Business

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.

Eszter via Flickr Creative Commons

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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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:15 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

After The Mills, What Will Drive the North Country Economy?

Berlin's Main Street is one of many North Country areas looking to grow its economy.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Bleak. Troubled. Struggling. Take the phrase “North Country economy”, and you’ll almost inevitably hear one of those adjectives attached to it.

And to a certain extent, it’s true; the northern New Hampshire economy has had a difficult run since the bottom fell out of the mill economy. But can a handful of downbeat adjectives really characterize a whole region’s economy?

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All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Vacation Home Slowdown Can Hurt More Than Real Estate Market

Anyone who’s been in this state in late July has seen  the traffic pattern – the long line of cars and trucks with boats or kayaks or bikes on the back, heading north on the highway to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.  Some folks are heading toward campgrounds or b&b’s; some others are heading toward their own vacation homes, which in the Lakes Region can be pretty substantial.

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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.

Most Read Online
1:37 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Top Stories: Who's On Welfare? Start-Up Entrepreneur Brings High-Tech Talent To Rural N.H.

Daquella Manera Flickr

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Conscientious Consumerism?

"Socially Responsible", its a catchword used by many businesses these days whether they want to promote their environmental friendliness, political awareness or by the way they treat their employees.  "We talk to the author of a new book who says there are many issues to consider when deeming a business socially responsible, both for the consumer and for the companies themselves. In some cases, there are uncomfortable tradeoffs, it’s nearly impossible to fulfill every ideal. And then there’s making a profit still a necessity, even if you’re eco-friendly.

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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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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Businesses with Bennies

(Photo by mcdlttx via Flickr Creative Commons)

News last month that trading losses at JP Morgan chase may be much larger than previously reported – possibly topping nine billion dollars. The number provides ammo for advocates of more stringent financial regulations… and for 99 percenters, proof that  corporate greed is running amok…and running the system. A number of progressive, socially responsible corporations are seeking designation as b-corps – or benefit corporations. Several states have already legislated incentives for B-Corps.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
4:47 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Opportunities and Drawbacks for Upper Valley Startups

Every part of New Hampshire has been affected by the ups and downs of the economy, but not every region has felt the effects in the same way. That’s been especially true in New Hampshire's Upper Valley – when home prices were dropping and jobs were scarce, Upper Valley communities and employers managed to hold on… for a while, anyway.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:25 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Community Supported Agriculture Brings Farmers Popularity, If Not Prosperity

Starting crops at Stout Oak Farm in Epping. In community supported agriculture, consumers pay for crops when they're just starting.
Keith Shields, NHPR

One of the buzzwords we hear around the economy these days is “certainty” – that if we all had a better idea of what the economy was going to throw our way, we’d be better able to prepare for it.

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StateImpact
11:34 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Voices of N.H.'s Economy

Mill worker Rollie Leclerc.
Amanda Loder NHPR

In this seven week series, NHPR’s StateImpact reporter Amanda Loder explores how N.H. residents feel about the state’s economy and the role state government should play in economic recovery.

Listen to series reports on-air Tuesday mornings through August 14, and any time online at StateImpact NH

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NH News
6:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Future Of 'Bike Week' Relies On New Marketing

Emily Corwin NHPR

Once upon a time, Laconia Bike Week was a rowdy affair with a lot of drinking and wild behavior.

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