From the Editor: November 2016

Here in the newsroom, the expression “working from home” is always rendered in air quotes, with a wink-wink, nudge-nudge tossed in to make sure the point is made. It’s not that we don’t trust our colleague to use his or her time “working from home” in the most efficient way possible. Well, actually, we don’t. But that’s because we know home is full of distractions — kids or spouses or roommates interrupting, an intolerable...

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Girls, Empowered: Vermont Tech Hosts ‘Women Can Do’ Conference
Oct25

Girls, Empowered: Vermont Tech Hosts ‘Women Can Do’ Conference

For the third year running, the Women Can Do STEM & Trades Conference at Vermont Technical College last month reached capacity, with 500 high school girls attending. The conference has been gaining attention over the years, said Jen Roberts, of Vermont Works for Women, who coordinates the event. “There’s been a focus on girls being exposed to those kind of careers.” This year’s conference, the 18th, featured 35 workshops led by...

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A Passion to Help Pets: Business-Minded Veterinarians Focus on Care
Oct25

A Passion to Help Pets: Business-Minded Veterinarians Focus on Care

Veterinarians Brad Burrington and Angela Burrington came to the Upper Valley in 1989 after graduating from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine — he in 1987 and she in 1989 — and at first they worked in different practices. In 1992, just a few years out of veterinary school and with no business experience, the Burringtons purchased an established Woodstock veterinary practice from the highly regarded Jim “Doc” Roberts...

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Local First Alliance Helps Build Vibrant Local Economy
Oct25

Local First Alliance Helps Build Vibrant Local Economy

We’ve all heard the slogans telling us to “think local” when we make decisions about shopping, looking for professional services and making charitable contributions. We probably even have a sense of why that makes a difference: In the simplest of terms, supporting local businesses and organizations keeps people in our community employed and money right here in our local economy. Local First Alliance, coordinated by the Upper Valley...

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Power Lunch: King Arthur Flour’s Three Co-CEOs
Oct25

Power Lunch: King Arthur Flour’s Three Co-CEOs

It is a warm, sunny Vermont day as I walk along the flagstone terrace toward the King Arthur Flour building in Norwich when a friendly greeting from Katie Walker, public relations manager for America’s oldest flour company, pulls me off my path. “I believe you are looking for these people,” Walker says as she points to the three co-CEOs already gathered around a circular outdoor table. I smile and shake hands with Karen Colberg,...

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Help! My Co-Worker Keeps Butting In!

Q: Whenever someone comes to me with a question, the woman in the next cubicle yells out the answer before I have a chance to speak. I think it is very rude of her to butt in when someone has specifically asked for my opinion. How should I handle this? A: By trying to beat you to the answer, your know-it-all colleague is definitely overstepping her bounds. However, since you’re not her boss, you appear to have only two choices. The...

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People in Business: October 2016
Oct25

People in Business: October 2016

Tami Smith, of Rochester, Vt., has joined high-end custom corporate furniture maker WallGoldfinger as office manager at its Randolph plant. In her new role, she will be responsible for diverse administrative tasks, supporting the project management team and interacting with WallGoldfinger’s sales representatives and clients around the country. Smith earned her associate degree in hospitality from Paul Smith College in 1993. She served...

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Company News: October 2016

Entrepreneur Topher Lyons plans to open Trail Break Taps & Tacos, a nuevo-style craft beer and taco eatery, soon in the ground floor retail space at Matt Bucy’s new apartment complex at 129 S. Main St. in White River Junction. Lyons, a graduate of the hospitality industry program at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics who has managed restaurants around the country, was approved in...

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Putting the Ease in Easements
Oct25

Putting the Ease in Easements

Sales of locally grown food are growing, up 15 percent in Vermont between 2007 and 2012, yet the number of farms and farmers is up just 5 percent over the same period. With demand outstripping supply, why aren’t more people getting into the business? In a word: land. Farming is unusual in that its principal asset is not priced based on its value to that business. Farmland that is flat, open, well drained and has good soil and easy...

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Working, Together: From Freelancers to Startups, A Shared Space is the Place to Be
Oct25

Working, Together: From Freelancers to Startups, A Shared Space is the Place to Be

The new co-working space in White River Junction had barely opened its doors, but by early October members were already sharing their skills. On Chip Brettell’s first day at the site, in the former freight house downtown, fellow co-worker Bob Farnham helped him solve a computer problem that would have taken hours for Brettell to figure out by himself. An engineer and former Thayer School of Engineering instructor, Brettell had been...

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