Business and Economy

Business and Economy
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

N.H. Entrepreneurs Launch Social Network For The Prayerful

Jamie Coughlin co-founded PlusGrace with his brother, Adam. He also runs the abi Innovation Hub in downtown Manchester.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Billions of Christians around the world are in the midst of Holy Week observances in the run-up to Easter.  Many of these rituals have been in place for centuries. 

But how does an ancient faith adapt to the age of the internet, social networks, and smartphones? 

So far, the answer is “slowly.” 

But a pair of New Hampshire entrepreneurs hope they can speed up the process. 

It’s fitting that the idea for a prayer-based social network came to Jamie Coughlin and his brother Adam while they were parked on a pew at Mass.

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Business and Economy
3:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Granite Staters Commute Longer Than Most, Paying Quarter Billion In Income Taxes To Massachusetts

Most common commutes to Boston from New Hampshire towns. Data from Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
Sara Plourde

At 6:15 every morning, Christine Suchecki leaves her house in Windham, NH, and spends the next hour and twenty minutes driving almost 40 miles to her job as a nurse in Boston. Her husband drives in a similar direction, to Waltham, MA. “We just look at it as either you’re going to pay financially in your proximity to the city, or with time in your commute,” Suchecki says.

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Eco Business
7:30 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Green Business Initiative Sees Rewards, But Faces Challenges

EnerTrac founder and CEO Steve Owens holds customer meters his GLP company will design special monitors for.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year.

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Business and Economy
5:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Power New England, Resident Power Situation Explained

Cheap natural gas prices have led to a boom in the construction of gas generating power plants. That combined with market deregulation in New England have set the stage for some tumultuous times in the New England electricity market for years to come.
Credit Duke Energy / Flickr Creative Commons

Many Granite State electric customers are scratching their heads after an electricity supplier, Power New England, was abruptly kicked out of the market two weeks ago. Customers of Power New England and its sister company, Resident Power, have had to try to sort out what's going on from media reports where utilities and power suppliers are slinging accusations back forth indiscriminately.

So here’s a breakdown of what has happened to date.

Who are Resident Power and Power New England?

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Business and Economy
5:19 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Casino Could Bring N.H. More Social Costs Than Revenue, New Report Finds

Low stakes charitable gaming is popular at Rockingham Park, in Salem.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Our reporters at StateImpact NH have the latest on a study from the Center for Public Policy Studies that finds a casino in New Hampshire may be a wash -- when it comes to balancing tax revenue with social costs. 

For background information on all three casino bills proposed this session, read up here.

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Business and Economy
3:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

How New Hampshire Is Helping Nanobreweries Revolutionize Craft Beer

Throwback Brewery in North Hampton is a tap room at the front and a nanobrewery in back.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Read, listen and view a slideshow about New Hampshire's nanobrewery laws and Throwback Brewery at StateImpact New Hampshire

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Business and Economy
2:18 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

New "User Friendly" L.L.C. Act Goes Into Effect New Years Day

About 120,000 Granite Staters -- almost 10 percent of the state’s population -- are members of an LLC, or Limited Liability Corporation.  But too many LLCs fail because of internal disputes, says John Cunningham, a Concord lawyer and expert on LLCs.  On January 1, a revised LLC act that was signed by Governor Lynch in June will go into effect.  Cunningham -- who was the principle author of the original LLC law and chaired the committee that wrote the new act -- says the new law sets out to reduce disputes between LLC members by clarifying their responsibilities. He gives this example:

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Business and Economy
5:36 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

N.H. Business Leaders Talk Recruitment At Economic Development Summit

Jamie Coughlin and Patrick Clark discuss recruitment strategies.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Just as New Hampshire’s baby boomers are aging out of the workforce, the state’s used-to-be steady stream of educated newcomers just aren’t moving here at the same rates. This collision of factors strains state’s economy. That’s why – at the Division of Economic Development’s annual meeting – business and employee recruitment was a major topic of discussion.

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Business and Economy
4:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Should Farmers Tweet? Program Helps Farmers Market Their Business

Holly Gowdy
Credit Melanie Plenda

It used to be all farmers needed was some land, some seed, a little luck and a lot of hard work to be successful. Today's farmer needs all of that plus social media skills, marketing savvy and a business plan.

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Business and Economy
1:44 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bipartisan Grassroots 'Fix The Debt' Campaign Launches In New Hampshire

Former Ambassador and Congressman Dick Swett, and New Hampshire Senator Lou D'Allesandro speak with CEO Dawn Wivell about the Fix The Debt campaign at the Legislative Office Building in Concord
Emily Corwin NHPR

If Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction deal by January, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” will kick in. Today, a national bipartisan has launched in New Hampshire to make sure that doesn’t happen.

After a bipartisan debt-reduction plan commissioned by President Obama failed to gain support in Congress, its authors – Republican former Senator Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles – went grassroots. They started the Fix The Debt Campaign -- a national group with state chapters.

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Business and Economy
5:49 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Starting A Business: The New Retirement?

Joyce Goodwin, Granite Start Early Education Center, Nashua

More aging adults are stepping out on a limb and starting their own businesses, says a report from the Kauffman Foundation. In New Hampshire, the Small Business Association and AARP are working together to make sure these so-called “encore entrepreneurs” have the tools they need.

The recession had hit by the time Joyce Goodwin finished her temporary position as director of a school in Hudson. She was 54, and couldn’t find another job.  

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StateImpact NH
12:02 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Living Above The Past: Museum Opens Up To Tenants

As a living history museum, Strawbery Banke allows visitors to tour historic buildings constructed between 1695 and 1954.
Amanda Loder for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 6:20 pm

All it takes to enter a time warp in New Hampshire is $15 and a summer afternoon. Spanning more than 250 years of American history, Strawbery Banke is the oldest neighborhood in the state's oldest city, Portsmouth.

It's kind of like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg — lite. Stationed inside many of the 37 homes are re-enactors in different period garb. Inside a hulking white house, it's 1872.

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StateImpact NH
5:21 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Severed From State, Is McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Ready For Lift Off?

Emily Corwin NHPR

When celebrated Concord resident and high school teacher Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger explosion in 1986, an out-of– state donor offered $500,000 to build a monument in downtown Concord. As then-mayor Jim MacKay remembers, the city declined. Instead, the state built a planetarium. Today – 26 years after the state opened the McAuliffe Planetarium — the facility is on its way to becoming a private, nonprofit institution.

StateImpact
2:12 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead Voices of the New Hampshire Economy Interactive

Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

View the interactive on the StateImpact NH website.

It may not always feel this way, but New Hampshire’s economy is doing better than almost anywhere in the U.S. The state’s 5 percent unemployment rate is lower than all but five other states. However, some parts of the state are doing better than others.  NHPR’s Amanda Loder interviewed people across the state’s seven regions to get a sense of what New Hampshire’s economic recovery looks like in 2012. Listen to voices of New Hampshire's economy and share your story in an interactive audio experience.

Catch up on the series Getting By, Getting Ahead.

StateImpact
1:44 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Start-Up Entrepreneur Brings High-Tech Talent To Rural N.H.

CEO Tillman Gerngross
Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

As part of StateImpact NH's weekly “Getting By, Getting Ahead” series, Amanda Loder is travelling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.  In part three, we visit a biotech start-up in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region. You can find all series stories on the StateImpact NH website.

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