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Local entrepreneur launches diverse organic product line

Formerly Lady B Naturals, Made Organics began as a home experiment. During one of Boston’s harsh winters, Dawson set out to make a soothing, safe and all-natural skin remedy for her son. She spent about three years researching and working ...

New insurance business opens on Roxbury's Blue Hill Avenue

A new insurance agency has opened on Roxbury's Blue Hill Avenue, serving clients in both English and Spanish and offering vehicle, home and business coverage plans. A ribbon cutting for Maryleny Insurance was held in December, attended by Mayor Martin ...

Fashion retailer finds success with new Roxbury location

Final Touch with Class is a family-run store in Roxbury’s Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building that sells inimitable women’s accessories and clothing in an intimate environment.

Chef-entrepreneurs open eatery on Roxbury/South End border

MIDA, which is Italian for “he gives me,” is a new restaurant venture by Douglass Williams and Brian Lesser. The restaurant is located on 782 Tremont Street in the South End at the edge of Roxbury.

Medford-born sisters launch all-natural skin care products line

What began three years ago as the blog Brown & Coconut, has since morphed into a natural skin care company of the same name. Created by sisters Letisha and Zeena Brown, the 100% plant-based, non-GMO, cruelty-free and unisex skin care ...

Latino business leaders concerned about Trump policies

With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approaching, his anti-immigration and visa reform rhetoric has caused a lot of uncertainty among the Latino business community in Massachusetts, particularly regarding the cultivation and retention of Latino talent.

New soul food café for Codman Square

Next Step Soul Food cafe will be the first of its kind sit-down restaurant and community wifi cafe in Codman Square, Dorchester. It will be a place for residents to gather; exchange ideas through partnerships, events and meetings; and enjoy ...

Boston Impact Initiative and Fields Corner Business Lab team up to support small biz

Boston Impact Initiative and Fields Corner Business lab partner once again to support small business owners. Care Management Temporary Staffing and IncluDe Innovation have moved in to the Fields Corner Business Lab and will receive coaching and mentoring during their ...

BeautyLynk startup wins MassChallenge prize

You don't have to be a celebrity to have at-home glam services on-call, at your convenience. Boston-based startup BeautyLynk, an online platform connecting local beauty professionals with customers, was awarded $50,000 in prize money as a 2016 Gold winner in ...

DREAM Collaborative architects rely on local connections to build practice

While the term "revitalization" can carry loaded connotations, Gregory Minott and Troy Depeiza, co-founders of DREAM Collaborative, strive to bring something of value to surrounding communities with every project. Whether it's their interior fit-out for the Whittier Street Health Center ...

Eduporium brings computers to the classroom

Rick Fredkin is something of a legend in the Boston tech community. Working with computers his whole life, Fredkin entered the industry professionally at age 12. Since then he’s acquired over 20 years of experience, working everywhere from Fortune 500 ...

The Smartick method helps kids beat math anxiety

In 2009, entrepreneurs Javier Arroyo and Daniel Devega founded Smartick as a homework supplement. They wanted to create a way for students to see results, despite spending just fifteen minutes a day using their system. Instead of a grade-level based ...

RARE Moving Company looking to expand statewide and nationally

Making it through the first year of a start-up business is never a sure thing, but by September 1, 2008 Kamaul Reid knew he was on his way to success. That’s when his aunt, sitting in the living room of ...

Soledad O'Brien — telling stories that matter

Starfish Media is a full-service production and distribution company offering a range of quality shows such as documentaries, branded content, town halls and other programs featuring stories of the “under-voiced.” O’Brien believes the show fills a gap in political discourse ...

Interise: Changing the game for small business

Eighty percent of small businesses do not make it past the startup phase — and yet, almost all the small business technical assistance and support is focused on early stage or start-up businesses. According to, Jean Horstman, CEO of Interise, ...

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