More than 50 businesses have started in New Hampshire in the past six months thanks to a law allowing laid-off workers to fund them with their unemployment benefits. That’s according to the Small Business Development Center at UNH, which administers the so-called “Pathway To Work” program.
The EPA is proposing stricter emissions standards for wood stoves. Manufacturers would have to build stoves that burn 80 percent cleaner than current models. And for the first time, pellet stoves would be held to the same standards. The EPA says pollution from these heaters is linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks, and stroke.
The plan includes more than 100 policy recommendations covering nine areas believed to be essential to the state’s economy. The recommendations include some classic BIA issues, like streamlining access to the Research and Development tax credit and increasing STEM education. But there’s also a recommendation to emphasize arts, culture and history in schools.
New Hampshire retailers are expecting their holiday sales to be up four percent, slightly higher than what's expected nationally. The Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire says 73 percent of those businesses surveyed are anticipating their 2013 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year.
The president of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire has been reappointed to a ninth term on an advisory panel to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Jim Roche was reappointed to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to chamber presidents and chief executive officers. The group advises the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors; enhances the U.S. Chamber's lobbying and coalition work; recommends programming; and strengthens outreach to the business and chamber community.
An expanded “Auto Dealer Bill of Rights” law is set to take effect today. It offers auto and equipment dealers protections from some requirements set by manufacturers. But a key part of the law is now on hold.
The steadfast fixture of arcades and bars has dwindled as the gaming industry has moved towards handheld devices and home consoles. Only one pinball production company remains. However, Jack Guarnieri is looking to revive the once uber-popular gaming machine.
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.