Business Notes: Sept. 15, 2013

Lebanon — A free forum on the Affordable Care Act will be held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Tuesday evening to address the issues Upper Valley businesses and consumers will face in the coming months as components of the new law kick in.

Presented by New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility and hosted by DHMC, the forum will feature a panel of experts from around the state to discuss what the ACA requires of businesses. Panelists will include Matthew Houde, director of government relations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Karen Kelly, community organizer for health care and small business at New Hampshire Citizens Alliance; Tyler Brennan from the New Hampshire Department of Insurance; and Robin Mackey, chief financial officer at DHMC.

The presentation portion of the forum will focus on implementation challenges, the components of the ACA relevant to New Hampshire business, the status of the health insurance marketplace, and issues and relationships with providers. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Tuesday’s forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium G on the DHMC campus in Lebanon. The event is free, but registration is required at

Company News

The Shaw’s supermarket in the Upper Valley Plaza on Route 12A that closed earlier this month is being subleased by the company.

American Retail Properties of Boston is offering the 61,000-square-foot space for sublease through 2021. Prospective tenants would also have options for two additional five-year terms, according to a listing on the company’s website.

The building is being offered as a whole space or to be subdivided, the listing says.

American Retail, which represents other commercial properties in other New England states, also is handling subleases on the five other Shaw’s supermarkets that closed in New Hampshire, as well as the chain’s other closed stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Mark A. Pitkin, president and chief executive officer of Sugar River Bank in Claremont, joined the board of directors of the New Hampshire Bankers Association at its annual meeting held Sept. 6 at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vt.

Kathryn G. Underwood, president and CEO of Hanover-based Ledyard National Bank, was re-elected to the board during the annual weekend joint conference of the New Hampshire and Vermont bankers associations.

The New Hampshire Bankers Association is a statewide, nonprofit trade association whose purpose is to promote the general welfare of the banking industry and the New Hampshire economy.

Norwich Partners plans to begin remodeling and renovating the Marriott Courtyard in Lebanon in November.

ROK Builders, of Wilton, N.H., has been hired to manage the makeover of the hotel’s lobby and corridors and the upgrade of the public spaces and guest rooms with new fixtures, decoration and furniture.

Renovations to the property are scheduled to be completed in the spring. ROK Builders will work with Boston-based Group One Partners Inc., which is providing architectural, interior design and procurement services.

White River Family Eyecare and Dr. Richard Brannen have combined their practices.

Brannen’s office will remain at 45 Lyme Road and will be known as Hanover Eyecare. Dr. Nicholas Pittman will join the Hanover staff.

Neil Castaldo, of Hanover, is returning to the Concord law firm of Orr & Reno after serving since 2009 as chief legal counsel and adviser to the president at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Castaldo, who began his law career at Orr & Reno four decades ago, has focused on health care and corporate law, representing senior management and boards of trustees and directors. Earlier, he founded the New Hampshire offices of the law firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder of Providence, R.I., and served on that firm’s management committee for many years.

Castaldo earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1970, where he was case note editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the New Hampshire and American bar associations and the American Health Lawyers Association and has been cited in Best Lawyers in America for his work in health care and corporate law.

He has served as chairman of the board of the Central New Hampshire Community Health Center, the Friends Program, a nonprofit organization that offers emergency housing, foster grandparenting, senior volunteer opportunities, and youth mentoring, New England College and the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Upcoming Events

Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering a four-hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan. The course will be offered on Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hartford Municipal Building, 171 Bridge St., in Room 204.

The workshop is designed as a step-by-step guide for starting a business in Vermont for the first-time business owner:

Space is limited. To register for the workshop sign up online at (click on the training tab). For registration questions, please email Heather Gonyaw at The registration fee of $99 includes a workbook in hardcopy and .pdf format.

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