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Soledad O'Brien — telling stories that matter

Starfish Media is a full-service production and distribution company offering a range of quality shows such as documentaries, branded content, town halls and other programs featuring stories of the “under-voiced.” O’Brien believes the show fills a gap in political discourse ...

Interise: Changing the game for small business

Eighty percent of small businesses do not make it past the startup phase — and yet, almost all the small business technical assistance and support is focused on early stage or start-up businesses. According to, Jean Horstman, CEO of Interise, ...

The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

Located just west of Boston in the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, the Charles River Museum is just a short walk from the MBTA Waltham commuter rail stop on the Fitchburg line. Its mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation ...

Imajine That founder Susan Leger Ferraro aims to close the education achievement gap

Humanitarian, CEO, pioneer, teacher, leadership guru — all these words describe Susan Leger Ferraro, a serial social entrepreneur who has worked to make lives better for thousands of Boston area families and children. She has created several successful businesses, all ...

Graphic designer Julie Phillips gets a head start at EpiCenter Community

For Julie Phillips, founder and CEO of Jesignz Graphix, design starts with a feeling. Phillips took the leap into a full-time business with the help of the Epicenter Community Accelerate Boston program. The accelerator program is designed to start and ...

Artlifting combines the power of art and business

ArtLifting is an inspiring Boston-based company that provides homeless and disabled artists a market for their art while transforming their lives for the better. With ArtLifting’s help, Stacey Williams of Boston was able to make a new life as an ...

SBA makes no-fee loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping bolster the small business economy in Massachusetts through capital lending programs including low- and no-fee loans and lender matching services.

Archipelago Strategies specializes in cross-cultural marketing

Strength comes in groups of three for multicultural marketing group, Archipelago Strategies Firm, headquartered on South Boston's waterfront. It is a certified LGBT, Minority, and Woman-Owned enterprise, the city's first. ASG's specialized marketing strategy also operates on three levels: advertising, ...

Local entrepreneur bets big with airport sportswear store

Hispanic-owned Campeon Soccer brings international and local soccer paraphernalia to Logan flyers. It is the first major soccer retailer to open in a U.S. airport.

Beauty and style maven builds her own personal brand through social media

Lisa Jean-Francois is a modern entrepreneur. Her business isn't just one tangible product, but rather, her personal brand as a working mother passionate about style and beauty draws readers and viewers to her blog and Youtube channel, Lisa a La ...

LaborX startup helps firms recruit often-overlooked talent

Hiring managers typically spend approximately eight seconds looking at a resume before deciding on whether to move on to the next one. They spend even less time if a candidate does not have a college degree, said Yscaira Jimenez, who ...

ICIC promotes inclusion without inclusivity

According to their website they want to host a "national conversation about what it will take to create inclusive incubators and accelerators! This event will convene incubator and accelerator leaders, economic development professionals, city officials, and other stakeholders interested in ...

High School students learn pathways to entrepreneurship with BUILD

Students at Charlestown High School are learning the fundamentals of business and marketing — all while earning college credit. This fall, the high school launched its Business Pathways Dual Enrollment program, in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and youth ...

DPV Transportation Worldwide sees worldwide growth

In a market saturated with ride-sharing apps, DPV Transportation Worldwide distinguishes itself as a premium transportation company for high-end clients across the globe. Founder and CEO Daniel Perez said that the service provides 17,000 trips a year for clients in ...

Boosting a black bank

Teri Williams, President of OneUnited Bank, the country’s oldest black-owned bank with origins in Boston, said that the bank started to see a significant increase in visitors to their website, new customers at their branches and online banking, and home ...