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By Pat Hammond

Would you believe I dropped all the tables?

I've been a web developer for over 15 years. I have well-developed systems and rules for handling changes and updates when I'm working on a client's website, but when it comes to my own, well let's just say I occasionally take shortcuts. 

It's usually okay because I always a.) Have a recent backup, and b.) Take another backup whenever I make a major change to a live website. 

Only this time I didn't. 

This time I was coming off of a full week of major site updates with a lot of custom code. 

I don't know what happened, but I somehow managed to delete the wrong database and the next thing I knew NH Business Guild was gone. 

To put it another way, I screwed up. Big time. 

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By Pat Hammond

Some lessons are worth remembering

Who remembers the story of the Ants and the Grasshopper

The ants worked all summer storing food for winter while Grasshopper played. 

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." 

Then winter came and the ants had a full pantry with plenty to eat and Grasshopper starved. 

The moral of the story was to prepare now for tomorrow's needs. 

Recession is like winter for your business.

You have no way of knowing whether it will be mild or harsh, but you know it's going to happen eventually and the only thing you can do is prepare for the worst. 

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By Pat Hammond

My 90-Day Plan to Adopt a 5-Hour Workday

I have spent the last five months being overwhelmed. 

I'm not sure how it happened. I stopped doing web stuff and have been diligent about saying "no" to a lot of people and projects. It was supposed to give me more time to focus on writing and getting NH Business Guild off the ground but each day I got further and further behind. 

It was crazy. 

At one point I decided to start getting up at 4:30 a.m. so I'd have more time to get things done before I "went to work"

I'd done everything I could think of to fix the problem, but there are only so many hours in the day and I was working at least twelve of them. So I decided to do something radical. 

I embraced the idea of a 5-hour workday.

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By Pat Hammond

Celebrate National Small Business Week with this FREE event from NH Business Guild and WBC Office Suites

We are excited to announce that NH Business Guild has partnered with local co-working space, WBC Office Suites, for our first evening open networking event. 

Much of New Hampshire's economy is driven by small business people, help us celebrate local business with an evening of networking at WBC's newly renovated co-working space. 

  • Meet NH Business Guild members
  • Tour the space
  • Make new connections

This is the perfect event for serious small business owners and managers to expand their networking and connect with other local business owners. 

This is a free event -- No sales pitches

If there is enough interest, we would like to make this a regular quarterly event. 

While this event is free, space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP on Eventbrite.


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By Pat Hammond


Big Changes in 2019 - NH Business Directory is now the NH Business Guild.  

In case you haven't heard, the NH Business Directory is now the NH Business Guild.

The decision to re-brand was an easy one. The original business directory was a free resource of Queen City Buzz, but as it evolved it went from being a simple online directory to a robust, multi-media online resource including the business directory, Flackery magazine, live events, and many more features due to roll out later this year.

  • Sales & marketing workshops
  • Community partners for banking, affordable insurance, & more!
  • Online teaching platform for members to host their paid or free courses

Instead of being a basic online Yellow Page® type service, we became a group of people working towards common goals and NH Business Guild seemed to be a much better descriptor of who we are and what we do than NH Business Directory. 

Overall, this was the right decision. In addition to creating a more cohesive brand image, I think it makes a clear statement that we are here and we are invested in growing a stronger business community. 

In fact, I was so sure that it was the right choice, I dedicated the entire Spring 2019 issue of Flackery answer almost every question anyone has ever asked me about the guild. 

If you'd like to know more about who we are, what we do, and why you should join,  just click on the cover and follow the link to download the magazine. 

Pat Hammond

Founder, NH Business Guild


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