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Crafting a consultancy

Growing up in Barbados, Ryan Brathwaite was drawn to computers mainly because his uncle in the U.S. was doing something with technology and it “sounded cool,” he says.Today, at 40, he is CEO and president of Tech Wave Group, providing ...

A banner year for business

Throughout 2017, the Banner’s business pages highlighted local entrepreneurs, those risk-takers who have set up shop to offer services and products from branding to beauty supplies, fitness to fences, sweets to soul food. Some hung their own shingle in an ...

Black Market expands

Entrepreneurial husband-and-wife duo Kaidi and Chris Grant will be expanding their Black Market venture into an open-air market in spring 2018, increasing the opportunities for black vendors to sell their products and services in Roxbury. The pair told the Banner ...

Dudley restaurant revival

When news that Dudley Dough was closing hit the streets in October, some in Roxbury expressed frustration at the slow pace of development in Dudley Square, which now seemed to be moving backward.

Fitness is her business

In the three years since Tina Ramos developed and opened CrossFit Boston Iron & Grit gym in West Roxbury, she has successfully created a community of like-minded athletes and mentors who enjoy coaching others, especially Boston’s youth, in CrossFit training.

Brew with a purpose

With Farmer’s Horse Coffee, Kassegn Sirmollo aims to share Ethiopian coffee and to offer a welcoming vibe for his customers, many of whom are students and faculty at nearby New England Conservatory and Northeastern University or T riders who get ...

Sweet success

Teresa Maynard left a full-time job as assistant director of fundraiser and user support at Harvard University’s development office in 2016 to pursue her dream of opening a bakery.

The business of food

First piloted in Fall 2016, Food Biz 101 is an accelerator specially designed to address the nuts and bolts of starting a food-related business. Classes cover recipe scaling, cost of goods, labeling regulations, licensing and permitting as well as business ...

Building trades in the blood

Abraham Gonzalez has come a long way since he was introduced to the construction industry at age 10, fetching tools and helping hang sheetrock to assist his uncles in Miami with their carpentry business back in the 1980s, and working ...

Initiative helps build credit

The city of Boston’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) last week launched a first-in-the-nation citywide credit building initiative. The program, called Boston Builds Credit (BBC), is aimed at helping at least 25,000 Boston residents attain a credit score of at ...

Few people of color lead nonprofits, and bias is to blame, says report

Less than 20 percent of nonprofit CEOs or executive directors are of color — a figure that has stayed static for more than a decade. The reason largely seems due to prevailing and systemic biases. A new report released by ...

Making design inclusive

Kristen Ransom, founder and CEO of IncluDe software design and development agency, was in college studying human factors engineering at Tufts University when she landed an internship at Harley-Davidson motorcycle company. There, she tackled the problem of designing motorcycles to ...

Taxation with preparation

Sam Trotman never planned to make a living in tax preparation. But what started as a side gig soon had him hooked. He is now a franchisee of Liberty Tax Service, with operations in Mattapan Square, Hyde Park and South ...

14 up-and-comers you should check out at HUBweek

This Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14, 14 up-and-comers in the Boston area will take the stage alongside the likes of Mike Bloomberg, Fidelity’s Abby Johnson, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice Chairman Anne Finucane, Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande and ...

HUBWeek - Roxbury Innovation Showcase

Inside the Roxbury Innovation Center, 20 local startup businesses and accelerator programs from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and more will present their ideas and discuss the state of the innovation ecosystem in Roxbury with entrepreneurs who are blazing the trail.