From the Editor: July 2017

Each edition of Enterprise seems to come together a little bit differently. Truth be told, there often are moments when I’m unsure whether the thing is going to come together at all, but in the end the pieces fall — or are dragged — into place and the magazine hits the streets. But no matter how different the process — a well-organized march to deadline or a frantic scramble — each issue’s stories usually have something in common:...

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The HR Pro: Learning by Doing
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The HR Pro: Learning by Doing

Colleges are out for summer break, and students are arriving back home. Many have lined up summer jobs to build up their bank accounts for the fall and at the same time give much-needed help to employers who are starving for extra staff. Still others are lucky enough to have found a structured, challenging internship at a local employer, perhaps in a field or career that they hope to continue with after their education. Additionally,...

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Women and Business: Upper Valley Entrepreneurs Share How They Made Their Dreams Into Realities
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Women and Business: Upper Valley Entrepreneurs Share How They Made Their Dreams Into Realities

Passion, perseverance and adaptation were the dominant themes at a recent breakfast meeting hosted by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce that included a snapshot of the status of female-owned businesses in Vermont and personal stories from four Upper Valley entrepreneurs. The event, Women in Business: Confronting the Challenges and Defining Success, was the last in the chamber’s business breakfast series until next fall. Event...

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SCORE Stories: Open Door Integrative Wellness Holds the Key
May30

SCORE Stories: Open Door Integrative Wellness Holds the Key

Kate Gamble, founder of Open Door Integrative Wellness in White River Junction, is a physical therapist and movement specialist who believes stress is a contributor to health problems and medications aren’t always the answer. “Our culture has become overreliant on medications to solve even the smallest problems,” said Gamble, who opened the practice in January 2015. “We address how to manage stress in an optimal way and on a daily...

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Changing the Game: Simbex Evolves from Measuring Head Impacts to Developing a Variety of Medical Devices
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Changing the Game: Simbex Evolves from Measuring Head Impacts to Developing a Variety of Medical Devices

The athletes with vacant stares caught Rick Greenwald’s attention. While pursuing a doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Utah in the 1991, Greenwald was at a party one night in Park City when he noticed that members of the U.S. Freestyle aerials team “did not look well. … They’d sit in the corner staring into their beers,” he remembered. Greenwald asked what was wrong with the skiers. “Oh,” a friend explained,...

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People in Business: June 2017
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People in Business: June 2017

Mark Moran, of Strafford, was recently promoted to senior scientific technical manager at the Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. In his new role, Moran will help furnish advanced scientific and technical guidance, perform and manage research and development, and carry out technical planning and oversight. Moran most recently served as ERDC’s technical director for...

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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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The Business of Agriculture: Woodstock Farmers’ Market Marks 25 Years of Business
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The Business of Agriculture: Woodstock Farmers’ Market Marks 25 Years of Business

When Patrick Crowl started Woodstock Farmers’ Market in 1992, it was a small roadside stand off a dirt road. He didn’t imagine that, 25 years later, the farmers market would be a full-service grocery store grossing more than $8 million in annual sales. “Back then, it was about just getting through the daily grind,” Crowl said. Although he didn’t have a business plan when he started, Crowl did have a commitment to delivering...

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From the Editor: In the Beginning …

Origin stories are almost always interesting. From the cosmic to the artistic to the romantic — “How did you two meet?” — knowing how something got its start can help us understand its present and, perhaps, get a bead on its future. Business ventures are the same way. Sometimes there’s a plan, sometimes there’s a dream, and sometimes there’s an aha moment that sets everything in motion. As Valley News business writer John Lippman...

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