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FILE - This March 18, 2010, file photo shows the YouTube website in Los Angeles. An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening in a sign of the skepticism surrounding Google’s promise to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Dish Network became the latest companies to suspend their advertising on YouTube after The Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. Even though the defections are continuing, most analysts aren’t worried yet. Starbucks and General Motors also joined in the YouTube boycott Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

SAN FRANCISCO – An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their ...

Bishop Guertin High School chooses Gann to direct communications

NASHUA – Bishop Guertin High School, a co-educational high school in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, has named Kathryn Gann as the new Director of Communications. In her role, Kathryn will oversee all external communications and marketing for the school and its ...

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Merrimack Chamber of Commerce names new president

The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce welcomes Melissa Ballard Sullivan as its new President. Formerly the Director of Development and Public Relations at Marguerite’s Place, Inc., in Nashua, Melissa brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, development and strategic ...

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Roedel Co. announces director of construction

WILTON – Roedel Companies welcomes Brett Beliveau as Director of Construction for ROK Builders. Beliveau’s responsibilities include directing personnel on multiple projects from inception through project completion, planning schedules and budgeting construction funds. Beliveau has more than ...

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GREATER NASHUA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS NASHUA – 142 Main St. Information/registration: 881-8333 or www.nashuachamber.com. Registration required for all events unless otherwise noted. March 27: Legislative Cross Over Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Join our local and ...

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman nominee Jay Clayton is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

SEC pick claims his Wall Street work is not a problem

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he’ll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation ...

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The times they are a changin’

I came across a very interesting clipping from the January 25, 1982 issue of the Wall Street Journal the other day. That was just 35 years and two months ago. I was already well into my career, and so, probably, were you. The title and subject of the article: “Why take a pay cut? To shelter ...

Top economies yield to US

BADEN-BADEN, Germany – The world’s top economic powers dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the Trump administration, which wants trade to more clearly benefit American companies and workers. Finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries meeting in the ...

Employees roll out a red carpet during preparations for the G20  summit of finance ministers in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Monday March 13, 2017.  The summit is scheduled for March 17 and March 18, 2017.  (Uli Deck/dpa via AP)

US to confront trade partners at global finance meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough on trade partners like China, Mexico and Germany. Now his Treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin, will get his first opportunity to confront them all in one room. The meeting of the most powerful economies’ finance ministers in Germany this week is ...

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Nashua JCPenney store to stay open

The Pheasant Lane Mall, Nashua, location for retailer JC Penney is one of 900 it plans on retaining as its list of closures was released today. The company will shut 138 stores this spring, part of a plan that was announced earlier this year. In a news release dated Feb. 24, the company ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook demonstrates an order kiosk, with cashier Esmirna DeLeon, during a presentation at a McDonald's restaurant in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. McDonald’s has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be “stressful.” The company is testing the option in California and Washington ahead of a national launch in the U.S. toward the end of 2017. Easterbrook has noted the initial stages of visiting can be “stressful” and that the company is making changes to improve the overall customer experience. That includes the introduction of ordering kiosks, which executives say can help ease lines at the counter and improve order accuracy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald’s testing mobile ordering before rollout

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald’s has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be “stressful.” The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of the year. It says mobile ...

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There are pluses and minuses surrounding franchise craze

These days I am meeting with lots of budding entrepreneurs. The economy is chugging along nicely. Lots of individuals are forming new entities to get their businesses off the ground. An increasing number of folks seem to be interested in franchise opportunities. Fast food, sandwiches, gyms, ...

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 ...

FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 file photo shows a RadioShack store in Dallas. Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in just over two years. The Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer filed its petition in bankruptcy court in Delaware on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

RadioShack files for second bankruptcy in 2 years

RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over two years, putting the future of the nearly 100-year-old electronics retailer in doubt. Once known as the place to buy batteries and obscure electronic parts, RadioShack has struggled to hang on to ...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, a customer uses a Wells Fargo bank ATM in New York. Opting for a small local bank over a big national institution can mean fewer and lower fees and an appealing focus on community, helping offset some technological and access drawbacks for consumers.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

On The Money: The perks of going local with your bank account

Sarah Gillis switched from a national bank to a local one in New Jersey as a matter of principle. “I feel like my voice matters more in a smaller bank,” says Gillis, who closed her account at a national bank because she disagreed, she says, with some of its corporate investments. She opened ...

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 ...