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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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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Chamber Profiles: Hanover Improvement Society Works to Make People’s Day
Sep25

Chamber Profiles: Hanover Improvement Society Works to Make People’s Day

When Jeff Graham graduated from Hanover High School in 1977 and left for college at the University of Maine, he never dreamed he’d return to his hometown to live. As the end of college approached, Graham and his girlfriend, Pamela (who is now his wife), were eyeing Portland, Maine, and Burlington as sites for their future home. But life has a way of disrupting the best-laid plans. “My dad got sick my senior year in college so I came...

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From the Editor: Details Matter

A couple of years ago, while my mom was battling the cancer that would soon kill her, she spent some time in a treatment facility near her rehabilitation center. The staff there was efficient and friendly and the nurses and technicians showed real concern for my mom’s comfort, bringing her blankets and ginger ale and, most important, a positive demeanor. But there was a problem: Every time one of the doors in this small facility...

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The HR Pro: Age 50-Plus Employees a Growing and Untapped Resource
Sep25

The HR Pro: Age 50-Plus Employees a Growing and Untapped Resource

Is your business struggling to find employees to fill all the open positions? Are your college students and interns going back to school and leaving you short staffed? Are you ready to think creatively and outside the box to find employees? Are you willing to be a little flexible in scheduling? Can you break some work into short term projects? Then the solution may be hiring employees from a fast-growing group — whether you call them...

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