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Word of Mouth
2:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

I Saw The Sign: The Old-Fashioned Art Of Sign-Painting

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Hand-painted signs once dotted the landscape. They brought color, style, and distinction to stores and products, and were the nation’s first form of advertising…and today, with computer graphics and large-scale printing available for cheap, they are pretty much going the way of the horse and buggy… But a number of hand-painting holdouts are sticking with brushes – and are the subject of Sign Painters, a new documentary film about the craft directed by Sam Macon and Faythe Levine.  

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Business and Economy
3:29 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

145 Businesses Pitch Their Products At Made In N.H. Expo

The Skinny Towel & Washcloth Company's owners, husband and wife team Michelle and Marty O'Donnell, dressed as their company mascot.
Emily Corwin NHPR

More than 10,000 people filed into the Manchester Radisson’s Expo Center this weekend to taste test, try on, and purchase products made by 145 New Hampshire companies. 

Stretch’s Pickles of Keene was one of those businesses.

Owners Glenna and Craig Hjelm say both Craig’s parents and their kids pitch in to make the business thrive:

It’s all in the family, our website was created by one of our sons, they all help out at the farmers markets, boxing pickles, picking cucumbers, everything.

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All Things Considered
4:51 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Businesswoman May Gruber Remembered As Innovative, Compassionate

May Gruber in 2007, when she took part in the StoryCorps in New Hampshire project.

One of Manchester, New Hampshire’s most celebrated business owners has died. May Gruber owned Pandora sweaters for decades; it was one of the area’s biggest operations.

Several years ago May Gruber was the subject of a documentary, called “Sweater Queen.” All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talked with the film’s producer, Nancy Beach, in 2012. She started by telling the story of how Gruber and her family first came to New Hampshire.

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A Loaded Issue
7:20 am
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Benefits From Firearms Boom

Workers cast firearms parts at Sturm, Ruger's Newport foundry
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

As federal lawmakers grapple with tighter gun control laws, business is good for the firearms industry.Across the country, gun dealers can’t keep them on the shelves, and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand. But how do these trends affect New Hampshire's economy?

A look at the impact of the firearms industry on the Granite State's economy

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All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Nearly Half of Grocery Shopping Now Done in Nontraditional Grocery Stores

Grocery shelves.
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When we talk about holiday shopping we're usually referring to gifts. But as anyone who's ever hosted the family Christmas party knows, holding shopping can also mean food shopping.

And this year in New Hampshire, there are more options for that kind of shopping than perhaps ever before.

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Word of Mouth
11:13 am
Wed December 12, 2012

The 10 Best NH Employers

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Some employers are willing to try anything to incentivize employees to work harder and increase productivity. But what exactly are employees looking for in a job these days, aside from the pay?  Business NH Magazine's annual competition identifies the top ten best New Hampshire companies to work for and what makes them so great. Matthew Mowry is editor for Business NH Magazine and he joins us to talk about who came out on top.

Word of Mouth
1:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Black Friday Backlash

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Black Friday has long been a post-holiday shopping tradition for many Americans. During the last several years, customers have found their favorite stores opening ever-earlier in anticipation of growing demand. This time around, employees are fighting back against the early hours.


Emanuella Grinberg, writer with CNN.com’s Living Section, joins us to talk about her article “Retail Employees Fight Black Friday Creep.” 


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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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Your TV is Talking to YOU. Yes, YOU.

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Personalized, addressable ads are finally hitting our televisions. Ad Age's Brian Steinberg explains how they're doing something that seems a little too Minority Report to be true.

And, some feedback about a listener about our coverage of the non-coverage of the Paralympics.

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Democratic Job Plans
10:40 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Education and Revenue Key to Dem Gov. Candidates' Job Plans

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StateImpact's Amanda Loder discusses the economic proposals of main Democratic gubernatorial contenders Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley.

GOP
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Tax Reform Focus of GOP Gov. Candidates' Job Plans

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StateImpact's Amanda Loder discusses the economic proposals of Republican gubernatorial contenders Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley.

Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Whatever Floats Your Flag

NHPR Intern Zach Nugent poses with carrot flag
Photo by Emma Ruddock

In most downtowns across America, there are a handful of staple successful businesses: the pizza place, the hardware store, the movie theater.  

Then there are the niche stores that never seem to last long, the kind that make you wonder, can someone make a living selling just that?

In downtown Concord, N.H., that store might be Flagworks Over America.  And as its name implies, it sells only flags.

Patrick: “That’s a 48-star cotton flag that belonged to my wife’s grandfather, and it use to fly over in the Chicago area out in front of their house…”

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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There.

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The popular website glassdoor has thousands of people posting their salaries, reviews of their companies, and other juicy corporate tidbits online for all to see. Does this mark the end of salary secrecy? And what do companies think about it?

Word of Mouth
11:58 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Business of Nostalgia: Contoocook Photographer Builds a DIY Photobooth

Chris poses with his now nearly completed photobooth
Chris Saunders

No matter what the economy throws our way, the wedding industry churns on, now topping seventy billion dollars a year. Here's the story of one photographer vying for a slice of that cake by building his own version of the latest wedding trend…a “new-timey” photobooth.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

The Skills Gap Standoff

With so many Americans out of work and so many companies claiming they can’t fill vacant positions, many have blamed a so-called 'skills gap'. But business professor Peter Cappelli says this is just blaming the unemployed victim, and in fact, many companies are responsible for this bind. He says they're relying on automated, unreliable applicant tracking systems and refusing to train perfectly acceptable candidates.  We'll look at this debate.

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