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By Pat Hammond

Are you dreaming about starting a business? Do have a business problem with your existing business? Or maybe things are going great and you're thinking about breaking into new markets and expanding your business. The good folks at Merrimack Valley SCORE want you to know that no matter where you are on your business journey they are here to help.

For anyone who isn't familiar with SCORE, it is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to "Foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education." [1]

It is also one of the oldest partner programs under the Small Business Administration (SBA) umbrella, and probably the most misunderstood, so I thought I'd take a minute and share a few things you should know about this fabulous, underused resource.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Addressing the Capital Region's Workforce Challenges

One of the recurring themes I hear from managers and small business owners is how challenging it is to find qualified employees. 

The news always seems to focus on tech fields, but when you live in a small state like New Hampshire connecting with qualified workers can be a significant problem for all business owners.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel discussion called "Addressing the Capital Region's Workforce Challenges" on Thursday, December 14th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Drive, Concord, NH.

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By Pat Hammond

Memorial High School FIRST Robotics Team 238 Robotic Art Fundraiser

The Memorial High School FIRST Team 238 is holding a Robotic Art Exhibit on Thursday, December 7th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Aviation Museum of NH. 

They will be exhibiting and selling "unique robotic and wall art" to raise funds for next year's International FIRST competition in Detroit, Michigan.  

We've reached the point where technology is so integrated into our lives and culture, yet STEM careers are still undervalued. We can't all be bankers.  Lets support programs like FIRST that open the door to possibilities.

For more information about the Robotic Art Exhibit please visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org/events/

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By Pat Hammond

No Coffee Buzz in December! You heard that right. I am taking a break from Coffee Buzz Networking.

It's the time of year when I step back and review this year's goals, what worked, what didn't, and what I can do to make next year better. Part of that review is taking an honest look at my allocation of resources.

I could give a breakdown of the why's, but the simple fact is there are only so many hours in the day and right now I don't have time for Coffee Buzz.

My job as the editor of Queen City Buzz is to connect you with the people, information, and resources you need to start and grow your business in New Hampshire. Three years ago that meant putting together a networking group. Today that's not enough.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Are You an Effective Leader?

They say some people are born leaders, but for most of us, leadership is a learned skill.

When you're a kid it seems like the popular kids are always the chosen leaders, but by the time you get to college, there is a noticeable shift in how people are picked to lead.  People will always rally around a charismatic person with a pretty face, but when it comes to success they will turn their allegiance to the people who demonstrate the ability to build strong teams and get things done. 

On Tuesday, December 12th the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce December Lunch & Learn will feature a presentation from George Burtch of Burtch Tree Associates called "Are You an Effective Leader?"

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Beatniks, Coffee Houses, and Coders Finding the Magic in a Left-Brain World with the Manchester Poetry Meetup

For some weird reason, poetry groups always make me think of Dobie Gillis.  I don't know why.  I've never seen the tv show.  I don't even know what Dobie looks like, though I'm pretty sure that the guy who played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island played his best friend.  

But I digress. 

I've been featuring a lot of business and left-brain events lately so when I saw the new Manchester Poetry meetup I thought I'd take a minute to give a shout out to a less linear group.  

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By Pat Hammond

I am giving away FREE Hompage Ads for the entire month of December!

Starting December 1st I will be posting free ads for local businesses on the Queen City Buzz homepage. This is your opportunity to share a graphic link to your website, social media or promotional landing page, and it's completely FREE.

Why should you join the fun?

Instead of asking why you should take advantage of this offer, how about asking why not?

It's a win/win.

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By Pat Hammond

I know we're still a whole week away, but is anyone else starting to feel that post-Thanksgiving dinner lethargy? Maybe it's just the drizzly, dreary weather... it's okay, really.  Once we get past next the events calendar is going to explode again.

Thanks to the holiday, the calendar may be a little light next week, but there are a couple events that should make the diligent networkers among us smile.

  1. Instagram for Your Brand at LDR! (with Elyssa Alfieri) - Concord on Monday, November 20th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lilise Designer Resale 113 Storrs Street, Concord, NH
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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek:  Ever wondered how to sell your products & services to the federal government?  Check out these 3 important tech-biz workshops from the Small Business Association of New England & University of New Hampshire

Since the events calendar is a little light this week, I thought I'd take a minute to share a few upcoming workshops from the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) and University of New Hampshire (UNH).

On Wednesday, November 29th, The Law offices of Sheehan Phinney will be hosting a workshop called "Protecting Your Business From a Data Breach" from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM, 1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, in Manchester.  The discussion will include the legal risk of a data breach, defending against data breaches, and insuring for data breaches. 

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By Pat Hammond

Are Facebook Ads Really the Right Choice for Your Limited Marketing Dollars?

If you are like a lot of small business owners, you don't have the time or money to waste on advertising campaigns that don't work. 

As promised, Brad Solomon from Solomon Strategic Business Development is back this month to talk about how to use Facebook ads to connect with the people who want and need your services.  

He's going to be sharing his insider tips on how to:

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