Divine Inspiration
Apr25

Divine Inspiration

Why did you start Shining Success? This was an answer of a direct prayer of how to serve my community. I knew I wanted to serve and I knew I wanted to work with women, and this is what the Lord placed on my heart. I had been praying about how I could serve in the community and this was the idea that came to me. That was 2009, and we opened in March 2011. Up until now we have only served women, but with the new space we’ll be able to...

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Company News
Apr25

Company News

After being closed for nearly four years, the Cornish General Store on Route 120 has reopened and now offers homemade sandwiches, shelves and refrigerators stocked with convenience items, a keg master to draw cold-brewed coffee, a sitting area with tables and free Wi-Fi — not to mention the opportunity to catch up on town happenings — to residents and travelers along Route 120 between Lebanon and Claremont. Co-owners Mark Abrams, a...

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From the Editor: Scammers are the lowest of the low

There are forms of life lower than scammers, but not many. Crawling through the gutters of the darkest corners of society, scammers prey on the unwary and the vulnerable, a trail of heartbreak and financial havoc spreading out behind them. Often hiding across international borders, just out of the reach of law enforcement, these heartless swindlers traffic in deception by mail and telephone, as they have for decades. Today, protected...

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Local First Alliance: Copeland Furniture
Apr25

Local First Alliance: Copeland Furniture

On Nov. 17, 1984, Tim Copeland watched his business burn to the ground. Located on Industrial Drive in Bradford, Vt., Copeland Furniture’s 18,000-square-foot, “dry, wooden building full of dry, wooden product” with no sprinkler system didn’t take long to turn into a total loss, Copeland said. The only thing that was salvaged was the fireproof safe — and Copeland’s vision and ambition for his company. “One of the things that struck me...

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they want  your money.

They go phishing for your personal information and “spoof” your caller ID. They infect your computer or your smartphone with malware. They promise you riches and threaten you with jail. They’ll do anything they can  to get their hands on your money, your credit card numbers or your bank account information. They’re costing Americans billions, and the people and businesses of the Upper Valley are not immune to their deceitful ways....

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Consumers, Businesses Targeted By a Relentless Stream of Scams
Apr25

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Consumers, Businesses Targeted By a Relentless Stream of Scams

The 1-800 number belonged to Dish Network, according to the caller ID. But a few minutes after she picked up the phone, Kathy Williams became suspicious. The caller, a man claiming to be a technician from the satellite service company, said Williams and her husband, David, would have their services turned off in about four days if they didn’t pay $150. The man gave an incorrect address for their Thetford home, which should have been a...

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The Business of Agriculture: ‘The Milk Problem’
Apr25

The Business of Agriculture: ‘The Milk Problem’

It’s been said for generations: If U.S. dairy farmers — each and every one — would cut their production by 5 percent they’d all come out way ahead, with money to cover the forgone sales and lots more cash from sharply higher prices for the rest of their production. Sounds simple, but fat chance it could ever happen. The nation’s milk-producing infrastructure is a juggernaut, an undisciplined juggernaut that’s locked into a chronic...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Andrew Pearce Bowls
Apr25

Made in the Upper Valley: Andrew Pearce Bowls

For Andrew Pearce, success depends on knowing what appeals to his customers, even if they themselves can’t quite put their fingers on it. Earlier this spring, he gestured toward a satiny, ample sized wooden bowl on display in the retail area of his business, Hartland-based Andrew Pearce Bowls, where softly playing jazz and the low whir of a woodworking machine traded air time. “The sexy curve down the side, a machine-made bowl doesn’t...

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Scams Sidebars

A few years ago I received a worrying email, apparently from Martha Knapp (below), the director of the Hartford Historical Society. We’re in touch pretty often for news stories, so I recognized Knapp’s distinctive email address. The subject line included her full name and the words “Help, Awful Vacation Trip.” The email said she was visiting the Philippines with her family, and they’d been mugged at gunpoint. The robbers had stolen...

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The HR Pro: Take ‘Onboarding’ Process Seriously to Ensure Employee Success
Apr25

The HR Pro: Take ‘Onboarding’ Process Seriously to Ensure Employee Success

Welcoming new employees to their new position seems like a simple thing to do. But as the saying goes, you have only one chance to make a first impression. With professionalism, collegiality, expertise and — above all — integrity, this is the moment to shine. Job applicants are aware of this unique opportunity, and they try to do their best at an interview. They want to have a positive impact on an employer and get hired. But what...

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