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Mayor announces reimagined Boston Main Streets program
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Mayor announces reimagined Boston Main Streets program
Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday a new community engagement process to reimagine Boston’s businesses. Reimagine Boston Main Streets is meant to strengthen the city’s Main Streets program, assess where the resources are and identify gaps. The first part of this community engagement process began at a Nov. 23 Remo event — a virtual conference where attendees could sit at “tables” and discuss different aspects of Boston business.
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Joelle Fontaine's Kréyol collection celebrates diverse female artisans
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Joelle Fontaine's Kréyol collection celebrates diverse female artisans
Joelle Fontaine has been working in the fashion industry for years, but in 2020 she’s really hit her stride. Fontaine’s brand, I Am Kréyol, launched the Artisan Collection this year, featuring both garments designed by Fontaine and accessories and home goods by female artisans from around the world. In this way, the brand has become what Fontaine always wanted: a celebration of diverse female artists.
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COVID worsens debt harassment
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COVID worsens debt harassment
It’s hard to build family wealth when you’re burdened with heavy debts and harassed by abusive debt collection practices. No amount of collector harassment will result in payments when no funds are available to pay past due bills.
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Business in the time of COVID-19
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Business
Business in the time of COVID-19
For the entrepreneurs graduating from the Business Equity Initiative at the Foundation for Business Equity, COVID-19 has brought everything from major setbacks, unexpected resources, and great opportunity.
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Another round of funding for small businesses
The Baker administration released an economic recovery plan Oct. 22 that promises $50.8 million to small businesses that were hardest hit by COVID-19 closings.
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The Core Value Company helps businesses refine their brands and define their core values
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The Core Value Company helps businesses refine their brands and define their core values
When Monica Cost launched The Core Value Company, she simply began charging for a service she had previously been providing co-workers with for free: personal and professional branding.
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Bossman Construction places emphasis on empowering women
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Bossman Construction places emphasis on empowering women
When Amenyonah Bossman decided to launch her own company, she knew she had to promote and uplift other women in construction.
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Business
Federal Reserve officials take on racism in livestream series
The Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, Minneapolis and Atlanta on Oct. 7 co-hosted the kickoff event of their “Racism and the Economy” livestream series, which brought together experts on economic justice and culminated in a discussion between the three bank presidents..
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195essential: A mission driven t-shirt business
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Business
195essential: A mission driven t-shirt business
Founded just last March at the dining room table of father-daughter team Jason and Lena Harris, 195essential pairs t-shirt design with social change. The first line focuses on essential workers, the second on LGBTQ+ pride, and now the company has turned to voter suppression.
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Talia Barrales: A Dreamer fulfilling her dream
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Talia Barrales: A Dreamer fulfilling her dream
When Talia Barrales launched her new firm, Barrales Public Affairs, in June, she turned to the same guiding principles that made her now multi-million-dollar firm Barrales Law so successful — hard work for the community, by the community.
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Activists discuss building wealth through business
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Activists discuss building wealth through business
As Black businesses struggle to recover from COVID-19, local experts have gathered to talk solutions and resources to rebuild Black wealth amidst the ongoing crisis. In partnership with the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) and Berkshire Bank, the Bay State Banner’s Howard Manly moderated a panel on “Helping Black Businesses Thrive.”
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Local entrepreneur turns problem into business model
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Business
Local entrepreneur turns problem into business model
When Marcus Medley set out to launch Apace Forms, a software that provides easy-to-use templates for real estate contracts, he knew it all started with the answer to a very simple question: what is a problem I face that needs to be solved?
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