The HR Pro: How to cope with sudden layoff? Here’s some ideas
Jul19

The HR Pro: How to cope with sudden layoff? Here’s some ideas

Star Tribune You’ve been laid off unexpectedly and need to get a job fast. Readers offered their advice on what to do next. Before you jump into next steps, take some time to catch your breath. It’s really important to process what happened, especially if you weren’t ready for it. It would be natural to be angry, sad, afraid or a combination thereof. Don’t be hard on yourself for these feelings; just notice and let yourself feel them....

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In the Spotlight: Vermont trio competes in ‘The Great Food Truck Race’
Jul19

In the Spotlight: Vermont trio competes in ‘The Great Food Truck Race’

Times Argus Competing in national TV contests has become something of a family affair for the Aldriches in Montpelier. Most recently, Sue Aldrich was a member of Team Make It Maple in “The Great Food Truck Race” on The Food Network, which premiered in June. The Aldriches are no strangers to national TV competition. Sue Aldrich’s husband, Alex, the former executive director of Vermont Arts Council, was a quarter-finalist on...

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The food truck industry is growing in Vt. and N.H. and shows no signs of slowing down
Jul19

The food truck industry is growing in Vt. and N.H. and shows no signs of slowing down

On a humid June night, hundreds of people waited in Lebanon’s Colburn Park to sample fares from 13 food trucks. While the patrons stood in line, generators buzzed and chefs pivoted through the hot interiors of the trucks, filling orders for everything from lobster rolls to fried cauliflower to Thai food. “It seems very popular,” said Meagan Henry, an administrative assistant with the city’s Recreation and Parks Department and...

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Score Stories: Country Kids Clothing bucks ‘retail apocalypse’ theory
Jul19

Score Stories: Country Kids Clothing bucks ‘retail apocalypse’ theory

While some of the country’s most prominent retailers are closing their doors due to the rise of e-commerce, Liz Joyce, owner of Country Kids Clothing, a boutique in the Power House Mall in West Lebanon, is bucking that trend. Since opening her brick-and-mortar location in July 2012, she’s turned a profit all seven years, and she’s only getting started. “People have called it ‘the retail apocalypse’ and the consumer shift to online has...

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The Exit Interview: Samantha Stanford, Owner and Founder of Dirty Dog Mobile Grooming
Jul19

The Exit Interview: Samantha Stanford, Owner and Founder of Dirty Dog Mobile Grooming

Americans spent $6.6 billion on pet boarding and grooming services in 2017, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in pet grooming will grow by 11 percent through at least 2023. Add to that a 2018 American Veterinary Medical Association report that shows almost 30 percent of Vermont and 24 percent of New Hampshire households own at least one dog, and...

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The HR Pro: Fear Is the Wrong Response to #MeToo
Oct11

The HR Pro: Fear Is the Wrong Response to #MeToo

It’s become known as the Mike Pence rule, but some men see it as a way of protecting themselves from potential sexual harassment accusations. The vice president never eats alone with a woman other than his wife, according to a Washington Post article last year, and he won’t attend events featuring alcohol except in her company. “It was really unhelpful when he said that,” W. Brad Johnson, a psychology professor at the United States...

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As Joblessness Falls, Skilled Workers Might Be Harder to Find
Oct11

As Joblessness Falls, Skilled Workers Might Be Harder to Find

Are America’s employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire? The U.S. economy has become a seemingly perpetual job-generating machine, having steadily added workers for nearly eight years. Even with the unemployment rate now at 3.7 percent — its lowest point since 1969 — hiring hasn’t stalled. So far this year, job agrowth has averaged a robust 208,000 a month, up from a pace of 182,000 for all of 2017. The trend has...

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Leadership Upper Valley: Employers Tap Into Program to Equip Workers, Bolster Community
Oct11

Leadership Upper Valley: Employers Tap Into Program to Equip Workers, Bolster Community

Employers and their workers have lots of choices when it comes to investing in professional development. Workshops, conferences, degree programs, mentoring — there’s a range of opportunities locally, regionally and beyond to help employees build their job and leadership skills, and companies are increasingly seeing the value in investing in their employees. But there’s more to professional development than the hard skills necessary to...

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SCORE Stories: Fred Thomas, an Enterprising Skipper With a Voyage Beyond Comparison
Oct11

SCORE Stories: Fred Thomas, an Enterprising Skipper With a Voyage Beyond Comparison

When Fred Thomas recently made his way to SCORE’s Upper Valley Lebanon office for a meeting, he exited the elevator self-assuredly, with purpose and a kick in his step. He appeared to be all business. The 91-year-old Thetford resident’s stride might have been aided by a recently replaced hip, but the titanium enhancement alone is not what keeps Thomas on the go. Over the course of his life, he has consulted for entrepreneurs and...

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Retailers Wage ‘War for Talent’ in Advance of Holidays
Oct11

Retailers Wage ‘War for Talent’ in Advance of Holidays

It’s only fall, but the holiday hiring frenzy is in full swing. For proof, just walk through the mall: “We’re hiring and we’d love to meet you,” signs outside Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids said on a recent weekday at Tysons Corner Center, a sprawling northern Virginia shopping mall just outside Washington. “Make our house your home,” offered White House Black Market. “Join our team of outsiders,” urged L.L. Bean. The clothing...

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