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By Pat Hammond

Those toothpaste commercials were right...

Way back in the day, when I worked for the City of Manchester I noticed that if I smiled at people they yelled at me a lot less and started smiling back at me.

Just so we're straight, people would come in off the street and start yelling about things that neither the city nor I had any control over, this was not a personal response to me or a reflection on my (superior) customer service skills.

"Breathe, breathe again, smile and relax"
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The results from the smile test were so compelling It inspired me to write a poem called SMILE and start using the simple act of smiling as a way to relax, diffuse unpleasant situations and boost my own day.

In this week's podcast I am going to share the hows and whys of embracing the silent power of a smile.

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By Pat Hammond

Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't know about you, but I'm not ready. A couple weeks ago John Morgan from Island Breeze Virtual Assistants asked me if I could do something to promote local businesses who are offering Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday deals and I said, "Sure. I just need to get through Veterans Week and I'll come up with something."

The "something" was a grand plan to put free ads on the top half of Queen City Buzz's homepage for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. It was a good idea because it fit perfectly with my mission statement to "promote and support local small business and freelancers by connecting people, information, and resources." The problem is, I didn't look at the calendar.

I don't know what I was thinking. There are only two weeks between the end of Veterans Week and Black Friday and that's not enough time to organize anything on the fly. Black Friday is now seven days away and I'm just starting to talk to people.

Maybe the lesson here is that it takes more than a great idea to succeed. Success needs planning, organization, and resources, including a strong support team. It also requires a realistic assessment of what can be done in the allotted time. In this case, I was smacked in the face by the calendar.

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By Pat Hammond

Save Money & Increase Sales

Back in the day, long before the internet and social media, promoting a business was easy. You advertised in the Yellow Pages, you advertised in the newspaper or you advertised on the radio.

It cost some money, but you could count on the fact that people were going to look in the phone book when they needed to find a product or service and if you had the budget to do all three, you could just about guarantee that your business would capture your target market.

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By Pat Hammond

Stop the Madness!

Is your weight causing health problems like diabetes or hypertension?

Are you tired of being sick and tired?

Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 100, this month's guest, Stephanie Edwards from Ideal Health, LLC, can help.

Edwards is a nutritionist and a weight loss coach who has helped dozens of people not only lose weight but keep the weight off.

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By Pat Hammond

It's like Thanksgiving Dinner With All the Trimmings

I know it's short notice, but I was asked if I could put together a quick way to share Black Friday promotions for local business owners.

Since I had no lead time and I have no idea how many people actually run Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday offers I decided to go with quick and easy.

From Wednesday, November 23rd through Monday, November 28th I will dedicate the prime above the fold spot on the Queen City Buzz homepage for graphic links to your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday specials. (see pic left)

All you need to do is send me an email to buzz@queencity.buzz with the words Black Friday in the subject line.

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By Chris Pastrana

By Chris Pastrana, NH Business Show November 11, 2016

Cameron Ford decided that he wanted to help veterans out. To do that he Started Iron Heart Gateways to Success, a non-profit designed to help vets who need employment.

Check out more from Iron Hearts @ www.facebook.com/IronHeartGateways

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By Pat Hammond

A warrior's compassion

Leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and critical thinking are the words people use to describe the skills veterans bring when they return to the civilian world, but they're just part of the equation. When you add things like empathy, compassion, and vision you end up with people like Bonnie Roberts, who has combined all of these skills to tackle the very real problem of how to find quality in-home care.

Aging in place is a goal that many seniors share. Residential care is often cost prohibitive and remaining in a home they've most likely already paid for allows people enjoy their golden years surrounded by the memories and routines that give their days a familiar structure.

Unfortunately, it's not always a goal that can be achieved on their own.

We all want to be there for our parents as they get older, but sometimes they require more care and attention than we can give on our own.

Home Helpers of Londonderry provides a variety of in-home care services throughout southern New Hampshire to meet almost every in-home care need.

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By Chris Pastrana

Day 4 of Veterans Week is taking off with Joe Lopez from Arrow Security & Training LLC. As the largest of the companies I've interviewed for this promotion, what Joe does to support the active duty community of the armed services is invaluable. Quality training prepares the troops for combat, and without that training they spend the first few months of deployment getting used to things they should already know.

Get more from Arrow Security & Training @ http://arrowsecuritytraining.com/

www.facebook.com/Arrow-Security-Training-LLC-36531...

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By Pat Hammond

It's no longer a matter of if...

Norm Gentry is what I would describe as a calm man who faces challenges with a smile and an enviable amount of patience, so when he came to last month's Coffee Buzz and said "I need you to to get the message out," I took him seriously.

Gentry is an IT guy whose company, SBTI Technologies, provides computer repair/maintenance, system backup, network and resource management, virus recovery and just about every tech service a small business owner needs. He's been in the business since Windows was new and he's tackled pretty much every tech problem a business owner is likely to encounter and lately he's been seeing more and more people coming to him with ransomware problems.

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By Chris Pastrana

By Chris Pastrana, NH Business Show November 09, 2016

Day 3 here we come! Beck is one of those people you don't forget. From the moment I walked into her studio I knew she would be great for Veterans week, and she didn't disappoint! It's hard to find women veteran business owners



To get more from Becky check her out at http://www.warriorsoulhealingmovement...

www.facebook.com/warriorsoulhealingmovement

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