In the nine-plus months since COVID-19’s torrent upending of everyday life, Michael Polizotti, a policy analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI), has concluded that, despite the economic recession induced by the coronavirus, the ability to draw comparisons between the cur…
Black and Brown-owned businesses are few in New Hampshire because of the state’s low diversity rates. According to the 2010 census, 94% of NH residents are white. There are even fewer Black and Brown-owned businesses in more rural areas, such as Keene and Peterborough. Compared to others, mi…
The deregulation of the energy market in several states, including New Hampshire, opened the door to competitive pricing and choice for the consumer going back to the early 1990s.
Minding Your Business
Most people were looking forward to the new year, thinking it unimaginable that 2021 could be worse than 2020. Then, six days in, the criminal who occupied the White House decided to stroke his ego by inciting an insurrection. A novel way to bring in a new year.
I pledge never to predict the stock market again. Sometimes I feel that a rat in a maze has more sense than I do. Shock a rat a time or two, and they’ll stop trying to take the cheese. But not me. I keep thinking logic and actual economic conditions will be reflected in the stock market — an…
We’re months into the pandemic, yet the debate on the shape of the recovery rages on. The potential trajectory of recovery has been a cornucopia of letters: L, U, V, I and W.
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Eddie Gomez came to Peterborough for an intern position at PeoplesVC, founded by Akhil D. Garland to facilitate “crowd-funded” venture capital investments. PeoplesVC also worked with entrepreneurs to streamline and personalize their messages to potential investors. That’s where Gomez met Ror…
The Business Next Door
The struggles facing communities dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on personal lives, jobs and businesses are well documented. With this in mind, the organizers of Radically Rural, the summit that showcases ideas of importance to small cities and towns, will stage its event this year on on…
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The Green Scene
At Keene State College, sustainability is more than just about recycling or reducing water usage on campus.
The Monadnock Sustainability Hub has a lofty goal. It wants to help communities across the Monadnock Region meet all their energy needs with renewable energy by 2030. As if that’s not lofty enough, the Hub hopes to see all of the region’s heating and transportation needs met by renewables by 2050.
At Antioch University New England, ecological stewardship and social justice are two of the cornerstones of the educational foundation that underlies the school’s graduate programs. Perhaps the other two cornerstones are the university’s faculty and the people from around the world who trave…
Translating cutting-edge, highly-technical ideas to the world from a rural landscape seems ironic. Yet that kind of entrepreneurship is exactly what’s possible in New Hampshire and Vermont, what’s continuing to develop here, and now what’s needed living in the “new normal.”
It seems like passive investing — index and exchange-traded funds — have won the performance battle in today’s financial market. Trillions of investment dollars now rest in massive pools, while investors question why they pay active managers anything for investment advice.
High stress workplaces are like psychological Petri dishes; they are perfect places to grow nasty things.
At the end of June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, or the “internet sales tax case,” which overturned its prior case law that required “physical presence” before a state could subject a retailer to its sales tax collection and remittance l…
In the face of COVID-19, pressure on a global scale has made it obvious that a changed economy is imminent. On a local level, businesses are confronting an “innovate or exit” reality and are thinking carefully about their next steps. Hope, it seems, lives in an altered, or could we even say …
On a pleasant spring day a few years ago, Jill Carson was enjoying some outdoor play time with her granddaughter. The focus of the play: bubbles. It was fun, but with her instinctive sense of quality control, Carson noticed that the bubbles and the medium of play were generally deficient. Th…
Suzanna Kamphuis’ startup, TotumVos, produces and sells multi-collagen chews in Keene. Collagen, if you weren’t sure, is the most common protein found in the body, offering support to everything from bones to skin.
Main Street 2.0
When people talk about downtown Keene, they use words like “vibrant,” and “vital.”
A small New Hampshire downtown fights back rising tide of online shopping, absentee landlords and years of Main Street vacancies
While Webster might associate “malaise” with depression, dejection and good old ennui, Marlborough’s Malaise is having quite the opposite effect.
It’s all about the bones. The bones of the old buildings in Bellows Falls, Vermont. That’s what’s bringing back this town in Windham County that went through some bumps, scrapes and bruises for almost 100 years.
TALK OF THE TOWN
GRANITE STATE COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP TO STRENGTHEN WORKFORCE
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It’s a great story: New England woodworkers carry on an age-old craft for 115 years right here in Cheshire County. But can you guess the company? Not to worry if you are stumped. Whitney Brothers remains one of Keene’s best-kept secrets, despite its reputation for designing, building and sup…
Architects and designers who are focused on the sustainability of their projects have depended on one organization since 1985 to help guide their efforts.
Radically Rural kicks off its first-ever online event on Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. Event hosts, The Hannah Grimes Center and The Keene Sentinel hope the event will incite the sharing and shaping of ideas that will drive change, prosperity, sustainability and connection in and among small towns and …
Depending upon what type of farmer you talk to, the pandemic has been either a boon or bane for the business of agriculture.
What started as a “rosy” year has taken an unprecedented and historic turn with the threat and reality of COVID-19 sweeping through the region.
Right off the bat, the nonprofit sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with 92% of those organizations who responded to a New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits survey said that they’d had a loss in revenue, more than 61% of responders having suspended some operations and more than…
Med Kopczynski, Keene’s director of economic development initiatives and special projects, says progress may have slowed due to the pandemic, but projects are not being canceled or shelved. He notes that the city has a list of capital improvement projects that could become candidates for pot…
The COVID-19 data on the hospitality industry is dire, catastrophic, really, with $800 million lost so far since the pandemic reached New Hampshire; roughly half of the industry’s 70,000 employees have been laid off or furloughed, according to New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association…
The spring 2020 season was forecasted to be a tornado of transactions in the real estate market with eager buyers waiting to snap up new listings. However, for locals, coronavirus has disrupted or perhaps just delayed that prediction.