Workplace Navigator: Are Bigoted Workers Entitled to Protections?
Oct30

Workplace Navigator: Are Bigoted Workers Entitled to Protections?

In the early days of this column, I responded to a reader about socializing at an office party with a “bigot” of a co-worker who subjected others to “talk of collecting Nazi memorabilia and pictures of her husband’s swastika tattoo.” Confident that such people belonged to a long-disgraced fringe group, I breezily advised the reader to remain polite and professional, and to prepare small talk as well as responses to potential offensive...

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Career Coach: Five Questions to Help Build Your Confidence
Oct30

Career Coach: Five Questions to Help Build Your Confidence

Confidence. It’s a state of mind, a way of being and a belief in one’s self. We know it when we see it. It’s courage, energy, self-assuredness and a comfort in one’s own skin. Lack of confidence can stem from a number of factors — lack of knowledge, lack of experience, aversion to risk or change, or fear of looking foolish, to name a few. Depending on the situation, a lack of confidence can hold us back in our careers too, resulting...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot
Oct30

Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot

At the Wells River headquarters of Silly Cow Farms, the Vermont hot chocolate company that has become a nationally recognized brand, Christmas started way back in June. That’s when production kicked into high gear and the company began filling cocoa orders for the holiday season. The holiday rush will be followed by the winter rush, and there won’t be a lull in production until March. There are no Christmas carols playing in the...

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The Business of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Programs Sow the Next Generation of Local Agriculture Supporters
Oct30

The Business of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Programs Sow the Next Generation of Local Agriculture Supporters

“Farm to school” practitioners connect students to farms through curricula, field trips, gardening, farmer correspondence, Vermont and New Hampshire Harvest of the Month, Agriculture in the Classroom, oral history, and myriad other projects. These educational initiatives leverage local landscapes and businesses as a teaching resource, whether it be for math, nutrition, writing skills, botany or job training. The aim is for students to...

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Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience
Oct30

Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience

Growing up in rural Florence, Vt., Caitlin Christiana couldn’t wait to get out and see the world. In 2001, she moved to Utica, N.Y., as a sculpture major at Pratt Institute, where she became interested in jewelry making. After two years, she transferred to the Brooklyn campus, but the city offered more excitement than she bargained for. “I was robbed at gunpoint on my third day, which was very traumatizing,” said Christiana, executive...

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Upper Valley Company News: November 2017
Oct30

Upper Valley Company News: November 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Hanover Co-op Food Stores for reducing refrigerant emissions 82.9 percent since 2011, the greatest improvement among the 10,800 grocery stores across the United States that participate in the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, which focuses on emission reduction. According to the EPA, an average grocery store can leak up to 1,000 pounds of refrigerant gas into the atmosphere each year,...

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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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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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Company News: June 2017
May29

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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