1st Armor security firm emphasizes local hiring, community relations

Private security company 1st Armor Protection Services makes community service central to its approach and, so far, leadership says, it seems to be working.

Corporations & Businesses of Color Convene at Gillette Stadium to Fuel Economic Growth

The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council will host its annual Business Opportunity Conference and Expo on September 27th.

Building a local economy

The Boston Ujima Project took a step forward last weekend with an inaugural assembly to launch its effort to build a new community-controlled economy in Boston’s neighborhoods of color.

Vegan vibe in Dorchester

Last week, Jahriffe MacKenzie and Nahdra Ra Kiros opened Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with stews, lentil dishes, sandwiches and wraps, smoothies, natural juices and teas.

Career app links Latinos

Latinc is a career-oriented social networking site and app tailored for the Latino community. Users are invited to create profiles, request mentoring from another member, view daily suggested job openings and take industry-relevant low-cost online training courses.

City seeks restaurateur tenant for prime Dudley real estate

The city of Boston is once again seeking a full-service restaurant tenant for the large vacant space at the front of the Bruce C. Bolling Building in the heart of Dudley Square. Finding the right restaurateur-tenant for the prominent location ...

Learning entrepreneurship

A panel of judges and an audience of mentors, teachers, family, and supporters last week as part of the Emprende! Program, which translates to “launch” in English, and operates in partnership with the Verizon Foundation and Sociedad Latina.

A strong start for Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer

Bev Armstrong, founder, CEO and head brewer of Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer, knows her career path is unusual. The Harvard-educated attorney and MBA made a “complete left turn” into entrepreneurship, hanging her shingle as a fulltime craft beer brewer in ...

Got game — and message: Lawrence-based indie game studio gears up for first release

Edwin Jack, game director and CEO, and Kris Carter, concept artist, said their game blends entertainment with ethics, striving to convey moral values and relatable characters alongside high-action fun.

In the news: Elizabeth Miranda

The Board of Directors of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center in Roxbury has selected Elizabeth “Liz” Miranda as their new Executive Director.

Marketing master goes with the flow

Venezuelan-born serial entrepreneur Zamawa Arenas previously spent 20 years with the full-service marketing firm Argus — 15 of those as co-owner — before hanging her own shingle in June.

Good fences, good business

Ralph McCoy founded McCoy Fence Co. in 1988, after working for another fence company. With seven employees, he tackles projects for the city, state, commercial and private clients.

Business growth in Mattapan

The city of Boston’s Office of Economic Development has launched series of small business workshops in Mattapan. The weekly series, which began June 20 and runs through Aug. 15, is part of a traveling Small Business Center that will provide ...

Teacher-entrepreneur serves up fish in Uphams Corner

The compact space at 744 Dudley St. has a few bright-red chairs and two wood tables that fold out from the wall for inside seating when needed, but most customers come in for meals-to-go or fresh seafood to cook at ...

Money Talk: Eight strategic ways to gather down-payment funds

One of the largest obstacles between you and home ownership is coming up with enough money to fund the required mortgage down payment. Let’s assume that you’re looking for the average single-family home in Massachusetts, which is roughly $350,000. Let’s ...