by Pat Hammond on Friday, June 02, 2017
This week's Sneak Peek takes a look at the bastion of local small business everywhere, the Chamber of Commerce.
One of the first things people ask when someone says they're having a hard time finding networking opportunities is, "have you tried the Chamber of Commerce?"
It doesn't matter if you live in a small town or a big city, all across America there is one constant when it comes to small business and that is the Chamber of Commerce. With networking events before & after work, lunch & learns, and member spotlights your local chamber is a one-stop shop for all of your business networking needs.
In addition to networking, many Chambers of Commerce can help you with:
In case you haven't looked at the Chamber of Commerce in a while, I'm including links to a few of the chambers in and around Manchester.
Of the group, the Greater Derry Londonderry and the Greater Nashua Chambers seem to have the most on-going programs and activities, but I suspect that it has more to do with a dedicated staff person keeping the events calendar current than a lack of events in Manchester or Hooksett.
I know it's a little out of the Manchester metro area, but I want to give a shout out to this month's Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange Luncheon from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM on Thursday, June 8th at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lande, Haverhill, MA. This month's speakers are Anne Marie and Jim Zanfagna from Angels of Addiction of Plaistow, NH and the topic is the heroin epidemic. Cost: $20/members; $25 non-members http://pacenh.com/event/june-luncheon-networking-event/?instance_id=120
Northern New England District Career Fair: Navigating Your Future - Manchester 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM The Puritan Conference & Event Center 235 Hooksett Rd, Manchester. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northern-new-england-district-career-fair-navigating-your-future-tickets-33162337444
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
Coffee Buzz Networking - Manchester: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Aroma Joe's Coffee 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester. A monthly meetup to network, share referrals & connect with other local freelancers and small business owners. For more information: http://www.queencity.buzz/articles/new-month-new-quarter-new-opportunity-success
Nashua Digital Marketing Strategies - Nashua 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Center for Women and Enterprise 30 Temple Street, Nashua. The main purpose of this Meetup session provides [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. https://www.meetup.com/New-Hampshire-Up-and-Coming-Entrepreneurs/
CWE New Hampshire - Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting - Nashua 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Center for Women and Enterprise, 30 Temple Street, Suite 610, Nashua. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an experienced business owner, staying on top of your financial recordkeeping is critical to your success. This workshop will provide you an introduction to best practices in keeping books for your small business. Cost: $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-keeping-the-books-basic-recordkeeping-and-accounting-tickets-33011755048
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/
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/
New England B2B Networking Group Event in Nashua, NH 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM . This is a paid networking group from Kevin Willett. The cost is $20, only one person per industry. Cost: $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-b2b-networking-group-event-in-nashua-nh-tickets-34291124677?aff=es2
CWE New Hampshire: Financing Strategies - Learn from the Experts - Nashua 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Center for Women and Enterprise - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua, NH 03060. If you are in the process of launching a new business, thinking about starting one, or looking to finance your expansion, this panel discussion will help you to understand the variety of financing options available to you as a business owner. The discussion will focus on strategies for raising funds as well as what investors and lenders look for when making financing decisions. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-financing-strategies-learn-from-the-experts-tickets-33009621667
Greater Derry - Londonderry Chamber Networking Referrals & Leads Luncheon 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 29 West Broadway Derry. This catered networking event is held the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Chamber's conference room. All participants are given the opportunity to promote their businesses to the group, which in turn becomes an additional sales force that refers members of the group. FREE for members; $10 for not-yet-members. http://derry-chamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/networking-referrals-leads-luncheon-06-06-2017-740
Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Summit 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Northeast Delta Dental Conference Center 2 Delta Drive Concord. This Summit is designed for aspiring and new leaders at any level and open to anyone who would like a better understanding of VBL. Attendance is limited to ensure that participants can address the key issues that are important to them. Networking reception runs from 5 - 6 PM Cost: The regular admission fee is $99, with corporate or social discounts available by request. http://nashuachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/leadership-summit-2017-1559
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 - QuickBooks Intensive - Nashua 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CWE New Hampshire - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua, New Hampshire 03060. Keeping track of your business's finances can be complicated, but a systematic approach with QuickBooks can make a world of difference. In this 4-week intensive series, participants will learn the basics of navigating the QuickBooks program and have the opportunity to practice using it in real-time. Cost: $195 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-quickbooks-intensive-tickets-31885602696
Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce - Business After Hours 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Brownell Insurance Center 5 Nashua Road Londonderry. Business After Hours is an after-work networking event generally held from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, on the second Thursday of the month, that provides members a forum to connect with one another and promote their businesses. Food and drink are provided. Cost: $10 for not-yet-members; FREE for members. http://derry-chamber.chambermaster.com/events/
Write Free or Die Flash Workshop - Derry 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Derry Public Library 64 E Broadway, Derry. The FLASH workshop is simply a round-the-table read & comment exercise. Each reader (not everyone has to read, feel free to just attend & comment) does a 3-minute (or less) reading of original fiction. https://www.meetup.com/Write-Free-Or-Die/
CWE New Hampshire - Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? - Nashua 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Center for Women and Enterprise - 30 Temple Street - Suite 610 - Nashua, NH 03060. Attend this workshop and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-is-entrepreneurship-right-for-you-tickets-33009832297
PARTNERING FOR PERFORMANCE NH COLLOQUIUM: TOOLS FOR SUCCESS 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM New Hampshire Municipal Association - 25 Triangle Park Drive - Concord, NH 03301. Partnering for Performance NH is a coordinated effort, led by Strafford Regional Planning Commission, among New Hampshire transportation decision makers. We have been working on developing a common framework for performance-based transportation planning, as well as building more collaborative relationships among federal, state, and regional partners involved in the project. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/partnering-for-performance-nh-colloquium-tools-for-success-tickets-34375165044
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/
Concord Stock Investing Meetup 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM The Draft Sports Bar & Grill 67 South Main Street, Concord. Drop by for good discussions of stocks, markets and investment ideas. This group meets once a month. For more information/RSVP https://www.meetup.com/Concord-Stock-Investing-Meetup/
CWE New Hampshire - Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - Derry Public Library 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Derry Public Library - 64 East Broadway - Derry, NH 03038. This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company. Cost: Free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-new-hampshire-legal-considerations-for-new-business-owners-derry-public-library-tickets-33058596151
June PineSec - Manchester 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Manchester Makerspace - 36 Old Granite Street - Manchester, NH 03101. As always, this meetup is open to the public. PineSec is an informal monthly event for people with an interest in Internet Security, Information Security, hacking, programming, radio, and related topics. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-pinesec-tickets-34406480710
Millyard Toastmasters - Manchester 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Eversource Energy Park at 780 No. Commercial Street, Manchester. Become the leader & communicator you want to be by attending a Toastmasters Networking Night event in Concord or Manchester. Details available at http://millyard.toastmastersclubs.org/
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/
Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange: June Luncheon Networking Event @Haverhill Country Club 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Haverhill Country Club 58 Brickett Ln Haverhill, MA 01830. Join us on June 8 for networking and lunch at 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the Haverhill Country Club, Haverhill, Mass. Our guest speakers will be Anne Marie and Jim Zanfagna from Angels of Addiction of Plaistow, NH. Their mission is to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic in our community. Kindly RSVP by June 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us for our last gathering before the summer break. Cost: $20/members; $25 non-members http://pacenh.com/event/june-luncheon-networking-event/?instance_id=120
June 10th Volunteering Event: Habitat for Humanity - Manchester 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Come help Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity (GMHFH) renovate their current project house on Lowell Street in Manchester! Hammer-swinging is the quintessential volunteer experience with GMHFH. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-10th-volunteering-event-habitat-for-humanity-tickets-33018926498
Happy Friday Everyone!
As we wrap up May and head into the first week of June I want to remind you that I am always looking for pod guests.
Guest spots run in 15 - 30-minute segments and are a great way to establish yourself as a local expert and share information about your business or industry.
The format is pretty laid back. We start with a topic and a list of questions and let the conversation flow. A lot of laughs, a lot of information and a lot of fun.
If you would like to join me on an episode of Live from the Hive drop me a line at email@example.com.
Have a great week people!
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