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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

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

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

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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By Pat Hammond

I know we're still a whole week away, but is anyone else starting to feel that post-Thanksgiving dinner lethargy? Maybe it's just the drizzly, dreary weather... it's okay, really.  Once we get past next the events calendar is going to explode again.

Thanks to the holiday, the calendar may be a little light next week, but there are a couple events that should make the diligent networkers among us smile.

  1. Instagram for Your Brand at LDR! (with Elyssa Alfieri) - Concord on Monday, November 20th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lilise Designer Resale 113 Storrs Street, Concord, NH
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By Pat Hammond

Feeling the Geek Love - Three Tech Groups Bringing Technology, Information, and Security to You, Your Business, and Your Community

At the time of year when tech groups usually go on hiatus, we've got two groups stepping up with timely content, and a brand new group focussed on the latest buzz in data management and security.

The New Hampshire Chapter of the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) is hosting a discussion called "Are We Ready? Examining United States Readiness for Cyber-attacks on the Power Grid" 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15th, in Portsmouth.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: A Few Events for Veterans...

With Veterans Day a little over a week away, it's time to take a look at some of the activities the business community has put together to thank and honor our veterans.

NHTI Concord's Community College is hosting a Veterans Resource Fair & Remembrance Ceremony on from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 7th at their campus 31 College Dr. in Concord.

In addition to the Remembrance Ceremony, noon in the Sweeney Auditorium, there will be representatives from several local groups to provide information about services available to veterans.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Hoopla Party at Alpha Loft - Manchester

Join Alpha Loft from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, November 7th for a Hoopla Party in their new office space at the WBC Office Suites 1087 Elm Street - 2nd floor.

It's an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in New Hampshire, why not take this opportunity to kick back with your fellow startups, techs, and creatives before the year-end holiday kerfuffle?

This is also a great opportunity for the non-techs among us to get out and meet tomorrow's business owners and your future customers.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: TechOut 2017 -- The Prizes and Competition Are Bigger Than Ever!

Heads up to all my tech peeps -- TechOut is back on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Oracle (Dyn), 150 Dow Street, Manchester.

Anyone who has been following the local tech news the last few months knows that the Millworks II Fund has substantially increased prize money with this year's first place winner taking home $200,000 and the second place winner walking away with an impressive $100,000.

The goal of TechOut is to identify "talented, hungry tech entrepreneurs and fund them through investment capital awards," and with this kind of prize money two very lucky startups will be enjoying a huge leg up in their entrepreneurial adventure.

The competition includes live pitches and product demonstrations in front of the event judges and a live audience. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Missy's Closet Fashion Show

Missy's Closet, the consignment shop operated by the YWCA NH in Manchester, will be hosting their first ever consignment fashion show on Thursday, November 9th at the YWCA NH, 72 Concord Street, Manchester.

Emcees for the event are Kyle Heavy from WMUR and Robyn Warren and the event includes the fashion show, reception, cash bar, and silent auction.

Cost: $20/General Ticket, $40/VIP (tickets)

If you've spent any time on social media this past week, you've probably seen the #metoo stories from the thousands of women who have shared their experiences of sexual harassment and assault after the revelations about the dozens of accusations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

It was one of the few times when the happenings in Hollywood were truly a reflection of the lives of wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters across the country.

Very few women right here in the good old USA make it through life without being groped, propositioned by a man with power over their lives, or otherwise harassed or assaulted because some man feels it's his right to do so.

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