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By Pat Hammond

Remember when you had that desk job and tech support was only a phone call away?

It was awesome, right? 

It didn't matter if you accidentally clicked an email attachment that let loose a virus on the entire company network or if your computer refused to boot after an update. All you had to do was pick up the phone and the IT guy would calmly walk you through the simple solutions before making the long trek from the basement to your cubicle.

And he made it look so easy. 

A few mouse clicks, maybe pop a thumb drive in a USB port and everything started working. 

Too bad it's not that simple in the real world. 

When you're a bootstrapping small business owner a blue screen of death can mean lost work and hours spent trolling chat rooms trying to decipher geek speak to find out if that evil blue screen is the result of a glitchy Windows update, failing hard drive, or a virus. 

What if I told you that of all the hats you wear as a small business owner, IT technician is one you can afford to hand off to someone else?

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By Pat Hammond

I regret to say that I am no longer recommending SCORE as a resource for people looking for one-on-one mentoring to start or grow their business.

Between my own bad experiences, yes that is plural, and reports from many other people, I've come to the conclusion our local chapter, SCORE Merrimack Valley, is not a good fit as a business resource for most people. 

I don't know what the problem is. 

The national SCORE organization provides a large variety of useful information in the form of webinars, online classes, and downloads through their website, but somehow, the mentoring services offered through the local SCORE chapter are singularly lacking in usefulness. 

I know several individuals who work/volunteer with SCORE Merrimack Valley and they are friendly, knowledgeable people who genuinely want to help. But in spite of the available tools and their collective experience, the mentoring program continues to fall short.

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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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