Jun 15, 2017

Episode #23: Day Care, Pizza & Marketing

Uno Pizzeria and Grill

Above & Beyond Childcare

In this month's episode of Live from the Hive, we're talking about daycare with Rebecca Collins, owner of Above & Beyond Childcare.

Whether you're self-employed or work in a cubicle, day care is a big issue for a lot of parents and Rebecca is going to give us some insider tips for finding the right daycare provider for your family as well as some news about upcoming rule changes to the State of New Hampshire's licensing for day care providers.

Rebecca's Tips for Finding the Right Day Care:

 

  1. Verify center is licensed

    1. Ask if they've gone to the next step to obtain License Plus rating
    2. Ask for teacher qualifications, training, or certifications
    3. Check with the state
  2. Do an unplanned site visit
    1. What is the condition of the facility?
    2. What is the ratio of teachers to children?
    3. Are the children engaged?
    4. Are activities age appropriate
  3. Think about your child's comfort zone
    1. Does your child prefer smaller groups or do they like a lot of social activities?
  4. Review the security
    1. Are all the doors locked?
    2. Are outdoor play areas enclosed?
    3. Are classrooms, play areas, and public spaces free from common hazards (cleaning products, tools, etc...)
  5. Meet with the teachers
    1. Your daycare provider should be a good fit for both your child and your family

Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Your Catering & Marketing Solution (Yes, I said marketing...)

Also this month, Sarah Coletti, the regional marketing director for Uno Pizzeria & Grill will be sharing the latest news on networking events, summer specials, and how Unos can help you cater your next event while earning some money for your favorite charity.

When it comes to marketing on a budget, you've got to think out of the box. Uno's budget conscious catering and Dough Raiser program can help you help the community, improve your company's visibility, impress clients, and network with potential customers. That's a lot of bang for your buck. Listen to the podcast and hear what Sarah has to say. Trust me when I say it's amazing how far your marketing dollars can go when you partner with Uno Pizzaria.

  • Catering for almost every taste (Including many gluten-free options!)

  • Dough Raiser - helping you raise money for your favorite charity!

  • Event Hosting

603 Networking

Monday, June 19th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at UNO Pizzeria & Grill, 593 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-619-530-730pm-nashua-open-networking-tickets-34635206836

Monday, June 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM UNO Pizzeria & Grill, 120 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH 03276 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-619-6-8pm-tilton-open-networking-tickets-34635087479

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Rebecca Collins Above & Beyond Childcare
web: https://www.aboveandbeyondchildcare.com/
email: Rcabc1461@aol.com
Manchester address/phone: 47 Depot Road Manchester NH (603)782-5689
Hooksett address/phone: 1461 Hooksett Road Hooksett, NH (603)627-4161

NH Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Licensing Unit: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/

Sarah Coletti Uno Pizzeria & Grill
web: https://www.unos.com/
email: scoletti@unos.com
phone: (978) 914-0514

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May 15, 2017

Episode #22: How to Point Your Business in the Right Direction

In this month's episode...

In this month's episode of Live from the Hive, the incomparable Tammy Downing from Out of the Box Tours is back in the Hive. Tammy is always a lot of fun and you will definitely want to stay tuned to hear about her latest paranormal and foodie tours around New England.

Also this month, I am super excited to have special guest Jordyn Mastacouris from On Point Consulting.

If you've ever dreamed of starting your own business, you need to put Jordyn on speed dial.

On Point Consulting is your fast track to success!

Her agency can help you with everything you need to put your small business on the fast track to success!

  • Find an attorney
  • File the paperwork
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing Strategies
  • Insurance, permits, & more!

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Tammy Downing

Web: http://www.tourotb.com
Phone: 603-660-8427
Calendar: http://www.tourotb.com/contact/

 

Jordyn Mastacouris

Web: http://onpointconsultingnh.com
Phone: 603-361-1384
Email: info@onpointconsultingnh.com

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Apr 15, 2017

Episode #21: Glow Worms & Social Media, Oh My!

Overwhelmed by Social Media?

Has anyone else noticed that the only people who think using social media to market your business is easy are the people who don't actually have a business?

Don't get me wrong, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are great options for a budget conscious business owner, but they're not easy.

They require careful planning, a commitment to regular posts, and a willingness to engage not only with the people who follow you but in whatever group or conversation you find your target market. And this all has to be done without sounding like you're spouting a canned sales pitch.

As if that wasn't enough, you have to block off time away from running your business for each and every social media platform you use. It's not hard if you have the time and tools, but when you're a small business owner there is never enough time.

This month's Live from the Hive guests are Stephanie Edwards from Social Wize, LLC and Graham Gifford from the NH Telephone Museum.

Stephanie will be sharing insider tips and tricks on how to tackle your social media marketing, and Graham will be talking about glow worms and how to overcome perfectionism. And yes, you read that right, I said glow worms. (Hint: They play an important role in the latest Telephone Museum special exhibit.)

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Stephanie Edwards

Web: http://socialwizellc.com
Phone:603-206-5846
Email: info@socialwizellc.com

Graham Gifford

NH Telephone Museum http://www.nhtelephonemuseum.org/

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living, Shauna Niequist

How to Mentor a Perfectionist, W. Brad Johnson and David G. Smith, Harvard Business Journal

 

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Mar 15, 2017

Episode #20: Office Design & Promoting Your Business with Justin Mikolyski & Chris Pastrana

In this month's episode...

In this month's Live from the Hive I am talking about office design and functional workspace with Justin Mikolyski from Creative Office Pavilion and how to promote your business using video with Chris Pastrana from the NH Business Show.

It doesn't matter if you are a one man office working from your apartment or if you have a hundred employees in the Millyard, every office needs the right design and equipment to keep your staff healthy and productive.

  • chairs
  • lighting
  • work surfaces

Justin Mikolyski is here to share his insider tips on things to think about when you need to add more desks without moving to new office space. He's also talking about how to keep up with next generation needs in an evolving workplace, and how hiring a professional design team can make the transition to your new office space worry-free.

I'm also catching up with Chris Pastrana from the NH Business Show. He's sharing how testimonial videos can be a very affordable way to create social proof in competitive markets. We're also talking about his new Elevator Pitch coaching product and the new veteran's business networking group.

 

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Justin Mikolyski:

phone: 603-339-1649

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-mikolyski-80048956

email: jmikolyski@cop-inc.com

http://officepavilion.com

Chris Pastrana:

http://nhbusinessshow.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NHBusinessShow

 

email: nhbusinessshow@gmail.com

NH Business Partner Finder Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8587625

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Feb 15, 2017

Episode #19: How to Earn Good Karma & Be a Better Networker With Kevin Willett

New England's King of Networking

On this month's episode of Live from the Hive I am talking with New England's un-official King of Networking, the one and only Kevin Willett.

For anyone who hasn't met Kevin, I can guarantee you that it is just a matter of time.

This man is everywhere and he's connected to just about everyone in southern New Hampshire and the Greater Boston area.

In addition to his role as a professional networker through his eponymous Friends of Kevin networking group, Willett also manages the New England B2B Networking group, hosts the Friends of Kevin Radio Show, and the Business as Usual television show.

You might even say when it comes to networking, Willett has been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, and wrote the book about it.

And it would be true.

He tells me that he did make Friends of Kevin t-shirts when he first started the Friends of Kevin Networking group and he's also the author of One Connection: How You Can Grow Your Business (and Change the World) One Connection at a Time.

Whether you are taking baby steps or ready to jump right in, Willett is the man to help you connect with the right people in New England.

For more information about Friends of Kevin, you can them on the web at friendsofkevin.com. and if you're looking for strictly B2B connections take a look at New England B2B Networking . Or, if you're feeling really bold, send an email or reach out to him on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Friends of Kevin Networking

New England B2B Networking

Friends of Kevin Radio

One Connection: How You Can Grow Your Business (and Change the World) One Connection at a Time

Business as Usual YouTube Channel

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Jan 15, 2017

Episode 18: How to Save Money & Have Fun With Inkspot NH & Out of the Box Tou

What do you get when you mix wine, chocolate, ghosts, and toner?

Would you believe a boat load of savings and a whole lot of fun?

Happy New Year everyone! I don't know about you but I am super excited about 2017. I spent the last couple weeks networking and I am on overload at this point. I'm bouncing off the walls and running around like a lunatic and it's driving my husband and everyone else around me a little nuts.

One of the things that got me so excited is that we are kicking off the new year with not one, but two guests on this month's edition of Live from the Hive, Tammy Downing from Out of the Box Tours and Mike Lynch from Inkspot NH.

Tammy Downing is one of those high energy people that make you want to jump right in and join the fun. Stayed tuned for some sneak peeks and details about some of her upcoming tours and maybe she'll give us a few insider tips on finding the hidden gems when you travel.

  • wine and chocolate tour — Saturday, January 14th, February 11th, March 11
  • ghost tours — next tour is Tuesday, March 28th
  • custom tours

Also this month, Mike Lynch is going to share how he can save you 30% on your ink and toner, give the facts about remanufactured vs. OEM cartridges, and help you keep all those old toner cartridges out of the landfills.

  • save money
  • less than 2% defect rate
  • no shipping/delivery fee
  • stays in the community
  • 100k cartridges from local landfills

He's been in business for over 11 years so I'm thinking he must be providing the best product and service.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

To reach Tammy Downing and Out of the Box Tours:

To reach Mike Lynch and Inkspot NH:

email: InkSpotNH@gmail.com or call 603-490-1311

http://www.inkspotnh.com/

https://www.facebook.com/InkSpot-Stores-115974511764543/

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Dec 15, 2016

Episode 17: How to Relax and Relieve Stress with Peaceful Strength Massage

Peaceful Strength Massage

Not so guilty pleasures...

It may make you feel pampered and decadent, but massage is actually an affordable luxury that should be part of your healthy living plan.

Whether you've got that nagging neck pain or are simply feeling overwhelmed, the healing power of touch can bring a welcome relief to many of today's stresses.

  • pain relief
  • relaxation
  • improved focus & concentration

In a 24/7 world where there is no down time, making a commitment to give yourself a 30 or 60-minute timeout every month is a necessity for anyone who wants to be on top of their game and feel their best and Lisa Poole from Peaceful Strength Massage makes it easy to fit into just about anyone's busy schedule and budget.

  • 45-minute lunch-time massage (special discount!)
  • convenient evening hours
  • easy online booking
  • pricing starting at $40
  • IRS approved for HSA/FSA

Join me for this month's Live from the Hive podcast as massage therapist Lisa Poole from Peaceful Strength Massage shares her top tips for how to relax and enjoy a stress-free lifestyle. And no, it doesn't require daily massages, winning the lottery or quitting your day job.

NH Business Partner Finder

Don't forget, the first meeting for the NH Business Partner Finder group is 6:30 PM -8:00 PM Monday, January 2nd at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

The new year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and I am launching the new NH Business Partner Finder group on Monday, January 2nd, the first business day of the new year.

If one of your goals for 2017 is to find a business or project partner this is your opportunity to start the new year strong. For more information please visit Start the New Year with a New Business Partner.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Peaceful Strength Massage is located at 167 South River Road, Suite #5, Bedford.

For more information about Peaceful Strength Massage, please visit their website, www.peaceful-strength.com or find them on Facebook

  1. Stress Busters article mentioned in the podcast: http://peaceful-strength.com/stress-busters-manchester-nh/
  2. Lisa's quick stretching videos can be found on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PeacefulStrengthMassageTherapy/videos
  3. Current discounts & promotions are listed under Massage Rewards on the Peaceful Strength website: http://peaceful-strength.com/massage-discounts/
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Nov 21, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Embrace the Silent Power of a Smile

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.

While my own experience with this powerful tool (a smile could never be a weapon) is purely anecdotal, there is clinical scientific data that supports the idea that a smile can make you and the people around you feel good. If you're interested in learning more about the science and psychology of smiles please visit:

Remember, a smile can help you improve your mood, help you relax, and influence the people around you so they are more calm and relaxed. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, "breathe, breathe again, smile and relax." It really is that simple.

Black Friday Ad Deadline

Don't forget that the deadline to submit your FREE Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday ads has been extended to Tuesday, November 22nd. For more more information about this promotion please visit "Promote Your Holiday Specials for FREE on Queen City Buzz." If you have any questions you can reach me at buzz@queencity.buzz. Please use Black Friday as the subject on the subject line.

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Nov 15, 2016

Episode 16: Ideal Health - The Best Choice for Healthy Weight Loss

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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.

  • quickly lose 2 - 5 pounds a week
  • learn how to read labels & plan meals
  • understand how your body processes food so you can make better choices
  • enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

The Ideal Health program is a scientifically proven, easy-to-manage weight loss plan and maintenance system. No gimmicks, no magic pills, and no requirement to buy expensive supplements for the rest of your life.

This program will help you adopt a healthy lifestyle, eating real food so that you lose weight and keep it off forever.

If you're on the fence about trying another weight loss plan, check out the podcast to learn more about Stephanie Edwards and Ideal Health. Depending on your weight loss goal, you can be half-way there by New Years, and you won't have to skip Thanksgiving Dinner.

To reserve your spot for the FREE weekly introduction workshop please call 603-206-5846.

For more information about Ideal Health, you can find them on the web at http://idealhealthllc.com

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Oct 31, 2016

Kickstart Monday: Stop Feeling Like a Fraud: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

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Even the people we look up to have those moments...

Poser, faker or fraud. No matter what you call it, there comes a time when we all look across the conference table and felt like an impostor.

No matter how much experience, skill or education there comes a point when we meet someone or come across a work situation that makes us feel like we're lacking some essential quality that distinguishes as a qualified professional.

Trust me, it happens to everyone.

On this week's episode of Kickstart Monday, I am sharing my top three tips for overcoming Impostor Syndrome.

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