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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‘Coming Home’: Danish biotech giant Novo Nordisk puts down roots in West Lebanon
Mar29

‘Coming Home’: Danish biotech giant Novo Nordisk puts down roots in West Lebanon

Dennis Clancy remembers June 30, 2014, very well. 9:35 a.m., to be exact. That’s when Clancy, a manufacturing technician at former Olympus Biotech in West Lebanon, got word that he was being laid off after 11 years with the company. Its Japanese owner, beset by an unrelated financial scandal, was exiting biotech to refocus on its core camera and microscope businesses. “I told my wife I was going to be home early that day,” Clancy...

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The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part 2
Mar29

The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part 2

From evolving workplace demographics to overtime expansion to a number of other issues, human resource professionals this year are facing a variety of new and developing challenges. Last month’s column addressed four health-related topics. This month, we’ll look at four workplace and employment issues. The Use and Misuse of Independent Contractors There is growing tension between employers’ desire to use independent contractors — to...

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Pipeline proposals resisted in NE, despite region’s high energy costs
Mar30

Pipeline proposals resisted in NE, despite region’s high energy costs

CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where? Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At the end of last year, a...

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New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls
Mar30

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Spanish for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up by former Green Emporium restaurateurs Chef Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo, offers Mexican-style dishes, tacos, baked goods, soups, chili, cubanos and made-to-order sodas like ginger fizz or apple soda. Working...

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Falling property value of Steeplegate Mall affects everyone in Concord
Mar30

Falling property value of Steeplegate Mall affects everyone in Concord

In February of last year, Steeplegate Mall was Concord’s second-largest taxpayer at an assessed value of $52 million. Now, the city’s assessing database values the Loudon Road mall at just $30 million. The property has slipped to the fifth spot on the list of Concord’s largest taxpayers. In the meantime, vacancies have continued to mount, the mall’s owner defaulted on the mortgage and one possible sale has fallen through. While some...

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