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Boston Impact Initiative invests in ‘social impact’ firms

The Boston Impact Initiative, an organization that supports community organizations through loans and grants, has made its first equity investment in a local business, backing Roxbury-based City Fresh Foods. The move is seen as an expansion of the Initiative’s efforts ...

Program helps businesses harness Internet technology

A state program to help small businesses use technology to expand — with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation at its heart — has shown officials one successful way to support economic growth. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s Small Business Technical Assistance ...

Tropical Foods ‘hybrid’ market grows, retains customer base

The store’s slogan is, after all, “The Supermarket for Everyone,” and the new location will allow the store to deliver on this promise.“It is ethnic, but is it also now modern and conventional,” Garry said.

Business with a social conscience

“What is essential to Argus is to do work that matters, that is our core value and core principle. That leads us to work with organizations that we respect and admire,” Arenas said.

Tropical Foods in Dudley Square is opening new store on February 4

After 40 years in the same location in Dudley Square, ethnic food market pioneer Tropical Foods is opening up a brand new store on Feb. 4.

Smarter in the City Lab gears up for 2nd class of startups

Smarter in the City, a business incubator in Dudley Square, is continuing to build on its early success and has selected the second group of local startup companies it will support for a five-month period, starting next month.

Mobile apps increasingly seen as essential business tool

While recent studies have shown that using mobile technologies — such as apps that help consumers connect with a business over handheld devices — can significantly increase revenue, other experts say businesses that don’t use mobile technologies will eventually wither ...

Minority contractors tap Beverley Johnson to lead organization

The Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association broke new ground last week when it announced the appointment of Beverley Johnson as the organization’s first female president and chairwoman of the board.

Dorchester entrepreneur provides marketing to nonprofit sector

When Dorchester resident Michelle Miller Groves named her startup Social Good Marketing, she knew she would have to do something to impact the community. By targeting her integrated marketing services to nonprofits and setting up an internship program helping college ...

Business courses help stylist keep salon in the black

Erinn Danielle loves being a hair stylist. There is nothing the founder of Simply Erinn’s Unisex Salon in Cambridge would rather do with her day than help her customers feel great about their hair. But running a business is another ...

Small businesses looking forward to year of growth

Riding a wave of confidence, small business owners across the U.S. are expecting a banner year in 2015, with all indicators pointing to growth.

In the News: Francisco Urena

The Baker-Polito administration announced Francisco Urena will serve as Secretary for Veterans’ Services.

Entrepreneur finds her niche recruiting tech sector talent

Entrepreneur Melissa James started her own recruitment company to help diversify the field by connecting underrepresented technical talent with software and IT companies.

Affordable Care Act open enrollment: What does it all mean?

Now is the time to make sure you have health insurance for 2015. Thousands of people who live in Massachusetts are covered by state health insurance programs that are ending. MassHealth and the Health Connector have been mailing information to ...

Angel’s jumpstart to job success: Earning college credits, while still in high school

Angel Garcia built a pathway to earn an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Management from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Today, he works full-time for the City of Boston, maintaining its fleet of vehicles ...