Average Salaries: How do Massachusetts College Grads compare?

Median Salary for Alumni A new tool released by the federal government, College Scorecard, details the average earnings (and more) for attendees of nearly every college and university in the United States. The site uses students’ federal financial aid records and federal tax returns to determine their...

Massachusetts Contract Manufacturer Helps Urban Garden Get Off the Ground

At the heart of every great business, from two-man start-ups in the garage to Fortune 500 giants, is one common factor: a great idea. But for many start-ups, that great idea may be all they have. While small businesses provide the opportunity and flexibility for innovation, many of these organizations lack...

Massachusetts Lighting Company Doubles LED Sales

Everyone knows that Massachusetts is a hotbed for companies in fields like biotech, research and development, medical device manufacturing, and… lighting…. uh, wait… whut? That’s right, there is a rapidly expanding market for cost-effective, energy-efficient, commercial lighting...

Massachusetts a Leader in LEED-certified Construction

For the third consecutive year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ranks among the U.S. Green Building Council’s Top 10 in the US. The rankings consider sustainable building design, construction, restoration and rehabilitation and, in terms of square feet per capita, Massachusetts is fifth-best in the...

Eight Tips About Holiday Networking

As the holiday season approaches, professional holiday parties will also begin sprouting up. This is the perfect time to begin perfect your networking skill set. Here are a few ways in which you can master holiday networking and take new connections with you into the new year!   1. Go...

Massachusetts Receives $327,000 in AT&T Settlement

Class Action Case No. CV-09-1529 SI never went to court. The two sides – the Federal Trade Commission and AT&T – settled in October, 2014. AT&T, the largest mobile phone service provider in the nation, agreed to pay $105 million for unauthorized cell phone charges in a practice known as “mobile...

Worcester, MA Ranked Among Nation’s Worst for Small Business

Popular Science writer George Iles once said that hope is like faith holding out its hand in the dark. That is pretty much how the small business community of Worcester feels after two recent surveys. One of the surveys, which was conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in partnership with...

Are Employee-Owned Companies the Future of Business in MA?

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery announced last week that 48% of the company will be sold back to its employees by August 1st, forming an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that will act as a trust for all of Harpoon Brewery’s employees. Harpoon is one of the larger craft breweries and, with a steady...

Has the Massachusetts Economy Turned the Corner?

With one of the worst hit economies in the United States during the banking crisis of 2008, Massachusetts has had a long slog of it during recent years. However, certain statistics seem to indicate that the economy of the state is turning around. Currently under 6%, Massachusetts has one of the lowest...

Massachusetts Tax Holiday – Setting Up for Boom or Bust?

A two day tax holiday is being promoted in Massachusetts in an attempt to increase sales and drive the economy. It is the belief of many, both in government and in the business community, that this small break in taxes will increase sales and be beneficial to the economy. However, not all business owners...

Are Non-Compete Clauses Fair?

An increasing number of employment contracts are including a non-compete clause, and that has sparked a legitimate debate. Most non-compete clauses say that a person cannot work for a company in a similar industry for one to two years after leaving their employment. Is that fair? Let’s look at both...

Northborough-based Aspen Aerogels (ASPN) Closes Above IPO Price

Aspen Aerogels, a Northborough-based company specializing in aerogel insulation, has had their stock price rebound. With products used throughout the energy sector for everything from heat buffering to cryogenic insulation, Aspen Aerogels put out an initial public offering (IPO) on June 13th, 2014. Their...

2013 Worcester Pride Parade and Festival

President and CEO of Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, will be attending this year’s annual Gay Pride Parade in Worcester on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Tim Murray is the first grand marshall to ever attend the annual parade. Worcester Pride, an organization who recognizes,...

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