Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 4/23/17 - 4/29/17

by Pat Hammond on Friday, April 21, 2017

Startup Pitch Night

Couple Key Events for May

Two new big business events popped up when I was updating the Queen City Buzz Events Calendar this week.

The annual Alpha Loft Startup Shindig on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM. The Startup Shindig is a big deal for the local business community. It's a chance to rub elbow and celebrate the thriving entrepreneurial spirit in the Granite State.

As little as three years ago, there wasn't a whole lot going on around New Hampshire. Many people and companies were struggling post-recession and there was a lot of concern about the graying of New Hampshire. But our business community did what communities do best. They put their heads together and came up with a plan to reignite the spark. The Shindig is a celebration of community and a nod to what has been accomplished. Check out the event page on Eventbrite and get it on your calendar.

The second event that needs to be on your May calendar is the John Flatley Company's Startup Pitch Night on Tuesday, May 16th from 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM. If you are starting or building your business, this competition is worth your notice.

Prizes for the winners, who will be chosen by a panel of judges, are:

  • $1000 for the Grand Prize winner
  • $500 for the Second Place
  • $250 for the Third Place
  • Minimum 3 months free incubation space in our Nashua Technology Park
  • Mentorship & legal service

I visited the Nashua Technology Park a few months ago to hear Rocky Romanella speak about leadership and was blown away by the resources available. If you're looking for motivation to finally start a business or take an existing business to the next level, take a look at their events page and submit your application for the Startup Challenge.

This Week's Top Picks

  1. 603 Networking Bedford - Open networking Monday, April 17th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Monday, April 24 at Cohen Closing & Title, LLC 203 Meetinghouse Road Bedford. The event is FREE, but they do need an RSVP. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-424-530-730pm-bedford-open-networking-tickets-33090010111
  2. Commercial Resources Group Networking Event at Litherman's Brewery - Concord 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 26 at Litherman's Limited Brewery 126 Hall Street #b Concord, NH 03301. NETWORKING BUILDS YOUR BUSINESS! Cost: FREE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/commercial-resources-group-networking-event-at-lithermans-brewery-tickets-33706861129
  3. MY TURN's Bright Futures Event - Manchester 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 27 at Derryfield Country Club 625 North Mammoth Road Manchester, NH 03104. MY TURN – an organization dedicated to providing underserved young people with pathways out of poverty through academic and employment training in a supportive environment. Cost: $25 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-turns-bright-futures-event-tickets-31069797601

This Week's Business, Networking & Tech Events

Monday 4/24/17

Unemployment Support Group - Concord 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: More Traffic W/Facebook Ads 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Center for Women & Enterprise 30 Temple Street, Nashua. The main agenda of this Meetup session will provide [you] the small to med/lg (SMB) sized business owner with many insightful tips surrounding current 'digital marketing strategies' in order to drive more traffic to your products and services, whether that be brick & mortar and/or online. This Meetup will cover the vital essentials of securing your proper 'Facebook Advertising' profile with profession Facebook Guru instructor, Steve Fantasia. The event is FREE, but they do need an RSVP. https://www.meetup.com/New-Hampshire-Up-and-Coming-Entrepreneurs/

603 Networking Bedford - Open networking 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cohen Closing & Title, LLC 203 Meetinghouse Road Bedford. Come join us for an evening of networking and conversation on the Seacoast! We are looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your business! The event is FREE, but they do need an RSVP. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-424-530-730pm-bedford-open-networking-tickets-33090010111

Manchester Makerspace - Open House:6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Manchester Makerspace 36 Old Granite Street, Manchester. Weekly open house open house so members and non-members can gather and talk about what's going on at the space. http://manchestermakerspace.org/events/category/events/

Adobe User Group: Amazing Things You Can Do With Adobe Creative Cloud-That You May Not Know About - Nashua 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Nashua Public Library 2 Court Street, Nashua. Join us for this months demo and learn about some of the amazing things you can do with your Creative Cloud apps that you may not be aware of.https://www.meetup.com/Nashua-Adobe-User-Group/

Tuesday 4/25/17

IMA: What Keeps You Up At Night - Manchester 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Puritan Conference Center 245 Hooksett Road Manchester. The typical accounting professional has many competing responsibilities to deal with during any given day. Month-end, annual budget plans, costing issues, divisional or company reporting challenges, and technology challenges just to name a few. Join us for a free-wheeling discussion about current issues and potential solutions. This meeting will provide you with an excellent opportunity to converse with other accounting. Cost includes a full breakfast. This meeting will earn you 1.5 CPEs. $20/member, $25/non-member, $10/student https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-keeps-you-up-at-night-tickets-32597743729

Gold Star Mill City Referral Group - Bedford 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford. This group meets every Tuesday morning and is one of three Gold Star groups in Manchester. For more information, please visit Gold Star New England's meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Merrimack Town Hall Meeting Room, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack. Meetup and improve your public speaking skills! For more information/RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Merrimack-Motivators-Toastmasters-Meetup/

CWE New Hampshire 10 Week Business Planning Class - Nashua 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Center for Women & Enterprise - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua. This 10-week course will walk you through the steps to becoming an independent business owner. Cost: $450 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-business-planning-tickets-29454935505

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. The event is free, but he does need an RSVP. https://www.facebook.com/friendsofkevin/

Network After Work: XO on Elm - Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM XO On Elm, 827 Elm Street, Manchester. You’ll make great connections in a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts to fuel your career or business goals. Cost: $15 RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Network-After-Work-Manchester-NH/

Wednesday 4/26/17

Beef Up Your LinkedIn Profile - Derry 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 29 West Broadway, Derry. Learn how to make YOUR LinkedIn profile stand out from the rest. With our tips and suggestions, you can totally transform your LinkedIn profile for better results! Presented by Jennifer O'Keefe, Glikstorm, LLC. Cost: $15, $10/Veterans https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beef-up-your-linkedin-profile-tickets-33384586196

Hop, Skip & Jump to Your Success - Derry 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 29 West Broadway, Derry. You've heard us talking about Jack Canfield's Success Principles for a few months now. This class is an introduction to some of the Success Principles' concepts. You will walk away encouraged and inspired! Presented by Jennifer O'Keefe, Glikstorm, LLC. Cost: $15, $10/Veterans https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hop-skip-jump-to-your-success-tickets-33384611271

New England B2B Networking Group Event in Bedford, NH 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Desired Care Chiropractic - 360 Route 101 Unit 13B - Bedford, NH 03110. This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-group-event-in-bedford-nh-tickets-33129056901?aff=es2

Commercial Resources Group Networking Event at Litherman's Brewery - Concord 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Litherman's Limited Brewery 126 Hall Street #b Concord, NH 03301. NETWORKING BUILDS YOUR BUSINESS! Enjoy cameraderie and networking with local business owners at the areas newest and most hip Brewery. Cost: FREE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/commercial-resources-group-networking-event-at-lithermans-brewery-tickets-33706861129

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.https://www.meetup.com/Spanish-conversation-group-Manchester-NH/

Launch 'n Learn Series: Access to Capital - Nashua 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM MakeIt Labs 25 Crown St Nashua, NH 03060. Access to Capital This session will cover the general features of the various sources of capital for your business. It will outline what you as a borrower should consider when choosing an investor or lender, and what they will be considering when reviewing your request. This event is free. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-n-learn-series-access-to-capital-tickets-32071053384 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Boston Impressions 100 Factory Street, Nashua NH. Join us as we share our knowledge over delicious omelettes at Boston Impressions in Nashua NH. Bring your marketing and Inbound questions - or success stories! We'll provide the omelettes and the marketing expertise. http://landing1.bostonimpressions.com.pages.services/omelette-thursday-roundtable/>

Lady Boss Entrepreneurial Club 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/

Manchester Professional Wedding Vendor 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM RESCHEDULED from last week. Matty's Pub 791 Second Street, Manchester, NH. Will be setting up a local group of wedding vendors that are looking to expand their network. We will discuss different locations of venues and the entire wedding concept and get to know each other so we can give referrals to future weddings.https://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Wedding-Planning-Meetup/

Toastmasters - Amoskeag Better Communicators - Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street, Room 100, Manchester. Improve your Communication and Leadership skills!Whatever the case, you are at the right place! Guests are always welcome to come visit us. http://abc.toastmastersclubs.org/

Talk & Do Clojure - Nashua 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Transparent Language 12 Murphy Dr Ste 300, Nashua. Hyperstructs for Hyper-Clojurists! Jonathan Claggett will be introducing the recently created hyperstruct library, and show how it could be used to work with the Scotland Yard board game we've seen at previous meetups. https://www.meetup.com/Southern-New-Hampshire-Clojure-Meetup/

Southern NH Apple Core (SNAC) Group - Nashua 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Nashua Public Library 2 Court Street, Nashua - Theatre. The Southern New Hampshire Apple Core, or SNAC, is one of the oldest, longest running Apple User Groups in the United States, founded in 1979 (5 years before the first Macintosh computer!). Annual membership is $20 which covers family members and votes in club affairs. http://www.meetup.com/SouthernNHAppleCore/

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/

Thursday 4/27/17

New England B2B Networking for Millennials in Nashua, NH 8:00 AM - 9:00 AMT-Mobile Store Pheasant Lane Mall - 310 Daniel Webster Hwy - Nashua, NH 03060. This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry. Cost is $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-for-millennials-in-nashua-nh-tickets-33157571188?aff

Gold Star Manchester Business Network - Bedford 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Liberty Mutual conference room, 6 Bedford Farms Rd, Bedford. This group meets every Thursday morning and is one of three Gold Star groups in Manchester. For more information, please visit Gold Star New England's meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/goldstarreferralclubs/

Grow Your Business with Social Media! - Bedford 10:00 AM - 11:00 m Keller Williams Metropolitan 168 South River Road Bedford, NH 03110. We believe the best way to earn your business is to help you GROW your business. To that effect we are so excited to bring this exclusive training to our possible future partners in the New Hampshire region. The event is free, please bring a laptop and arrive 15-minutes early. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-your-business-with-social-media-tickets-33407587995

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, NH 03060. 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. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-security-protect-yourself-from-phishing-scams-and-ransomware-tickets-30937448742

CWE New Hampshire - Pricing for Your Market Nashua 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Center for Women & Enterprise New Hampshire 30 Temple Street Suite 610 Nashua, NH 03060. This workshop, we will cover pricing strategies, Prospective customers’ value points, maximizing profits using various pricing strategies and tactics. Cost: $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-pricing-for-your-market-tickets-31887274697

MY TURN's Bright Futures Event - Manchester 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Derryfield Country Club 625 North Mammoth Road Manchester, NH 03104. MY TURN – an organization dedicated to providing underserved young people with pathways out of poverty through academic and employment training in a supportive environment – invites business leaders and community members to join them from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester. The event will feature networking, live and silent auctions and food and drinks. Cost: $25 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-turns-bright-futures-event-tickets-31069797601

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Scams Seminar - Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM St. Mary's Bank Education Center 48 Perimeter Road, Manchester. Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Scams. Take control and don’t become a victim. St. Mary’s Bank Director of Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance, Shirley Bhutto is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Information Security Specialist. With her 18 years of experience, Shirley will help you understand the latest security breaches, identify scams, and help prepare you to protect yourself and your family. http://www.newhampshire.com/section/newhampshire04#/event/6253269-protect-yourself-from-identity-theft-and-scams-seminar?radius_miles=25&location=03101-manchester§ions=all&date=2017-04-23

The Wrap Up

I just started a new workout program this week. The first day was easy because I was motivated. The second day was a little more difficult because I had another commitment and had to consciously make time to exercise. The third day I had a class that went an extra hour long, but I was determined to make time to workout so I squeezed it into my schedule. Now it's Friday and I've already gotten used to the idea that if I want it bad enough I'll find a way to make it happen.

Networking is no different.

So much of life is based on routines and habits, but they're not set in stone. If it's something we want bad enough, we can change those routines and build better habits. It's not always easy, and sometimes it requires a bit of compromise, but it is doable.

I cannot stress how important networking is for your business.

I recently signed on to do a huge project, something that is bigger than anything I would have ever tackled on my own, and the opportunity would never have happened without networking.

Without networking, I would never have met the person I'm teaming up with and I would not have had to connections and resources to even consider doing something so large and outside my existing experience.

It doesn't matter if you're self-employed or work in a cubicle, I don't know anyone who would not benefit from meeting new people and making new connections.

Make networking your new habit. If you're truly so busy that you can't manage an hour a week, how about an hour a month? Maybe spend 30-minutes a week on LinkedIn or Facebook re-connecting with your existing connections and ana hour a month at a live event. You don't have to rearrange your entire schedule, but make a point of creating a new routine that includes networking.

Have a great week people!

Don't forget, Coffee Buzz has a new day & time. We will be meeting 9:00 AM Monday, May 1st, at Aroma Joe's Coffee, 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz