From the Editor: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Mar28

From the Editor: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It’s long gone now, but for years, taped to a file cabinet in our sports department, was a quote that went something like this: “If modern office windows would only open, by now all computers would fly.” I’ve railed in this space from time to time against some troubling aspects of modern technology — how social media can contribute to the loss of personal privacy, how the so-called “Internet of Things” poses a threat to national...

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NerdWallet: Tax Refund Predators Are Waiting

People who don’t have much money during the rest of the year can become big targets during tax refund season. For those living paycheck to paycheck, tax refunds — which average around $3,000 — may be the largest chunk of unobligated cash they see all year. Retailers hope to get some of that money, but so do debt collectors, buy-here-pay-here car lots and purveyors of interest-free loans that come with fat fees. People flush with cash...

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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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Company News: April 2017 (Featuring Great View Roller Skating Video)
Mar28

Company News: April 2017 (Featuring Great View Roller Skating Video)

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Inc. posted a loss of $125,000 for 2016, which is down from net earnings of $81,000 for 2015, and down from net earnings of $170,000 for 2014. Sales for 2016 were nearly $72 million, up more than $1.5 million from 2015 but down almost $3 million from 2014. General Manager Ed Fox said strong 2016 holiday sales helped offset losses from earlier in the year. Managers have set “new, realistic sales...

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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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The Boss’s Bookshelf: March 2017
Mar28

The Boss’s Bookshelf: March 2017

The top five business books the CEO can’t put down, as compiled by 800CEOread.com: 1. Attitude: Develop a Winning Mindset On and Off the Court By Jay Wright, Michael Sheridan and Mark Dagostino In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, the coach of the Villanova University men’s basketball team shares his competitive and cooperative philosophy along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his...

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People in Business: March 2017
Mar28

People in Business: March 2017

Kathy Underwood, of Hanover, the president and CEO of Ledyard National Bank, has been awarded the 2017 Crystal Heart Award by the American Heart Association. The annual award, presented in February at the American Heart Association’s fourth annual Upper Valley Go Red for Women luncheon, honors a resident “who is an advocate, volunteer and role model for improving the health of the community” and who works to further the heart...

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E-Waste Not, E-Want Not: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Our Electronic Castoffs
Mar28

E-Waste Not, E-Want Not: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Our Electronic Castoffs

You don’t find cathode ray tube televisions in stores anymore. Also called CRTs, these heavy electronic boxes have been replaced by flat-screen TVs and computer monitors. That doesn’t mean they’ve vanished. Drop by an electronic waste collection event in the Upper Valley, and you’ll see them out in droves. “We continue to be deluged by CRTs,” said Lynn Rubinstein, executive director of the Northeast Recycling Council. Electronic...

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The Big Event: Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce’s ChocolateFest Returns
Mar28

The Big Event: Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce’s ChocolateFest Returns

After a short hiatus, Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce’s ChocolateFest returned this year — with a twist. First held at Colby-Sawyer College, the 20-year-old fundraiser’s popularity outgrew the New London venue and was moved to Mount Sunapee Resort, where it attracted more than 600 people. The event wasn’t held in 2016, due to logistical challenges, but on March 19 it made a comeback at a new location, the Center at Eastman in...

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Workplace Navigator: What Happens When Job Recruiters Go Rogue

Question: Is there a code of conduct for recruiters? I ask because I have had several less-than-positive experiences. I’ve been contacted about positions that were clearly outside my area of expertise, or outside a reasonable commuting distance. Another firm took it further. Six people, or one person using six names, all calling from the same phone number, harassed me by phone and emailed me 20 times in two days for a job that was...

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