Martin Desmarais

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Now is the time for startups

Mass Challenge CEO spurs on entrepreneurs

Speaking at Startup Night at District Hall in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne had a tough but ultimately encouraging message for aspiring entrepreneurs — the startup world is full of fear, failure and frustration, but if you have a passion for what you are doing and the will to work hard success is possible.

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Architects tackle challenges of rising sea levels

Competition seeks to help Boston cope with effects of climate change

A forward-looking planning competition called Boston Living with Water has turned its attention to the rising sea level and highlights the importance the architecture, design and urban planning industry will have in ensuring the city’s survival. The message is pretty clear — it’s going to be sink or swim for many of Boston’s critical economic and business hubs.

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Massport makes push for diversity

Aggressive minority participation goals for hotel construction project

The state’s massive transportation authority, Massport, may be best known for running Boston Logan International Airport and handling the local shipping ports, but that is not all it does. With well over 300 acres of real estate in addition to Logan, the agency has a big hand in some of the major development going on in Boston. Now its leaders are making a historic diversity stand with a new project to build a headquarters hotel near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

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Supplier Diversity – How to Market your business to public entity

Massport and Keolis executives talk about the importance of supplier diversity

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Gary Morton: Boston Black MBA Association Chapter Chair builds leadership skills

The Boston chapter of the Black MBA Association advocates continuous learning and education attainment.

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Beverley Johnson’s consulting firm builds bridges between developers and community.

Bevco Associates, Inc. works to stabilize neighborhoods through economic and physical revitalization.

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Marketing entrepreneur parlays passion for social causes into successful business

Grove Hall native is chief executive of MORE Advertising

MORE Advertising founder and CEO Donna Latson Gittens had one long-term dream for most of her early professional career — to run a television station. But after more than two decades in the TV industry, with this dream not looking likely, she did what all good entrepreneurs do and turned a better opportunity into a business.

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Business Accelerated - City Incubators help lay groundwork for urban entrepreneurs

Boston is a city known for business innovation in places like Kendall Square and the Seaport District, but there is a growing movement to expand this ecosystem in the city's neighborhoods like Dudley Square and Fields Corner.

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Harvard grad Matthew Fields finds success in online education with Stanford-backed Redbird Advanced Learning

A business he birthed in his time at Harvard University has allowed Matthew Mugo Fields to fulfill a promise he made while a young immigrant student back in high school — to one day help other students better their educational opportunities just as he was helped.

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Roxbury man starts craft distillery in NH

New Hampshire’s state liquor distribution system offers filmmaker new opportunity

Roxbury resident Robert Patton-Spruill has enough passion — and the boost of a federal distillery license — to believe that his recently launched New England Sweetwater Farm & Distillery can be a success in the business of booze.

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