Supporting small business

The Boston City Council Committee on Small Business and Consumer Affairs held a hearing last Tuesday at the Bruce C. Bolling Building on the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses in the city such as access to capital, equitable liquor ...

Vintage style revival

Stepping into L’accent boutique in Brookline is like going back in time. Billie Holiday’s crooning voice plays softly in the background, racks of dramatic full-skirted and caped dresses, two-piece suits, pillbox hats, and fascinators line the shelves and pictures of ...

Holding it down

On Thursday, April 5, Michelle Obama, Nely Galán, Raquel Eatmon and a number of other female leaders addressed a crowd of 3,400 attendees at the 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference. The all-day event featured speakers, panels and workshops to equip ...

Increasing bidding opportunities

More than 40 minority and women-owned businesses showcased their products and services last thursday at a supplier diversity and procurement fair attended by more than 150 businesses and organized by CRRC MA, the North American regional corporation of the world’s ...

New Ethiopian cafe opens

Fasika Cafe opened only two weeks ago, but it already has regular customers coming in for their lunch fix or sitting down for a couple hours to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee.

Selling an edgy aesthetic

Juanda Siddiqui is a software engineer who works for Waltham-based defense contractor, Raytheon. However, she channels her artistic bent into making and selling jewelry in her spare time through her business, Cultural Findings.

Business runs hot & cold

For Abdul Barrie, starting Environmental Systems Engineering during an economic recession was an act of courage.

Vying for greater growth

Cesar DaSilva has pictures of his company’s design and construction projects, the blueprints and sketches as well as the completed ones, covering the walls at the Design Construction Consulting Services, Inc. office. The firm has provided design, construction and consulting ...

PR and marketing synergy

Domenic Amenta founded DPA Communications in 2012, after learning about traditional PR at Regan Communications in Boston for seven years, often from the agency’s founder himself, George Regan.

A focus on small business

During her first speech from the floor of the city council, District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey called for a hearing to examine the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses in Boston and spoke about her intention to focus on ...

Scholar Athletes appoints two nonprofit leaders to managing director roles

Scholar Athletes today announced the appointment of two nonprofit leaders to managing director roles within the Boston-based nonprofit. Scholar Athletes provides academic and college preparation support to more than 5,000 student “Zone members” in more than 20 schools in Boston, ...

Black Restaurant Challenge

The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge, organized by state Representative Chyna Tyler and the Urban Affairs Group, kicked off on February 1 at Roxbury’s Suya Joint. The Dudley Square restaurant, lounge and bar that specializes in African cuisine was an appropriate ...

Making it in real estate

Deborah Bernat’s entrepreneurial roots go back to her childhood in Weston, when she collected rocks, painted and shellacked them and sold them to neighborhood children.

Supply chain diversity

The Pacesetter program, modeled after the Minority Business Accelerator program of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, encourages companies to commit not only to increasing their contracts with suppliers of color and participating in Chamber-sponsored matchmaking and networking events, but to measure ...


Alina Lopez Thomas, founder and creative director of GROWN Women, knows that a productive working life can’t come to a halt after a career setback, and needn’t end at the traditional retirement age. With her emerging company, founded in 2016, ...