New Hampshire's Business News for Aug. 17

A look at today's top business headlines, including: SJuly jobless rate up slightly in NH; Last chance to weigh in on N.H.'s 'Teflon Toxin' drinking water standard; Post-IPO, Planet Fitness keeps growing; Marriott Residence Inn coming to downtown Manchester in 2018

July unemployment rate up slightly in NH New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate went up slightly in July, to 2.9 percent.  – NH1

Planned Parenthood's Van Ostern endorsement sparks debate The move has exposed a disagreement among abortion rights activists over the role they should play in this election. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Breastfeeding moms get privacy pod at airport  Nursing moms should be pumped about this new addition to the Manchester airport – MANCHESTER INKLINK

Last chance to weigh in on N.H.'s 'Teflon Toxin' drinking water standard  This Friday is the last day for New Hampshire residents to weigh in on drinking water standards for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS.  – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO 

Eat local a win-win for farmers and diners Fetta Di Casa’s name means “slice of home” – and that’s a motto they take seriously, said owner Carol Cersosimo who makes brick oven pizza, mainly with ingredients picked daily from her own gardens. — MONADNOCK LEDGER-TRANSCRIPT

After 49 delicious years on the road, Hooksett food truck couple retires A tragic course of events put a quick end to a long-time food truck in Hooksett last week. – HOOKSETT BANNER

Sunnycrest baker brings food from field to kitchen  Bonne Cavanagh has been whipping up homemade baked goods and treats for several years at Sunnycrest Farm on High Range Road. – DERRY NEWS

Concord’s Lewis Farm to continue under new owners, with a twist of agritourism A couple of architects from Massachusetts – Becky McWilliams and James Meinecke – bought Lewis Farm last week for $600,000 after a five-month apprenticeship under the retiring Harry Lewis, whose family worked the land on Silk Farm Road since the 1930s. – CONCORD MONITOR

Sap House Meadery's expansion improves trade In a corner of Ossipee that once bustled with traffic and retail sales, an old-fashioned “meadery” is doing great business. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Ensuring a living wage – Hermit Woods offers $15 per hour to employees Responding to the ongoing national debate about the minimum wage, the partners at Hermit Woods Winery announced this week that beginning on Friday, Aug. 19, all its employees will be paid "a living wage" of $15 per hour. – THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

Post-IPO, Planet Fitness keeps growing A year after Planet Fitness launched its initial public offering, everything is going to plan, and then some. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Portsmouth marina under new ownership After years of running two businesses at the same time – Portsmouth Kayak Adventures and Downey Sealcoat – Bill Downey is launching a third business as a new principal of Witch Cove Marina. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Lonza acquiring dietary supplement maker Lonza announced that it has agreed to acquire InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc. (“InterHealth”), a leader in research, development, manufacture and marketing of value-added nutritional ingredients. – FOSTER DAILY DEMOCRAT

Marriott Residence Inn coming to downtown in 2018 The proposed building site includes a municipal parking lot that is a popular parking option for those attending events at the Verizon Wireless Arena and other downtown destinations, which will become hotel parking.  – MANCHESTER INKLINK

Three new businesses make home in Hooksett Three new businesses — a coffee shop, a bank branch and a tavern — are setting up shop in Hooksett. – HOOKSETT BANNER

Thrift store asks customer to take gun outside, companion complains  A recent incident at the thrift store and food pantry operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Union Avenue threw the conflict between the right to carry a firearm and the right to private property into stark relief. –  LACONIA DAILY SUN

American Hockey Institute sued for breach of contract A Massachusetts mother has filed suit in Belknap County Superior Court against the American Hockey Institute LLC demanding her son's tuition be reimbursed because neither the academic or athletic portions of her contract were fulfilled. – LACONIA DAILY SUN

TwinState MakerSpaces receives $360K in tax credit TwinState MakerSpaces, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that will be constructing the Claremont MakerSpace at 46 Main St., was one of 17 New Hampshire nonprofit organizations to receive a portion of $5.325 million in tax credits from the state Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). – CLAREMONT EAGLE TIMES

NHBR Featured job listing: Sales Support Manager McLean Communications is looking for a highly motivated and organized individual who will assist in both revenue generating and sales functions.

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