The Business of Agriculture: Succession Is a Family Affair
Jan22

The Business of Agriculture: Succession Is a Family Affair

Agricultural enterprises constantly confront swarms of problems and issues as they try to be profitable and sustainable, but often there’s one in particular that hovers over everything, that vexes the owners for years and, occasionally, spells doom for the business. It’s the matter of succession — what will become of the farm when the present generation ages out and whether or not there’ll be the talent, interest and wherewithal to...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Stave Puzzles
Jan22

Made in the Upper Valley: Stave Puzzles

It was 1970, and Steve Richardson was out of a job. He’d moved his wife, Martha, and their two young sons to the Upper Valley from New Jersey to work in a software development firm, but the company went broke and everyone was laid off. “Martha was working at Creare putting bread on the table,” he recalled, “while I was out re-inventing myself.” It’s not too much of a stretch to say that his professional life was in pieces. Richardson...

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It’s All Relative: Multigenerational Businesses in the Upper Valley
Jan22

It’s All Relative: Multigenerational Businesses in the Upper Valley

Jason Whitney was a college student when he first worked for Whitney Pension Associates, his father’s retirement administration firm, then located in Wellesley, Mass. The summer job involved a lot of data entry, which was boring for a young man majoring in criminal justice and with his sights set on joining the FBI. “I hated it,” Whitney said. “I hated the job.” While waiting on the FBI, Whitney went out west to San Diego, where he...

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Old Business: 1968 Was a Year of Careers
Oct11

Old Business: 1968 Was a Year of Careers

A look at 1968, which was a busy year for growth and employment in the Upper Valley

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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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On the Hunt for Help: Upper Valley Employers Fight for Workers
Oct11

On the Hunt for Help: Upper Valley Employers Fight for Workers

The signs are everywhere, and are hard to miss. Now hiring. Help wanted. Jobs available. Apply online. All positions needed. They appear outside manufacturing plants, stuck in the ground at fast-food establishments and big-box retailers or posted just inside the door. They can be spotted on rural roads with no surrounding buildings, or along a town’s main thoroughfare. Applications for employment are prominently displayed as customers...

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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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A Region for All Seasons: In the Upper Valley, Recreation Is a Serious Business
Jul20

A Region for All Seasons: In the Upper Valley, Recreation Is a Serious Business

Summer on Mount Sunapee is in full swing as the town of Sunapee prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary in August. On the slopes, visitors can enjoy an expanding array of warm weather activities like three-dimensional archery, mountaintop yoga and guided hiking. The Adventure Park features rope courses and rock climbing, and the newly opened Evolution Bike Park offers 5 miles of lift-served mountain biking trails with names like...

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