Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Business Page

Ask the Geek: Backing up

Adam Darack is the IT administrator for the town of Edgartown. He will be writing regularly about the technological issues facing Island business owners. Got a question? Send it to onisland@mvtimes.com with the subject...

Quote of the week

“This is an industry killer; we’re not playing by the same rules.” —Califfe Singh, owner of Adam Cab, regarding the fact that unlike Island cab companies, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are unregulated.

The Big Question: Should Eversource be allowed to spray?

Should Eversource be allowed to spray herbicide along Island electrical corridors? Replies: Absolutely NOT!   We really try to set a higher and healthier standard on Island.  Our food and certainly our water and air quality....

Finance 101: Retirement Saving

So you’ve been pretty busy these last 30 years and, for a range of reasons, saving for retirement has taken a backseat. The last 15 haven’t been a cakewalk either. A recession starting in...

New director of underwriting at mvyradio

Former business executive John McMahon has been named the new director of underwriting at Martha’s Vineyard based WMVY, effective Sept. 18. According to a press release, the listener and local business supported station serves...

The Big Question: How about a Vineyard Haven gun shop?

Do you think there should be a high-end collectors’ gun shop on Main St. in Vineyard Haven? Replies: No — resoundingly, emphatically, unequivocally, NO. I don't think there should be a high-end collectors gun shop on...

Quote of the week:

“We expect to be serving patients within a year.” Geoffrey Rose of Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard regarding timetable for opening up marijuana dispensary at 510 State Rd. in West Tisbury.

Getting to yes

In his poem “Mending Fences,” a Robert Frost character declares that “good fences make good neighbors.” Good advice for neighbors, perhaps, but not for family members, particularly when sensitive matters, such as dividing family...

The Big Question: Should Edgartown Stop & Shop move?

Do you think the Edgartown Stop & Shop should be moved out to the airport? Reply: Definitely move Stop and Shop up to airport. -Sarah Stock To the airport and the same square footage as they have now -Joe...

Quote of the week

“People who don’t need it, have it. That comes out of my hide.” Steve Bernier,  owner of Cronig’s Market, regarding people of means who currently are using The Island Card.

Quote of the week

“President Trump’s short-sighted intention to eliminate the J-! visa program will harm small businesses and tourism on the Cape and Islands.” —State Senator Julian Cyr

Finance 101: Planning for healthcare costs

Since the presidential election, the topic of healthcare costs has been front and center in our national discussion. While President Trump’s agenda was recently defeated, this topic will not go away anytime soon. And why...

Turning a blind eye to bias

Doing well by doing good is a win-win business construct which holds that socially beneficial work is also personally and professionally rewarding. Longtime Aquinnah summer resident Amy Seibel and her husband Nat Seelen are in...

Finance 101: Divorce?

If you are divorcing, the impact to your finances could be significant, whether you are handling the process via mediation or are headed to court. And I am not talking about the legal bills,...

Quote of the week

“My work is roughly a third masonry, a third music, and a third fishing — a really nice balance.” —Johnny Hoy, mason, musician, fisherman

The art of running a gallery

Choosing a gallery space is like choosing a lover. That’s how business owner Elizabeth Eisenhauer described opening up her space in 2000. Eisenhauer Gallery is located in the heart of Edgartown, and is one of...

Finance 101: Financial planning for women

Does financial planning differ between genders? As the old chestnut goes, “Women are from Venus, men are from Mars.” I think we all can appreciate that the genders differ in many important ways, and...

Homegrown business: Jenni Bick Custom Journals

“Game of Thrones” ordered 1,000 embossed notebooks as gifts for a season-premiere party. Aflac, the insurance company, bought 3,500 custom-stamped books. Nike’s trademark swoop has appeared on multiple orders of journals. Expedia notebooks are...

Thirty years of progress

The Partnership recently celebrated its 30th anniversary at its leadership summit weekend on the Vineyard. Approximately 360 of the commonwealth’s most successful and culturally diverse business leaders, CEOs, and other corporate professionals gathered to...

Quote of the Week

“After so many years working with computers in an office environment, I needed something that was real … But our land is not suited to farming; it’s sand and clay. We knew our limitations.” —Heidi...