The Last of Its Kind: N.H.’s Grafton County Farm Continues to Produce
Apr25

The Last of Its Kind: N.H.’s Grafton County Farm Continues to Produce

Its roots trace back to the early 19th century, when governments all over New England were looking for ways to reduce the economic and social costs of caring for the poor and infirm. Today the Grafton County farm in North Haverhill is the last vestige of a great experiment. Virtually every year, the future of the farm hangs in the balance as the county commissioners and the legislative delegation hammer out the operating budget. The...

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Upper Valley Company News: Spring 2018
Apr25

Upper Valley Company News: Spring 2018

Marc and Patty Milowsky recently sold Jesse’s and Molly’s to Anthony Barnett, director of operations at the two restaurants, and his wife, Erin Barnett, a member of the management team. The sale, which closed in January, keeps the current management team in place, including managing chef Josh Eichman and functions manager Jennifer Packard, Packard said in an interview. Marc Milowsky will continue to consult at the restaurants and is...

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Old Business: A Walk Around the Lebanon Mall in Decades Past
Apr25

Old Business: A Walk Around the Lebanon Mall in Decades Past

A look back at the businesses that once were part of downtown Lebanon.

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Custom Made by Hand: Canaan’s Gary Wood Turns Passion Into Profit
Feb26

Custom Made by Hand: Canaan’s Gary Wood Turns Passion Into Profit

Some might argue Gary Wood’s love affair with wood started at birth. After all, given his surname, he certainly seemed destined for a profession in woodwork. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1973, Wood founded Gary R. Wood & Co., a custom furniture and specialty finishing business. The young, energetic and fearless artist set out to find a workshop and equip it with specialty woodturning and carving lathes,...

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The Business of Agriculture: Rep. Ann Kuster on the Farm Bill
Feb26

The Business of Agriculture: Rep. Ann Kuster on the Farm Bill

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., is working to help small-farm operations. The sweeping legislation known as the “farm bill,” which currently is being written, touches on a number of issues ranging from organics to financing to housing. Here, she talks details with Enterprise. (Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.) Tell us a little bit about the legislation...

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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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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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Balancing Act: Companies Keep an Eye on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’
Nov27

Balancing Act: Companies Keep an Eye on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society is all about local. The Co-op’s four food stores carry nearly 4,000 local products from more than 300 local vendors. And while this is part of the Co-op’s mission, it’s also an important piece of its business strategy. Shoppers like local, said Paul Guidone, the Co-op’s former chief financial officer, “because it tends to put more resources back into the local community.” And a stronger local...

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The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor
Oct30

The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor

On a U.S. Army base in Germany in 1982, trained by her father and wielding a jar of colorful glass globes, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed black belt ninja of marbles emerged and beat the boys who’d spurned her, winning every marble in the ring. The next day, she sold the marbles back to the boys at a premium and, in so doing, revealed — like Superman’s Clark Kent or Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince — an alter ego: Dia Draper, businesswoman....

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