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Needham wins Google’s Annual eCity Award in Massachusetts

This Wednesday Google will honor the the city of Needham, MA with the company’s annual eCity award. In an attempt to identify the “digital capitals” of America, the award (which went to Westborough last year) is meant to recognize the communities with the strongest online business presence in every...

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Five Things to Know About Webster Bank’s Boston Expans...

Webster Bank history spans nearly eight decades, but was first introduced to the financial district five years ago. Since that time, their efforts to gain traction in commercial banking by targeting business owners have been quite successful and, although the bank hasn’t successfully expanded into the retail sector just yet, plans have been...

Two Atrius Health Providers Merging in 2015

Two major healthcare provider organizations will be ringing in the New Year by breaking away from Atrius Health. Worcester-based Reliant Medical Group and Southboro Medical Group have announced their merger plans will take effect on January 1, 2015.  The two will merge together into a new organization that will keep each group’s identity...

MA Senate Passes $80 Million Spending Bill

An $80 million spending bill was recently approved by the Massachusetts State Senate to end the 2014 fiscal year. The bill will allow select state agencies to spend money from the 2014 fiscal year in the 2015 fiscal year. Five million dollars was also included to reimburse cities for expenditures from extreme weather conditions. While several...

Ebola and the Economy

Unless you’ve been under quarantine for the past few weeks, you know that Ebola has once again reared its ugly head, causing widespread concern – bordering on panic in some quarters – about the possibility of a global pandemic. How realistic a possibility is this?  Could it actually happen? Frankly, it’s still too early to say one way or the...

Needham wins Google’s Annual eCity Award in Massachuse...

This Wednesday Google will honor the the city of Needham, MA with the company’s annual eCity award. In an attempt to identify the “digital capitals” of America, the award (which went to Westborough last year) is meant to recognize the communities with the strongest online business presence in every state. Google’s honoring of the town may be a...

What Caused Last Month’s Increase in the Massachusetts...

Showing signs of improvement over weak August numbers that had the state losing an estimated 5,000 jobs, Massachusetts employers reported on Thursday they had added 9,400 jobs in September. The data came from the monthly jobs survey conducted by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOWLD). Still, the Bay State’s...

Worcester Chamber Says ‘No’ to All Four Ballot Q...

In November, voters across the Commonwealth will have the option to cast their vote for or against four positions that could impact business across the state. Recently, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce met to discuss each of these questions in detail and to develop a policy to assist its members with a better understanding of how their...

Columbia Tech Names Laura Deming Senior VP Engineering

Columbia Tech, a contract engineering, design, and manufacturing services provider based in Westborough, MA has announced that Laura Deming has joined its team as Senior Vice President of Engineering. With more than 25 years of experience building and leading talented teams in delivering innovative solutions to meet customer needs, Deming has led...

Framingham Company Merges with NYC IT Provider

Framingham-based VP Solutions Inc., and another national information technology service company ComputerSupport.com, have confirmed they are merging to better capitalize on market opportunities in the the IT and digital industries. This trend of mergers continues throughout the industry as companies look to acquire and leverage assets they don’t...

Candidates for Top Office Go Silent on Non-Competes

Both major-party candidates for governor, Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley, should have been in the hot seat on non-compete clauses this past Monday. After all, they were in Cambridge speaking with an audience of young, tech-oriented, startup-minded, entrepreneurial spirits.  But if anyone was looking for answers, a strong stance, or even a...

Manufacturing Day 2014

For the past three years, the annual observance of Manufacturing Day has been a time for manufacturers from across the United States to come together as a group in a concerted effort to take charge of the nation’s perception of the industry and to demonstrate the different ways domestic manufacturing benefits local, national and global economies....

2014 Big E Enjoys Record Breaking Attendance

The 2014 Big E set a new attendance record of 1,498,605 as fair enthusiasts flocked to the annual regional event. Eager visitors also broke 1980′s single day attendance record on Saturday Sept. 20th when 170,612 visitors poured into the fairgrounds. This year’s attendance figures represent a healthy increase over 2013 when 1,481,917...

Here Come the Robots

A new type of worker is being introduced in factories across the United States: small collaborative robots. These machines can increase a factory’s production output while simultaneously lowering production costs. Less costly than more bulky and complex machines, collaborative robots are most often being employed by small factories and are...

Cuban’s 12 Rules for Startups

In the modern American business landscape, few have been more successful – and outspoken – than Mark Cuban. If his $2.7 Billion net worth isn’t impressive enough for you, a quick glance at the list of companies with which he is involved is truly staggering.  (For those who may be unfamiliar with his portfolio of companies, his...

GOP’s Baker Unveils Economic Development Plan

Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, unveiled his economic and development plan Wednesday. The candidate claims that the plan will help build better schools, create jobs, and help to strengthen local communities. Included in the plan are several proposals that would use tax credits to incentivize the hiring of...