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How to spot a slacker before you hire him

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Reader: I have just been promoted to manage a small group. One of the employees, “Cameron,” is extremely unmotivated and lazy. He would gladly spend his entire shift eating or chatting with friends. If you tell him to do something, he will do it, but it usually takes forever and is slipshod work. He would have to assault someone or do something equally outrageous to be fired, as the company …

U.S. shoppers are losing their holiday spirit

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Could Americans be losing their holiday spending spirit? More than 20 years of retail sales data suggest it’s a distinct possibility. U.S. retailers have come to rely on a shopping frenzy toward the end of the year, as the annual gift-giving season compels people to open their wallets. That holiday bump, though, appears to be shrinking. Last year, December’s share of annual retail …

College grads will enter a strong job market

Sunday, November 29, 2015

This spring, students graduating from college will have more to look forward to than the end of exams and term papers. They can also expect a strong job market. According to a survey by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, hiring of new grads is expected to jump 15 percent …

1,111-carat diamond discovered in Botswana mine

Friday, November 20, 2015

From afar, Botswana’s diamond mines look like barren construction sites sunk into rocky hills. At their base, hulking excavation machines turn over what appear to be nothing more than piles of dirt. Yet within this “rubble” are some of the world’s most valuable precious stones - including, as …

Europe could reap benefits of U.S. interest rate hikes

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In a high-stakes juncture for the global economy, the central banks of Europe and the United States are set to take opposing actions in December: the European Central Bank to cut rates, the Federal Reserve to raise them. …

Concord’s Eagle Hotel, One and Two Capital Plaza change hands in real estate deal

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brady Sullivan Properties has purchased three marquee buildings in downtown Concord. Concord developer Ben Kelley, a commercial partner with Brady Sullivan, said the sale of the Eagle Hotel and One and Two Capital Plaza became official Monday. The …

Spielberg, Sondheim, Streisand among 17 recipients of the 2015 Medals of Freedom

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Sondheim, James Taylor, Itzhak Perlman and Gloria and Emilio Estefan are among the 17 individuals to receive the 2015 Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. The honors will be presented in a ceremony Nov. 24 at the White House. President Obama …

Business people for Nov. 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Joanne Gagnon was hired as vice president and commercial banker at Bank of New Hampshire. She has nearly 30 years of experience in financial services and commercial lending. She will work in the Concord Main Street office. Peter …

Business notes for Nov. 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub in Concord celebrated it’s 15th anniversary with an event that raised more than $1,000 for the Boy & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire. Belknap Subaru in Tilton delivered a Subaru filled with supplies to the Lake’s Region Humane Society. Milestone Engineering …

Hassan, top lawmakers, gather for leadership retreat

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Republican and Democratic lawmakers put aside their differences this weekend to gather for a leadership retreat in northern New Hampshire. The Business and Industry Association hosted a retreat from Sunday evening into this afternoon for policy and business leaders at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield. Gov. …

Daily fantasy sports companies seek gambling approval abroad

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Top daily fantasy sports companies are fiercely rejecting the idea that their rapidly growing industry should be considered gambling in the United States. But FanDuel and DraftKings are okay with that label in the United Kingdom. They’re embracing it as a step toward global expansion. U.K. gambling regulators …

JetBlue unveiling improvements to Boston’s Logan Airport

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Logan International Airport is getting an update. JetBlue is unveiling the first phase of its terminal improvements Monday. The New York-based carrier has been working with MASSPORT, the airport operator, to update JetBlue’s Terminal C area with new interactive kiosks, updated flight information displays and other upgrades. The …

Why getting rid of free office snacks doesn’t come cheap

Sunday, November 15, 2015

To boost its bottom line, Sprint decided last week to end the era of free office snacks away from its employees. The move represents a tiny fraction of the struggling telecom’s effort to cut $2.5 billion from its total operating expenses. Axing the free food will shave $600,000 …