From the Editor: December 2017

It’s easy to be cynical about the world of business. Obscenely overpaid CEOs drive perfectly good companies into the ditch and walk away with millions. (Actually, most are likely chauffeured to a private jet and fly away with their ill-gotten gains, but whatever.) Meanwhile, working Americans haven’t seen a real boost in income since the Carter administration, even though productivity has increased dramatically. At the same time, big...

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Boss’s Bookshelf: The Top Five Business Books the CEO Can’t Put Down
Nov27

Boss’s Bookshelf: The Top Five Business Books the CEO Can’t Put Down

1. Abundance Unleashed: Open Yourself to More Money, Love, Health, and Happiness Now By Christian Mickelsen, Hay House Mickelsen, a self-made multimillionaire, CEO of Future Force Inc., and personal coach, is on a mission to awaken humanity to the oceans of abundance within each of us. By recognizing the infinite abundance we all possess, we will be able to achieve our highest levels of personal and professional success. Mickelsen has...

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The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms
Nov27

The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms

For Sale: Iconic local business w/ dedicated customer base. Turnkey operation, established markets. Includes housing, a healthy lifestyle and all the food you can eat. For Sale: Small business with high capital costs and low return on investment. Modest income potential. Must be willing to work odd hours and weekends. Unlikely to qualify for conventional financing. Anyone looking to buy a vegetable farm in the Upper Valley these days...

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Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community
Nov27

Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community

Members of the “creative” sector of the economy in Orange and Windsor counties have a new resource to help them expand their markets and connect with others. Known as Cornerstone Creative Community, the all-volunteer organization covers a 40-town area in East-Central Vermont — from Springfield in the south to Topsham and Newbury to the north and west to Bridgewater and Stockbridge. The Connecticut River is the border to the east, but...

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Career Coach: The Best Way to Multitask? One Priority at a Time
Nov27

Career Coach: The Best Way to Multitask? One Priority at a Time

You are juggling multiple responsibilities at work, all with rapidly approaching deadlines. Meanwhile, your personal obligations are piling up. You are beginning to feel the pressure of it all. If this sounds the least bit familiar to you, know that you are not alone. The mantra at many companies today is to do more with less. How do you approach managing multiple priorities? The truth of the matter is that multitasking just isn’t...

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Workplace Navigator: Should an Employee Have to Host a Boss Overnight?

Q: My friend has a high-stress public-sector job. He says his office is backstabby, but his boss is great. Likes him, likes his work, knows about the backstabby culture and does not play into it. So, my friend wants to keep his boss on his side. But, and this is a big but, my friend lives close to the airport and the boss lives far away from it. So once or twice a month, when the boss needs to make an early flight for a business trip,...

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NerdWallet: Will Your Store Credit Card Survive the ‘Retail Apocalypse’?
Nov27

NerdWallet: Will Your Store Credit Card Survive the ‘Retail Apocalypse’?

Stroll your local mall and you may spot some empty storefronts where mannequins once stood draped in the latest fashions — possible casualties of what some have dubbed the “retail apocalypse.” Not everyone agrees it’s all doom and gloom for brick-and-mortar stores, but challenges certainly exist. Major retailers have announced plans to close thousands of locations in the U.S., and the final tally for 2017 could number around 9,500...

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The HR Pro: Addressing Sexual Harassment at Work Starts with HR
Nov27

The HR Pro: Addressing Sexual Harassment at Work Starts with HR

A woman is sexually harassed or assaulted at work. She alerts her company’s human resources department, which does nothing. Only after she makes her allegations public does her employer pay attention. It’s a narrative familiar now only because women like former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and others have risked their careers to tell their stories about how the people hired to protect them in their workplace ultimately failed. Ever...

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Company News: December 2017
Nov27

Company News: December 2017

Florida real estate developer and South Woodstock resident Pritam Singh and his family have spent a total of $3.4 million over the past several months to acquire the Kedron Valley Inn, the South Woodstock Country Store, the former Grange Hall and the landmark 86-acre Kedron Valley Farm, all along the same stretch of Route 106 in South Woodstock. The Singh family also owns several old farm properties nearby on Morgan Hill Road and...

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The Exit Interview: Jessica Saturley-Hall, Founder of The Upper Valley Compost Co.
Nov27

The Exit Interview: Jessica Saturley-Hall, Founder of The Upper Valley Compost Co.

Lebanon resident Jessica Saturley-Hall wants to make curbside compost pick-up the norm for homes and small businesses throughout the Upper Valley. In August, the 32-year-old — who has worked in the food and agriculture sector — founded The Upper Valley Compost Co. following a short pilot period, during which the project was better received than she had anticipated. Now The Upper Valley Compost Co. is “ramen profitable,”...

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