From the Editor: March 2017

An acquaintance wrote to me the other day complaining about a recent string of bad-news business stories that appeared in the Valley News, our parent publication. “It gets depressing for business owners to constantly read about failures whereas publicized success stories are few and far between,” he wrote. I get it. We all get it. The financial crisis of 2007-2008 that begat the Great Recession led to a near-constant drumbeat of bad...

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The Big Event: Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce issues President’s Awards
Feb27

The Big Event: Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce issues President’s Awards

This year, the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce tried something different for its President’s Awards presentation. Instead of combining it with another event, they gave the ceremony its own night, to highlight the honorees’ contributions to the community, said Elyse Crossman, a 2006 Stevens High School graduate who’s led the chamber for almost two years. The event, held on Feb. 17 at The Common Man, drew about 110 people, “a...

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Company News: March 2017
Feb27

Company News: March 2017

Woodstock Pizza Chef was named the Woodstock Area Business of the Year at February’s annual meeting of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce. Gary Thulander, president of the chamber’s board, presented the award in recognition of Woodstock Pizza Chef’s “outstanding spirit and contribution” to the Woodstock area community. Andrew Pearce Bowls was selected as the chamber’s 2017 New Business of the Year. “Andrew Pearce holds a very...

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Business of Agriculture: Twin States Home to Nationally Respected College Farm Programs
Feb27

Business of Agriculture: Twin States Home to Nationally Respected College Farm Programs

They are constantly humming with research projects that benefit agriculture, forestry, the environment and consumers of New Hampshire and Vermont, and very often their work has impact nationally and even overseas. These are the farms operated by the universities of New Hampshire and Vermont as part of the classic land-grant college mission of harnessing science for the improvement of the health and welfare of the general population....

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The HR Pro: The Power of Diversity
Feb27

The HR Pro: The Power of Diversity

As immigration issues have exploded under the Trump administration and the question of diversity, or the lack thereof, confronts the Upper Valley, I am reminded of how the workforce can greatly benefit from diversity and inclusion. Years ago, as an HR professional in charge of recruiting for a high-tech company, my goal was to hire the best available talent. Within that overall goal, my job also was to: 1) Hire workers who live as...

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SCORE Stories: Everything’s Coming Up ‘Clover’ for Woodstock Gift Shop Owner
Feb27

SCORE Stories: Everything’s Coming Up ‘Clover’ for Woodstock Gift Shop Owner

Patricia Eames loves living and working in Woodstock, where people visit from around the state, the region, the country and even the globe. Among their stops: Eames’ Clover Gift Shop in the heart of downtown. Established in 1923, the 1,200-square-foot boutique at 10 Elm St. offers a variety of products and gifts, most made in America — from locally made quilts, linens and hooked pillows to paper products, jewelry and handmade soaps —...

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Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition
Jan30

Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dan O’Halloran believes there’s no place like home. The Plainfield native attended Lebanon High School and Plymouth State University, where he studied marketing and economics, but never imagined he’d stay in his home state. “I always thought I would leave New Hampshire and go west somewhere, but somehow I never left,” said O’Halloran, 35, who just wrapped up a two-year term as president of the Lake...

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From the Editor: Emphasis on ‘Community’

Community banks are in an unenviable spot. They were tarred with the same regulatory brush as the financial giants whose greed and corruption were responsible for nearly destroying the global economy. And, as Valley News business writer John Lippman shows in this month’s cover story, they’re also subject to the same pressures — changing demographics, so-called “disruptive” technologies — that are roiling much of the rest of the...

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People in Business: February 2017
Jan30

People in Business: February 2017

Enfield resident Maureen LaBonte, compliance manager at Mascoma Savings Bank, recently earned the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association. The designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. To qualify, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the...

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