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In 1973, twenty-somethings Grant Dowse and his wife Pegge Kirschner were coming back home to Franconia from Europe and they were in love – with flannel sheets. 

There were flannel sheets in America, but the ones they’d slept on in Europe seemed so much nicer. Higher quality.

And they came up with the idea to import them. They named the company after a hill not far from their home, which was a former sugar house that lacked running water.

Pegge’s brother, Buddy Kirschner, still marvels at it.

New Hampshire Public Radio in partnership with the Business and Industry Association and New Hampshire Business Review present a forum between the Democratic and Republican nominees for the United State Senate.

N.H. Economic News Roundup: Winners and Losers

Sep 9, 2016

We examine winners and losers in today's Granite State economy. We look at differences between northern and southern New Hampshire, residents with college degrees and without, and the future of various sectors such as technology, health care and manufacturing.

 New Hampshire Public Radio in partnership with the Business and Industry Association and New Hampshire Business Review present a forum between the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor.

The discussion will be moderated by Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, and panelists will consist of journalists from NHBR and NHPR

Politics in Hip Hop, Sleepover Podcast, & Twinkies

Jul 22, 2016
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Since it's early days, hip hop have critiqued oppressions both political and economic - while flashing their own wealth and bravado. Donald Trump became a symbol of the latter, but recent mentions of him in hip hop have become much less positive during his campaign for president in the 2016 election. 

Plus, a few years ago, one of America's most beloved snack cakes was in danger of disappearing forever - until investors swooped in and saved the day. What started out as a rescue mission quickly evolved into a business strategy, and resulted in substantial changes to the brand. How are we preserving the mythical, magical Twinkie.

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A few years ago, one of America's most beloved snack cakes was in danger of disappearing forever - until investors swooped in and saved the day. What started out as a rescue mission quickly evolved into a business strategy, and resulted in substantial changes to the brand. Today, preserving the mythical, magical Twinkie.

Plus, awareness of mental health issues is on the rise, but it's not limited to people. We'll speak with an expert working with animals to resolve their mental health issues and better understand the inner lives of creatures who don't have the words to express it.

New Hampshire gun manufacturer Sig Sauer lost an appeal in a US Appeals Court this week. The dispute was over the classification of a “silencer" device.


After years of little to no growth in wages, Granite State workers may see their paychecks fatten.  Spring has sprung for the construction industry, especially on the Seacoast and in the Manchester area.   And a national ranking finds what many New Hampshire parents already know:  child care here is among the priciest in the nation.

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  New Hampshire officials are taking part in two international trade events this week.


New Hampshire’s unemployment rate fell to 2.6 percent in March – one of the lowest rates in the country, and the lowest for the state since 2000. But that may actually be bad news for employers.

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It hasn't been a great year for skiers or ski areas across the Granite State.  But it's not just the mountains that suffered from the lack of snow.

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Even as this feud was still going on, back in the summer of 2014, experts on labor unions, corporate governance, and employee culture were noting just how unprecedented the boycott was. Now, there's a new book and a forthcoming film examining this epic battle and exploring its ramifications.

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State officials and representatives of three New Hampshire companies will head to the United Arab Emirates this month for an industry trade show.

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Thoreau wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” His two years spent in solitude at Walden Pond left an indelible mark on the national psyche – and cemented the relationship between the inner self and the outdoors. Today, a writer reflects on two years in a cabin in the Vermont woods. Then, first we get rid of all the bosses!  We check in on the online retailer, Zappos, six months after their radical shift – getting rid of managers and declaring a self-organizing workforce. 

Bipartisan Effort Revises Health Rule For Small Businesses

Oct 13, 2015

President Obama signed legislation last Wednesday that makes a significant change in the health law's small business rules, following a rare bipartisan effort to amend the Affordable Care Act.

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  After more than a year of planning, the state has called off this month’s planned trade mission to Colombia.

The mission was intended to help New Hampshire companies find export opportunities in Colombia. State officials say a number of firms expressed interest, but none signed up to make the trip.

Tina Kasim of the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce says the state is now considering a range of ways to help firms looking to do more business overseas.

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A group of game developers is looking to build a place for New Hampshire in the future of video games - and it starts with the new development hub known as Game Assembly.

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Fans of Apple products will soon line up to buy the latest versions of the iPhone 6, which are available starting Friday. But if you haven’t already reserved one of the devices, you may want to hold off on getting in line at a New Hampshire store. 

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With re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank stalled in Congress, several New Hampshire companies say they are feeling the impact.  New Hampshire’s two US Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen as well as 2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster support re-authorization, while 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta has yet to take a position.

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As one of only six black pre-med students at Duke, Damon Tweedy was mistaken for a janitor…just one of many humiliations from the predominantly white field. Today, we’ll talk to Dr. Tweedy about the dearth of black doctors and what that means for people of color. Then, the trail of writers that have migrated from New York to New England to launch their careers have left a well-worn path. We’ll talk to two authors about the appeal of leaving the big apple for the natural beauty and quirky ways of New England.

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  Several hundred New Hampshire residents are receiving refunds from tax preparer H&R Block over what the state calls erroneous charges.

The Attorney General’s office found a case in which H&R Block had charged a consumer to prepare a business and profits tax return that was neither needed nor filed. 


One of the state's first four medical marijuana dispensaries is proposed for a business park in western New Hampshire.

The Valley News reports Temescal Wellness, a Manchester-based organization that the state selected to sell medical marijuana, said it plans to locate one of its dispensaries in the Hanover Road Professional Center in Lebanon.

Organization President Ted Rebholz said the site was chosen to make it convenient for as many patients as possible. It is located near Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and interstates 89 and 91.

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Planet Fitness has gone public. The company's long-expected Initial Public Offering began Thursday, trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a starting price of $16 a share. 

The company is looking to grow, and quickly - right now Planet Fitness has just over 1,000 locations, but it says it sees the potential for more than 4,000 in the future. But while the company’s profits have grown along with its footprint, so has its debt, to the tune of $500 million.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is signing a bill that modernizes securities regulations in New Hampshire, with the goal of making it easier for businesses to start up and grow.

The Uniform Securities Act is being signed into law Monday afternoon.

Hassan said the measure helps focus on investor protection and reduce hurdles for businesses trying to raise capital, while balancing the state's interest in regulating securities transactions.

Predicting the future of technology is never easy. The incredible capabilities of the smartphone in my pocket today were nearly inconceivable in 1989.

That’s when NHPR’s Leslie Bennett made this fateful comment:

“It seems like telephones have gotten as complicated as they’re ever going to get. I may regret saying that.” 

Ouch – sorry, Leslie. She was speaking from Datatech ’89, a business technology trade show in Manchester. The vendors she spoke with shared their visions for office technology in the ‘90s and beyond:

“These fax machines can talk back and forth to each other. And we do have some that are live, actually hooked up to live telephone lines … We can talk to Japan if we want to, or Russia, or anywhere else.” 

That’s right … fax machines were a hot item in 1989. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? What exciting gadget from today will be a fossil tomorrow?

From The Archives this week, we revisit Leslie Bennett’s story from Datatech ’89.

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In New Hampshire, it’s not easy to find a package of JG Coconut Mushrooms, or a jar of clotted cream, or a can of mushy peas.

“Any dinner you would have with a pie you have mushy peas on the side,” says Stephanie Pressinger, president of The British Aisles in Greenland.

“Someone who hasn’t been to England or doesn’t know the culture would say, ‘Why would you want mushed peas?’”

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If a bakery does its work right, there will be something for every customer. Katie Johnson, the owner of From Scratch Baking Company in Wolfeboro, shows off her offerings: cases of peanut butter brownies, red velvet cupcakes, and salted chocolate cookies. 

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The New Hampshire ski industry says the 2014-2015 season was the fourth best on record.

Ski New Hampshire says its member resorts saw more than 2.5 million visits over the winter.

A wireless communications firm in Pembroke is one of seven companies receiving job training grants from the state.  Green Mountain Communications Incorporated has received a grant of about $15 thousand dollars to train 25 employees on project management, fiber optics, network analysis and other skills. Anheuser-Busch of Merrimack will use its roughly $12 thousand dollar grant to offer training courses to 81 employees.  And a grant of $8,400 for Dartmouth Printing of Hanover will be used to train 40 employees through courses at the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Other com

N.H. Debates Business Tax Structure

Jun 4, 2015
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Is it time for a business tax reboot? Some in New Hampshire say a comprehensive re-examination of our business tax structure is long overdue, given questions about fairness – competition – and the huge role these taxes play in our budget. We’ll discuss how the system works now and the  pros and cons of the proposals to change it.