From the Editor: Covering the Creative Economy
Apr26

From the Editor: Covering the Creative Economy

A year ago, in the May 2015 issue of Enterprise, we promised to cover the so-called “creative economy” on a regular basis. It helps, of course, that the definition of “creative economy” is expansive and allows for creative interpretation, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job keeping that promise. In our ongoing Cottage Industry series, for example, we’ve told the stories of artists and crafters who have harnessed their passions...

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People in Business: May 2016
Apr26

People in Business: May 2016

Three employees with the Chippers Inc. Turf Care Division — Theron Peck III, of Lebanon; Sean Smith, of Pomfret; and Jonathan Hall, of Newbury, N.H. — recently received designations as organic lawn care accredited professionals by Osborne Organics, a training and consulting company based in Marblehead, Mass. The certification is based on an intensive two-day seminar. Students must then pass a 90-minute timed exam with a minimum 80...

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Company News: May 2016

White River Toyota has been named one of 28 dealers from the company’s Boston region to receive the Toyota President’s Award. To qualify for the award, Toyota dealerships must excel in sales, service and vehicle delivery customer satisfaction, employee training and certification, among other categories. Dealerships that exceed the requirements in all categories receive recognition at company events along with national recognition....

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Creative Entrepreneur Amy Robb
Apr26

Creative Entrepreneur Amy Robb

When the owner of an art studio approaches a blank canvas, brush in hand, expectations run high. But Amy Robb harbored no hope of a masterpiece as she put brush to canvas in a recent Sip and Paint class at her Tip Top Pottery studio in  White River Junction. “I’m no artist,” the 51-year-old Robb said. “I’m an entrepreneur.” Perhaps, but there is something inspired, artistic even, in her entrepreneurial instincts. Lacking any artistic...

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The Irish Ambassador
Apr26

The Irish Ambassador

Day-trippers to Quechee be warned: If you venture inside the Visitors Center on Route 4 and P.J. Skehan happens to be attending the desk, there’s a good chance he’ll persuade you to spend the night in the area. At 61, Skehan, executive director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, is a tornado of vivacious enthusiasm, and the subject he is most passionate about is Vermont. The sprightly P.J. — Patrick Joseph — came to Vermont...

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Home Green Home
Apr26

Home Green Home

Many people will buy a house at least once in their lifetime. Some will ask about energy use and seek to purchase an energy-efficient home. Few will invest in home energy improvements at the time of the sale. Leadership Upper Valley alumni Bob Walker (Class of 2010) and Sarah Simonds (Class of 2014) are setting out to change that. Their effort kicks off this spring with help from a diverse group of partners including nonprofits, real...

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Drawn Together
Apr26

Drawn Together

Astaire and Rogers, Simon and Garfunkel, Ben & Jerry. Ollie and Sturm. Each duo represents a successful partnership in their respective fields — as dancers, musicians, ice cream entrepreneurs and, here in the Upper Valley, founders of The Center for Cartoon Studies, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Common interests brought Michelle Ollie and James Sturm together. Their creativity, lifetime experiences and...

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Managers’ Peeves
Apr26

Managers’ Peeves

I’m on thin ice here, talking about pet peeves from members of the human resources community, not about them. If you do an internet search for “HR Pet Peeves,” what comes up are complaints about human resources, not the other way around. It’s basically a dark secret. Most of the time, except over a beer perhaps, HR folks don’t want to talk about it. But to be honest, HR professionals do have peeves, some mundane, some more...

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The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part 2
Mar29

The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part 2

From evolving workplace demographics to overtime expansion to a number of other issues, human resource professionals this year are facing a variety of new and developing challenges. Last month’s column addressed four health-related topics. This month, we’ll look at four workplace and employment issues. The Use and Misuse of Independent Contractors There is growing tension between employers’ desire to use independent contractors — to...

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