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Practice makes perfect

Born out of frustration and a desire to excel at tennis, Toni Oloko founded PracticeGigs, a “peer-to-peer learning marketplace” that enables tennis players to develop their skills by connecting, practicing, and playing with more advance tennis players.

Forming partnerships: The Latino Legacy Fund

The Latino Legacy Fund, a partnership of local Latino philanthropists and leaders, the Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy, is building an initial $1 million endowment fund to support Boston-area Latino programs.

Tips on tips

One day, there was a crisis in the restaurant. Three of the cleaning and bussing staff had called in sick for a shift. One of the assistant managers asked Willie to help out by bussing some tables and cleaning up ...

Make way for big data

For many years the concept of big data meant many “bigs” — namely big cost, big companies and big infrastructure. But now the prevalence of data analytics services means that only the big data part remains, because small- and medium-size ...

Hub business wary of future

While small business gurus continue to sing the praises about how U.S.’s small companies are leading the way to economic prosperity, a new monthly report — finds that confidence is waning. That’s a cause for worry. “Waning confidence” is a ...

Supplier Diversity Done Right National Grid’s Story — Creating Diverse Partnerships Across the Grid

Smart companies know that supporting small business is one of the best ways to accomplish these goals. Even smarter ones recognize the benefits of doing business with diverse suppliers — like small businesses run by women, minorities, veterans or people ...

On the rise: Diversity hiring

A year ago, when tech giant Google went public with what could only be classified as poor diversity numbers — saying that 70 percent of the company’s 50,000 employees worldwide at that time were men and, in the U.S., its ...

Gender equality: Little progress made

When the likes of Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg broke into the upper echelons of corporate America, their rise prompted discussions about how far down their individual successes would trickle. Were they anomalies, or did they symbolize a ...

Small biz is scaling up

The startup waters are notoriously hazardous. Generally speaking about nine in 10 startups fail, to the point that failure is recognized as an accepted part of any entrepreneur’s professional cycle and a way to sort out the good from the ...

CityStart Boston Announces Winners

CityStart Boston teams made their final pitches to an audience of potential investors, partners and supporters.

Hub ranks high in startup index

When it comes to fostering small business innovation Boston is doing something right and people are starting to take notice. A recent report found Boston ranking high in the areas that are most important to building a strong startup environment ...

CERO meets $350,000 goal by crowdfunding

Thanks to a late push, Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics, known as CERO Cooperative, topped its goal last week by raising $350,000 for its recycling and composting business.

Pitch in the City returns

Six local entrepreneurs presented their ideas to a panel of venture capital experts and an audience of colleagues, friends, and other interested parties. Savané, along with the others, showcased what makes a great pitch — passion, precision and showing the ...

Cutting red tape: Boston leads the way

U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet came to Boston to announce the “Startup in a Day” initiative, a collaboration with the White House, the SBA and the National League of Cities. In its first phase, participating cities make a ...

Group pushes firms to diversify

The Massachusetts Diversity Coalition started with the goal to make sure that the state’s minority- and women-owned businesses got a piece of the growing gaming sector. However, the group now has bigger fish to fry — it wants to make ...