Women-Led Businesses on the Rise in N.H.

Concord — There was only one problem 28 years ago when Pam Sullivan wanted to launch her own marketing company in Boston. As a female sole proprietor, she had trouble securing a loan. With help from the Small Business Development Center, she put together a business plan and secured the money that helped launch a new career. These sorts of problems are much rarer nowadays, she said. “I got one of the first bank loans given to a woman...

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McDonald’s Still Facing Pressure on Labor Issues Despite Pay Increase

New York — A pay bump for workers at some McDonald’s restaurants isn’t likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues. McDonald’s said last week it would raise wages for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, which represent only about 10 percent of more than 14,300 locations. It also said it would offer paid time off for some workers. The move marks the first time McDonald’s has set a national policy on...

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