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Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes consumer protection
A June 29 U.S. Supreme Court split decision represents a major setback to both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the consumers who have come to rely upon the agency. Since 2010, more than 25 million consumers were helped by the agency’s efforts that returned over $11 billion.
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City Fresh Foods looks to give employees an ownership stake
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City Fresh Foods looks to give employees an ownership stake
On Juneteenth, City Fresh Foods celebrated more than one kind of freedom. While the June 19 holiday commemorates final emancipation of African slaves, this Roxbury company was also “freed” from its shareholders, buying them out and becoming fully minority-owned for the first time since opening in 1994.
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A black bookstore survives the COVID pandemic
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A black bookstore survives the COVID pandemic
Businesses around the world faced similar dilemmas — sudden closures and loss of revenue left them with unpaid bills and a looming recession that brought the threat of financial ruin.
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Black restaurateurs seek relief
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Black restaurateurs seek relief
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey toured black restaurants and bars Sunday. Markey, who will soon debate the next federal relief package on the floor of the Senate, said he wants to hear from business owners in order to be well-informed as he goes to bat for them.
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Community rallies around Dorchester bike shop
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Community rallies around Dorchester bike shop
After looters hit Noah Hicks’ Uphams Corner bike shop, donors more than made up for the stolen bikes. Now Hicks is donating funds to other causes.
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New leadership for Nubian Square
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New leadership for Nubian Square
The board of Roxbury Main Streets, Inc. has announced that Robert George, former executive vice president of Zoo New England, will serve as the organization’s executive director.
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Jim Roberts built a multi-million dollar business by putting people first
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Jim Roberts built a multi-million dollar business by putting people first
Jim Roberts’ business grew through the 1990s to include five franchise locations: in Dudley, Roslindale, Egleston Square, Codman Square and on Warren Street.
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Council, city officials mull cap on delivery service charges
While restaurants are closed for sit-down service, pickups and deliveries are keeping many alive through the tough economic times stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. But for the majority of restaurants that rely on delivery apps to get food to customers, profits can be elusive.
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Massachusetts small business of the year
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Massachusetts small business of the year
The Small Business Administration recently named Cleartech Group the 2020 Minority Owned Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts.
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Lawsuits allege COVID loan bias
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Lawsuits allege COVID loan bias
On April 19, four class action lawsuits challenged banks’ use of PPP funds. Filed separately in the U.S. District Court’s Central California office, the lawsuits are against Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.
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Support your local businesses during COVID-19
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Support your local businesses during COVID-19
Local businesses are the backbone of communities and have been hit hard by COVID-19.  Local restaurants have suffered particularly hard during this COVID-19 pandemic. The nature of the local restaurant business is already a financial challenge, and most restaurants do not have a reservoir of cash to tide them over during a shutdown.
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Boston is only as  strong as its  black community
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Boston is only as strong as its black community
This is a critical time for all of us, particularly Boston’s black community. Not only does the COVID-19 pandemic threaten our lives at disproportionate rates, but the economic standstill threatens our livelihood as well.
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