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Bean Group ranked one of America’s fastest growing companies

NASHUA – New Hampshire’s largest independent real estate brokerage, Bean Group, has been named to the Inc. 500 List, which ranks America’s most entrepreneurial and fastest-growing companies. Bean Group has eight New Hampshire locations, including one in Nashua. It ...

Huntsman to unveil jobs plan in Hudson on Wednesday

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s jobs plan will embrace reforming the tax code, making the country more energy independent and breaking down regulatory and free trade barriers, The Telegraph has confirmed. Huntsman has chosen a second-generation, precision metal maker ...

Consumer confidence plunges

WASHINGTON – Americans are depressed about their economic prospects but continue to spend their way through their latest downturn in sentiment, new consumer confidence data showed Tuesday. The latest survey from the New York-based Conference Board, a business-research center, had its ...

When it crashes around

Now that Irene has blown her way through the state, it’s time for the cleanup. There are a few things homeowners can do to make negotiating a network of insurance agents, contractors and tree services a little easier. Whether a fallen tree landed on your roof or rising rivers ...

Damage from Irene reaches $7b

WASHINGTON – Hurricane Irene is now in the history books, to be remembered as a storm that could have been a whole lot worse. Even so, flooding left in Irene’s wake had experts Monday revising cost estimates upward, now expected to exceed $7 billion in the United ...

Job-seeking single mom wears resume

EXETER – Donny Neuman is marketing herself to potential employers by printing her resume on a T-shirt and wearing it wherever she goes. You may have seen her at Great Bay Kids, Main Street School or RiverWoods, all places she volunteers. She jokes she might go to a golf tournament ...

First Mini dealership in NH opens in Bedford

BEDFORD – Mini drivers of New Hampshire got big news Friday. The first dedicated Mini dealership in the state opened Aug. 26 at 209 S. River Road, Bedford. Granite Staters who drive the distinctive-looking coupes and convertibles used to have to go to the Mini of Peabody, Mass., ...

Hudson-based Presstek signs partnership agreement with Reprograf of Poland

HUDSON – Presstek Inc. finalized a partnership agreement with graphic art equipment specialist Reprograf, officials said Saturday. Reprograf employs more than 80 people across 10 regional branches. It will distribute Presstek’s DI digital offset presses and related ...

Organic grocer plans move into empty Amherst Street strip mall

NASHUA – A Peterborough company plans to open a natural and organic foods supermarket at an empty strip mall at 348 Amherst St., behind Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Nature’s Green Grocer has operated a store for three years in Peterborough, where it has been successful with ...

Your campaign money might be better spent in housing

Congratulations to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for calling upon his CEO colleagues to boycott campaign contributions until our elected officials start acting like leaders rather than political weasels. I added that last part. Finally, someone who gets it. Not that I expect a groundswell of ...

Local coupon Web site shuts down

MANCHESTER – Online coupon dealer LocoLocal, which once connected consumers with discounts and deals in southern New Hampshire, is shutting down. “It’s been a great 14 months bringing you new customers and money-saving deals,” LocoLocal CEO David Parker ...

Jobs leaves a lasting tech legacy

SAN JOSE, Calif. – He was the visionary techie, the marketing genius, the choleric corporate leader who could never quite scrub the rebel out of his soul. But most of all, standing there in his black mock turtleneck at the intersection of passion and technology, Steve Jobs seemed to ...

Buffett buying shares in BofA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bank of America Corp. said Thursday morning that investor Warren Buffett is buying preferred shares in the company worth $5 billion, sending the stock soaring as much as 25 percent in morning trading. The investment comes after a rollercoaster month in which the ...

Tax credit, energy mandates spur revival

GLENVILLE, Minn. – For more than three years, the SoyMor biodiesel plant sat idle – victim of a slump that took down more than a quarter of the plants in the industry. But biodiesel is booming again, and a sign of the revival happened last week in this small southern ...

All ears awaiting Bernanke speech

WASHINGTON – Few speeches will be followed as closely as the one to be delivered Friday by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who is expected to outline what steps he might still take to help spark economic activity and stave off recession. Bernanke will give his ...

Hotels claw their way back from recession

LOS ANGELES – Terranea, a Tuscan-themed luxury resort on the bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., couldn’t have opened at a worse time. The sprawling seaside resort had 582 rooms to rent, a fancy spa, eight restaurants and bars, plus one of the largest ballrooms in the ...

Merrimack firm buys panel maker

MERRIMACK – GT Advanced Technologies Inc. acquired privately held Confluence Solar Inc., according to an announcement from the company Wednesday. The purchase price consisted of $60 million in cash paid to Confluence Solar shareholders at closing, and an additional $20 million of ...

GT Advanced Technologies posts highest backlog for Q1 of FY2012

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., formerly GT Solar International Inc., announced results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2012 last week, including the highest level of quarter-ending backlog ever achieved by the company, with $2.3 billion. GT’s first quarter for FY2012 ended July ...

White House unveils streamlined business rules

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is unveiling a slate of regulatory changes it says will cut government red tape and save businesses more than $10 billion over the next five years – and, the White House hopes, bolster its effort to promote job and economic growth. The ...

Local man sets up movies under the stars

NASHUA – Chris Malloy knows a good idea when he stumbles upon one. In 2003, at the age of 22, Malloy was serving Hudson and Pelham as a state representative. He helped the Pelham Police and Chunky’s Cinema set up a community movie night. Using old political signs, a huge ...