Boosting a black bank

Teri Williams, President of OneUnited Bank, the country’s oldest black-owned bank with origins in Boston, said that the bank started to see a significant increase in visitors to their website, new customers at their branches and online banking, and home ...

A really cool opportunity

It took Omar Credle six years to launch his food truck business after he began to save money for it while a participant at Project SOAR, a program based at Long Island in Boston Harbor. Credle recalls that he had ...

Small businesses get on board with EMV

The EMV revolution is here and small businesses that do any kind of retail transactions had better not ignore the winds of change it brings. Simply put, “EMV” is the migration of the retail world from magnetic strip credit cards ...

Building a smart, bold, accessible and equitable SBA

It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in the Bay State, with a supportive ecosystem anchored by city, state and federal partnerships that help to ensure inclusive entrepreneurship in urban communities.

Consider the benefits of a sustainable business

Sustainable businesses are no longer just a fad. Time has now shown that beyond the obvious contribution toward a more sustainable environment there are real business benefits for companies of all sizes that infuse sustainable strategies into business operations.

Make social media work for you

There was a time not too long ago when the common consensus about the main power of social media for small business was that it can broaden a customer base and was a savvy way to achieve sales and marketing ...

Managing teams in the gig economy

Today’s workforce is the most diverse in history. While most people think of diversity in terms of age, ethnicity and gender, one of the other types of diversity that impacts our workplace is diversity in how people are working.

What’s your score?

You might not realize it but you are part of the Wall Street financial system. Even if you carry a wad of bills to pay for everything with cash, you are on the banking system’s radar. Just about everyone has ...

Money Talk: Building black wealth

The Money Talk conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street at Roxbury Crossing, Boston. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. Here is a preliminary ...

Sheer Liability from the sharing economy

Take the correct steps with a lawyer or CPA before starting any kind of small business.

Savings in decline as debt on the rise

It’s extraordinary that in the wealthiest country in the world, 76 percent of the population is broke. As reported in Forbes magazine in January, a nationwide survey revealed that this percentage of Americans has less than $5,000 in the bank. ...

Legal rules apply to Airbnb renters

In today’s sharing economy, companies like Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) and Airbnb are giving consumers more and better low-cost alternatives — and at the same time, providing new ways for homeowners to pull in some extra income. However, while ...

Internet choice: Options for everyone

Brough Turner, chief technical officer of Boston-based netBlazr, has dedicated his career to improving how people use the internet. Most recently that work includes bridging the “digital divide” that separates the world into haves and have-nots. When it comes to ...

‘Strength is a beautiful thing’

While some see Boston as the birthplace of hundreds of high-tech and life sciences products, there’s another side to our city’s entrepreneurial spirit: Inventors like Anel Bellevue who are creating new products for the consumer market. After working for more ...

Deval Patrick says 'It’s time for business to step up’

Deval Patrick’s inspiring life story, chronicled in his autobiography, “A Reason to Believe: Lessons from An Improbable Life,” still has unwritten chapters. The former governor talks with Banner Biz about wealth disparity and his current work to close the gap.