Career Coach: Your Success Likely Depends on People You Don’t Know — Yet

I am writing this article with an assumption that you want to grow in your career. It is impossible for you to accomplish this without other people. These people could be collaborators, teammates, customers, suppliers, bosses, advisors, mentors, family, friends and most likely people you do not yet know. Yes, you read that correctly. Much of your growth should also be coming from people you do not know today. By the way, you are also...

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Company News: June 2017
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Company News: June 2017

The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Tracy Hutchins succeeded Janet Rebman, the former longtime director who stepped down in February. Hutchins, who grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, will be moving to Orange, N.H., where she recently bought a house. “Everything just really fell into place,” she said in a telephone interview. “After an extensive nationwide search, we found a perfect fit in our own...

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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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From the Editor: Scammers Are the Lowest of the Low

There are forms of life lower than scammers, but not many. Crawling through the gutters of the darkest corners of society, scammers prey on the unwary and the vulnerable, a trail of heartbreak and financial havoc spreading out behind them. Often hiding across international borders, just out of the reach of law enforcement, these heartless swindlers traffic in deception by mail and telephone, as they have for decades. Today, protected...

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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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Scam Story: Gone Phising for E-Victims

A few years ago I received a worrying email, apparently from Martha Knapp, the director of the Hartford Historical Society. We’re in touch pretty often for news stories, so I recognized Knapp’s distinctive email address. The subject line included her full name and the words “Help, Awful Vacation Trip.” The email said she was visiting the Philippines with her family, and they’d been mugged at gunpoint. The robbers had stolen their cash...

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Company News: April 2017
Apr25

Company News: April 2017

After being closed for nearly four years, the Cornish General Store on Route 120 has reopened and now offers homemade sandwiches, shelves and refrigerators stocked with convenience items, a keg master to draw cold-brewed coffee, a sitting area with tables and free Wi-Fi — not to mention the opportunity to catch up on town happenings — to residents and travelers along Route 120 between Lebanon and Claremont. Co-owners Mark Abrams, a...

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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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The HR Pro: Take ‘Onboarding’ Process Seriously to Ensure Employee Success
Apr25

The HR Pro: Take ‘Onboarding’ Process Seriously to Ensure Employee Success

Welcoming new employees to their new position seems like a simple thing to do. But as the saying goes, you have only one chance to make a first impression. With professionalism, collegiality, expertise and — above all — integrity, this is the moment to shine. Job applicants are aware of this unique opportunity, and they try to do their best at an interview. They want to have a positive impact on an employer and get hired. But what...

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