From the Editor: March 2017

An acquaintance wrote to me the other day complaining about a recent string of bad-news business stories that appeared in the Valley News, our parent publication. “It gets depressing for business owners to constantly read about failures whereas publicized success stories are few and far between,” he wrote. I get it. We all get it. The financial crisis of 2007-2008 that begat the Great Recession led to a near-constant drumbeat of bad...

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The Big Event: Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce issues President’s Awards
Feb27

The Big Event: Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce issues President’s Awards

This year, the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce tried something different for its President’s Awards presentation. Instead of combining it with another event, they gave the ceremony its own night, to highlight the honorees’ contributions to the community, said Elyse Crossman, a 2006 Stevens High School graduate who’s led the chamber for almost two years. The event, held on Feb. 17 at The Common Man, drew about 110 people, “a...

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Company News: March 2017
Feb27

Company News: March 2017

Woodstock Pizza Chef was named the Woodstock Area Business of the Year at February’s annual meeting of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce. Gary Thulander, president of the chamber’s board, presented the award in recognition of Woodstock Pizza Chef’s “outstanding spirit and contribution” to the Woodstock area community. Andrew Pearce Bowls was selected as the chamber’s 2017 New Business of the Year. “Andrew Pearce holds a very...

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Business of Agriculture: Twin States Home to Nationally Respected College Farm Programs
Feb27

Business of Agriculture: Twin States Home to Nationally Respected College Farm Programs

They are constantly humming with research projects that benefit agriculture, forestry, the environment and consumers of New Hampshire and Vermont, and very often their work has impact nationally and even overseas. These are the farms operated by the universities of New Hampshire and Vermont as part of the classic land-grant college mission of harnessing science for the improvement of the health and welfare of the general population....

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The HR Pro: The Power of Diversity
Feb27

The HR Pro: The Power of Diversity

As immigration issues have exploded under the Trump administration and the question of diversity, or the lack thereof, confronts the Upper Valley, I am reminded of how the workforce can greatly benefit from diversity and inclusion. Years ago, as an HR professional in charge of recruiting for a high-tech company, my goal was to hire the best available talent. Within that overall goal, my job also was to: 1) Hire workers who live as...

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SCORE Stories: Everything’s Coming Up ‘Clover’ for Woodstock Gift Shop Owner
Feb27

SCORE Stories: Everything’s Coming Up ‘Clover’ for Woodstock Gift Shop Owner

Patricia Eames loves living and working in Woodstock, where people visit from around the state, the region, the country and even the globe. Among their stops: Eames’ Clover Gift Shop in the heart of downtown. Established in 1923, the 1,200-square-foot boutique at 10 Elm St. offers a variety of products and gifts, most made in America — from locally made quilts, linens and hooked pillows to paper products, jewelry and handmade soaps —...

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Local First Alliance: West Lebanon Feed and Supply Has a Passion for Its Community
Feb27

Local First Alliance: West Lebanon Feed and Supply Has a Passion for Its Community

Just over a decade ago, when West Lebanon Feed and Supply opened its “new” store down by the railroad tracks west of Main Street, the move seemed counterintuitive. The Great Recession was just getting underway, and the massive expansion — from 1,400 square feet and nine employees to 11,000 square feet and more than 30 employees — “flew in the face of what’s going on in the ag and feed business,” said Curt Jacques, who has owned the...

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Dartmouth’s Hany Farid Builds the Tools to Tackle Society’s Ugliest Problems
Feb27

Dartmouth’s Hany Farid Builds the Tools to Tackle Society’s Ugliest Problems

Hany Farid is the ideal dinner party guest. He’s gregarious and quick-witted. He can engage in substantive conversation with the most unrelatable guests: the introverted Egyptologist, the basement-dwelling technophile, the neighborhood neurosurgeon, even the insufferable armchair geophysicist and eccentric ecologist. Published in all the aforementioned fields, and numerous others, Farid’s interests and impact are exceptionally broad....

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Video: Longtime Ski Boot Fitter Steps Into New Career as Pedorthist
Feb27

Video: Longtime Ski Boot Fitter Steps Into New Career as Pedorthist

If their customers are lucky, sports shops have at least one employee who’s a whiz at fitting shoes and boots. During his four decades in the ski industry, David Strousse was that guy. “I’ve seen thousands and thousands and thousands of feet, and they’re all different,” said Strousse, a tall, personable Hartland resident. When it comes to ski boots, “practically everybody needs a tweak.” Over time, his quest to make customers as...

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Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition
Jan30

Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dan O’Halloran believes there’s no place like home. The Plainfield native attended Lebanon High School and Plymouth State University, where he studied marketing and economics, but never imagined he’d stay in his home state. “I always thought I would leave New Hampshire and go west somewhere, but somehow I never left,” said O’Halloran, 35, who just wrapped up a two-year term as president of the Lake...

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