Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition
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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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From the Editor: Emphasis on ‘Community’

Community banks are in an unenviable spot. They were tarred with the same regulatory brush as the financial giants whose greed and corruption were responsible for nearly destroying the global economy. And, as Valley News business writer John Lippman shows in this month’s cover story, they’re also subject to the same pressures — changing demographics, so-called “disruptive” technologies — that are roiling much of the rest of the...

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People in Business: February 2017
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People in Business: February 2017

Enfield resident Maureen LaBonte, compliance manager at Mascoma Savings Bank, recently earned the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association. The designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. To qualify, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the...

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Company News: February 2017
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Company News: February 2017

The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce presented its Business of the Year award to Lake Sunapee Bank and its Community Member of the Year award to Tanya Wilkie during its annual meeting in January. The nomination for Newport-based Lake Sunapee Bank cited the bank’s contributions to many organizations and causes throughout the Lake Sunapee Region. “In addition to generous monetary sponsorships and donations, bank employees do...

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The Big Event: Cohase Chamber of Commerce Issues Annual Awards
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The Big Event: Cohase Chamber of Commerce Issues Annual Awards

More than 90 people turned out for the Cohase Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at Lake Morey Resort. The draw? A chance to support the chamber’s business and citizens of the year, get a rundown on its recent accomplishments and catch up with their cohorts, said Erik Volk, the chamber’s director. “Folks are really engaged in their businesses” and don’t have a lot of opportunities to socialize, Volk said in a telephone interview....

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The Business of Agriculture: What Will the Future of Organic Look Like?
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The Business of Agriculture: What Will the Future of Organic Look Like?

We’re renewing our farm’s organic certification this winter, following a 10-year hiatus. We dropped our certification in 2007 because all of our vegetables back then were purchased by customers coming directly to our farm, and I didn’t see the need to continue third-party approval. The organic program was transitioning from a state-run affair into a federal program, and the ensuing paperwork promised to be daunting and not worth it...

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Banking on the Future: Upper Valley’s Community Banks Are in a State of Transition
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Banking on the Future: Upper Valley’s Community Banks Are in a State of Transition

When Clay Adams joined the Mascoma Savings Bank board in 2011, he felt compelled to disclose an unsettling fact to fellow board members: For his banking needs, Adams relied on USAA, the Texas-based financial services giant that has always dealt with customers through the mail and by phone (and now internet), and which, despite being one of the largest financial institutions in the country, doesn’t have local branches where customers...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Vermont Amber Toffee’s Sweet Success Poses Growth Challenges
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Made in the Upper Valley: Vermont Amber Toffee’s Sweet Success Poses Growth Challenges

It didn’t take long for Elizabeth Feinberg’s organic toffee business to come to a boil. Just months after starting Vermont Amber, the White River Junction resident outgrew her home kitchen. Recently, she picked up an account in Massachusetts — her first outside the Twin States. And in January, her company was among eight in Vermont to receive a Good Food Award — a national contest sponsored by the Good Food Foundation and the Good...

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The Boss’s Bookshelf: February 2017
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The Boss’s Bookshelf: February 2017

The top five business books the CEO can’t put down. 1. Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way By Nely Galan What does it mean to be self-made? It’s not just about having money, but financial empowerment is where it begins. It means getting out of survival mode, where you are one problem away from catastrophe. It means being rich in every way: in money, in family, in love, in time. For Galan —...

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Medical Help Is Just a Call Away

Full disclosure: Kate Stahler Starrett, an Etna native now living in Boulder, Colo., immediately acknowledged she is a longtime friend of Global Rescue CEO Dan Richards. But her unabashed esteem for the company’s products and service is merited. While traveling in Austria with her husband and two young children, Stahler Starrett, who was unknowingly sickening herself with mushroom supplements, experienced a severe allergic reaction....

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