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By Pat Hammond

Week 5, Week 1 - Who Knows?

Is this week 5 of September or week 1 of October? Whatever you call it there is a whole lot of good stuff happening in and around Manchester this week.

We've got geeky things, business workshops, networking events and big brain activities.

And that's just the business, networking and tech stuff.


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By Pat Hammond

Reinvention - It's not just for Hollywood

Whether you're calling a do-over or simply evolving, the idea of reinventing yourself is as old as the hills.

People are not one dimensional, we evolve, we learn new skills and gain experience. We change a lot between the time we leave school and when we reach the C-Suite and you can't just leave it to people to figure it out for themselves.


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By Pat Hammond

Things are Hopping Here in New Hampshire! (See how I cleverly avoided saying buzzing?)

It is no exaggeration when I say that these are exciting times to be in the Queen City. Here at Queen City Buzz we launched the new website this month and we're rolling out the long awaited Coffee Buzz Networking Group.

And if that isn't enough we have three guests in the hive this week who will educate you, get your finances in order and teach you how to wow your friends with cool new skills.

Financial planner Jeff Boutin will be talking about his free financial planning workshop, Surviving Financial Meltdown. Jeff is a Christian financial planner who preaches the fundamentals when it comes to making a budget, organizing your expenses and planning your goals. The workshop is free and it's a great opportunity to go into the expensive holiday/heating season on top of your money.


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By Pat Hammond

October is Looking Hot!!!

I'm a glass is half full kind of girl, so let's just skim over the fact that September's Week 4 calendar is suspiciously thin.

Bethany Ross' Future Tech Women Hangout is the only local item on Alpha Loft's calendar, SCORE's Sales and Marketing for Small Business workshop is the only business event on nh365.org and even meetup.com is a bit light for local events. But you know what, it's okay.

If you're not seeing something that works for your schedule or interests take the week off. Finish those must-do-before-winter household projects, head to the beach or just enjoy the moment, because October is going to be busy.

And I mean very, very busy.

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By Pat Hammond

There's a new Networking Group in Town and We're Buzzing...

Okay peeps, do you remember way back in June when we had two weeks in a row with almost no business networking meetups and I said that what we really needed was a mid-morning coffee break?

A place where local freelancers and small business owners could connect with other small business owners to network, share referrals and lend some expertise.

Well I did it.

I finally caught up with Rob Hanson, the owner of Aroma Joe's Coffee in Manchester, and he gave us the green light to have a monthly networking meetup at his shop.


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By Pat Hammond

Successful people never stop learning...

Do you remember high school? Do you remember how even on graduation day you knew that it wasn't really over.

It didn't matter if you were going on to college, trade school or an apprenticeship, one way or another you understood that you would have to continue your education to gain the real world skills that employers were looking for.

What they didn't tell you was that your education wouldn't end after you finished that training.


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By Pat Hammond

Woo Hoo! The New Website is Live!

It took two whole months, but the new Queen City Buzz website is finally off my desktop and on the server. There were a few hiccups along the way, but no one ever said being a web developer was easy.

Some of those hiccups were major, like having to manually move 105 articles to the new site and having to re-upload 145 graphic images, but others were just fiddly things that will get fixed when I have some free time.

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By Pat Hammond

It's all about being in tune...

Relevance is one of those things that can be a bit subjective, but in a general business sense being relevant is all about being in tune with the situation. It's having an understanding of what your customers want, offering the products and services that your customers need today and anticipating what they will need tomorrow.

  1. make meaningful connections and listen to what people are saying
  2. stay vigilant so that you can anticipate change
  3. be proactive
  4. hone your skills

This holds true for employees as well as business owners.

If you're a worker bee, being relevant takes on additional layers as your employer and co-workers are added to the mix, but the message is the same.

Be relevant. You'll be surprised how easy it is once you make the effort.

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By Pat Hammond

Sometimes the only way to succeed is to embrace the things that make us different.

Look at the competition.

  • Do they offer the same products?
  • Is their price comparable?
  • Do they offer the same level of service?
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By Pat Hammond

No surprises here

It's the first week of September and looking at the calendar there's no a whole lot going on.

On the strictly business side we have Gold Star Referral Club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 AM and Alpha Loft's Startup Meetup at noon on Wednesday.

Even the non-business activities are a little thin, but if you don't mind looking beyond Manchester the Meeting & Greeting in So. New Hampshire & the Merrimack Valley is definitely worth a look. Not only do they have the regular Tuesday Bowling at Spare Time on Maple Street, but they have a wide variety of events in and around southern New Hampshire this weekend.

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