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Three Years Later: The Progress And Challenges Of The Green Launching Pad

A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year. But the scene at the statehouse last winter was one of optimism for a […]

This Week’s Essential StateImpact

It’s that time again!  A time when we at StateImpact sit back and sift through the crowd’s collective wisdom to bring you the Top 5 Must Read Posts of the week.  And we’ve got a rather diverse roundup this week, spanning fishing and politics, indie booksellers and foreclosure funds.  Here, ready for your perusal, is […]

This Week’s Essential StateImpact

Five Reasons Why Angel Investors (Think “Shark Tank”) Matter To The Economy: Our top post this week breaks down a new report from the University of New Hampshire explaining why this high-powered, super-secretive investment market is a key part of the national economy. What A Canadian Newspaper Reports About Hydro-Quebec (And Northern Pass): Normally, we […]

Five Reasons Why Angel Investors (Think “Shark Tank”) Matter To The Economy

If you’ve watched “Shark Tank” on ABC (or its British forbear “Dragon’s Den” on BBC in America), you’ve seen, to some extent, angel investors in action.  Underneath the high-gloss of ratings-driven reality TV, you can catch a glimpse of this opaque, mysterious investment market.  As Colleen Debaise of the Wall Street Journal explains, angel investments […]

How Dodd-Frank Regulations Affect You (Trust Us, They Will)

One of the key consequences of the economic collapse a few years ago was the passage of a massive piece of legislation called the “Dodd-Frank Act.”  The bill was co-sponsored by (now-retired) Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut and (soon-to-be-retired) Democratic Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank.  In a nutshell, their idea was to prevent another massive […]

BJ’s Wholesale Club Has New Owners

BJ’s Wholesale Club has new owners, and its common stock will be falling off the New York Stock Exchange…at least for now.  In a press release issued today, private equity firms Leonard Green&Partners and CVC Capital Partners announced they bought the club.  According to the announcement, BJ’s stockholders approved the sale earlier this month.  The […]

Are Wall Street Worries Generating A Negative Feedback Loop?

Today the Associated Press reports that with Wall Street seemingly going haywire, a lot of people are too spooked to spend their money. “Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street worry that the resulting blow to  confidence, not to mention 401(k) statements, has set off a spiral of fear that could […]

Stocks Drop Again, Long-Term Forecast Unclear For Investors

After a brief rally, AP Business Writer Stan Choe reports in The Boston Globe that the markets are once again sliding back downhill: “The Dow Jones industrial average fell 413 points, or 3.7 percent, to 10,827in morning trading Wednesday. That erased nearly all of its 429 point gain from Tuesday, when the Federal Reserve pledged […]

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