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Massachusetts adds 10,900 jobs in December

According to a January 22, 2015 statement from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), there were 10,900 jobs added in Massachusetts in December. The EOLWD based these figures on early estimates provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The largest...

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Massachusetts adds 10,900 jobs in December

According to a January 22, 2015 statement from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), there were 10,900 jobs added in Massachusetts in December. The EOLWD based these figures on early estimates provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The largest number of jobs added in December was in the...

UMass Amherst Replacing Campus Bookstore with Amazon

Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus will no longer be buying their textbooks at the campus bookstore. That familiar on-campus amenity is being replaced by online retail giant Amazon.com. The current textbook annex operated by Follett Corp. is being replaced by an Amazon distribution center that is designed to save the...

Harvard Pilgrim Acquires TrestleTree

Wellesley, Mass.-based Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced Friday that it has purchased Arkansas-based TrestleTree, Inc., provider of lifestyle health behavior change coaching. Harvard Pilgrim’s interest in TrestleTree developed because of their software that supports and monitors patient  progress in such programs as smoking cessation,...

Baker Announces New Business Posts

Nominations for vital business posts were recently announced by the incoming Baker administration. The candidates chosen are well-known and , as a result, their nominations have been met with little fanfare but, more importantly, little protest. Baker named John Chapman as his new Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. This...

Study Foresees Continued Medical Technology Growth

In recent years, the medical technology and medical device manufacturing industries have become an increasingly significant sector of the Massachusetts economy. According to predictions from Evaluate Ltd., a market research firm, it is expected to grow at a five percent annual rate for the next five years. The report, entitled...

Stars Disappear in Massachusetts Without Legislation

In 2001, even with Boston only 40 miles to the north, the southeastern Massachusetts towns of Plympton, Plymouth, and Middleborough were dark and remote compared to surrounding towns. Carolyn and Barry DeCristofano moved to the area primarily for this reason. According to the Boston Globe, when it started getting brighter, they wanted to do...

It’s #GivingTuesday

We just had a day of giving thanks, plus two more for getting great deals on seasonal gifts. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple...

Do You Hate Your Boss?

You know the feeling! The very thought or mention of your boss causes your knuckles to turn white and your blood pressure to go through the roof. Family members and friends know to avoid mentioning his or her name unless they want the conversation to take a turn for the worse. Dealing with a bad boss can be emotionally draining and exhausting if...

Cutthroat Shopping App Lets Retailers Compete for Shoppers

With Black Friday and its shopping bonanza madness quickly approaching, big retailers are getting ready to fight each other in an effort to attract customers during the busiest shopping days of the year. In recent years, major retailers such as Target and Walmart have waged discount and inventory battles to gain the most customers, but such...

Baker Chooses Lepore For Top Finance Post

Governor-elect Charlie Baker  has named Kristen Lepore as the head of his finance office. Currently, Lepore is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Previously, Lepore was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Cellucci and the Director of Fiscal Policy in Cellucci’s Executive Office for...

Amazon Announces 100 Percent Renewable Energy Initiative

In recent years, big corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Apple have all made the push toward renewable energy. Despite these companies’ moves to more green sources for energy, Amazon failed to follow suit. On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, they finally changed their tune. Amazon Web Services was updated on Wednesday with information...

Burgers and Kale? – Fast Food Takes a Healthy Twist in...

Ever heard of a fast food burger joint that sells fruit smoothies – and kale? Well, you have now. Meet Jon Olinto and Anthony Ackil, childhood friends and co-owners of the Boston-based b.good fast food chain. Started in 2004, b.good’s goal was to sell high-quality fare, proving that fast food can still be real food. The pair started...

Final Weeks for Governor Patrick to be Marked by Wind Energy...

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is not resting on his laurels for his final weeks in the corner office. On the contrary, he is advocating for a large auction for offshore wind development. Patrick has reportedly told public relations executive Helene Solomon that the federal government would be auctioning off a substantial area south of...

Shire Moving Headquarters to Lexington

Pharmaceutical company Shire, PLC says its plans to make Lexington, Massachusetts its U.S. operational headquarters and will begin the transfer of more than 500 jobs there from its Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, site. The drugmaker is headquartered on the British island of Jersey and currently has about 5,000 employees around the world, including...

THE CHALLENGE: Keeping Our Graduates Closer to Home

The dearth of graduates from Worcester-based colleges who remain in the area recently served as the main topic of the day for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau at Assumption College. Hosting a panel discussion entitled, “Degrees of Separation: Retaining College Graduates in Greater Worcester,” the group looked at the results of a survey from...