Create a Plan Before You Take the Plunge to Help Your Child Start a Business
Jul20

Create a Plan Before You Take the Plunge to Help Your Child Start a Business

Amazon. Chipotle. GoPro. These household-name businesses were launched thanks to investments by the founders’ parents. But parents also have sunk plenty of money into their offsprings’ doomed enterprises, sometimes endangering their retirements and family relationships in the process. Certified financial planner Jon Ten Haagen, of Huntington, N.Y., had a retired client who against his advice gave $100,000 — most of her savings — to...

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The Exit Interview: Melissa Allen, of Gray Ledges Rentals and Property Management in Grantham
Jul20

The Exit Interview: Melissa Allen, of Gray Ledges Rentals and Property Management in Grantham

If you’re lucky enough to call the Upper Valley home, you might forget that your backyard is a vacation destination that people travel hours to get to. When the tourists come flocking to Lake Sunapee, Eastman or the rest of the Upper Valley, they all need a place to stay. That’s where Melissa Allen comes in. As the owner of Gray Ledges Rentals and Property Management in Grantham, Allen works with homeowners looking for a bit of extra...

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Powder Struggle: The Future of Mount Sunapee Resort

The future of the Mount Sunapee resort is under scrutiny by residents and formal review by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Tim and Diane Mueller, who have run the resort for more than 20 years, announced in June that they would sell the resort, along with their other two ski properties (Okemo in Vermont and Crested Butte in Montana), to Vail Resorts Inc. for $82 million. Since Sunapee is operated under the terms of a...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Enfield’s Drummond Custom Cycles Is a Destination for Cyclists
Jul20

Made in the Upper Valley: Enfield’s Drummond Custom Cycles Is a Destination for Cyclists

For Dick Drummond, building a custom bicycle is where passion meets precision technology — and a bit of the unexplainable. “I develop points in space, X and Y coordinates, and I can design the frame around those coordinates,” Drummond explained. He was standing next to a dynamic fitting unit, a piece of machinery that looks like a stationary bike hooked up to a computer monitor. When customers come in for a custom fitting, they’ll...

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Providing An Outlet: A New (and Free) Chatbot May Help Employees Determine If They Were Harassed

An employee has an “inappropriate moment.” Maybe it was a misunderstanding. Or maybe it was worse: he or she was just subjected to harassment or discrimination. Getting the facts of what happened can be challenging. But it’s a problem that must be addressed. Workplace issues like harassment and discrimination are a hot topic for employers this year. Challenges, however, create opportunities for entrepreneurs — and a six-person...

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Workplace Navigator: I Work at a Nonprofit and I Want My Money

Question: I am a day care teacher for a nonprofit that serves limited-income families. Every two weeks, we receive our pay by paper check and can cash the checks only at the bank used by the nonprofit. However, there is not always enough money in the nonprofit’s account to cover all the checks. Those who delay getting to the bank may have to wait up to an additional week to receive their pay. I still live at home and will soon be...

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The Social and Economic Impacts of Nonprofits Are Undeniable in the Upper Valley — But Is That a Good Thing?

What drives the economy? Usually, when we think of a thriving economy, we picture private, for-profit companies and a burgeoning bottom line. A mental picture of the Upper Valley economy, however, would be seriously incomplete if the nonprofit sector wasn’t given a prominent place. “It’s straight-up huge,” said Rob Schultz, the director of development at Vital Communities, a White River Junction organization focused on fostering...

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How Far Should You Go to Back a Job Candidate?

Dear HR Pro: My department has a strategic staff position opening, and a friend of mine, “Joe,” recommended his former colleague “Eleanor” for the position. After meeting with her, I was pleased to recommend her, as her qualifications are just right and she’s kept her knowledge up to date while being out of the workforce with family. But … she interviewed very poorly. Do I put my credibility on the line to help her get a second...

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Upper Valley Company News: Spring 2018
Apr25

Upper Valley Company News: Spring 2018

Marc and Patty Milowsky recently sold Jesse’s and Molly’s to Anthony Barnett, director of operations at the two restaurants, and his wife, Erin Barnett, a member of the management team. The sale, which closed in January, keeps the current management team in place, including managing chef Josh Eichman and functions manager Jennifer Packard, Packard said in an interview. Marc Milowsky will continue to consult at the restaurants and is...

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The Exit Interview: Andrew Winter
Apr25

The Exit Interview: Andrew Winter

Andrew Winter is a busy guy. As the executive director of Twin Pines Housing Trust, he’s always on the lookout for new affordable housing opportunities. Here, he talks with ENTERPRISE about the nonprofit’s mission, its challenges and why he’s excited about what’s in the works. (Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.) What role do you play in helping Twin Pines to accomplish its...

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