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Sheer Liability from the sharing economy

Take the correct steps with a lawyer or CPA before starting any kind of small business.

Savings in decline as debt on the rise

It’s extraordinary that in the wealthiest country in the world, 76 percent of the population is broke. As reported in Forbes magazine in January, a nationwide survey revealed that this percentage of Americans has less than $5,000 in the bank. ...

Legal rules apply to Airbnb renters

In today’s sharing economy, companies like Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) and Airbnb are giving consumers more and better low-cost alternatives — and at the same time, providing new ways for homeowners to pull in some extra income. However, while ...

Internet choice: Options for everyone

Brough Turner, chief technical officer of Boston-based netBlazr, has dedicated his career to improving how people use the internet. Most recently that work includes bridging the “digital divide” that separates the world into haves and have-nots. When it comes to ...

‘Strength is a beautiful thing’

While some see Boston as the birthplace of hundreds of high-tech and life sciences products, there’s another side to our city’s entrepreneurial spirit: Inventors like Anel Bellevue who are creating new products for the consumer market. After working for more ...

Deval Patrick says 'It’s time for business to step up’

Deval Patrick’s inspiring life story, chronicled in his autobiography, “A Reason to Believe: Lessons from An Improbable Life,” still has unwritten chapters. The former governor talks with Banner Biz about wealth disparity and his current work to close the gap.

Hacking the opportunity gap: Resilient Coders and true grit

Resilient Coders is a Boston-based nonprofit that seeks to break that mold by adding gender, color and class to the mix. Through a variety of programs, RC builds not only coding competence, but personal confidence and character. In doing so, ...

Bred Gourmet

Bred Gourmet serves up some serious burgers out of its Dorchester Lower Mills location on Dorchester Avenue. Launched a year and a half ago, the restaurant is the brainchild of 29-year-old local Tambo Barrow and already has earned a steady ...

Malia Lazu and the Epicenter Community Inc. draw connections among communities

Malia Lazu takes an unusual approach to business development. While tending to the needs of individual entrepreneurs, she also cultivates the broader environment, seeking to create a landscape where marginalized communities can realize their business dreams.

Kibo: Using robotics to prepare children for the future

AMassachusetts-based company has created a new way of engaging children as young as age four in technology. Interacting with small “KIBO” robots made by KinderLab Robotics, children can be miniature engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers and writers, learning new ways ...

National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program

This year the LOT program celebrates its 25th anniversary and has helped more than 8,000 students gain invaluable pre-college business experience. The program runs on a September-to-June cycle, following the school year. One Saturday a month, the students meet for ...

A youthful business plan

City Awake is an organization focused on engaging millennials to find new creative ways of solving social issues through networking events, conferences, festivals, and other programming.

A sweet sense of purpose

Carlene O'Garro is a pastry chef and owner of the bakery nestled on Centre Street, West Roxbury's main commercial thoroughfare. Although customers shouldn't expect a YouTube series anytime soon, a second location is slated to open in South Station this ...

Fairmount Innovation Lab Accelerator Now Accepting Applicants for Fall 2016 Cycle

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Designs on a business

At 22 years old, Isabella Brandao is launching her own fashion brand, Alleb Asor, for women in their late 20s to late 30s.