Business

Work hard; play soft with co-workers

Throughout the year, and particularly during the holiday season, coworkers may be interacting socially off the clock. While employers do not have an obligation to monitor a worker’s off-the-clock activities, what happens between coworkers after hours can affect their employment. If ...

Black Friday bonanza

NASHUA – Black Friday brought out many eager shoppers, including night owls, early birds and those staking out stores the entire day to take advantage of a variety of special holiday sales. People from near and far poured into Pheasant Lane Mall and Merrimack Premium Outlets Friday to see ...

What’s missing from this retirement picture?

You’ve done what you’ve always considered a good job saving for retirement. Following the suggestions of your financial planner, you began paying yourself first, putting away 10 percent of your earnings at a relatively young age, maxing out your employer matches and then some. You have ...

Initial response to discrimination claims is critical

Notwithstanding diligent screening in the application process, sometimes employees are not found to have the same capabilities or work ethic they purported to have during job interviews or their situation changes and their job performance suffers. Many employees when fired for job performance ...

When good things go bad in the realm of social media

Recently my older daughter shared with me an article by Paul Lewis that she had read in the British newspaper the Guardian. The Guardian has a well-earned reputation as a leftist publication, but this article really wasn’t political. Rather, it featured interviews with several of the ...

Top Honors: Flatley Challenge winners awarded

NASHUA – The winners of the Flatley Challenge, a business startup competition hosted by the John Flatley Co., owner of Gateway Hills in Nashua, were awarded Wednesday. Paul Holtzer, president of CEO of XenoTherapeutics, and Greg McHale, founder and chief technology officer of Datanomix, each ...

Nashua’s Hynes honored for ‘Employee Excellence’

LOWELL, Mass. – David E. Wallace, president and CEO of Lowell Five Bank, is pleased to announce that Misty Hynes, of Nashua, has been selected to receive the Bank’s December 2016 Employee Excellence Award – Make it Matter. The Make it Matter program recognizes excellence in performance ...

Merrimack County Bank celebrates 150th year

Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack) has kicked off its 150th anniversary with the presentation of commemorative gifts to four new 2017 babies! The year’s first baby boy and first baby girl born at Concord Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua were each presented with a gift ...

Residents to decide on river walk

WILTON – Creating a pedestrian walk along the Souhegan River behind the Main Street stores has been proposed many times over the years, from the Main Street Association to a high school girl who used it as a science project. While many people have liked the idea, it never happened for reasons ...

Avoid holiday party hangovers

No, this article is not providing suggested ways to alleviate your morning headache from last night's overdrinking. This article is about how to avoid the financial hangover you can have from misbehaving at a holiday gathering. The end of the year can be a time for workers to take pride in ...

Business People for Nov. 16

Tom Riley Tom Riley, of Bedford, founder of Riley Enterprises and former president of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors, was installed as 2017 National Association of Realtors treasurer Monday in Orlando, Fla., site of the NAR. Riley is the first-ever New Hampshire Realtor to become a ...

Local business people for Nov. 2

Steven Goldsmith MERRIMACK – Specialty retailer Brookstone, based in Merrimack, has hired Steven Goldsmith as president and CEO to lead the company’s continued expansion in product development, U.S. and China-based retail stores, and wholesale partnerships. Goldsmith brings ...

Business Digest for Oct. 26

Buffalo Wild Wings opens at Pheasant Lane Mall NASHUA – Pheasant Lane Mall, a Simon mall located in Nashua, announced that Buffalo Wild Wings held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday. The restaurant offers a variety of menu items, including its namesake Buffalo, N.Y.-style chicken ...

Reunion with long-lost childhood crush leads to life long love story

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the seventh entry of Wedding Stories, a monthly column highlighting local weddings and unique love stories, which runs the first Sunday of the month. Do you think your romance should be featured? Contact the author at her email, below. They will tell you their song is ...

It’s a puzzlement

I just received an email from a financial institution that has been trying to recruit us to utilize its funds and services with my clients and prospects. In the email, it says: “In today’s market environment, investors continue to pursue consistent, tax-advantaged income ...

Businesses feeling ‘data fatigue’ on transparency issues

Transparency is a hot topic these days. The internet has ushered in more transparency in our lives and in society in general than ever existed before. Many of us broadcast our lives to the world on social media. Google, Amazon and other giant technology companies track our every move online ...

Are store loyalty, rewards programs worthwhile?

You grab the gallon of milk you forgot yesterday, pick up the cheapest toothpaste, and head over to the checkout line. Just when your quick trip to the grocery store is almost over, the employee at the register says, "Do you have a rewards card? It's free to join." From ...

Experts share their secrets to choosing a good lease car

As the end of summer nears and dealers discount their 2016 cars to make room for next year’s models, shoppers who want to lease could find some hidden bargains. The key is to understand – and maximize – two little-understood aspects of leasing. It all comes down ...

SABMiller reviewing InBev bid

LONDON – SABMiller has suspended work on integrating its operations with those of Anheuser-Busch InBev while it reviews AB InBev’s sweetened bid, raising concern about completion of the 79 billion pound ($104 billion) takeover. The suspension, announced by SABMiller CEO ...