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The curious custody battle for Skyhaven Airport

Skyhaven Airport in Rochester is typical of the state’s smaller municipal airports. It has a 4,000-foot runway, more than three dozen hangars, tie-downs for planes based there, a fixed base operator and, for the first time in years, it recently…

Conway-developed software can be a firm’s crystal ball

Rapid Insight Inc., one of seven tenants in the business incubator launched by the Conway-based Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, is developing software that can help companies predict the future. According to founder Mike Laracy, the software can be used…

Lawmakers question technology promises

A legislative leader says lawmakers were duped about promises of big savings that were to be made by consolidating the state’s computer operations. Bob Anderson, who promised to modernize New Hampshire’s computer systems and save $11 million, resigned in January,…

Bellavances deliver through the generations

Theodore Roosevelt was president when Joseph A. Bellavance founded J. A. Bellavance & Co. in 1902 in a Canal Street building in Nashua. The business in those days was located in a saloon that also served as a wholesale beer,…

NHBR honored for General Excellence

The New Hampshire Business Review won first place for General Excellence at the Feb. 7 New England Press Association 54th annual convention and trade show. The newspaper was honored in the biweekly category. NHBR reporter Bob Sanders took a second-place…

Keene builder revives dormant family ski area

It’s not often a businessman has the chance to rehabilitate a favorite childhood hangout, but for Fred Baybutt of Keene that’s precisely what he’s doing with Granite Gorge. Baybutt, one of the members of the Baybutt Construction family, bought the…

State securities agency aids in mutual fund probe

The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulations has jumped into the growing national mutual fund scandals in a big way, helping to investigate and negotiate a tentative settlement -- reportedly in the $200 million range -- with Boston-based MFS Investment…

Manufacturers decry deep cuts in MEP program

It is called the Omnibus Spending Bill, the annual appropriation by Congress that covers several departments, a multitude of programs, and several hundred billion dollars. But it also might be called the “ominous” spending bill for the legendary barrels of…

Small employers hammered by health insurance law

Rich Krasnow blames himself for the 50 percent increase in health insurance premiums at his company, Payroll Matters in Manchester. Krasnow has only seven employees -- clerical workers who are young and healthy. Under a new state law that went…

Choicelinx: the product behind the company

Lost in the political firestorm surrounding Choicelinx and how it won an $890,000 state contract, is the company’s product -- an agile and robust benefits software system that can save insurers and employers thousands of dollars. The Manchester-based firm was…