Hacking the opportunity gap: Resilient Coders and true grit

Resilient Coders is a Boston-based nonprofit that seeks to break that mold by adding gender, color and class to the mix. Through a variety of programs, RC builds not only coding competence, but personal confidence and character. In doing so, ...

Bred Gourmet

Bred Gourmet serves up some serious burgers out of its Dorchester Lower Mills location on Dorchester Avenue. Launched a year and a half ago, the restaurant is the brainchild of 29-year-old local Tambo Barrow and already has earned a steady ...

Malia Lazu and the Epicenter Community Inc. draw connections among communities

Malia Lazu takes an unusual approach to business development. While tending to the needs of individual entrepreneurs, she also cultivates the broader environment, seeking to create a landscape where marginalized communities can realize their business dreams.

Kibo: Using robotics to prepare children for the future

AMassachusetts-based company has created a new way of engaging children as young as age four in technology. Interacting with small “KIBO” robots made by KinderLab Robotics, children can be miniature engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers and writers, learning new ways ...

National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program

This year the LOT program celebrates its 25th anniversary and has helped more than 8,000 students gain invaluable pre-college business experience. The program runs on a September-to-June cycle, following the school year. One Saturday a month, the students meet for ...

A youthful business plan

City Awake is an organization focused on engaging millennials to find new creative ways of solving social issues through networking events, conferences, festivals, and other programming.

A sweet sense of purpose

Carlene O'Garro is a pastry chef and owner of the bakery nestled on Centre Street, West Roxbury's main commercial thoroughfare. Although customers shouldn't expect a YouTube series anytime soon, a second location is slated to open in South Station this ...

Fairmount Innovation Lab Accelerator Now Accepting Applicants for Fall 2016 Cycle

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Designs on a business

At 22 years old, Isabella Brandao is launching her own fashion brand, Alleb Asor, for women in their late 20s to late 30s.

Competing for local funds

Participants in a Roxbury economic experiment pooled together $20,000 last Saturday to invest in local businesses. One hundred seventy individual lenders raised $10,000 in three days while bigger organizations matched the number, thus doubling the total investment. Hosted by Boston ...

A creative business plan

When optometrist Lesa Dennis-Mahamed opened her new full-service eye care shop in Dudley Square’s Bolling Building last fall, she chose a name infused with multiple layers of meaning.

A people’s economy in the Hub

Dozens of local organizations, small businesses, community leaders, and working class residents of Boston are collaborating to create a democratic community development ecosystem and local economy. The organizers envision the Boston Ujima Project will be a multi-stakeholder network that will ...

Getting a piece of the action

Karriem van Leesten IV recalls his first parlay in real estate when he was a rising Junior at Boston University and he bought his first multi-family home in Dorchester. He renovated it and sold it a couple years later. Today, ...

Program offers small businesses legal help

The Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights and Economic Justice’s Belin Economic Justice Project, can help businesses through legal dilemmas including protecting intellectual property, determining which legal entity a business should select and drawing up catering contracts.

Money Talk Financial Literacy Conference

How to build wealth for you, your family and the black community will be the focus of this all day money conference.