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Tia’s Cakes & Pastries - baking business success

Entrepreneur leaves marketing to open baking startup

Tia’s Cakes & Pastries specializes in custom cakes, such as the kind you can find at weddings or special events.

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The perfect recipe

Nicola Williams uses her marketing and advertising background to promote the local food movement

Nicola Williams believes in the sustainable food movement and supporting the growth of local business with a food vision for New England. That vision, aimed at the middle of this century, means that at least 50 percent of all food consumed is clean, fair, just and accessible food to all. As founder of the Williams Agency, a marketing and event planning agency focused on sustainable food, culture and arts, her role is to spread the good word about the movement — something she has been doing so for many years.

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Fittus - a fitness app for exercise enthusiasts

Entrepreneur seizes health and wellness opp with app

Success in the startup world takes savvy business planning, hard work and a bit of luck. But Fittus founder Joel Edwards took to heart a lesson he learned early while studying business at Suffolk University — that you need a passion for what you are doing to start a company — and launched an enterprise that combined his interest in exercising and working out with his desire to be an entrepreneur.

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Forming partnerships: The Latino Legacy Fund

Group looks to change trajectory for Boston Latinos by leveraging resources and forging relationships

The Latino Legacy Fund, a partnership of local Latino philanthropists and leaders, the Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy, is building an initial $1 million endowment fund to support Boston-area Latino programs.

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Make way for big data

For many years the concept of big data meant many “bigs” — namely big cost, big companies and big infrastructure. But now the prevalence of data analytics services means that only the big data part remains, because small- and medium-size companies can easily and affordably take advantage of data crunching to push their businesses ahead.

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Hub business wary of future

Amid boom, confidence wanes among Hub’s small business

While small business gurus continue to sing the praises about how U.S.’s small companies are leading the way to economic prosperity, a new monthly report — finds that confidence is waning. That’s a cause for worry. “Waning confidence” is a far cry from the panic that reigned at the start of the decade, but the report suggest that many business owners are starting to wonder if the post-recession peak already has occurred. This presents a different picture on the street than most small business data suggest.

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On the rise: Diversity hiring

Thanks to corporations like Google, companies are making hiring practices more transparent

A year ago, when tech giant Google went public with what could only be classified as poor diversity numbers — saying that 70 percent of the company’s 50,000 employees worldwide at that time were men and, in the U.S., its employees were only 3 percent Latino and 2 percent black — it shocked many. But not because the diversity numbers were so low; that was no surprise. The shock was they admitted it.

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Small biz is scaling up

The startup waters are notoriously hazardous. Generally speaking about nine in 10 startups fail, to the point that failure is recognized as an accepted part of any entrepreneur’s professional cycle and a way to sort out the good from the bad. And nobody worries there won’t be more startups on the way. But in Massachusetts, attention has turned to the next step in business growth — scaling up — as a crucial factor in strengthening the economy.

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Taking Root with an urban farming revolution in Boston

There was a time in Boston when seeing vegetable gardens meant that some neighbor had a green thumb or others were looking for a way to transform the eyesore of a vacant lot. Today, the rise of the urban farming revolution is rooted in the demand for local, sustainable food, as well as the economic potential of urban agricultural small businesses.

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From Food Trucks to Urban Farming – Boston’s Locally grown food startups on the rise.

Future Boston Alliance’s restaurant accelerator program aims to diversify the restaurant landscape

The food industry in Boston is evolving, and people like Future Boston Alliance co-founder Malia Lazu are the core ingredients in a new recipe to cook up more local-grown small businesses. Future Boston Alliance’s new restaurant accelerator program is just one of the efforts to add to the growing selection of food startups simmering around the city from restaurants to food trucks to food suppliers.

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