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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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Are Massachusetts’ Medical Records Good Enough to Help...

Electronic medical records are meant to be helpful for all medical professionals. However, if we look at the case of the first person to die from Ebola in America, some of these records are clearly not up to snuff . When Thomas Eric Duncan went into the hospital complaining of not feeling well, he noted that he had been to West Africa. Hospital...

Is MA Real Estate Market Rebounding?

With prices stabilized and interest rates under 4.25 percent, buyers appear confident in the Massachusetts housing market. According to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR), pending sales of both single-family homes and condominiums continued rising in September. The MAR noted a 22 percent increase in September of 2013 in the number of...

Apple and Bose Settle Patent Dispute

These days, as we are constantly surrounded by noise and seek personal respite, noise cancellation is an increasingly popular – sometimes necessary – technology that subtracts noise in the surroundings from what is heard through a headset. This technology has proven to be “big money.” Two companies, Beats Electronics (now owned by...

Starting Salaries Projected to Rise 3.8 Percent in 2015

According to human resources firm Robert Half, it is expected that annual salaries for professionals in the USA will increase by 3.8 percent in 2015.  Those working in information technology (IT) and other technology fields are expected to benefit the most. New entrants in the information technology industry will receive compensation that...

Massachusetts Emerging as Robotics Leader

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one need not look very hard to find robots under construction, being tested or in action. The state is fast becoming the robotics capital of the country. A long list of companies make their headquarters here including iRobot Corporation, the creators of the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Bluefin Robotics Corporation...

Massachusetts Task Force Challenges Companies To Promote Wom...

A state task force was established by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to encourage the hiring of female employees in the Commonwealth. The task force is suggesting that companies permit more flexible scheduling, and hire and promote female workers to higher positions. Almost half of the employees in Massachusetts are women, and nationwide...

Three Ways to Grow Your Business

Building a business requires hard work, determination and talent. When it comes to the methods used to build your company, there are literally hundreds of processes to choose from. In reality however, there are only three effective ways to build any business. Bringing In New Clients The only way your business is going to survive is if you have a...

AbbVie-Shire Deal Dies, Causes Fallout for Massachusetts

Last month, the U.S. Treasury took action to make tax inversion deals less profitable. This is cited as a primary reason AbbVie reportedly dropped plans to acquire Shire. This decision calls into question another deal similarly based on tax inversion involving Medtronic and Covidien. In the wake of the news, Shire’s stock price dropped by...

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...