Legal Advice — Always get any agreements in writing

While a joint venture can be a great way to expand your contracting capacity and opportunities, don’t ever get into a joint venture without a written Joint Venture Agreement that protects you from your potential risks and liabilities.

Site connects startups

Since he took office, Mayor Martin Walsh has pledged to make Boston a friendlier place to start a business — especially in Boston’s oft underserved neighborhoods — and he has been busy trying to make this happen. Last week, he ...

Developing a workforce

A recent $3 million grant from the federal government will allow Boston to double the amount of women and people of color it helps train for jobs in the construction and hospitality industries to about 400 over the next five ...

The business of music

The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship at Berklee College of Music is examining the business of music in a way the college hasn’t done before, and pushing its students toward a greater impact on an evolving industry. The effort is ...

Asian professionals convene

About 200 of some of Boston’s up-and-coming Asian businessmen and businesswomen attended the National Association of Asian American Professionals 2015 Northeast Leadership Conference last Friday at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Regulating the sharing economy

The sharing economy went before Congress last week for a stark examination of how it creates jobs, benefits consumers, but also raises a slew of policy concerns and questions. At stake is the question of how much regulation businesses in ...

Programs that help women business owners expand their opportunities

Women-owned businesses are on the rise — most accounts find they make up about 30 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S. — but there is concern that many of these business top out early.

Focus on sustainable food

Owners of many of Boston’s up-and-coming new food businesses turned up to showcase their fare on Sept. 20 for the sixth annual Boston Local Food Festival on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. Neighborhood food startups relished the attention from an ...

Government agencies crack down on fraudulent mortgage practices

City, state and federal agencies have been stepping up efforts to stamp out fraudulent mortgage practices that target communities of color — pricing discrimination and redlining among them.

SBA expands reach

The federal government is trying to do a better job helping small businesses in underserved communities grow, and is reaching out to community organizations as partners in doing so.

Roslindale grocery store cited $300,000 for failing to pay overtime and Sunday wages, hindering investigation

A Roslindale grocery store and its owners have agreed to pay more than $300,000 in citations for failing to properly pay their employees in violation of the state’s wage and hour laws, and for hindering an investigation, Attorney General Maura ...

Mass. Auditor: Review of tax expenditure program necessary

State Auditor Suzanne Bump today testified on behalf of legislation she filed granting state auditors the ability to review the state’s tax expenditure program. The Office of the State Auditor first began researching Massachusetts’ tax expenditure program in 2011, but ...

2015 Toyota 4Runner

Despite being kind of boxy, the 4Runner is a decent looking ride, especially in Barcelona Red, the color of our test-drive vehicle.

Moira Studio’s Clemencia Herrera combines marketing and design skills

Clemencia Herrera, founder and creative director of Moira Studio, a creative marketing firm based in Cambridge, has put her multicultural background and experience to work to gain a foothold for her startup business.

Diversity - No longer a feel-good tactic

There was a time when diversity in the workplace was at best an afterthought and at worst, little more than a feel-good tactic. Today there’s a growing awareness that diversity is a business imperative. It is critical for a company’s ...