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JerkFest goes to Vermont

Celebrating sustainability, Caribbean culture

Nicola Williams and her Williams Agency, a marketing and event planning agency focused on food, culture and arts, has 20 years of success with events in and around Boston. Now, Williams is heading north with plans to put on Vermont’s first Caribbean foodie festival this summer.

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JP entrepreneur brings tech to trucking business

Rashad Sanders is drawing on the city’s various startup support organizations, including District Hall in the Innovation District, the Downtown-based Startup Institute and Smarter in the City in Dudley Square, to get his young company Loadlytics off the ground. Loadlytics is developing a web-based dispatch management system that allows trucking companies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of operations.

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Down Home builds foundation for success

Family business cooks up Southern specialties from Dot to Downtown

Specializing in southern cooking, Down Home has grown since its start in 2009 so that the vision its co-owners, the husband and wife pair of Gary Webster and Gale Scott, started with is now coming to fruition.

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Pitch in the City event gives local entrepreneurs the spotlight

Tech Connections and PracticeGigs were the winning startups

The “Pitch in the City” event, was organized by Banner Biz Magazine and sponsored by Northeastern University, offering substantial support and connections to all the startups pitching their ideas. It also was a great warmup for the day when the young entrepreneurs will hopefully appear before investors, seeking a serious cash infusion to keep their businesses growing.

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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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