From the Editor: Winter 2018

My earliest memory of anything related to personal finance is of my mother taking me into her bedroom, where she produced two white business envelopes. “We’re going to start giving you a $7 weekly allowance, and you’re going to learn about saving,” she told me. She put Dalmation labels on each of the envelopes and wrote “short-term goals” on one, “long-term goals” on the other. Seven-year-old me was just happy to hear I was going to...

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Custom Made by Hand: Canaan’s Gary Wood Turns Passion Into Profit
Feb26

Custom Made by Hand: Canaan’s Gary Wood Turns Passion Into Profit

Some might argue Gary Wood’s love affair with wood started at birth. After all, given his surname, he certainly seemed destined for a profession in woodwork. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1973, Wood founded Gary R. Wood & Co., a custom furniture and specialty finishing business. The young, energetic and fearless artist set out to find a workshop and equip it with specialty woodturning and carving lathes,...

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The Exit Interview: Sally J. Boyle Wants to Help People Divorce Better

Hanover resident Sally J. Boyle wants to help people divorce better. A certified financial planner, certified divorce financial analyst and principal of SJ Boyle Wealth Planning, she drew upon her experience — both personal and professional — to create a primer, released in January that demystifies the divorce process. Here, Boyle breaks down strategies to make splitting up as peaceful as possible. (Questions and answers have been...

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Company News: Winter 2018

The Upper Valley’s in-plant rug cleaner, RealClean Rugs in Lebanon, has been acquired by Cara and John Eliason. The company’s longtime owner, 66-year-old Keith Beardslee, recently retired from the business he started in the early 2000s after previously working in the building and insurance industries. “I’ve been working here since last year, doing all the physical labor and learning from Keith,” said Cara Eliason, of White River...

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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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