Business

Artificial Intelligence could thin the workforce

Do you know what Artificial Intelligence is? The other day I asked one of my clients, who just happened to be an MIT graduate, to explain it to me. He looked at me with a deadpan expression and said “Artificial Intelligence is what liberal arts graduates have.” A good joke yes, but it ...

Forum offers efficient, budget friendly power options for businesses

NASHUA – With a thriving business community, some owners are looking for ways to save money and work toward more energy-efficient solutions. That winning combination was the focus at Wednesday’s Energy Efficiency Seminar: Serving People and Business through Partnerships. It was hosted by ...

Brady Sullivan investing in downtown Nashua

NASHUA – Brady Sullivan Properties purchased another piece of Nashua real estate adjacent to the mill building they’re currently renovating into 200 apartments. They closed the deal Tuesday, purchasing a roughly 27,000-square-foot facility at 44 Franklin St. This property abuts their 34 ...

19 Questions to ask your financial adviser…or not

I recently saw an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled The 19 Questions to Ask Your Financial Adviser. While these seem on the surface to be reasonable, the answers are much more complex than just yes and no. These “Top 10” articles drive me up a wall. They are often lazy, rarely ...

Local woman a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year award

NASHUA – A Nashua resident looking to inspire youth to become technical innovators has been nominated to receive an entrepreneur of the year award. Stay Work Play, in partnership with NH Public Radio announced the finalists for the 2017 Rising Stars Awards, and Suzanne Delaney, owner of ...

Preventing existing employees from taking your business

One way for a business to protect its competitive edge is to take steps to prevent former employees from using confidential and proprietary information and good will in competition against the company through a non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements with their employees. ...

Lego looks wobbly after building itself high

For Lego, it’s time to break down the blocks and start again. After building up sales aggressively since a near bankruptcy in 2004 through new ventures like films and new toy lines, the company seems to have hit a peak. Its sales are now falling for the first time in 13 years and it says it ...

Performing arts center proposal under review

NASHUA – The $15.5 million proposal to turn the former Alec’s Shoes building on Main Street into a performing arts center will be taken up Monday night by the Budget Review Committee. The committee, as part of a public hearing about a larger, $28.5 million bond proposal, will be presented ...

Stop the madness: Enjoy the best retirement possible

In my last column I pointed out what I believe is the fundamental flaw in main-stream income planning: the notion that by increasing risk you can somehow make yourself more secure in retirement. In fact, even the CFP training materials advocate discussing adjusting risk upward if it appears the ...

Firing to protect employee from racial animus of coworkers

There are federal and state statutes prohibiting employment discrimination, including based upon race, or national origin, and firing an employee to protect him from the racial hatred of coworkers could result in a valid claim under those statutes but perhaps not under New Hampshire’s ...

Why you still can’t ditch that cable box

NEW YORK – Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete. That was ...

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 ...