Ayanna Pressley honored by Emily’s List

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley will be presented with the 2015 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Fred McKinney to take on national role in minority business development

Dr. Fred McKinney has been appointed Managing Director of Minority Business Programs at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has been serving as President and CEO of Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC), where he designed ...

Executive order seen boosting minority, women business office

Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week that the Office of Access and Opportunity, which helps businesses owned by minorities, women, people with disabilities and veterans to secure contracts with state government, will now report directly to the Governor’s Office, a ...

Spotting and avoiding scams in ethnic communities

More than ever, ethnic communities are more than ever being targeted by scam artists because hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents are now coming out of the shadows following two executive orders by President Obama.

Harvard grad Matthew Fields finds success in online education with Stanford-backed Redbird Advanced Learning

A business he birthed in his time at Harvard University has allowed Matthew Mugo Fields to fulfill a promise he made while a young immigrant student back in high school — to one day help other students better their educational ...

Grossman to head Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Steve Grossman, former Treasurer of Massachusetts has been named chief executive officer of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Roxbury-based organization that has been helping urban entrepreneurs and inner-city business for 20 years.

Trotter’s Guardian newspaper advocated African American advancement

Sixty-four years before the Banner began publishing, the Guardian began to record the opinions, struggles and events of black Boston. Its publisher, William Monroe Trotter, stands as one of the preeminent black thinkers of the 20th century.

Roxbury man starts craft distillery in NH

Roxbury resident Robert Patton-Spruill has enough passion — and the boost of a federal distillery license — to believe that his recently launched New England Sweetwater Farm & Distillery can be a success in the business of booze.

BPL opens new teen, children’s spaces

Boston Public Library on Feb. 21 unveiled the renovated second floor of its Central Branch’s Johnson Building, featuring dazzling new spaces for children, tweens, teens and adults.

Yancey calls for civilian board to investigate police misconduct

City Councilor Charles Yancey’s move for a civilian review board to investigate police misconduct comes in the midst of a growing national awareness of police misconduct.

Transit activists hopeful MBTA shut downs will spur investment in system

In the aftermath of the historic January and February snowstorms in Boston that caused transit shutdowns, stuck trains, borrowed shuttle buses and frustrating delays at frigid platforms, the MBTA announced it could be another 30 days before full service resumes ...

Groups push for youth jobs

Youth advocates say without an increase in funding, more than a thousand youth jobs will be cut.

Ruth Ellen Fitch

Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg appointed Ruth Ellen Fitch, an innovative leader of complex organizations with a 20-year career in public finance, to serve on the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, the nine-member board that oversees the state’s $60 billion ...

Mayor announces CO-OP Board appointments

Mayor Martin Walsh last week announced the appointment of professor Natashia Tidwell, J. Larry Mayes and Judge Regina Quinlan to the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel and Complaint Mediation Program. The appointed three-member civilian board reviews Boston Police Department internal investigations ...

Housing enforcement group sues M&T Bank for discrimination

One of the nation’s largest banks discriminates against black, Latino and Asian homebuyers by offering lesser qualified white borrowers higher loan amounts and using hidden racial criteria in one of its loan programs, according to a lawsuit filed last week ...