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By Pat Hammond

I'm not sure why it's not on their website, but we are only three weeks until Alpha Loft's annual Startup Shindig. This year's party is Thursday, May 31st - Better get your tickets soon! 

 

Alpha Loft's annual Startup Shindig is the biggest tech & business event of the year in Manchester and possibly the entire state.  This is where everyone who is anyone in the local tech and startup scene kicks back and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in the Granite State. 

There will be food and drinks, tons of networking, and presentations from eleven participants of this year's Accelerate NH program.  

The Millworks II Fund will also be announcing which two lucky companies will be awarded $300,000 in funding.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever been to a national convention? Workshops and talks by renowned experts, hundreds of vendor booths, cocktail receptions, and awards dinners. Forty hours of activity crammed into two or three days. You eat, drink, and skip sleep and by the time you get over the jet lag, it's time to go home.

Yeah, it can be fun to get out of town on the company dime, but what do you really get from it?

Twenty years ago it may have been your one chance to hear an industry leader introduce a game-changing theory, but we live in the era of TED Talks and webinars. Not only can you hear the lecture on demand from the comfort of your own office, you have a much better chance of asking questions and connecting to your industry hero online than you do in a room filled with 500 people.

So what is the point?

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By Pat Hammond

Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Association Annual Young Careerist Competition Wednesday, May 9th

The Greater Londonderry Business and Professional Women's group will be presenting their annual Virginia Allan Young Careerist Award at their Monthly Sucess Meeting, 6:00 PM Wednesday at The Coach Stop in Londonderry. 

The award is meant to encourage and support young women in business by "opportunities for young adults to network, practice speech presentation skills, and participate in meaningful workshops."

In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, this year's winner will receive a one-year membership to the Greater Londonderry Professional Women's group. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Why Does Your Customer Hire Your Product? Design Thinking Using Jobs-to-be-Done

Business 101 says you need to know your customer 

  • Who they are
  • What they want
  • What they need

This should be a slam dunk, right?  Knowing your customer should make it easy to build products they will buy. 

So why do we struggle?

Why is there such a disconnect between the designer who wants to innovate and the client who just wants to push a button? 

Maybe someone should be asking why they need it...

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By Pat Hammond

More Events to help you celebrate National Small Business Week, April 29 - May 5!

In case you didn't hear, it's National Small Business Week and the Granite State is rising to the challenge.

There were far too many events on this week's Weekly Roundup to list them all in Friday's post, so I'm doing a follow up to share a few more of the key activities from some of the larger organized groups.

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By Pat Hammond

Celebrate National Small Business Week - April 29th - May 5th with events online & around the Granite State!

It just takes a quick look at this week's business & networking calendar to see there is a lot going on. 

In addition to the usual networking groups, Merrimack Valley SCORE and the Nashua, Concord, and Manchester Chambers of Commerce are hosting more than a dozen Small Business Week events. 

And if you really can't take an hour away from the office, the SBA & SCORE are hosting a three-day National Small Business Week Virtual Conference from May 1st - May 3rd. 

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By Pat Hammond

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard 2018 - Get Your Tickets NOW!

Who hasn't watched a TED Talk online and thought how cool it would be to be there for the live presentation? 

Thanks to locally organized TEDx events, you can attend live TED Talks right here in the Granite State. 

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard is hosting their 2018 event on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 am - 3:30 PM in the Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. 

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By Timothy Hirsch

Is the high cost of healthcare coverage forcing you into a high-deductible plan you can't afford to use? 

All too often I find articles that boast about solutions to the rising costs of healthcare yet offer little or no help. Sometimes these articles will offer some remedial resolutions, such as purchasing a cheaper plan with a larger deductible. To me, that is more of a common-sense approach versus professional advice or an actual fix, especially if there is a $7,000 out-of-pocket deductible.

This approach only saves money if coverage is not needed in the first place. This is not practical nor is it a solution. This article is not to discuss the well-known problem many face, but instead to explore an actual healthcare solution unknowingly available to many people across the country.

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By Pat Hammond

Updates & 3 Free Webinars for Your Business!

A few weeks ago I asked if anyone was interested in seeing a regular post with webinars presented by local businesses. 

Not surprising, a lot of people said yes. 

The thing that did make me scratch my head was that every person who responded was looking for a webinar. 

You read that right. I did not hear from one business owner.

Since this is a resource people are looking for I'm going to leave it on the table.  Now that the NH Business Directory is expanding services I don't have the time to chase down leads, but if I come across a webinar or if someone wants to send me information about a webinar they are hosting I will gladly share it.  

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By Pat Hammond

The NH High Tech Council is looking for applicants for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year program -- Deadline Friday, May 4, 2018

Now in its 30th year, the prestigious NH High Tech Council (NHHTC) Entrepreneur of the Year Award "honors people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology-based businesses in New Hampshire."   

NHHTC is seeking "any founder or senior-level manager of a New Hampshire business who has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service"

 

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