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By Pat Hammond

An impressive week of business & networking events! 

The STEAM calendar may be slowing down for summer, but the regular business & networking calendar seems to be heating up.  In addition to the regular weekly and monthly events, the push continues to bring millennials into the fold with StayWorkPlay's survey reveal road tour and the 4th Annual Next Generation Networking event.

Women Connecting With Women (WCWW) is back on the calendar this month as well. They are meeting 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 20th at Tax Services of Londonderry 1 Commons Drive, Unit 18, Londonderry, NH. Please see the WCWW event page on Facebook for more information about this group.

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By Pat Hammond

It looks like summer has hit the events calendar...

No surprise, the first day of summer is next week, Thursday, June 21st, and events on the STEAM calendar have all but disappeared. 

There is no reason to panic, it happens every year. This is a great time for all of us creative, science & tech networkers to reconnect with the people already in our network and test some of those someday/maybe projects hanging around the bottom of the to-do list. 

Alternatively, you could just hang out at the beach. :) Not all summer, but maybe take a couple days for some much-needed downtime.  Who knows, you might even see me at the beach. And no, I won't bring my laptop. 

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By Pat Hammond

In case you missed it the first time... StayWorkPlay is doing another presentation of their survey findings

If you take a peek down the page you'll see that next week's business and networking events calendar is overflowing with events.  Before I get to this week's top picks, I wanted to take a minute to mention a couple important meetings that could easily get lost in the noise.

The first event is the Coffee and Conversations: To Stay or To Go Survey Presentation 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 13th at the UNH Law School, 2 White Street Warren B Rudman Center Room 204 in Concord. 

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By Pat Hammond

Art Social Manchester - Experience an afternoon filled with art and live music 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sunday, June 10th at Jupiter Hall in Manchester! (It's FREE!!!)

Sometimes when I'm out walking, especially in the evening when people have the lights on and the curtains open, I take a peek at the art they have hanging in their living rooms.   I wish I could say I'm enthralled by what I see, but most of the time the walls are bare. 

It's kind of sad.  

I don't know why people are intimidated by the idea of original art.  Maybe they think art is something you have to be wealthy to enjoy.  Maybe they worry they won't understand it.  Maybe they're afraid looking at a piece will compel them to say something nice to the artist.  Whatever it is, they're overthinking it.

Art is a celebration of life. 

Sometimes it's a burst of joy that brightens a cloudy day, other times it's a reminder of people, places, or events.

Art is for everyone.

You don't have to be rich and you don't have to have some sort of insider knowledge about what the artist was thinking when they made it.  

What you do need is a desire to be open to whatever feeling or memory a piece evokes.  

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By Pat Hammond

Celebrate 603 Day with StayWorkPlay, Sunday, June 3rd from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the I-93 Southbound Hooksett Welcome and Information Center!

We may be a one area code state, but our economy is thriving and we have one of the best lifestyles in the country. 

The event will feature live entertainment, food and drinks, and volunteers will greet Welcome Center visitors with goodie bags and prizes.

Share your Granite Pride in person or on your favorite social media platform.  Share what's great about living and working in a one area code state

Live, work and celebrate #603Day! 

For more information,  please visit stayworkplay.org

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By Pat Hammond

Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics founder Matt Albuquerque named the NH High Tech Council 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year!

The NH High Tech Council has announced the winner of the 30th Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Matt Albuquerque, founder of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics. 

“For me, being an entrepreneur means really finding out what motivates you as an individual, then being able to form that notion into a business that provides stable jobs, gives back to the community that supports them and maintains the sensitive balance between growth and doing the right thing. I am honored to be the Council’s 30th Entrepreneur of the Year, and I look forward to many more years honoring future entrepreneurs.”

In addition to his business leadership, Albuquerque is also active in the community. According to the Next Step Bionics website, he is a former chairperson for Easter Seals’ Veterans Count Advisory Board, a past member of the New Hampshire State Veterans’ Cemetery Board of Directors and The Manchester Boys & Girls Club.

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By Pat Hammond

Could apprenticeship be the solution to the rising cost of education & shrinking workforce?

Between an aging population and an exodus of young people, New Hampshire's unemployment rate continues to hover around 2.4% and employers are struggling to fill jobs.

And when you add in the cost of college in New Hampshire, you have to wonder if it's time to re-think the idea of a traditional 4-year degree.

A paid apprenticeship that combines education and on-the-job training gives young people an alternative to a lifetime of debt and employers the skilled workers they need to fill jobs today and tomorrow. 

This is a win-win for everyone. The student has the opportunity to explore their options, learn a trade, and earn money while going to school and the employer builds a relationship with the future leaders and managers of their company.

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By Pat Hammond

Join local artists on Saturday, June 2nd  for the 11th Annual Concord Arts Market - Opening Day!

The ever-popular weekly Concord Arts Market is back for their 11th season on Saturday, June 2nd.

The market runs 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM every Saturday, except Labor Day weekend, between June 2nd - September 29th in Bicentennial Square in Concord.

Whether you're looking for art for your wall, a fun piece of summer jewelry, or an excuse to wander around Concord's newly renovated downtown, the Concord Arts Market is a great excuse to get out and enjoy the sun. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's almost June and you know what that means, it's time to talk about golf.

I'm going to be honest, golf is one of those activities that I just don't get, but the prevalence of golf leagues, outings, and tournaments suggests I am in the minority.

Since there are so many golf events on next month's calendar I decided it makes sense to do a special post just for golf.

Most of these events are for charity and use a scramble format so no excuses. People will be way too busy laughing at your plaid shorts to notice your golf skills. 

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By Pat Hammond

Kickstart your summer networking with Get Together Golf at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club!

It's no secret that I'd rather get a root canal than go golfing, but that's just me. 

The fact is golf is probably the number one networking activity for the movers and shakers of the business world. 

If your schedule doesn't have wiggle room for a regular league or a daylong tournament, how about a couple evenings? 

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