Business

Aimee Caruso

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Like all states, Vermont faces its own obstacles when it comes to growing the economy. Joan Goldstein, a Royalton resident and Vermont’s recently appointed commissioner of economic development, places the need for skilled workers, built space, infrastructure and affordable housing at the top of the list. A transplanted New Yorker with roots in the financial industry, Goldstein is fired up and full of ideas. But since commissioners serve at the pleasure of the governor, and Peter Shumlin recently announced he would not run again, she could have less than two years to make a dent. It’s too early to say for sure what her main …

SCORE Stories: For Math Major, Art Career Adds Up

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hand-painted canvas floor coverings were not uncommon in Colonial days. They went out of vogue when mass-produced linoleum became a relatively inexpensive and practical way to cover well-trafficked floors like kitchens and hallways. Lisa Curry Mair, the owner of Canvasworks, came upon the artisanal craft of “floorcloths” almost by accident and now sells …

Women and Business: Margo Baldwin’s Unlikely Path to Publishing Leader

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Margo Baldwin’s career path has been anything but traditional. It includes studying different subjects at colleges on both coasts, a big career change, a year in Mexico and a 10-year break from her business, Chelsea Green Publishing. Modest, Baldwin credits her husband, Ian, and their investors, employees and authors for the success of …

Deere Dealer Heads for Hartland

Sunday, June 21, 2015

White River Junction — After 24 years at 240 S. Main St., downtown fixture L.F. Trottier & Sons is departing White River Junction for Hartland. On Aug. 1, the company will swap its current 3,800-square-foot shop for an 8,000-square-foot facility on Route 5 in Hartland. It will move …

Avian Flu Drives Up Egg Prices

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — Three weeks ago, if you ordered a three-egg omelet from Roxanne’s Cafe in the Kansas City suburb of Parkville, you would probably get a five-egg omelet instead. Cooks weren’t too concerned about how many …

Apple, Google Give a Reason to Pay by Phone

Sunday, June 21, 2015

San Francisco — The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores. That could change later this year when …

Yankee Great Invests in Cyber-Bully Deterrent

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New York — Derek Jeter’s first tech investment since retiring from the New York Yankees is an app to combat online bullying. Jeter has invested in STOPit, a mobile application that allows students to anonymously report abuse to school administrators in real time. The Turn 2 Foundation, which …

Oil-Sands Plans on Decline

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Calgary, Alberta — The era of the megaproject in Canada’s oil sands is fading. Crude’s price slump, pressure to get off fossil fuels and tax increases in Alberta are adding to high costs and a lack of pipelines, …

5 Homebuying Tips From Dad

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It was a different world when Dad bought his first home. But oddly enough, a lot of his homebuying advice (unlike his socks-and-sandals choice) is back in fashion. Putting up a sizable down payment, holding back some cash reserves in the bank, and shopping smart so you can …

Fed’s View of Economy Means Slow Rate Rise

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Washington — For Federal Reserve officials, the U.S. economy is a glass house where aggressive moves could break something. While the median forecast of policymakers still calls for two interest-rate increases by year-end, more officials say just one …

Organic Farming More Profitable, Analysis Finds

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Minneapolis — Organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming, according to a new report that analyzes dozens of studies. The analysis, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the premium organic farmers can charge for their products makes their operations financially sustainable. …

Japanese Tech Firm Offers Childlike Robot With ‘Heart’

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Urayasu, Japan — Technology company Softbank’s Pepper robot went on sale in Japan on Saturday, equipped with a “heart” designed to not only recognize human emotions but react with simulations of anger, joy and irritation. The robot, which …

FBI: Flights Rarely Track Cellphones

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Washington — The FBI assured Congress in an unusual, confidential briefing last week that its plane surveillance program is a by-the-books operation short on high-definition cameras — with some planes equipped with binoculars — and said only five times in five years has it tracked cellphones from the …