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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 ...

Small businesses set to gain from rising crowdfunding sector

Crowdfunding is a hot topic in the lending and investing world, but with billions of dollars at stake for small businesses and startups it is not just an Internet trend that will fade away in the short term. Developments in ...

Parks & Recreation Department offers youth umpire training program

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites teens ages 15 to 18 to take part in its Umpire Training Program beginning March 31. Participants will learn to umpire in a hands-on, classroom environment throughout the spring. Upon completion of the ...

City announces data-sharing partnership with WAZE aimed at improving traffic in Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh last week announced a new data-sharing partnership with Waze, the popular traffic app owned by Google that allows Boston’s drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to check real-time traffic conditions on Boston’s streets. The partnership will help improve ...

Kiva lending program brings microloan approach to US

Kiva, a nonprofit lending organization, has helped connect entrepreneurs all over the world with $670 million in loans since it began its efforts in Africa a decade ago. Now, with more than 1.2 million lenders and money sent to 86 ...