Friday, August 14, 2020

The Business Page

Progressive Asset Management Boston opens office in Vineyard Haven

Progressive Asset Management Boston has been offering values-based socially and environmentally responsible investing services for more than 20 years, and now it’s opening an office in Vineyard Haven. According to a press release, last...

Building an ‘authentic local brand’

Bob Fuller began his career teaching and coaching high school and college sports. From there he moved on to running a real estate brokerage firm, and then he was a builder for about 20...

Shared Space Project

Has your home-based business outgrown your house? Looking for a professional place to meet clients? Need access to specialized business equipment or services under one roof? According to a press release, a co-working space...

Justin Mercier named Mansion House GM

Mansion House Inn and Health Club is pleased to announce that Justin Mercier has been appointed the hotel’s new general manager. According to a press release, Mercier had been working as a hotel manager...

Quote of the week

“We feel proud of what we’ve done. We’ve given it our all, and are looking forward to putting our energy into other things — our families being first and foremost.” –Jenik Khelalfa, co-owner of Little...

The Big Question: SSA Rate Hike

Does the Steamship Authority deserve a rate increase? Replies: No -Linda Unczur   Reply online as a comment, or send your answers to onisland@mvtimes.com with the subject line “MVSB Big Question.”  

The Big Question: Christmas trees

How do you feel about getting your Christmas tree from Amazon? Reply: Order my Christmas tree from Amazon? Next, to go under it I’ll be giving gift certificates to the Dumptique. No, thanks. Heading out with my son...

Finance 101: Required Minimum Distributions

As many Americans know, they will be required to take a mandatory minimum distribution from their tax deferred accounts at age 70.5. So what should you think about when you think about Required Minimum...

Quote of the week

“Honestly, we feel good that we’ve been vindicated, we take enormous pride in treating our employees well.” –Tim Sweet, general manager of Farm Neck Golf Club, after a federal judge ruled the club is under...

Dear Geek: Flash drive Chrome

Dear Geek, My son has been asking me for a Chromebook for school, as apparently they run a lot of Google-related products in the classroom. I have some old laptops in the house and didn’t...

The Big Question: Eversource

Do you think Eversource has been sufficiently transparent when it comes to private versus public ownership of power lines? Reply: I don't think Eversource has been transparent about telling folks their power lines are private, but...

Bananas changes hands

“Big News from Bananas!” That was the message delivered by mail last spring to 500 customers of one of the Vineyard’s favorite clothing shops. The store is Bananas Clothing, and the letter’s author was...

Finance 101: The end-of-history illusion

Over the long arc of time, things rarely stay the same. What was the steady rock of consistency yesterday is somehow irrelevant today. We all realize change happens. We realize that change happens, but...

Quote of the week

“I don’t want to insult anyone, but I’m not politically correct, so unfortunately I might.” –Trina Kingsbury, at a Chilmark board of selectmen meeting, complaining about dysfunctional town drainage

The Big Question: Island Entertainment

Do you think that Island Entertainment should become a nonprofit to ensure it keeps its doors open?   Reply online as a comment, or send your answers to onisland@mvtimes.com with the subject line “MVSB Big Question.”  

Off the beaten track

For me the “aha” moment came about a month ago when I pulled into the parking lot of MV Wine and Spirits and took a look around and thought, “Where did all this come...

Dear Geek: RMM

I am a one-person IT department (though I wear a bunch of hats, and IT was thrust on me), and I struggle to manage all of the computers, printers, and other devices on the...

Quote of the week

“We call them the Bureau of Environmental Malfeasance. WIth them it’s drill baby, drill, dig baby, dig, or spin baby, spin.” –Chris Brown, Point Judith fisherman, on the U.S. Bureau of Environmental Management, which will...

The Big Question: Short-term rental tax

Are you in favor of a short-term rental tax on residential Vineyard rental properties? Reply online as a comment, or send your answers to onisland@mvtimes.com with the subject line “MVSB Big Question.” NO Michael Schweitzer YES Richard Leonard  

Cape Light Compact offers up to 90 percent incentives for energy improvements

From now until Columbus Day, Cape Light Compact has increased its incentives for eligible businesses that participate in an energy assessment of their facility. According to a press release, businesses that use up to...