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Santander Bank's new program focuses on entrepreneurs in low-wealth communities in Boston

Santander Bank this week announced “Cultivate Small Business,” a pilot initiative designed to assist women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. The program’s focus is on helping to fill gaps in networking, mentorship, training and access to capital in ...

Savvor serves up Southern and island comfort in Boston's Leather District

When Eddy Firmin was ready to start his own restaurant after spending years in the corporate world and as a restaurant co-owner, he created the kind of place he would want to go to. “This is me,” he says, sitting ...

LISC connects businesses to opportunities

For many small businesses, access to capital is a critical need. But obtaining a loan can be a challenge, particularly for small start-up businesses, creating a chicken-and-egg feedback loop that prevents them from bidding on large contracts. Through a partnership ...

Making certification work for your business

Certifying your company can help to transform your business and spur growth — if done strategically. Options abound for certification and range from city, state and federal designations as women and minority business enterprises (W/MBEs) to disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) ...

Small business assistance from the city of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office of Economic Development aim to promote a healthy environment for businesses of all types and sizes, while fostering economic inclusion and equity. The over 40,000 small businesses in the City of Boston create ...

Trainer’s lifelong love for exercise translates into business success

Inside Out Fitness Concepts founder Joe Sumrell traces his interest in physical fitness way back, probably to age 6 when his mother started him in judo classes. Throughout his school years, he played just about every sport available. Later on, ...

Dorchester entrepreneur provides employment for locals with Boston Cleaning Company

Abeeku Barrow founded Boston Cleaning Company in 2012, hiring local young adults to to clean commercial buildings.

Lower Mills shop owner enjoys freedom of self-employment with Archangel Boutique

After earning a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College in 2000, Lashonda Jefferson went to work in the corporate sector, earning a salary that enabled her to pay off student loans. But after several years, Jefferson couldn’t give up ...

Treasurer launches ‘Bringing Diversity on Board’ initiative

State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at exploring barriers to diversifying corporate boards as well as strategies that have been successful. Under the “Bringing Diversity on Board” initiative Goldberg’s office will organize roundtable ...

From Hollywood to the business world

When Jones entered coaching, the field was in its infancy. She began by obtaining a masters in social work from the University of Southern California, hung out her shingle and began working with businesses and nonprofits. Initially, she offered program ...

Eastern Bank recognized as one of nation’s best for middle-market businesses

Financial research firm Greenwich Associates recently named Eastern Bank as one of the top banks for businesses nationally and awarded it the Greenwich Excellence Awards for “Overall Customer Satisfaction” and “Customer Likelihood to Recommend” in the Northeast’s Middle Market segment.

New York-based Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill comes to Boston

Mattapan residents, Greater Boston’s Caribbean community, local elected officials celebrated the grand opening of Boston’s first Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill on Saturday.

Marie St. Fleur, St. Fleur Communications

Marie St. Fluer was the first Haitian-American elected to state office in the nation and has more than 30 years of leadership in the fields of early education, public policy, workforce development, criminal justice and human rights. Now she delves ...

DaRosa property maintenance company rose from 2015 blizzards

For Domingos DaRosa, the record-breaking 2015 winter sowed the seeds for a new business. He started DaRosa Property Maintenance LLC in 2015. The 39-year-old father of four had been helping his parents, neighbors and friends for years with snow removal ...

Majority of businesses that chose Massachusetts would do so again

A large majority of companies that chose Massachusetts as a place to expand their business would do it again, primarily based on its innovative economy, industry clusters, and skilled workforce, according to “Choosing Massachusetts for Business: Key Factors in Location ...

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