Marijuana contest, 100-foot joint highlight Worcester event

State House News Service |

One year after it became legal for adults to possess and use marijuana in Massachusetts, cannabis aficionados will gather in Worcester this weekend to show off some of the best locally-sourced ganja and edibles, and to try to put a welcoming face on the world of weed.

Framingham State to launch biotech MBA program

Grant Welker |

Framingham State University will start a new master in business administration degree program next fall, a concentration on biotechnology.

Dunkin Donuts to be built in Hopkinton after court ruling

Zachary Comeau |

A vacant lot on Hopkinton's West Main Street is now being prepared for a Dunkin Donuts following years of appeals after the project was approved by town officials.

Framingham's Magnuson Hotel slated for 26K-sf addition

Zachary Comeau |

Lexington developer Soniya Hotel, LLC has applied to majorly renovate the Magnuson Hotel property in Framingham behind the British Beer Co. along Route 9.

Medical device tax to return

State House News Service |

The failure of Republicans in Congress this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act means that a controversial tax on medical device sales will return in 2018 unless legislators intervene in the next couple weeks, putting a major Bay State industry on edge.

Wachusett leads Top 10 largest Central Mass. breweries

Brad Kane |

Wachusett Brewing Co. in Westminster is the largest brewery in Central Massachusetts, according to data compiled by Worcester Business Journal.

Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for Parkinson's implant

Brad Kane |

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved a new brain-stimulation Parkinson's disease implant from Marlborough medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific, the company announced Monday.

Price Chopper, Market 32 partner with Instacart in Hopkinton, Sutton

Zachary Comeau |

Price Chopper in Hopkinton and Market 32 in Sutton are one of several of the chain's stores to begin a partnership with grocery delivery service Instacart on Wednesday.

Accounting practice opening new Shrewsbury office

Paresky Flitt & Co., a Wayland tax and accounting practice, will open a Shrewsbury location next month.

Marlborough's RXi collaborates with German biotech

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp., a Marlborough clinical-stage company, has entered into a research collaboration with a German biotechnology company, Medigene.

Mass. officials preparing for legal sports betting

State House News Service |

Anticipating that the Supreme Court might rule next year that states can legalize sports wagering, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday resolved to prepare research on the topic.

Westborough firm is in business to destroy

Brad Kane |

Fifty years ago, Len Rosen founded Security Engineered Machinery, providing destruction for top-secret government documents and commercial clients.

Movers & Shakers

Lampin Corp., Provo Wealth Management and Worcester Art Museum are among the companies with recent hires and promotions.

Know How: Busting your pre-conceived money myths

RYAN A. WAGNER |

Financial literacy should be taught in school, but is rarely spoken about in the home. As a result, most people get their education in bits and pieces.

Restaurants respond to time, cost pressures as lunch crowd shrinks

Grant Welker |

Last year, people took 433 million fewer trips to restaurants than in the prior year. That 2-percent decline led to an estimated $3.2 billion in lost sales.

The PawSox true value

Grant Welker |

With Worcester eyeing a deal others have valued at $38 million to attract the minor league baseball team from Rhode Island, economists warn $7 million is a better deal for the city.

Owner of T&G, MetroWest Daily News buys Boston Herald

Grant Welker |

GateHouse Media, the owner of the Telegram & Gazette, the MetroWest Daily News and dozens of papers across Massachusetts, has reached an agreement to buy the Boston Herald.

UMass Memorial Health Care makes $10M profit in 2017

Grant Welker |

Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health Care was profitable for a fourth straight year in the latest budget period but less so than the three previous years, system officials said.

Owner of vacant Milford plaza seeks public's help

Zachary Comeau |

Fafard Real Estate, which owns the Quarry Square Shopping Center in Milford, is asking the public for input on possible new anchors to fill 135,000 square feet of retail space.

SeaChange revenue up 17%

SeaChange International, a video streaming company, saw revenues up by 17 percent in the third quarter and the company nearly broke even after sustained losses.

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