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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Local First Alliance: Copeland Furniture
Apr25

Local First Alliance: Copeland Furniture

On Nov. 17, 1984, Tim Copeland watched his business burn to the ground. Located on Industrial Drive in Bradford, Vt., Copeland Furniture’s 18,000-square-foot, “dry, wooden building full of dry, wooden product” with no sprinkler system didn’t take long to turn into a total loss, Copeland said. The only thing that was salvaged was the fireproof safe — and Copeland’s vision and ambition for his company. “One of the things that struck me...

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The Exit Interview: Shanna Moody
Apr25

The Exit Interview: Shanna Moody

Shanna Moody is on a mission. The Newport, Vt., native is the founder of Shining Success, which provides free professional clothes to men and women seeking employment and has outfitted 145 job seekers since 2009. The 44-year-old Moody, who moved to Claremont in 2001 to be near her husband’s family, is a secretary at Life Fellowship Foursquare Church in Charlestown, an esthetician at Walpole Village Salon and a mother to two...

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The Business of Agriculture: Flavors of the Valley Offers Critical Marketing Opportunity for Upper Valley Farms
Mar28

The Business of Agriculture: Flavors of the Valley Offers Critical Marketing Opportunity for Upper Valley Farms

“We showed up in Fairlee in 2013 and barely had a farm,” said Danielle Allen of Root 5 Farm, recalling the winter when she and her partner, Ben Dana, arrived in the Upper Valley after purchasing the former Your Farm on Route 5. “Right off, I heard about Flavors of the Valley. It was a way to introduce ourselves, meet our new community and be out there. We met all the other vendors, as well, to start to introduce ourselves to other...

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Company News: April 2017 (Featuring Great View Roller Skating Video)
Mar28

Company News: April 2017 (Featuring Great View Roller Skating Video)

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Inc. posted a loss of $125,000 for 2016, which is down from net earnings of $81,000 for 2015, and down from net earnings of $170,000 for 2014. Sales for 2016 were nearly $72 million, up more than $1.5 million from 2015 but down almost $3 million from 2014. General Manager Ed Fox said strong 2016 holiday sales helped offset losses from earlier in the year. Managers have set “new, realistic sales...

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From the Editor: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Mar28

From the Editor: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It’s long gone now, but for years, taped to a file cabinet in our sports department, was a quote that went something like this: “If modern office windows would only open, by now all computers would fly.” I’ve railed in this space from time to time against some troubling aspects of modern technology — how social media can contribute to the loss of personal privacy, how the so-called “Internet of Things” poses a threat to national...

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Career Coach: Getting Turned Down for a Job Brings You One Step Closer to Success
Mar28

Career Coach: Getting Turned Down for a Job Brings You One Step Closer to Success

You’ve resolved to find a new job. You’ve sent resumes. Done interviews. But sometimes you just don’t land the job. Hearing “no” from potential employers can affect you mentally, psychological, even physically. But keep your chin up: You can deal with the rejection and the setbacks. There are ways to cope, reframe the disappointment, and learn from the experience. I was speaking recently with a student in the thick of the job search....

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NerdWallet: Tax Refund Predators Are Waiting

People who don’t have much money during the rest of the year can become big targets during tax refund season. For those living paycheck to paycheck, tax refunds — which average around $3,000 — may be the largest chunk of unobligated cash they see all year. Retailers hope to get some of that money, but so do debt collectors, buy-here-pay-here car lots and purveyors of interest-free loans that come with fat fees. People flush with cash...

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The Boss’s Bookshelf: March 2017
Mar28

The Boss’s Bookshelf: March 2017

The top five business books the CEO can’t put down, as compiled by 800CEOread.com: 1. Attitude: Develop a Winning Mindset On and Off the Court By Jay Wright, Michael Sheridan and Mark Dagostino In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, the coach of the Villanova University men’s basketball team shares his competitive and cooperative philosophy along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his...

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