Women and Business: Upper Valley Entrepreneurs Share How They Made Their Dreams Into Realities
May30

Women and Business: Upper Valley Entrepreneurs Share How They Made Their Dreams Into Realities

Passion, perseverance and adaptation were the dominant themes at a recent breakfast meeting hosted by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce that included a snapshot of the status of female-owned businesses in Vermont and personal stories from four Upper Valley entrepreneurs. The event, Women in Business: Confronting the Challenges and Defining Success, was the last in the chamber’s business breakfast series until next fall. Event...

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SCORE Stories: Open Door Integrative Wellness Holds the Key
May30

SCORE Stories: Open Door Integrative Wellness Holds the Key

Kate Gamble, founder of Open Door Integrative Wellness in White River Junction, is a physical therapist and movement specialist who believes stress is a contributor to health problems and medications aren’t always the answer. “Our culture has become overreliant on medications to solve even the smallest problems,” said Gamble, who opened the practice in January 2015. “We address how to manage stress in an optimal way and on a daily...

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Changing the Game: Simbex Evolves from Measuring Head Impacts to Developing a Variety of Medical Devices
May30

Changing the Game: Simbex Evolves from Measuring Head Impacts to Developing a Variety of Medical Devices

The athletes with vacant stares caught Rick Greenwald’s attention. While pursuing a doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Utah in the 1991, Greenwald was at a party one night in Park City when he noticed that members of the U.S. Freestyle aerials team “did not look well. … They’d sit in the corner staring into their beers,” he remembered. Greenwald asked what was wrong with the skiers. “Oh,” a friend explained,...

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The Exit Interview: Michael Whitman
May29

The Exit Interview: Michael Whitman

Michael Whitman has been a consumer advocate for 35 years and a volunteer educator with the nonprofit Funeral Consumers Alliance for 10 years. The Lyme resident gives twice-yearly funeral planning workshops at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Aging Resource Center — and also employs his woodworking skills to make a few simple wooden caskets each year. Whitman discusses why funeral arrangements are so important, why they often are...

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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 (Video)
Apr25

Made in the Upper Valley: Andrew Pearce Bowls (Video)

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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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

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...

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The Exit Interview: Shanna Moody
Apr25

The Exit Interview: Shanna Moody

Shanna Moody is on a mission. The Newport, Vt., native is the founder of Shining Success, which provides free professional clothes to men and women seeking employment and has outfitted 145 job seekers since 2009. The 44-year-old Moody, who moved to Claremont in 2001 to be near her husband’s family, is a secretary at Life Fellowship Foursquare Church in Charlestown, an esthetician at Walpole Village Salon and a mother to two...

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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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