Balancing Act: Companies Keep an Eye on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’
Nov27

Balancing Act: Companies Keep an Eye on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society is all about local. The Co-op’s four food stores carry nearly 4,000 local products from more than 300 local vendors. And while this is part of the Co-op’s mission, it’s also an important piece of its business strategy. Shoppers like local, said Paul Guidone, the Co-op’s former chief financial officer, “because it tends to put more resources back into the local community.” And a stronger local...

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The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms
Nov27

The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms

For Sale: Iconic local business w/ dedicated customer base. Turnkey operation, established markets. Includes housing, a healthy lifestyle and all the food you can eat. For Sale: Small business with high capital costs and low return on investment. Modest income potential. Must be willing to work odd hours and weekends. Unlikely to qualify for conventional financing. Anyone looking to buy a vegetable farm in the Upper Valley these days...

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The Exit Interview: Jessica Saturley-Hall, Founder of The Upper Valley Compost Co.
Nov27

The Exit Interview: Jessica Saturley-Hall, Founder of The Upper Valley Compost Co.

Lebanon resident Jessica Saturley-Hall wants to make curbside compost pick-up the norm for homes and small businesses throughout the Upper Valley. In August, the 32-year-old — who has worked in the food and agriculture sector — founded The Upper Valley Compost Co. following a short pilot period, during which the project was better received than she had anticipated. Now The Upper Valley Compost Co. is “ramen profitable,”...

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Company News: December 2017
Nov27

Company News: December 2017

Florida real estate developer and South Woodstock resident Pritam Singh and his family have spent a total of $3.4 million over the past several months to acquire the Kedron Valley Inn, the South Woodstock Country Store, the former Grange Hall and the landmark 86-acre Kedron Valley Farm, all along the same stretch of Route 106 in South Woodstock. The Singh family also owns several old farm properties nearby on Morgan Hill Road and...

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From the Editor: December 2017

It’s easy to be cynical about the world of business. Obscenely overpaid CEOs drive perfectly good companies into the ditch and walk away with millions. (Actually, most are likely chauffeured to a private jet and fly away with their ill-gotten gains, but whatever.) Meanwhile, working Americans haven’t seen a real boost in income since the Carter administration, even though productivity has increased dramatically. At the same time, big...

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People in Business: December 2017
Nov27

People in Business: December 2017

Christina Mattsson, of Woodstock, has been named sports programming director at Suicide Six Ski Area and the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Mattsson will oversee the ski and snowboard school at Suicide Six during the winter, and also will develop sports programming at the Woodstock Athletic Club. With the goal of establishing the mountain as a year-round destination, initiatives under her lead will include launching the downhill mountain...

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Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community
Nov27

Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community

Members of the “creative” sector of the economy in Orange and Windsor counties have a new resource to help them expand their markets and connect with others. Known as Cornerstone Creative Community, the all-volunteer organization covers a 40-town area in East-Central Vermont — from Springfield in the south to Topsham and Newbury to the north and west to Bridgewater and Stockbridge. The Connecticut River is the border to the east, but...

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Working With Narcan on the Job

The opioid epidemic has shaken the country over the past five years, and New Hampshire and Vermont have been among the states affected most deeply. Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. Executive Vice President Ronald Bauer said the company hasn’t seen a big impact from the epidemic. Nevertheless, in 2016, after Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center reached out to the company, Trumbull-Nelson began stocking Narcan on its job sites and...

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Is the Construction Industry Leaving LEED?

Like many environmental initiatives, going “green” in the construction industry has been full of starts and stops. Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. is certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, or LEED, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. However, Ronald Bauer, executive vice president of Trumbull-Nelson,...

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