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As Senate vets budget, some N.H. business leaders say tourism promo cuts will cost state

Friday, April 24, 2015

Riders on transit systems in New York and New Jersey last year were beckoned by colorful ads to “Live Free and Unwind” in New Hampshire. The marketing campaign, which featured a sailboat gliding through the water near Portsmouth, was paid for by the Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s promotional budget. Business advocates say this budget is in jeopardy because of millions in cuts included in the House budget. This …

NH PUC launches investigation into soaring New England energy prices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The state Public Utilities Commission is launching an investigation into the state’s high electricity costs, hoping to find solutions. “Overall, the average retail price of electricity in New England is the highest in the continental United States, posing a threat to our region’s economic competitiveness,” said the PUC order, dated last Monday. “The commission has a fundamental duty to ensure that the rates …

SBA Administrator, Kuster laud Concord’s Blake’s All-Natural, small-business loans

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chris Licata prepped his audience for the message he was about to deliver: He had an overwhelmingly positive experience with a government agency. “It seems like it’s never been more in style to criticize government and the things that are going on,” said Licata, president of Blake’s All Natural Foods in Concord. “But the work the Small Business Administration is doing for small …

Residential unit sales, prices up in Q1 of 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A strong start to the state’s residential housing market was capped off by a robust March, according to New Hampshire Association of Realtors’ quarterly report. Unit sales were up 6 percent for the month, and the $226,000 median price for a residential home was the highest in any …

In NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains’ rise

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York City is increasingly becoming a chain store city. Looking for a Seinfeld-style coffee shop? It’s sharing the city with 280 Starbucks and more than 530 Dunkin’ Donuts. A good neighborhood deli? It’s competing with some 460 …

Canadian shrimp imports up as Maine fishery remains closed

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery on Easter Sunday brunch – the cold-water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not New England. Canadian imports of …

Business people for April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexandra Breed was named chairwoman of the trusts and estates department at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law. Richard Uchida, a lawyer and partner at Hinckley …

Business notes for April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Granite Bank recently announced a small-business loan program for women. Funds are available for qualified women seeking financing with an easy application process. JCPenney at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord was named one of 104 recipients of the Founder’s Award out of 1,060 stores. The Founder’s Award is …

Merrimack County Savings brings “microbranch” trend to N.H., Hooksett

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bank branches traditionally have stuck to what works. A long row of tellers behind tall counters, removing money from cash drawers and depositing money into room-sized safes. But technology has changed personal banking, as more customers can do …

For sale in Concord: Stunning landmark promises luxuries

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rarely does a Concord landmark such as this come on the market! The distinctive brick Victorian at 232 South St. offers almost 10 acres in the heart of the desirable South End. Complete with a spectacular four-stall post …

Study identifies business opportunities in downtown Concord

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Business in downtown Concord is missing out on about $19.4 million in sales. That number is the product of a retail gap analysis presented by Intown Concord last week. It attempted to find business sectors that are missing or could expand in the city. While the study found …

NHES again denies unemployment claims from FairPoint workers who striked; unions plan to appeal

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The FairPoint Communications strike is over, but the fallout is not. New Hampshire Employment Security this week denied appeals from workers in two unions representing hundreds of FairPoint employees in the state who participated in a six-month strike that ended in February. The original denial in November had …

Infographic: NH unemployment on steady decline

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in March dipped to 4.2 percent, down .3 percentage points from February and .7 percentage points from March 2014. The rate isn’t adjusted for seasonal employment, according to New Hampshire Employment Security. The labor …