Business runs hot & cold

For Abdul Barrie, starting Environmental Systems Engineering during an economic recession was an act of courage.

Vying for greater growth

Cesar DaSilva has pictures of his company’s design and construction projects, the blueprints and sketches as well as the completed ones, covering the walls at the Design Construction Consulting Services, Inc. office. The firm has provided design, construction and consulting ...

PR and marketing synergy

Domenic Amenta founded DPA Communications in 2012, after learning about traditional PR at Regan Communications in Boston for seven years, often from the agency’s founder himself, George Regan.

A focus on small business

During her first speech from the floor of the city council, District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey called for a hearing to examine the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses in Boston and spoke about her intention to focus on ...

Scholar Athletes appoints two nonprofit leaders to managing director roles

Scholar Athletes today announced the appointment of two nonprofit leaders to managing director roles within the Boston-based nonprofit. Scholar Athletes provides academic and college preparation support to more than 5,000 student “Zone members” in more than 20 schools in Boston, ...

Black Restaurant Challenge

The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge, organized by state Representative Chyna Tyler and the Urban Affairs Group, kicked off on February 1 at Roxbury’s Suya Joint. The Dudley Square restaurant, lounge and bar that specializes in African cuisine was an appropriate ...

Making it in real estate

Deborah Bernat’s entrepreneurial roots go back to her childhood in Weston, when she collected rocks, painted and shellacked them and sold them to neighborhood children.

Supply chain diversity

The Pacesetter program, modeled after the Minority Business Accelerator program of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, encourages companies to commit not only to increasing their contracts with suppliers of color and participating in Chamber-sponsored matchmaking and networking events, but to measure ...


Alina Lopez Thomas, founder and creative director of GROWN Women, knows that a productive working life can’t come to a halt after a career setback, and needn’t end at the traditional retirement age. With her emerging company, founded in 2016, ...

Crafting a consultancy

Growing up in Barbados, Ryan Brathwaite was drawn to computers mainly because his uncle in the U.S. was doing something with technology and it “sounded cool,” he says.Today, at 40, he is CEO and president of Tech Wave Group, providing ...

A banner year for business

Throughout 2017, the Banner’s business pages highlighted local entrepreneurs, those risk-takers who have set up shop to offer services and products from branding to beauty supplies, fitness to fences, sweets to soul food. Some hung their own shingle in an ...

Black Market expands

Entrepreneurial husband-and-wife duo Kaidi and Chris Grant will be expanding their Black Market venture into an open-air market in spring 2018, increasing the opportunities for black vendors to sell their products and services in Roxbury. The pair told the Banner ...

Dudley restaurant revival

When news that Dudley Dough was closing hit the streets in October, some in Roxbury expressed frustration at the slow pace of development in Dudley Square, which now seemed to be moving backward.

Fitness is her business

In the three years since Tina Ramos developed and opened CrossFit Boston Iron & Grit gym in West Roxbury, she has successfully created a community of like-minded athletes and mentors who enjoy coaching others, especially Boston’s youth, in CrossFit training.

Brew with a purpose

With Farmer’s Horse Coffee, Kassegn Sirmollo aims to share Ethiopian coffee and to offer a welcoming vibe for his customers, many of whom are students and faculty at nearby New England Conservatory and Northeastern University or T riders who get ...