Business

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) ...

Nike slash

NEW YORK (AP) – Nike wants to be more nimble on its feet. The sneaker maker said Thursday that it plans to focus on the hottest-selling sneakers, slash the number of styles it offers and sell more shoes directly to customers online as part of a restructuring in which it also will cut about ...

Fed raises key rate

The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to ...

Non-compete may be enforced by employer’s successor

Employment non-competes are generally not looked upon favorably. New Hampshire has a statute that requires non-competes given to new employees to be provided before they accept the position. Under both New Hampshire and Massachusetts law, employment non-competes are narrowly construed to ...

7-day streak fades

U.S. stocks took small losses Tuesday as banks slid in tandem with bond yields and interest rates. Small-company stocks took sharp losses as a seven-day winning streak appearsed to end. Technology companies and consumer-focused companies continued to climb and Amazon.com briefly surpassed ...

On the rebound

Americans increased their spending in April at the fastest pace in four months, bolstered by a solid gain in incomes. The strong results underscored expectations that the economy is poised to rebound after a lackluster start to the year. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in April after a 0.3 ...

Hardship in HARD-ware

Home-improvement retailer Lowe’s posted a profit Wednesday that didn’t impress Wall Street, results that came in stark contrast to those of its rival Home Depot. Lowe’s shares slumped after reporting its profit fell 32 percent to $602 million, or 70 cents per share in the quarter that ...

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 ...