Company News: Winter 2018

The Upper Valley’s in-plant rug cleaner, RealClean Rugs in Lebanon, has been acquired by Cara and John Eliason. The company’s longtime owner, 66-year-old Keith Beardslee, recently retired from the business he started in the early 2000s after previously working in the building and insurance industries. “I’ve been working here since last year, doing all the physical labor and learning from Keith,” said Cara Eliason, of White River...

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Hang in There, Retirees: Things to Keep in Mind About the Stock Market

When stock market volatility spikes, financial advisers typically remind investors they have time to keep the money invested and let it ride out the cycle, but what about people already in retirement? As a whole, people in their 70s and beyond used to have very little invested in stocks, but that has changed in recent years due to low savings rates and longer life expectancy, said Kathryn Bruzas Hauer, a financial adviser in Aiken,...

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The Exit Interview: Sally J. Boyle Wants to Help People Divorce Better

Hanover resident Sally J. Boyle wants to help people divorce better. A certified financial planner, certified divorce financial analyst and principal of SJ Boyle Wealth Planning, she drew upon her experience — both personal and professional — to create a primer, released in January that demystifies the divorce process. Here, Boyle breaks down strategies to make splitting up as peaceful as possible. (Questions and answers have been...

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From the Editor: Winter 2018

My earliest memory of anything related to personal finance is of my mother taking me into her bedroom, where she produced two white business envelopes. “We’re going to start giving you a $7 weekly allowance, and you’re going to learn about saving,” she told me. She put Dalmation labels on each of the envelopes and wrote “short-term goals” on one, “long-term goals” on the other. Seven-year-old me was just happy to hear I was going to...

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From the Editor: December 2017

It’s easy to be cynical about the world of business. Obscenely overpaid CEOs drive perfectly good companies into the ditch and walk away with millions. (Actually, most are likely chauffeured to a private jet and fly away with their ill-gotten gains, but whatever.) Meanwhile, working Americans haven’t seen a real boost in income since the Carter administration, even though productivity has increased dramatically. At the same time, big...

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The HR Pro: Addressing Sexual Harassment at Work Starts with HR
Nov27

The HR Pro: Addressing Sexual Harassment at Work Starts with HR

A woman is sexually harassed or assaulted at work. She alerts her company’s human resources department, which does nothing. Only after she makes her allegations public does her employer pay attention. It’s a narrative familiar now only because women like former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and others have risked their careers to tell their stories about how the people hired to protect them in their workplace ultimately failed. Ever...

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Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community
Nov27

Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community

Members of the “creative” sector of the economy in Orange and Windsor counties have a new resource to help them expand their markets and connect with others. Known as Cornerstone Creative Community, the all-volunteer organization covers a 40-town area in East-Central Vermont — from Springfield in the south to Topsham and Newbury to the north and west to Bridgewater and Stockbridge. The Connecticut River is the border to the east, but...

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Career Coach: The Best Way to Multitask? One Priority at a Time
Nov27

Career Coach: The Best Way to Multitask? One Priority at a Time

You are juggling multiple responsibilities at work, all with rapidly approaching deadlines. Meanwhile, your personal obligations are piling up. You are beginning to feel the pressure of it all. If this sounds the least bit familiar to you, know that you are not alone. The mantra at many companies today is to do more with less. How do you approach managing multiple priorities? The truth of the matter is that multitasking just isn’t...

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The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms
Nov27

The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms

For Sale: Iconic local business w/ dedicated customer base. Turnkey operation, established markets. Includes housing, a healthy lifestyle and all the food you can eat. For Sale: Small business with high capital costs and low return on investment. Modest income potential. Must be willing to work odd hours and weekends. Unlikely to qualify for conventional financing. Anyone looking to buy a vegetable farm in the Upper Valley these days...

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Workplace Navigator: Should an Employee Have to Host a Boss Overnight?

Q: My friend has a high-stress public-sector job. He says his office is backstabby, but his boss is great. Likes him, likes his work, knows about the backstabby culture and does not play into it. So, my friend wants to keep his boss on his side. But, and this is a big but, my friend lives close to the airport and the boss lives far away from it. So once or twice a month, when the boss needs to make an early flight for a business trip,...

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