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Deval Patrick says 'It’s time for business to step up’

Deval Patrick’s inspiring life story, chronicled in his autobiography, “A Reason to Believe: Lessons from An Improbable Life,” still has unwritten chapters. The former governor talks with Banner Biz about wealth disparity and his current work to close the gap.

Officials tout job gains

President Barack Obama’s economic heavy hitters spoke at the White House last week about how the economy during the current administration has impacted African Americans, namely by lowering the unemployment rate, raising tax credits and improving city infrastructure.

The promise of medical tech

Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have each worked to pump up the small business climate in Boston and Massachusetts, in an effort to add jobs to strengthen the local economy. Last week, the pair came together to ...

Positive outlook for 2016

As small businesses hit the ground running in 2016, optimism seems to be high overall, which has many planning for growth and expansion in the New Year. However, there are a number of key trends that will dictate small business ...

Bookshop opens in Dot.

Yooree Losordo, owner and operator of Dorchester-based On the Dot Books, is using some innovative ways to be successful in a traditional industry with her independent bookstore business. At the same time, she is also hoping to be part of ...

Baker administration’s new plans to keep and grow businesses in the state

Members of Governor Charlie Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, a cross-collaboration of educational, economic and workforce sectors, announced the group’s first policy priorities. Taking an employer’s-eye view, they developed three initiatives for keeping and growing businesses in the state: a one-stop ...

A profile of CEO Brian Chapman of Mill City Environmental

Brian Chapman has gone from studying rocks in college to cleaning up hazardous waste as a small business owner. The 30-year path from geology major at UMass Amherst to running Mill City Environmental in Lowell has not been a straight ...

Liz Brunner

Just two years ago Brunner left her award-winning, 28-year on-air media career to found Brunner Communications, an executive coaching, personal branding and media training company. With the same engaging and polished energy that her WCVB-TV fan base adored, Brunner shared ...

Diversity’s Dilemma

As the benefits of an inclusive economy become evident — the research shows that greater diversity generates better thinking, innovation and competitive performance — you’d think there would be greater levels of participation by women and people of color in ...

Programs that help women business owners expand their opportunities

Women-owned businesses are on the rise — most accounts find they make up about 30 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S. — but there is concern that many of these business top out early.

Diversity - No longer a feel-good tactic

There was a time when diversity in the workplace was at best an afterthought and at worst, little more than a feel-good tactic. Today there’s a growing awareness that diversity is a business imperative. It is critical for a company’s ...

Lusterity — a one-stop-shop for socially conscious celebrations

Lusterity is a one-stop shop for socially conscious celebrations founded by co-founders Sierra Rothberg and Marie Zemler Wu who were first brought together to lead their children’s public school 375th birthday celebration. They have taken their ideas from concept to ...

Geeta Aiyer: A life of integrity

"Business and finance have a stake in maintaining great community environments,” Geeta Aiyer said during a recent conversation about bridging the equity gap. Aiyer, founder and president of Boston Common Asset Management, oversees more than $2 billion on behalf of ...

Sen. Warren stands up for working women

Tackling questions about federal issues important to women in the workforce, Warren outlines some of the legislative initiatives in Washington aimed at leveling the gender playing field, particularly for women in low-income jobs.