The Boss’s Bookshelf
Feb26

The Boss’s Bookshelf

The top five business books the CEO can’t put down, as compiled by 800CEOread.com. 1. Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say By Kelly Corrigan It’s a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that’s just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times best-selling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their...

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Tech Q&A: Upgrading a Windows 10 PC That’s Out of Memory

Question: I have a Dell Inspiron 3050 that uses Windows 10 and has an SSD (Solid State Drive, or computer chip memory) rather than a hard drive. Recently, I’ve been getting a message that says a Windows 10 update can’t be installed because I don’t have enough available memory. I transferred all the data I could to an external memory card in order to open up more storage space, but it hasn’t been enough. I’ve also tried to reboot the...

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Custom Made by Hand: Canaan’s Gary Wood Turns Passion Into Profit
Feb26

Custom Made by Hand: Canaan’s Gary Wood Turns Passion Into Profit

Some might argue Gary Wood’s love affair with wood started at birth. After all, given his surname, he certainly seemed destined for a profession in woodwork. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1973, Wood founded Gary R. Wood & Co., a custom furniture and specialty finishing business. The young, energetic and fearless artist set out to find a workshop and equip it with specialty woodturning and carving lathes,...

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The Business of Agriculture: Rep. Ann Kuster on the Farm Bill
Feb26

The Business of Agriculture: Rep. Ann Kuster on the Farm Bill

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., is working to help small-farm operations. The sweeping legislation known as the “farm bill,” which currently is being written, touches on a number of issues ranging from organics to financing to housing. Here, she talks details with Enterprise. (Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.) Tell us a little bit about the legislation...

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Paying for College: How to Get Your Credit Ready to Secure Student Loans

We all know college is expensive, but most families don’t understand true costs until senior year. This is when parents realize their college savings plan, if they have one, won’t be enough. Assessing your financial house before senior year helps you create a plan and may uncover cash to put aside. According to finance experts, many families don’t look hard enough at ways to free up current cash flow for college. But if you anticipate...

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The Protection Predicament: Overdraft Protection Can Be a Blessing — Or a Curse

The overdraft protection law “puts the decision in the hands of the consumer as to whether they want overdraft protection for small-dollar transactions conducted by ATM and debit card,” says Greg McBride, CFA and Bankrate’s senior economic analyst. Ultimately, opting in has two major benefits. It protects those who worry about finding themselves in the embarrassing situation of having their card declined. And it provides a temporary,...

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Hang in There, Retirees: Things to Keep in Mind About the Stock Market

When stock market volatility spikes, financial advisers typically remind investors they have time to keep the money invested and let it ride out the cycle, but what about people already in retirement? As a whole, people in their 70s and beyond used to have very little invested in stocks, but that has changed in recent years due to low savings rates and longer life expectancy, said Kathryn Bruzas Hauer, a financial adviser in Aiken,...

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A Snapshot of the Upper Valley’s  Real Estate Market

With spring around the corner, many people are thinking about real estate. Spring traditionally is when homes are listed for sale, and in this area, most rental property leases expire in the summer months. While buying, selling or renting is a personal decision, the impact of the housing market touches all areas of the local economy. Here’s what the experts are seeing this season. Now is the time to buy…. or sell The home ownership...

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Considering Tapping Your 401(k) For a Home Down Payment? Check Yourself

If you’re planning to take a loan out on your 401(k) to purchase a home, you better check with your employer first. Your employer’s rules on borrowing from your retirement funds might be tougher than those of the Internal Revenue Service. According to the IRS, retirement plans may offer loans to participants but are not required to do so. The good news is that, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America, or PSCA, most employers...

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Workplace Navigator: You Made a Mistake. Should You Explain?

Question: I teach at a university. I recently missed the deadline for ordering textbooks and materials for a new class I was asked to teach on short notice. In doing so, I created extra work for a lot of colleagues, and news of my infraction was pushed up the managerial ladder as approval was sought for my requests from my department head, dean and others. I am deservedly in the doghouse. I apologized and promised never to do this...

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