Women and Business: There’s a Tanzi Back on Main Street in Hanover
Jun27

Women and Business: There’s a Tanzi Back on Main Street in Hanover

It’s natural for a business owner to be proud of opening a new establishment. In the case of Heather Simpson Blake, proprietor of Tanzi’s Salon on Main Street in Hanover, the pride stretches back generations. Blake is the great-granddaughter on her mother’s side of Angelo Tanzi, who in 1897 opened The Hanover Fruit Co., which sat directly across Main Street from the site of Blake’s new salon. “I was inspired by my great-grandfather,”...

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Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements
Jun27

Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements

Windsor is on a mission to revitalize. Following the loss of two major employers in the last three decades, the small town suffered a period of decline, with a shrinking tax base, an aging population and decaying buildings. But the town is now home to more young families and seeing new investment. Much of the success is due to the efforts of the nonprofit Windsor Improvement Corp., or WIC, which last March rebranded itself as...

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New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth
Jun27

New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth

When New Hampshire Industries was looking to expand and consolidate its operations, the manufacturer found an ideal location in Claremont — a 137,000-square-foot building off River Road that was less than 10 years old and had never been occupied. The company, which makes steel and plastic pulleys for the consumer, commercial and agricultural equipment markets, along with sprockets and stamped and machined parts, was founded in Lebanon...

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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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