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.

Paying it forward in the IT business

Reinier Moquete, founder of Advoqt Technology Group, emphasizes advancing social impact and diversity in technology professions as among the company’s main goals.

SkyLab Boston presents its Business Sustainability Boot Camp

SkyLab presents its first annual Business Sustainability Boot Camp.

Growing a home business

Lisa Martin had been operating an embroidery business as a sideline for six years, working out of the kitchen of her Roxbury condo to produce customized baseball caps, jackets and other items. Then, last year when she was laid off ...

Boosting Mass. businesses

While the Greater Boston area has long been a hotbed of business innovation — from the biotech boom in Kendall Square to the tech start-ups growing on the Boston waterfront — it’s Nam Pham’s job to make sure the job ...

Growing a yarn business

Diane Ivy’s is banking on her vibrant, street art-inspired yarn colors’ appeal to the looming legions of younger, more diverse knitters and crocheters.

More than 120 ninth graders compete in ‘Shark Tank’-style competition

BUILD Boston’s 5th annual Youth Business Plan Competition was held June 4th at Suffolk University and the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston. The competition marked the culmination of a year of hard work by more than 120 ninth graders and ...

Baking business success

Edna Etienne's bakery, now in a building she owns at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Babcock streets, is a gathering spot for the Haitian and Mattapan community. Many are drawn by the bakery’s specialty — traditional Haitian flakey ...

Retirement not an option

A new study estimates that “10.2 million workers ages 58 and older (43.8 percent) were employed either in physically demanding jobs or jobs with difficult working conditions” — with high older proportions of Latinos and African American workers, as well ...

Business notes

McRae-Yates is the new Human Resources Director at MassArt and a Cambridge salon wins barbershop challenge.