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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Career Coach: Getting Turned Down for a Job Brings You One Step Closer to Success
Mar28

Career Coach: Getting Turned Down for a Job Brings You One Step Closer to Success

You’ve resolved to find a new job. You’ve sent resumes. Done interviews. But sometimes you just don’t land the job. Hearing “no” from potential employers can affect you mentally, psychological, even physically. But keep your chin up: You can deal with the rejection and the setbacks. There are ways to cope, reframe the disappointment, and learn from the experience. I was speaking recently with a student in the thick of the job search....

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Chamber Profile: Claremont Native Aims to Invigorate City’s Chamber of Commerce
Mar28

Chamber Profile: Claremont Native Aims to Invigorate City’s Chamber of Commerce

If Elyse Crossman could bottle her energy and focus, she’d be a multimillionaire. At 29, Crossman is young to be leading a chamber of commerce, a fact often pointed out by people meeting the lively Claremont native for the first time. “You’re not the first person to mention that,” Crossman said with a laugh in response to a remark on her youth. “I’ll be the big 3-0 in October.” Sitting in her office in the historic Moody Building on...

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The Business of Agriculture: Flavors of the Valley Offers Critical Marketing Opportunity for Upper Valley Farms
Mar28

The Business of Agriculture: Flavors of the Valley Offers Critical Marketing Opportunity for Upper Valley Farms

“We showed up in Fairlee in 2013 and barely had a farm,” said Danielle Allen of Root 5 Farm, recalling the winter when she and her partner, Ben Dana, arrived in the Upper Valley after purchasing the former Your Farm on Route 5. “Right off, I heard about Flavors of the Valley. It was a way to introduce ourselves, meet our new community and be out there. We met all the other vendors, as well, to start to introduce ourselves to other...

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