New Hampshire's Business News for July 13

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Birch Hill Terrace-RiverWoods affiliation OKd, Slipping enrollment spells steep challenges for small colleges, Sanders endorses Clinton, but not all of his NH supporters are swayed, Damaged equipment delays legal Peterborough pot farm


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Effort launched to boost manufacturing in New Hampshire New Hampshire’s Manufacturing Sector Partnership – a network of manufacturing professionals, educators and state economic development officials working to form a cross-collaborative career pathway for future workers – kicked off its first meeting on Tuesday at Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford.  – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

New advanced manufacturing study stresses education Well-educated workforce ‘matters more than any other single factor in the health of advanced manufacturing firms’ – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

At Microspec, it’s intuitive Because the manufacturing that Microspec does is specialized, explained Tim Steele, founder and president of the company, there is an expectation that those hired for even entry-level positions that need no experience. Instead, potential new hires are given a test to determine their intuitive skills. – MONADNOCK LEDGER-TRANSCRIPT

Shaheen tours UNH organic dairy farm Leaders in the natural products and integrative health industries met at the University of New Hampshire's organic dairy research farm in Lee Monday to discuss their impact on the local economy. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Sanders endorses Clinton, but not all of his N.H. supporters are swayed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined Hilary Clinton on stage and told a huge crowd filled with still- passionate backers of his own presidential run that he will do all he can to make sure Clinton makes it to the White House.-- N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

For-profit college that donated to Ayotte faces more federal scrutiny A for-profit college that has been a significant donor to Sen. Kelly Ayotte is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice .N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Slipping enrollment spells steep challenges for small colleges Five colleges or universities operating in New Hampshire have closed their doors since 2002, according to the Department of Education, and each of them had fewer than 2,000 full-time students. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Consumer advocate wants purchase price of Northern Pass power made public The state consumer advocate is fighting Eversource Energy’s request to keep secret the price it plans to pay for power off the Northern Pass transmission line.  – CONCORD MONITOR

Birch Hill Terrace-RiverWoods affiliation OKd State regulators have officially approved the affiliation agreement between Birch Hill Terrace, a continuing care retirement community in Manchester, and The RiverWoods Group, parent company of the RiverWoods continuing care retirement community in Exeter. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

QA: NH Banking Commissioner Jerry Little ‘We have an ongoing level of consolidation within the financial services industry that has been a concern to me for some time,’ says Jerry Little, the state’s new banking commissioner.  – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Bar owner arrested in largest meth seizure in NH history The Drug Enforcement Administration began an undercover investigation about a month ago, which led them to El Patron Sports Bar and Grill on Wilson Street in Manchester. – WMUR-TV

Peapod expands NH service Peapod, the country’s leading internet grocer, is expanding service to Manchester. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Committee OKs lighting package for parkway Port Lighting, a Seabrook-based company, has been selected as the contractor for a new computerized, decorative lighting package scheduled to be installed on the Broad Street Parkway bridge.  – NASHUA TELEGRAPH

Damaged equipment delays legal Peterborough pot farm The medical marijuana growing facility in Peterborough is 90 percent complete, according to John Glowik, CEO of Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of New Hampshire. – MONADNOCK LEDGER-TRANSCRIPT

Timoleon’s reopens after failed health inspection  Citing improper food storage and personnel touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands, the Keene Health Department shuttered Timoleon’s Restaurant after a random inspection Saturday. – KEENE SENTINEL

Staffing agency for hepatitis C infector fights Exeter Hospital The staffing agency that placed “serial infector” David Kwiatkowski, who caused the 2012 hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital, says it should not have to compensate the hospital for payouts it made to patients. – EXETER NEWSLETTER

Worldwide Chocolate has new owner  Worldwide Chocolate was recently sold by Sarah and Peter Ward 12 years after beginning the business in their home garage. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Motorcycle museum to close - Owner complained of crematory ash and odors next door Doug Frederick, the owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Daniel Webster Highway (US Route 3) , has announced that the museum will close on July 18, but expressed the hope of reopening at a new location for the start of the motorcycle season next year. – THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

Historic Bath general store up for auction A historic general store and tourist attraction in New Hampshire that closed earlier this year is up for auction.  – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

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