Old Business: A Walk Around the Lebanon Mall in Decades Past
Apr25

Old Business: A Walk Around the Lebanon Mall in Decades Past

A look back at the businesses that once were part of downtown Lebanon.

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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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Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community
Nov27

Creative Economy: Volunteer Effort Works to Boost East-Central Vermont’s Creative Community

Members of the “creative” sector of the economy in Orange and Windsor counties have a new resource to help them expand their markets and connect with others. Known as Cornerstone Creative Community, the all-volunteer organization covers a 40-town area in East-Central Vermont — from Springfield in the south to Topsham and Newbury to the north and west to Bridgewater and Stockbridge. The Connecticut River is the border to the east, but...

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The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms
Nov27

The Business of Agriculture: Time of Transition for Upper Valley Vegetable Farms

For Sale: Iconic local business w/ dedicated customer base. Turnkey operation, established markets. Includes housing, a healthy lifestyle and all the food you can eat. For Sale: Small business with high capital costs and low return on investment. Modest income potential. Must be willing to work odd hours and weekends. Unlikely to qualify for conventional financing. Anyone looking to buy a vegetable farm in the Upper Valley these days...

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Balancing Act: Companies Keep an Eye on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’
Nov27

Balancing Act: Companies Keep an Eye on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society is all about local. The Co-op’s four food stores carry nearly 4,000 local products from more than 300 local vendors. And while this is part of the Co-op’s mission, it’s also an important piece of its business strategy. Shoppers like local, said Paul Guidone, the Co-op’s former chief financial officer, “because it tends to put more resources back into the local community.” And a stronger local...

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The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor
Oct30

The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor

On a U.S. Army base in Germany in 1982, trained by her father and wielding a jar of colorful glass globes, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed black belt ninja of marbles emerged and beat the boys who’d spurned her, winning every marble in the ring. The next day, she sold the marbles back to the boys at a premium and, in so doing, revealed — like Superman’s Clark Kent or Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince — an alter ego: Dia Draper, businesswoman....

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The Exit Interview: Paul Gross
Oct30

The Exit Interview: Paul Gross

When Paul Gross arrived at Dartmouth College as a freshman in 1969, making jewelry was the farthest thing from his mind. “I had done a little woodworking at home, but never had a chance to take shop or even an art class in high school,” he said. Then one day, the psychology major walked into the student jewelry workshop at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and discovered his passion, and talent, for the craft — which he called “an...

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Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience
Oct30

Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience

Growing up in rural Florence, Vt., Caitlin Christiana couldn’t wait to get out and see the world. In 2001, she moved to Utica, N.Y., as a sculpture major at Pratt Institute, where she became interested in jewelry making. After two years, she transferred to the Brooklyn campus, but the city offered more excitement than she bargained for. “I was robbed at gunpoint on my third day, which was very traumatizing,” said Christiana, executive...

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