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Positive outlook for 2016

As small businesses hit the ground running in 2016, optimism seems to be high overall, which has many planning for growth and expansion in the New Year. However, there are a number of key trends that will dictate small business ...

Small business growth contributed to expanding economy in 2015

This past year was a great year for small businesses. Not only did small biz entrepreneurs throughout the country continue to lead the longest streak of job growth on record, but their optimism for the economic future is becoming the ...

Getting government contracts

With the Diversity Goal Support Program, Mass Growth Capital is addressing the reality that it takes money to make money. While this may be an old business cliché, it holds true when small businesses are vying for lucrative state and ...

Bookshop opens in Dot.

Yooree Losordo, owner and operator of Dorchester-based On the Dot Books, is using some innovative ways to be successful in a traditional industry with her independent bookstore business. At the same time, she is also hoping to be part of ...

Mattapan salon stands test of time

Josette Guerrier’s Paradise Hair Salon has been a stalwart in Mattapan Square for over 25 years. For most of that time, Guerrier was the force that kept the business going, but in the last several years her daughter Sandra Guerrier-Clark ...

A lack of financial literacy

A recently released report about the financial literacy of Massachusetts residents highlighted that the state is behind in helping educate children, students and adults in ways to better manage money and understand the effects of economic decisions. With a particular ...

Holiday promotions boost small businesses

Get out and shop local is the message this holiday season: last Saturday was Small Business Saturday, when residents were encouraged to patronize their local businesses, while Mayor Martin Walsh continues the call with a twitter campaign and other promotions. ...

Harnessing creative energy

Nearly 20 years ago, Gwendolyn McCoy started Make Scents Floral Design to harness some of her creative energy, but the side business has continued to grow into something more. Now, the life-long Dorchester resident not only continues with her floral ...

Immigrants help grow Massachusetts economy

Speaking at the Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners Forum, held on Nov. 13 at Bunker Hill Community College, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham pledged the state’s support to the immigrant business community. His words echoed ...

Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship accepts 9 local artists

Discovery Roxbury and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston offers the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship to 9 local artists.

Generational Lessons and Stories about Succeeding in Entrepreneurship

On Thursday, November 19th, SkyLab Boston and the National MBA Association, Inc., Boston Chapter will host an event Historians, Visionaries and Millenials (HVM).

SBA assisting veterans

The government’s start-up czar — U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet — was in Boston last week furthering efforts to help U.S. veterans start companies, but to also chat about the state of entrepreneurship and remind all about the ...

$30M more state supplier spending on MBEs

Governor Charlie Baker expanded the minimum percent of state government spending designated for Massachusetts-based small businesses, Minority-owned Business Enterprises and Women-owned Business Enterprises; a streamlining of the certification processes and new certifications to acknowledge businesses owned by veterans, LGBT people ...

Managing your passwords

Recent hacking scandals are not only a reminder that one needs to create secure passwords but that one also shouldn’t use the same or a simple password for multiple sites. Here are some of our favorite password apps that store ...

Mobile tech

Much has been written about the growth of the mobile technologies industry and the importance of small businesses making sure their products and services can reach consumers through the growing spectrum of handheld devices. However, for small business owners it ...