Category: September 2017 Issue

Selling or Buying a Business: What you need to know

By Joy Jordan Many people dream of owning their own business, and see it not only as a way to gain autonomy in their professional life but to establish a legacy and provide a nest egg. Often those with an entrepreneurial streak have big ideas and launch a business from scratch. Others choose to buy an existing business to build their empire. And whether you started your business yourself or purchased it, at some point you may want to sell. The issues surrounding buying and selling a business are complex and interconnected. As part of our business conference series,...

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Why is it important to shop local?

By Amanda Converse, Kate Sheehan, and Jen Villa The terms ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local,’ ‘Shop Local,’ and ‘Shop Small’ have made their way into the American consumer vernacular over the past decade, but to understand why they are important ideas on which to act, one must look beyond the words and catchphrases to the qualitative and quantitative factors. When you shop local, you are buying products and services from your family, friends, and neighbors. Compared to nationally owned businesses, locally owned business owners tend to be more engaged in their community; employ staff members that have a greater understanding...

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Birds of a Feather: Residents and visitors flock to Sunbird for a cool vibe and good eats

By Kathryn Eident It’s raining outside – pouring actually – and the Sunbird Kitchen in Orleans is packed. Co-owner J’aime Sparrow glides around the space, delivering bowls heaped with salad greens and cardboard trays straining under the weight of thick sandwiches capped with locally made bread. A line of customers waiting to order snakes through the seating area while diners laugh, talk, and eat around large and small tables. From the chalkboard menu and driftwood on the walls, to the homemade tables with graphic designs, and the cookbooks lining the shelf in the open kitchen, the place is an...

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Laila & Henrik’s Teddy Bears: Plymouth Coalition program brings smiles to homeless children

By Ann Luongo The Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless has been assisting families in need since 1985. Today, they run, among other things, a family shelter in Kingston, which houses approximately 13 families at any given time. The families stay for between six to nine months as the Coalition’s members help them transition to more permanent housing. In any given year, between 130 and 150 children enter the shelter, with very few possessions of their own. Christie Nelson has been involved with the Plymouth Area Coalition for close to five years and has been its Treasurer for the...

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Planning: Small business and town planning − Worth the effort

By Jeff Davis Does your town have a master plan? Or a special plan for the neighborhood or district in which your business is located? More importantly, do you care? Don’t be shy if the answer is no. You’re not alone. Getting involved in local planning efforts is rarely anyone’s idea of a good time. Day-to-day life pulls each of us in so many different directions, and for small business owners in particular, every moment not spent working on your business gets weighed against all the other competing interests of life. Who has time for attending public meetings? Is...

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