Business

Ag Secretary: Use App to Inform About GMOs

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food’s ingredients include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. …

Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Fight

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission for the first time classified Internet providers as public utilities Thursday, a landmark vote that officials said will prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what people see on the Web. The move, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, was part of a sweeping set of new “net neutrality” rules aimed at banning providers of high-speed …

Miller Auto Dealership to Close

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lebanon — Signaling a shake-up in the Upper Valley automobile market, longtime car seller Miller Chevrolet Cadillac will close its doors on Friday, leaving Lebanon, for the first time since the dawn of the automotive era, without a Chevrolet or Cadillac dealer. Miller Chevrolet Cadillac owner Johanna Cicotte has terminated the distribution agreement …

Female Engineers Making Inroads In Automotive Industry

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chicago — In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, making her the first female CEO of a major automobile company. Barra is among a growing number of women — like Jennifer Vuong, news anchor and multimedia editor at Automotive News, and Nancy Gioia, director of global …

‘Valley News’ to Publish New Monthly Business Magazine for Upper Valley

Sunday, February 22, 2015

West Lebanon — The Valley News has announced plans to expand its coverage of the Upper Valley business community with the publication of a new monthly magazine. The first issue of Enterprise: The Business Magazine of the Upper Valley, will be published on March 31. The free magazine …

Maine Panel to Consider Wind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Portland, Maine — Maine’s reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago, a move critics say would damage the integrity of the regulatory process and scare off future renewable-energy investors. …

Markets Hit Records After Greek Aid Deal

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — U.S. stocks rose Friday, sending benchmark indexes to records, after European officials reached a deal to extend Greece’s aid for four months. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 0.6 percent to a record 2,110.30. The Dow Jones industrial average added 154.67 points, or 0.9 …

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hackensack, n.j. — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic …

Restaurants Put Bacon on Everything — Again

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pizza chain Little Caesars this week unveiled a deep-dish pizza wrapped with more than 3 feet of “decadent” thick-cut bacon. A day earlier, Starbucks debuted its own bacon-y surprise: a 540-calorie double-smoked bacon breakfast sandwich “sure to satisfy …

Wal-Mart to Raise Base Wage to $9 in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, said Thursday that it will increase the pay of nearly 40 percent of its workforce, a sign that the improving economy is putting pressure on companies to boost wages for entry-level workers. Starting in April, Wal-Mart workers will earn at least $9 per …

Social Security Q&A: Will Benefits Be Affected By Unemployment Payments?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Question: I went back to work after retiring, but now the company I work for is downsizing. I’ll be receiving unemployment benefits in a few weeks. Will this affect my retirement benefits? Answer: When it comes to retirement benefits, Social Security does not count unemployment as earnings, so …

Norwich Businessman Leads Benefit for Upper Valley Haven

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Norwich — Dan and Whit’s on Main Street in Norwich is at the center of town in more ways than one. It’s where neighbors pick up groceries and kibitz, where a well-worn public bulletin board promotes everything from …

People in Business: Feb. 15, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jay Hutchins, of Lebanon, has earned the accredited estate planner designation from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. The designation is a graduate-level specialization in estate planning, available to legal and financial professionals. Achieving the designation …