Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 1/23/17 - 1/28/17

by Pat Hammond on Friday, January 20, 2017

Networking with the Networkers

I had a conversation with Kevin Willett the other day and as you would expect, the main topic was networking.

For anyone who doesn't know Kevin, he is the man behind Friends of Kevin, New England B2B Networking, and the Friends of Kevin Radio Show. He's also the author of "One Connection: How You Can Grow Your Business (and Change the World) One Connection at a Time. "

In case it isn't obvious, Kevin knows networking. He understands what makes people nervous, how to overcome obstructions, and how to meet the right people. He preaches the long game where the connection you make today doesn't have to be a potential customer, but they'll likely introduce you to other people who will lead you to paying clients and referrals. He also encourages people to invest in themselves by setting aside time for networking.

If you're ready to start actively networking, but aren't sure where to start, try one of Kevin's events. His Friends of Kevin Networking group is meeting on Tuesday in Nashua , the New England B2B Networking group has an event on Wednesday in Bedford and Thursday in Nashua. As always, Friends of Kevin is free, though there is a fee for the New England B2B meetups.

Top Picks

Since the calendar is so full and I've already mentioned Kevin's meetups, I'm going to pick another three events for next week's top picks.

Finally, I'm going to throw in another bonus pick. The Lakes Region Chapter of 603 Networking has an open networking event on Monday, January 23 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 120 Laconia Road, Tilton. The event is free, but you must RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-123-6-8pm-tilton-open-networking-tickets-30312737213

This Week's Business, Networking & Tech Events

Monday 1/23/17

Unemployment Support Group: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM EJ's on Main at the Holiday Inn, 172 N Main Street, Concord. This is a support group for people who are unemployed or underemployed. They don't have a website, but you can contact the group organizer Phil Rose at PSRCleaning@aol.com

Nashua Digital Marketing Strategies: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Center for Women & Enterprise 30 Temple Street, Suite 610, Nashua. Beating Google At Its Own Game!... This session will cover search engine tactics for your website. https://www.meetup.com/New-Hampshire-Up-and-Coming-Entrepreneurs/

603 Networking - Tilton: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM UNO Pizzeria & Grill - 120 Laconia Road - Tilton. The event is free, but you must RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-123-6-8pm-tilton-open-networking-tickets-30312737213

Manchester Makerspace: Open House 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 36 Old Granite Street Weekly open house so that members and non-members can gather and talk about what's going on at the space. http://www.meetup.com/mhtmakerspace/

Tuesday 1/24/17

Gold Star Mill City Referral Group: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford. This is a paid referral group managed by Piper Turgeon. It's very low key and definitely worth a visit for anyone who is looking to join a regular referral group. http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

CWE New Hampshire - Exploring SBA Resources - Nashua: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CWE New Hampshire - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua. This free workshop will help you understand the various SBA programs and services that are available to entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business. For more informationRSVP visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-exploring-sba-resources-tickets-29445200387

Energy Strategies for your Business - Manchester: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Radisson Hotel Manchester 700 Elm Street, Manchester. Energy can be one of your highest operating costs. As an executive, you are always looking to cut costs, increase margins, and grow your bottom line. A free seminar given by energy industry experts on energy strategies for your business looking at cost effective solutions for now and the future. For more information/RSVP visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-strategies-for-your-business-tickets-30928776804

Commercial Resources Group Networking Event Great North Aleworks - Manchester: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Great North Aleworks 1050 Holt Avenue, Unit #14, Manchester. Enjoy camaraderie and networking with local business owners at one of the areas coolest breweries. Great North Aleworks has agreed to host the Commercial Resources Group's next networking event. Don't miss this!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/date-correction-commercial-resources-group-networking-event-great-north-aleworks-tickets-31159099706

Open Beta Playtest: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Double Midnight Comics 245 Maple Street, Manchester. Bring your projects, bring your friends, or just bring your sparkling personality. This event is open to everyone, whether you make games or not. https://www.meetup.com/Open-Beta/

Kicking Off 2017 - What Financial Executives Need To Know - Manchester: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fratello's 155 Dow Street, Manchester. Join the Financial Management Association of America on Tuesday, January 24th for an interactive panel discussion of hot topics heading into 2017. This meeting qualifies for 1 CPE credit. The cost for this event is $20/students and $45/professionals. For more information about agenda and speakers and to purchase tickets please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kicking-off-2017-what-financial-executives-need-to-know-tickets-30854549789?aff=es2

Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Merrimack Town Hall Meeting Room, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack http://www.meetup.com/Merrimack-Motivators-Toastmasters-Meetup/

Friends of Kevin Networking - Nashua: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Millyard Technology Park 10 Technology Way, Nashua. Friends of Kevin is hosting a FREE networking event at the Millyard Technology Park is located at 10 Technology Way. The event is on the 3rd floor in the cafe. You can register on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/164612614018094/ or on meetup at: https://www.meetup.com/Friendsofkevin/events/236502557/

New Hampshire Virtual Reality - Manchester: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester. NH Virtual Reality Presents: Steve Doroff - Daydreaming About VR. Google Daydream (Google’s newest Virtual Reality (VR) headset and controller) is the latest addition enabling immersive VR experience. Steve Doroff will present and demonstrate what Google Daydream is, many of the current uses and what is unique and different from several other VR solutions in the marketplace. For more information/RSVP please visit https://www.meetup.com/New-Hampshire-Virtual-Reality/

NH Adobe Users Group - Lightroom Tips & Tricks - Come Learn & Share (Bedford): 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Keller Williams Realty Training Center 168 S. River Road, Bedford. Lightroom Tips & Tricks - Come Learn & Share. https://www.meetup.com/NH-Adobe-User-Group/

Wednesday 1/25/17

New England B2B Networking Group Event in Bedford, NH: 11:30 SM - 1:00 PM. Desired Care Chiropractic 360 Route 101 Unit 13B, Bedford. This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry. For details visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-group-event-in-bedford-nh-tickets-30726393470

Spanish Conversation Group Manchester, NH: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panera Bread 52 March Avenue, Manchester. Spanish conversation group for anyone looking to improve or practice their language skills. We normally sit on the left as you come in. We will have a small yellow Spanish/English dictionary on our table and we will be talking in Spanish. https://www.meetup.com/Spanish-conversation-group-Manchester-NH/

Lady Boss Entrepreneurial Club - Manchester: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, 62 Lowell Street, Manchester. Women's business networking group with free and paid levels of membership. http://www.meetup.com/Lady-Boss-Women-Entrepreneurial-Club-Meetup/

Southern NH Game Developer Group - Nashua: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Nashua Public Library 30 Court Street, East Room, Nashua. It is a New Year, and if you've met with us before or you are brand new, we'd like to welcome you to the first meeting of the Southern New Hampshire Game Dev group of 2017! We will be located in the East Room. It is downstairs, past the theater. https://www.meetup.com/Southern-NH-GameDev-Group/

NH Real Estate Investors Mastermind - Nashua: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fody's Great American Tavern 9 Clinton Street, Nashua. Whether you're a flipper, investor, mortgage broker, realtor this group is for you. https://www.meetup.com/NH-Real-Estate-Investors-Mastermind/

BPW Winter Workshop Series - Londonderry: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM La Carreta Mexican Restaurant 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry. The Art of Negotiation Kevin Hallenbeck, Sandler Training. $100.00 for series (includes all three workshops and A/V recording of each workshop), $50.00 per workshop (single workshop only). Dinner is included, and a cash bar is available. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. All workshops will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please arrive in plenty of time to get your dinner, beverage and seat. For details visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bpw-winter-workshop-series-tickets-30264447778

Southern NH Apple Core (SNAC) Group - Nashua: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Nashua Public Library 2 Court Street, Nashua - Theatre. Our active user group is open to anyone who shares an interest in the use and enjoyment of Apple Computers, iPhones, iPads, application software, and technology. Meetings are informal offeriNH Data Science Meetup (Manchester):ng a variety of information on product updates, application demos, troubleshooting tips, and much more. Annual membership is $20 which covers family members and votes in club affairs. http://www.meetup.com/SouthernNHAppleCore/

Toastmasters - Amoskeag Better Communicators: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street, Room 240, Manchester. http://abc.toastmastersclubs.org/

Thursday 1/26/17

New England B2B Networking for Millennials in Nashua, NH: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM T-Mobile Store Pheasant Lane Mall 310 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua. This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry. For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-for-millennials-in-nashua-nh-tickets-29478733686

Gold Star Manchester Business Network: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford If you can't make Tuesday, how about Thursday? This is the second Gold Star group in Manchester but there are other chapters within the Manchester metro area. To find a group near you visit: http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

Cyber Security - Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams and Ransomware - Nashua: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce 142 Main Street, 5th Floor, Nashua. Join us for a discussion about cyber security. We will talk about how to protect your business from current on-line scams. We’ll provide examples and demonstrations, so you’ll know what to watch out for while at work, and what holds true for when you are in public and at home. Additionally, we’ll also show you simple, easy rules and concepts to follow to keep you and others around you, safe from yourself and the “Bad Guys”. For details visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-security-protect-yourself-from-phishing-scams-and-ransomware-tickets-30937448742

Bossed Up Power Hour in Manchester, NH: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Farm Bar & Grille 1181 Elm St, Manchester. Join our local AmBOSSador Caitlyn Rivers and other boss women for a night of networking in Manchester, NH. Meet incredible women doing amazing things as you join our growing community of courageous, ambitious women leading BOSS lives and crafting their dream careers. Grow your network over yummy appetizers and cold drinks! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jan-26-bossed-up-power-hour-in-manchester-nh-tickets-31081764394

nashuaHUB Meetup: Lager with a Lawyer: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM nashuaHub 4 Water Street, Nashua. Join us at the nashuaHUB for a casual “happy hour” conversation with local business attorney Scott Flegal! Those who attend will get to enjoy a pint with us while also having an informal conversation with Scott about legal considerations you need to keep in mind if starting (or already running) a small business. https://www.meetup.com/nashuaHUB-Meetup/

NH Data Science Meetup (Manchester): 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM UNH Manchester88 Commercial Street, Room 380, Manchester. Two Python-based deep dive case studies. For our first meeting of 2017, we will have 2 presentations showing different uses of Python in 2 different settings - a case study of ground water quality in Pennsylvania, Issues and techniques for production level ETL of excel files. https://www.meetup.com/NH-Data-Science-Meetup-Manchester/

How to Earn a Residual Income - Manchester: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Radisson Hotel Manchester 700 Elm Street, Manchester. You can create a new stream of income by helping businesses reduce their energy expanses. The IDT Energy Network is hosting a FREE seminar to discuss “Earning a Residual Income: Be in business for yourself, but not by yourself.” For details visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-earn-a-residual-income-tickets-30929601270

Saturday 1/28/17

Real Estate Entrepreneurship Program:1:30 PM - 3:30 PM K Kirkwood Consulting 25 Lowell St, Suite 310, Manchester. This is class 5 in a 12 class series. The Program is focused on helping budding Real Estate Entrepreneurs getting started and learning to grow significant cash flow. This Training is designed to help you build and grow Multiple Income Streams. http://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Financial-Independence-Meetup/

Wrap Up

I want to remind everyone that I am always looking for people to be on the monthly Live from the Hive podcast.

I went back to a multi-guest format for 2017 so each podcast can handle up to three guests, with segments between 10 - 30 minutes. That gives plenty of wiggle room whether you have a lot of information to share, or just want to promote a new product or sale.

As long as you do business in New Hampshire, your business can be B2B, B2C, brick and mortar, virtual, product or service based.

It's a great way to generate interest in you and your business, and it gives people a chance to get to know you without you (or them) feeling like it's a sales pitch. If it helps, I'm super easy to talk to and very good at editing.

If you haven't heard the Live from the Hive podcast, be sure to check out January's episode, "How to Save Money & Have Fun with Inkspot NH & Out of the Box Tours."

February's episode is booked, but I do have an opening for March and will begin taping soon. Let me know if you are interested, I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

Last Item...

This week's last item is a reminder that NH Business Partner Finder now has a group on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8587625

If you are searching for a business or project partner, or just looking for a business opportunity, NH Business Partner Finder might be the right choice for you.

Have a great week people!

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz