week after Christmas.  I'm not sure if it's the weather or simply a New Year's enthusiasm to start new projects that keeps us at home instead of out networking with like-minded people. 

Whatever the cause, there's not too much going on the next couple weeks so kick back and relax.  Don't worry, the calendar starts to get active in mid-January. 

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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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