Growing a yarn business

Diane Ivy’s is banking on her vibrant, street art-inspired yarn colors’ appeal to the looming legions of younger, more diverse knitters and crocheters.

More than 120 ninth graders compete in ‘Shark Tank’-style competition

BUILD Boston’s 5th annual Youth Business Plan Competition was held June 4th at Suffolk University and the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston. The competition marked the culmination of a year of hard work by more than 120 ninth graders and ...

Baking business success

Edna Etienne's bakery, now in a building she owns at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Babcock streets, is a gathering spot for the Haitian and Mattapan community. Many are drawn by the bakery’s specialty — traditional Haitian flakey ...

Retirement not an option

A new study estimates that “10.2 million workers ages 58 and older (43.8 percent) were employed either in physically demanding jobs or jobs with difficult working conditions” — with high older proportions of Latinos and African American workers, as well ...

Business notes

McRae-Yates is the new Human Resources Director at MassArt and a Cambridge salon wins barbershop challenge.

Serving Colombian flavor

Hyde Park business big wigs wanted a breakfast café in the neighborhood and Maria “Mercedes” Pica was more than happy to oblige with her Salamander’s Café, which opened in late January of this year on River St. But four months ...

Mobile Cuts on the move

By design, Mobile Cuts sounds exactly like it is: a mobile barbershop that offers barbershop services that range from a buzz cut for $25 to an artistic shave for $45. The Elite package includes a cut, shampoo, scalp manipulation and ...

Doing startups Smarter

Dudley Square-based business accelerator Smarter in the City is helping its third cohort take their startup companies from dream to reality.

Small businesses honored

Last week was President Barack Obama’s last National Small Business Week and he took the opportunity to cement his economic legacy. Events around the country — and in Massachusetts — helped to highlight the strong state of the small business ...

A Healthy Love of Chocolate

When you talk to Pamela and David Griffin about Chocolate Therapy, the savvy entrepreneurs give a great pitch about how the chocolate-making business is the perfect use of their backgrounds and experience in retail and manufacturing. But the couple can’t ...

securing capital for your business

While poor management is cited most frequently as the reason businesses fail, inadequate or ill-timed financing is a close second. Whether you’re starting a business or expanding one, sufficient ready capital is essential.

Author and teacher Erin McCormick brings her startup smarts to UMass Boston

Erin McCormick is the new Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at UMass Boston. The Center believes that entrepreneurship is about learning how to see opportunity and create value. She is working to promote entrepreneurs of all kinds, including “intrapreneurs,” or ...

Innovative Cambridge College Program

The statistics are sobering. According to the latest numbers from Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2014 rose to 1,173 — the highest they have been since 2000. Cambridge College School of ...

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are not do-gooder causes. There is growing evidence that having a diverse workforce drives business results, and the vast majority of global companies know there is good reason to understand and build inclusive culture.

The workout that didn't work out

Bob and Troy were obtaining great information for the best workout routines and consumables. But, they found that a recurring problem for them and their friends came when they traveled, which they did fairly often. In motels, friends’ homes or ...