by Pat Hammond on Saturday, January 07, 2017
As we wrap up the first week of the new year all I can say is wow. Every day this week has been a networking adventure and it's only week 1.
I started the week with the new NH Business Partner Finders group on Monday, Coffee Buzz on Tuesday, Millyard Networking and the Spanish Conversation group on Wednesday and that was just the tip of the iceberg.
I met so many new people this week that I'm in overwhelm. My phone is ringing off the hook. People are texting, emailing, and connecting all over the place and I am bouncing off the walls like a 6-year old hepped up on chocolate.
Almost every new connection led to more business and networking opportunities and I can't help but think that Manchester and New Hampshire are going to soon become the destination for startups and entrepreneurs.
Which brings me to one of this week's big news items from Queen City Buzz, I started a LinkedIn group for the NH Business Partner Finders group.
Our meetup group only plans on meeting once a quarter and I had such a huge response when I announced the group that I decided we needed a place to post and share opportunities and information between meetups. The NH Business Partner Finder group on LinkedIn is a regional networking group where start-ups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers can meet other entrepreneurs and freelancers interested in collaborating on projects and/or becoming working business partners.No sales, no recruiters, no MLM/network marketing.
Looking at next week's calendar, my top 3 picks are Alpha Loft's Startup Mornings Manchester and the Google Developers Group - NH's Using Firebase to Build a Backend for Your Mobile App event on Tuesday, and the Manchester Young Professional Network (MYPN) January Social Event on Wednesday. But these are just three of next week's events.
Now that I've expanded coverage into Concord and Nashua the events calendar has something almost every day of the week. Take advantage of it. Make 2017 the year you expand your network and opportunities.
Manchester, NH Entrepreneurs: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Turkish Cultural Center New Hampshire, 540 Chestnut Street, Manchester. Meet a new network of local entrepreneurs to share tips and problem solving techniques, get advice on profitability and career and discuss mentoring and business models. Swap business cards and watch your personal business directory grow! Lunch will be served, so they do need an RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Entrepreneurs/
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
603 Seacoast Networking - Portsmouth: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, 775 Lafayette Road (US1), Portsmouth. The event is free, but you must RSVP:
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.
Manchester Artists Association: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM **Note: Their homepage says the 1/9/17 meeting is at the Bedford Library, but the listing on their event calendar shows the NH Institute of Art. If you are interested in attending this event please contact the Association for clarification.
Alpha Loft: Startup Mornings Manchester: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester. Startup Mornings are topic focused early morning events for startup founders and others. Each event will feature a guided, casual conversation with an expert or founder who has deep knowledge and experience on the specific topic. The conversation will allow plenty of opportunity for questions from attendees. Oh and lets not forget, there will be bagels and coffee! The event is free, but they would like an RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-mornings-manchester-tickets-26984235575
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.
Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Merrimack Town Hall Meeting Room, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack .
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.
Google Developers Group - NH (GDG-NH) Manchester: 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester. This month's topic is Using Firebase to Build a Backend for Your Mobile App. Bill Schongar will introduce us to Firebase with a brief overview of the new (free) Udacity course, "Firebase In A Weekend", where you can quickly learn to build a real-time chat application in two days. The event is FREE, but they must have an RSVP. For more information/RSVP please visit https://www.meetup.com/GDG-New-Hampshire/events/236599028/
HR Exchange – Less Can Be More: Ten Essential Handbook Policies with speaker Liz Bailey: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA 1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, Manchester. The Human Resources Exchange breakfast forums feature conversations and presentations about an often difficult but important area of business management. They are offered free of charge and open to all HR managers, CEOs, supervisors and other experienced professionals. The series is sponsored by The Rowley Agency and hosted by the NH High Tech Council and Sheehan Phinney. Includes complimentary breakfast pastries and coffee. RSVP is requested at least one week prior to event. http://livefreeandstart.com/events/hr-exchange-less-can-ten-essential-handbook-policies-speaker-liz-bailey/
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.
Manchester Young Professional Network (MYPN) January Social Event: Stark Brewing Company - Manchester: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Stark Brewing Company, 500 North Commercial Street, Manchester. Start the New Year with new and old friends at Stark Brewing Company for MYPN’s January Social Event! Make connections over craft beer, brewed in-house, at Manchester’s only brewpub. Networking starts at 5:30 in Bo’s Lounge and Function Room.
CWE New Hampshire - Social Media Made Simple - Nashua: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Center for Women & Enterprise 30 Temple Street, Nashua. Learn how to use social media for business. This event costs $20. For tickets and more information please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-social-media-made-simple-tickets-29442480251
Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women (BPW) - Monthly Success Meetup: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. La Carreta Mexican Restaurant 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry. This is a monthly meetup with presentations and networking. Membership is $65/year, the first meeting is free for visitors! For more info/RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Londonderry-Business-and-Professional-Women-BPW/
NH Real Estate Investors Association - Manchester: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Best Western Executive Court & Conference Center 13500 South Willow Street, Manchester. This is a paid membership group whose primary focus is real estate investing. The event is free for members and $20 for non-members.
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/
CWE New Hampshire:Effective Leadership Practices - Nashua: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Center for Women & Enterprise - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua. In this session, you will increase awareness of your own leadership style, examine the responsibilities of leadership and determine best practices, discuss how advanced influence and staff motivation effect your bottom-line, define decision-making, conflict/negotiation strategies and meeting management techniques. The cost is $30 For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-effective-leadership-practices-tickets-27175348198
Real Estate Entrepreneurship Program:1:30 PM - 3:30 PM K Kirkwood Consulting 25 Lowell St, Suite 310, Manchester. This is class 3 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.
I talk a lot about the importance marketing and networking and Stephanie Edwards and Chris Pastrana are a great example of why it's important to have a strong network and how it can benefit you.
I walk and drive past Stephanie's office almost every day, but I never met her until one of my clients introduced us. Fast forward five years and another friend introduced me to Chris because she was sure there was some project we could work on together. A few months later Stephanie was looking for a way to promote her business that would reach and connect with potential customers without breaking the bank so I connected her with Chris. The end result was a series of very compelling testimonial videos.
Take a look at the videos. I guarantee you this is the message you want to send to potential customers.
The people giving the testimonials are not actors. They're actual clients, people you might run into at the supermarket or meet waiting in line at Aroma Joe's and the value of the videos is priceless.
Not only is it a testament to the service that Stephanie provides, but the videos are maximizing her marketing dollars. They can go on her website, be shared on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and every other social media outlet. They're also the first thing that people will see when they go online to find someone to help them lose weight and it will make a difference to both Stephanie and her potential customers.
Have a great week and don't forget that if you are consistent in your networking there will be a reward.
Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz