Business

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 ...

Playing a winning hand is important for retirement

I have been noticing some things lately that I find both troubling and consistent with things I have known and been speaking and writing about for some time. That’s the struggle the industry has when it comes to promoting and discussing the very important issues facing today’s and ...

Local long-standing company winds down

NASHUA – After 53 years of service in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Maple-Leaf Construction Co. Inc. will slowly wind down their operations. Work on their current projects is expected to be completed by the end of January, and the company will wind down operations during the first few ...

Benchmark to produce medical tech

NASHUA – Benchmark Electronics, an electronics company with a medical design facility in Nashua, announced that it has entered into a Healthcare Product License Agreement with Qualcomm Inc. to produce a medical-grade, disposable biometric patch. A biometric patch, Rick Valencia, president of ...

Employee ‘compelled to quit’ is difficult to prove

A Sept. 22, 2017, decision from the New Hampshire federal trial court of Karen Mead v. Fairpoint Communications Inc. illustrates what an employee needs to prove when she sues her employer for wrongful termination when, in fact, the employee resigned. This is what is called a constructive ...

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 ...

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 ...