Caron Building Center’s Shopping Giveaway winner takes home $1,000 in merchandise

BERLIN -- Fall just got a little more Golden for Caron Building Center’s customer Susanne Rano.
At a November 21, drawing, Rano was chosen as the winner of the Caron Building Center’s $1000 Shopping Giveaway. Rano was selected at random from more than 1000 entries submitted at the store from August 31, to November 21.
Lucy Letarte, advertising manager, said that Caron’s is delighted to provide one of its customers with the opportunity to make their fall projects a little more exciting.
“Everyone has a few extra chores this time of year, and we’re glad that Susanne will be able to choose whatever house hold items to get the job done. We thank all those who entered the giveaway for their participation," she said.
Caron Building Center is located at 39 Union St, Berlin, and has been serving customers in the area for 35 years. Caron’s offers a complete line of lumber, window and door, kitchen and bath, power tools, plumbing, hardware, electrical and much more for you do-it-yourself homeowners to the professional. Caron’s has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2004.



Northway Bank tops SBA lender list again in 2012

BERLIN – During the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) fiscal year 2012, which ended in September, Northway originated 91 loans worth more than $4 million under the agency’s core 7(a) program, once again making them the top SBA lender in the state of New Hampshire.
In addition, Northway loaned more than $20 million through the SBA’s “bricks-and-mortar” 504 program of which $11 million was permanently funded by Northway, the highest dollar volume originated among all lenders in the state.
“We’re a local business ourselves, so we’re eager to help our fellow local businesses make investments that can help our communities prosper,” says Bill Woodward, President and CEO of Northway Bank. “As an independent, locally owned community bank, Northway feels a special obligation to help small business.”
Victor Levesque, Northway’s director of commercial banking, added, “We’ve always been committed to helping small businesses. They are the economic life blood of our economy and Northway will continue to do our part to support them.”
The SBA doesn’t make loans itself, but rather guarantees loans made by participating financial institutions, thereby assuring broader access to capital by reducing lending risk.
The 7(a) program provides financing for general purposes and is the SBA’s primary means of helping small businesses. The 504 program provides financing to help small businesses acquire fixed assets like real estate or equipment.
Small business is a Northway niche. Though the bank’s experience extends to just about every industry, Northway is especially active with small, family-owned businesses.

Business Services North to hold small business Shoe Box party

BERLIN — Do you have a small business and keep your expense receipts and sales receipts in a "Shoe Box?" If you answered yes, or even if you didn't, you might be interested in attending a Small Business Shoe Box Party!
Shoe box accounting typically refers to a business owner who literally puts all his sales receipts and expense receipts into a box and then takes that box to his bookkeeper or accountant at the end of the year to figure out his taxes. If this sounds like the way you do business, then this workshop is for you! This workshop is the ticket to get you organized and ready for Tax Time, and get you started on the right foot for the years to come.
Starting and running a business involves a lot more than people realize. It is imperative that you keep track of expenditures, no matter how small. No successful business operates with a shoe box full of receipts. The IRS won't accept a shoe box, and neither will potential investors. Accurate accounting of expenditures and income show what you are really doing, and whether you are operating at a profit or a loss. 
Working from home there are many expenses that most people would not think to keep track of, but that adds up when it comes to profit and loss. Keeping track of it all is extremely important, but if it is all in a shoe box, it needs to be organized.
These seminars will help you get started with a system that will work for you to keep your records sorted, organized, up to date, and more accurate. Bring your shoe box, all your expense receipts, your sales slips, and any other information that you have regarding your business.
Julie Larrabee, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Certified QuickBooks instructor, and Joyce Presby, White Mountains Community College, Entrepreneurial Resource Consultant, part of the Business Services North Collaboration, will lead you through the process of organizing your business data. If you have a system now that is not working for you, please feel free to join one of our Shoe Box Parties!
Shoe Box Party Schedule:
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
White Mountains Community College 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin
Monday, December 10, 2012 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
White Mountains Community College 646 Union Street, Littleton
Monday, January 14, 2013- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
NCIC –1 Middle Street, 2nd floor, Lancaster
Monday, January 28, 2013 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Colebrook Public Library 126 Main Street, Colebrook
The Shoe Box Party is free but registration is required. Please contact Joyce Presby at 603-717-5457 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration or more information. These parties are brought to you by Business Services North, a collaboration of the White Mountains Community College, NCIC and the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center.

Mountain Fire Pizza makes the big time

RANDOLPH—If you're looking for high art in cuisine, look no further.
Mountain Fire Pizza has created a dish touted across the country in an AP article by AP food critic J.M. Hirsh.
It's called Maple, Bacon and Butter Pizza and you can now order it in a restaurant in New York, says cuisine artist Todd Ross, who, with his wife, Ellen, is the proprietor of the Mountain Fire Pizza cart.
The Rosses and their wood fired pizza cart have been at most north country festivals for the past couple of years, making an astonishing array of pizza for fair-goers. The pizza range from vegetarian to classic.
But who knew, until J. M .Hirsh ran into their Maple, Bacon, and Butter Pizza at a festival in Concord, that the Rosses were possibly the Steve Jobs' of the pizza world.
Unfortunately they have not copyrighted their amazing recipe for the MBBP, says Ross, but the invention has now put them on the national map.
If you want to know more about Mountain Fire Pizza, including how to invite them to your next festival, check out their Facebook page and/or their website at