The Exit Interview: Tammy Taylor
Jun27

The Exit Interview: Tammy Taylor

The Bradford Fair, set for July 13-16, has been a tradition since 1947, but in recent years organizers have struggled to find vendors and exhibitors and attendance was down. Bradford, Vt., native Tammy Taylor remembers visiting country fairs with her father and riding the Ferris wheel and other rides together. “He could always convince the ride operator to let us stay on the ride for a few extra turns,” she said. “As...

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The Business of Agriculture: On-Farm Commercial Kitchens Give Growers an Edge
Jun27

The Business of Agriculture: On-Farm Commercial Kitchens Give Growers an Edge

Several years ago, I stopped by the Sprague family’s Edgewater Farm in Plainfield during strawberry season (which runs from June to July) to pick up their signature summer fruit. The farm stand was airy and bright, the berries ruby red, and in the cooler was heavy cream from McNamara Dairy down the road. If that hadn’t already brought strawberry shortcake to mind, right next to the berries were gorgeous, thick, farm-made biscuits....

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Local First Alliance: At the Norwich Bookstore, ‘It’s a New Business Every Day’
Jun27

Local First Alliance: At the Norwich Bookstore, ‘It’s a New Business Every Day’

It has been said that Liza Bernard is a force of nature; at the very least, she’s certainly a force of the local economy. Along with business partner Penny McConnel, Bernard opened the Norwich Bookstore in 1994 and has been a key player in the “Local First” movement in Vermont and the Upper Valley ever since. “When we first opened, people thought we were a little crazy,” Bernard said. The two met at a book study group in 1988....

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In the Groove: Shaped From Solid Steel

The machines at New Hampshire Industries that cut and shape drive pulleys from a thin piece of solid steel in less than 30 seconds are easily the most intriguing and fascinating of all the automated processes. “Those drive pulleys are probably the neatest process we have because they are split,” company President John Batten said while holding one of the thin discs, called a blank, in his office at NHI’s plant off River Road in...

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Career Coach: Your Success Likely Depends on People You Don’t Know — Yet

I am writing this article with an assumption that you want to grow in your career. It is impossible for you to accomplish this without other people. These people could be collaborators, teammates, customers, suppliers, bosses, advisors, mentors, family, friends and most likely people you do not yet know. Yes, you read that correctly. Much of your growth should also be coming from people you do not know today. By the way, you are also...

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New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth
Jun27

New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth

When New Hampshire Industries was looking to expand and consolidate its operations, the manufacturer found an ideal location in Claremont — a 137,000-square-foot building off River Road that was less than 10 years old and had never been occupied. The company, which makes steel and plastic pulleys for the consumer, commercial and agricultural equipment markets, along with sprockets and stamped and machined parts, was founded in Lebanon...

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Managing the Bearing Supply Chain

New Hampshire Industries can be competitive against foreign manufacturers because of its highly automated process that required a significant capital investment but led to lower labor costs on the other end. But company President John Batten said one part of the pulley systems NHI makes are imported: the bearings pressed into the center of the idler pulleys. “We are never going to make bearings in the U.S.,” he said. Batten, holding a...

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Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements
Jun27

Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements

Windsor is on a mission to revitalize. Following the loss of two major employers in the last three decades, the small town suffered a period of decline, with a shrinking tax base, an aging population and decaying buildings. But the town is now home to more young families and seeing new investment. Much of the success is due to the efforts of the nonprofit Windsor Improvement Corp., or WIC, which last March rebranded itself as...

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People in Business: July 2017
Jun27

People in Business: July 2017

Judith Soules, of Springfield, Vt., has been appointed chief financial officer at One Credit Union. Soules has more than 20 years of financial management experience and has worked in marketing, sales, human resources, information technology and operations. Most recently, she served as CFO at Edgartown National Bank and Randolph National Bank. Soules holds undergraduate degrees from Cedarville University in Ohio and graduated from the...

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From the Editor: July 2017

Each edition of Enterprise seems to come together a little bit differently. Truth be told, there often are moments when I’m unsure whether the thing is going to come together at all, but in the end the pieces fall — or are dragged — into place and the magazine hits the streets. But no matter how different the process — a well-organized march to deadline or a frantic scramble — each issue’s stories usually have something in common:...

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