In the news: Sheila A. Hubbard

Sheila A. Hubbard was appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Dorchester pop-up market features community vendors

The Ujamaa Bazaar, a pop-up market organized by the Black Economic Justice Institute, Inc., will be open every Saturday this month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the large hall at 61 Columbia Road in Dorchester. BEJI recently moved ...

The Partnership marks 30 years

The Partnership, a nonprofit with a mission of diversifying Boston’s corporate leadership pipeline, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1987, the Boston-based organization has offered leadership development programs to nurture the talent of African Americans and, increasingly, other ...

Legal details are critical in business formation

A common misconception is that a sole proprietorship or general partnership has the same protections as an incorporated entity. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Outside the Box Agency's marketing business built around storytelling

Outside the Box Agency President Justin Springer’s path has always been nontraditional, and his entry into entrepreneurship is no exception. A few years ago, when he was frustrated by a string of unfulfilling jobs and job searches, a friend mentioned ...

OneUnited Bank and #BlackLivesMatter partner to launch a new Visa Debit Card

In celebration of Black History Month, OneUnited Bank partners with #BlackLivesMatter to organize black America's spending power and launch the "Amir" card.

Fairmount Innovation Lab expands with new lab space

A year-and-a-half into its operation, the Fairmount Innovation Lab seems to be thriving, with nine businesses and artists employing 15 people in its third startup cohort.

Office of Economic Development aims to grow Boston’s small businesses

Boston has 40,000 small businesses that provide some 170,000 jobs, nearly half of all employment in the city, according to the city’s Small Business Plan released last May. And the vast majority of the city’s small businesses — both downtown ...

Entrepreneur takes high-fashion clothing line to next level

In her early 20s, while Joelle Jean-Fontaine toiled at a telemarketing firm, her heart was in fashion. She spent most weekends in New York City collaborating on fashion shoots with a photographer friend. By 2010 her clothing design pursuits led ...

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.