Business

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 ...

Product vs. process:Focusing on strategy rather than outcome is unwise

I have said it several times and written it in dozens of places, including books, columns, radio scripts (such as they are) and workshops: A good financial plan must be both financially and emotionally sound. I can create the most financially secure plan the world has ever seen, but unless it ...

In The Mix: ‘It’s Your Party’

Drinks are on the house. It’s a phrase every partygoer enjoys hearing but when the party is at your house or at any convivial gathering, the drinks can get fancy. They might meet your guests wearing nothing but a veil of bubbles behind chilled glass, accessorized by slices of orange or a ...

Taking a vacation in the iPhone-dominated era

By now most business owners have accepted the reality that social media and other factors have upped the ante substantially when it comes to service. Like it or not, we now live in a “review” economy. Exceptional service really doesn’t cut it any more. Service now needs to be memorable. ...

The things we know for sure that just ain’t so

In my last column, I wrote about the spreading of risk and how it can play a valuable part in our retirement planning. I covered the benefits we find when we spread risk in other areas of our lives, like with fire, health, and other kinds of insurance. I also made mention of the (in my opinion) ...

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 ...