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Building a fitness family
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Building a fitness family
Ever since he was in high school, Javy Caraballo wanted to open his own fitness gym. Once he discovered the challenging dynamics and community-driven aspects of CrossFit as an adult, he knew he had found his niche.
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Self-employment success
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Self-employment success
Although recent statistics have shown that the U.S. freelancer workforce is growing, living costs in metropolitan areas continue to serve as a barrier to using freelancing as a sustainable source of income, especially in Boston.
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Tea time with a chai twist
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Tea time with a chai twist
Chai was an essential part of Vishal Thapar’s and Rushil Desai’s upbringing; Thapar started making chai as a young 10-year-old boy in India and Desai cannot recall a family breakfast without chai also being served at the table. The two entrepreneurs were disillusioned at the lack of authentic chai readily available in the U.S. and formed Boston Chai Party, LLC in 2015 to fill this gap in the market.
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Taking business wholesale
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Taking business wholesale
Just before Thanksgiving, local baker Teresa Maynard, founder of Sweet Teez Bakery, breathes a sigh of relief as she recalls the past four weeks spent fulfilling a major wholesale order for Whole Foods.
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The coach in your corner
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The coach in your corner
Clara Angelina Diaz is a life coach, author, and speaker who helps clients become laser-focused on their professional and personal goals to gain more purpose and power in their lives, and infuses the process with compassion, support and spiritual insight.
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Building for the future
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Building for the future
Narman Construction, a full-service general contractor based in Boston, was formed in 2005 by company President J. Lynda Blake. As a black-woman-owned business, growing the company in an industry dominated by men has not come without challenges, says Blake. But, she says, she has implemented certain business strategies in order to level the playing field for minorities like her.
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City yoga studio for all
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City yoga studio for all
It’s Monday morning and Kendra Blackett-Dibinga just finished teaching a 6 a.m. Bikram yoga class. With a towel, she wipes off her hard work and greets clients coming into the studio as she prepares to teach her next class at 9 a.m.
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Creativity for a cause
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Creativity for a cause
Business analysts have observed that a large percentage of new startups fail within the first year, but Amir Now Inc. is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month with only new projects on the horizon.
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Fashion hits Hyde Park
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Fashion hits Hyde Park
Some artists stumble upon their skills and passion at a young age, almost as if they were born with them. This is how fashion designer Josefa Da Silva, owner of Josefa Da Silva boutique in Hyde Park, describes the moment when she first started making her own clothes in her native Cape Verde at 12 years old.
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Scoring with sports fans
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Scoring with sports fans
Mahlon Williams, owner of I Love Boston Sports apparel shop, left a cushy job in finance in 2010 after hawking T-shirts near Fenway Park. They were original designs, created by Williams, with slogans like, “New England vs. Everyone” and other quick-witted sayings that only Boston sports fanatics would understand.
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Innovators grow community
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Innovators grow community
The Fairmount Innovation Lab celebrated the grand re-opening of their newly expanded co-working space last Wednesday evening in Uphams Corner.
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Cleaning up construction
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Cleaning up construction
Lois Reason first tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit at the young age of 8, while helping a family friend with house cleaning in exchange for a weekly stipend. Although Reason has spent the bulk of her career running Rise & Shine Contract Cleaning, a post-construction cleaning company she founded in 2000, she has held a variety of occupations. The common thread that runs throughout her career is her entrepreneurial calling.
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