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  • Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth Introduces New Programs for 2017/2018

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    August 31, 2017
    The Chamber Collaborative is excited to introduce seven new programs that will be open to the business community starting Fall 2017. In addition to these new programs, four of the Chamber’s traditional educational series will be returning.

    The following programs were developed through the membership feedback received during the recent strategic planning process. Each of these programs is designed to meet the needs of certain industries and demographics that are seeking more from their Chamber membership.  “It is our hope that these new programs will further engage both current and new segments of the Portsmouth area business community in the work of the Chamber Collaborative,” shares Valerie Rochon, President & Chief Collaborator of the organization.  

    Exec’s Lunch Circle
    This networking group is for the decision makers within your company to come together and connect with their peers in the community for lunch, once a month.  Hosted by Tuscan Kitchen, this group will be exclusive to business owners or local company leaders that want to connect and learn from one another at a higher level. The first meeting of this group will take place in October. 

    Greater Portsmouth Manufacturers Executive Roundtable 
    The challenges facing the manufacturing community locally are complex and unique.  This quarterly meeting of local manufacturing leadership will bring community partners such as the City of Portsmouth, Great Bay Community College, University of New Hampshire, the State of New Hampshire, and The Chamber Collaborative together with local manufacturing leadership to address key issues facing this critical industry. The Manufacturers Executive Roundtable will hold its first meeting in November.

    Seacoast Business Book Club
    This isn’t your mother’s book club.  Take your skills to the next level with this monthly book club designed to enhance your leadership, communication, and sales skills.  The group is being organized in partnership with Catapult Seacoast and will connect at Book & Bar on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 to discuss the latest read. The first meeting of the Seacoast Business Book Club will take place on September 20th, 5:30pm at Book & Bar.

    Trend Talks 
    A partnership between Leadership Seacoast and The Chamber Collaborative, these breakfast sessions will be discussions on the data in Leadership Seacoast’s core topic areas including: Justice, Education, Arts / Culture, Economic Development, Government, Health and Human Services, and Environment. These discussions are open to Leadership Seacoast Students and Alumni, along with Chamber Collaborative members.

    #10 to Watch Speaks
    Hear from the recipients of Catapult Seacoast’s #10 to Watch award recipients in this speaker series at this casual bi-monthly networking session held at Profile Coffee Bar on Portwalk Place.  The #10 to Watch Speaks is a joint venture between Catapult Seacoast and The Chamber Collaborative.

    Pathways for Portsmouth Future
    The Chamber Collaborative will be partnering with the Portsmouth school system to introduce middle school through high school age students to business and career pathways through immersion opportunities for internships and mentoring.  These Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO) will allow the students to gain credit for school competencies through hands on application of theories and subject matter.  The goal for our businesses is to engage students early, increasing the chances that they will ultimately become employees.

    Addiction Ed 101
    No business wants to lose an employee to addiction.  What signs of addictive behavior should you be aware of in your workplace?  What resources are available to help you help your staff?  Safe Harbor Recovery Center and The Chamber are collaborating to offer a series of workshops to help business owners and managers identify those at risk and the many resources available for treatment and recovery.

    The Chamber Collaborative is also excited to announce its fall educational series events:

    Power Biz Hour Presented by TD Bank
    The Power Biz Hour is a monthly seminar style event held at TD Bank on State Street. Each month a different Marketing topic will be discussed. The topics include hot trends in marketing, video content for your brand, and pay per click advertising. 
    • Wednesday, September 6, Noon – 1pm: Hot Trends in Marketing
    • Wednesday, October 4, Noon – 1pm: Video Content for Your Brand
    • Thursday, November 2, Noon – 1pm: Pay Per Click for Beginners
    Business Development Series Presented by Bank of New Hampshire
    Understanding the importance of business development is a big one when it comes to the success of your business and your employees. This monthly series is aimed at a variety of topics including recruiting millennials, cool company cultures, and the power of interns. 
    • Tuesday, September 26, 8 – 10am: Best Employment Practices for Millennials
    • October (Date TBD): Keeping Your Team Through Company Culture
    • November (Date TBD): The Power of the Intern: Growing the Workforce 
    • Tuesday, December 5, 8 – 10am: Instagram for Business
    Bank of America / Merrill Lynch Breakfast Series
    This monthly breakfast series will include a sit-down meal and a group of panelists. Topics will include meeting the media, economic impact of the arts, and nonprofit and for profit partnerships.
    • Wednesday, September 20, 7:30 – 9am: Meet the Media Panel Discussion at Tuscan Kitchen
    • Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 – 9am: The Arts; An Economic Engine at 3S Artspace
    • Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 – 9am: Non-Profit and For-Profit Partnerships at 3S Artspace
    Public Policy Forums
    The Portsmouth area business community is invited to attend these monthly forums so they can be informed of the benefits and risks on issues that will directly affect them, which then allows management to make decisions and/or take action.  Upcoming:
    • Thursday & Friday, October 12 & 13, 7:30 – 9:30am: Meet the City Council Candidates
    • Friday, November 17, 8 – 9:30am: Middle Market Housing Update
    For more information about these programs and for a complete calendar of all programs offered by The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, please visit PortsmouthCollaborative.org/events.
    Valerie Rochon, President
    (603) 610-5517