Business

Startups enriched by Google ties

SAN JOSE, Calif. – At Google’s annual developer conference a year ago, three executives of software startups that build business applications for the Internet cloud stood on the stage to praise the benefits of doing business on Google’s new Apps Marketplace. Since ...

GT Solar reports record ’11 profits

MERRIMACK – GT Solar ended its fiscal year with record profits of $175 million, the company said Tuesday. That is more than double the $87.3 million in net income the Merrimack solar equipment company raked in during the 2010 fiscal year. Revenue for the 2011 fiscal year, which ...

Memorial weekend to remember

CONCORD – Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to New Hampshire’s summer season, is expected to bring more visitors and more money to the state than last year, according to a report by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies. The institute, at Plymouth State ...

Paranormal school founders expand

Whether it’s the heavy hand of Abel Blood or the ominous thud of footless steps on a lonely road, Chris Bashaw and his partner Rick Wilmott ain’t afraid of no ghosts. While not ghostbusters per se, the co-founders of the Rhode Island Paranormal Academy – R.I.P. ...

Bedford Business to Business Outreach Meeting set

BEDFORD – The Bedford Business Resource Group will hold a series of meetings to discuss retaining, growing and attracting businesses in Bedford. The first Bedford Business to Business Outreach Meeting will be June 15 at the Bedford Village Inn from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members of the ...

Oil’s strange brew

There were some strange happenings in the oil markets last week. Well, strange if you believe the oil mavens are more competent than your average economist. According to the International Energy Agency, the world urgently needs extra supplies of oil to prevent economic damage to importing ...

Difference maker

For Joseph Carelli, “giving back to the community” is more than just a catch phrase. It’s something he thinks about every day on at least two levels: business and personal. The soon-to-be president of Citizens Bank – he takes over for Cathy Schmidt in ...

Chrysler expects summer to sizzle because of new products

DETROIT – Chrysler sales are down 9 percent through April, but dealers aren’t the least bit concerned. In their eyes, the brand hasn’t been this hot in years, thanks to clever marketing and a refreshed lineup, and they expect the summer to be strong – ...

Insurance official disputes ‘behavior issues’

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has disciplined Leslie Ludtke – its health-care policy analyst – for what it calls “behavior issues,” but for what Ludtke says was her refusal to go along with bidding procedures that might be illegal. Ludtke, point ...

Jobless benefit claims dip

WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but initial claims are still running above levels normally associated with strong hiring trends. The Labor Department on Thursday said 409,000 people filed new applications for jobless benefits in the week ...

Debate on debit card fees continues

WASHINGTON – Rick Bohnen, a service station owner from Minneapolis, recently stood outside the Capitol South subway here, 1,100 miles from home. He wore what he called his “working man’s tuxedo” – a gray shirt with his name stitched over the ...

Small-business lending stalled

WASHINGTON – Seven months after legislation creating a $30 billion fund was enacted to encourage community banks to lend to small businesses, no money has gone out, and only about 20 percent of eligible institutions have applied for funding, according to a top ...

Manufacturing attempts a comeback in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. – If there’s hope for 51-year-old Brett Miller, then you could say there’s hope for the American dream. When Miller was a boy, upstate New York and the Hudson River Valley embodied the industrial might of the nation and the broad-based prosperity that ...

Mortgage-loan forms to get overhaul

SAN FRANCISCO – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency created by the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law, is testing a new home-loan disclosure form to make it easier for consumers to shop for a mortgage, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The new two-page form will ...

City may get Whole Foods store

Whole Foods is once again setting its sights on Nashua for a new store. Nashua is listed as a site for an upcoming store on the Web site of the Austin, Texas-based natural foods supermarket chain. “Yes, we have indeed announced that a store is coming to Nashua,” said ...

PC Connection’s Q1 profits see spike

MERRIMACK – Companies are finally starting to invest in technology again, and PC Connection is reaping the benefits. The Merrimack company, which sells computer, software and technology equipment to business, government and education customers, saw $4.5 million in profits during the ...

Nashua Country Club a thrill to play

EDITOR’S NOTE: Course of the Week will be a running blog by staff writer Cameron Kittle, who has been turning grass into divots since he was 5 years old. The reviews will feature golf courses in Greater Nashua throughout the summer and give readers an idea of the course’s ...

Certainty is sure way to mistakes

One of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes goes like this: “Anyone can know; the key is to understand.” I was reminded of this quote on a couple of occasions last week. The first time was in a blog entry by business author Tony Schwartz in which he addressed the importance ...

US government hits debt ceiling

WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner informed Congress on Monday that the United States has reached its legal debt limit, setting off a ticking time bomb that could explode in less than three months if lawmakers can’t bridge differences and allow more government ...