Company News: September 2017
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Company News: September 2017

The next phase of the redevelopment of Claremont MakerSpace in the former Sawtooth mill building on Main Street has begun. The building’s owner and developer, TwinState MakerSpaces of Lebanon, began work earlier this summer and is anticipating completing renovations before the end of the year. Steven Goldsmith, president and co-founder of MakerSpaces with Jeremy Katz, said “cores” have been run through the footings for plumbing and...

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From the Editor: For the Love of Libraries
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From the Editor: For the Love of Libraries

It’s tempting to lump public libraries in with all the other venerable institutions that are being “disrupted” by social media, the internet (which, as I understand it, is a series of tubes), and all the other technological marvels that are defining the early 21st century. After all, what are libraries but brick-and-mortar boxes filled with dead-tree media? Why schlep downtown to the library when Wikipedia has all the answers, Google...

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Chamber Profile: Newport’s Brand Ambassador
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Chamber Profile: Newport’s Brand Ambassador

Ella Casey first came to Newport, N.H., in 1966. Her husband was serving in the military in Vietnam and she, her mother and two young daughters drove through town on a visit. “I had two little kids and I needed a job,” Casey said. “One time riding through Newport, my mother pointed out that there were two banks in town. I had worked in banking in California, so I applied to both and got a job … at what was then the First...

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The HR Pro: Navigating the Seas of the Opioid Crisis and Evolving Marijuana Laws
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The HR Pro: Navigating the Seas of the Opioid Crisis and Evolving Marijuana Laws

News of the national and local health crisis from opioid addiction has permeated the media for a few years. The underreported aspect of this crisis, at least until recently, is the impact on employers. Some 10 to 12 percent of U.S. workers are under the influence of drugs on the job according to 2015 data from the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Those numbers are likely higher in certain industries,...

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People in Business: September 2017
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People in Business: September 2017

Mara Rae Neufeld-Rivera, of New London, has opened Mara Rae Consulting, a human resources consulting practice. Rivera served most recently as vice president of human resources and communications for Simon Pearce and prior to that as director of HR for RSG in White River Junction. Rivera has more than 20 years of experience as a senior human resources strategist and business partner and holds a master’s degree in HR management from...

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The Business of Agriculture: Cold, Wet Weather Delays Hay Harvest, Reduces Quality
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The Business of Agriculture: Cold, Wet Weather Delays Hay Harvest, Reduces Quality

In mid-to-late July, hundreds of acres of Upper Valley fields and meadows were showing tan and brownish stands of first-crop hay, stuff that should have been harvested and stored away in barns a month and a half earlier. It’s been a once-in-a-decade kind of hay year, one with a lot of rain and many cloudy, cool days that dragged out the harvest, reduced its quality and left farmers frustrated and discouraged. Even when the sun came...

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The Creative Economy: For Members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Creating Art is Big Business
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The Creative Economy: For Members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Creating Art is Big Business

On a hot and hazy August morning the gates of the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H., are just opening. Already there is a steady stream of cars pulling into the resort and excited whispers among fairgoers that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is shopping here today. Visitors run their hands over tapestries, watch glassblowers in action and peruse handmade jewelry. For Miriam Carter, the...

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SCORE Stories: Inside Morano Gelato’s Decision to Franchise
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SCORE Stories: Inside Morano Gelato’s Decision to Franchise

Morgan Morano, CEO and owner of Morano Gelato, has experienced an amazing seven-year run — first mastering the art of making gelato, then serving thousands upon thousands of people who lined up outside the flagship Hanover location for a taste of the luscious treat, and then taking the leap into franchising the business. Morano is the first to attribute her success to the Hanover community and its continued support of the shop. Now,...

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Career Coach: What Business Can Learn From the NFL

Football season is upon us. For many NFL fans, the games are pure entertainment, an opportunity to get their minds off their jobs and root for their teams. But for NFL coaches and players, it’s a business. In their business, success is measured by winning games. Metaphorically speaking, your business also is about winning — and there are numerous lessons we can learn from NFL football to make our company a better performer with a...

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The Exit Interview: Amy Lappin
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The Exit Interview: Amy Lappin

Amy Lappin’s life revolves around libraries. She’s been a librarian for 17 years, and the deputy director of the Lebanon Public Libraries since 2012. When she’s not at the library, she can be found running or at Poor Thom’s Tavern in Meriden, which she co-owns with her husband. Lappin talked with Enterprise about some recent innovations at the city’s libraries, how libraries have become a critical...

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