TJX plans to add 1,800 new stores

Grant Welker |

TJX, the parent of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, could expand by 1,800 stores in the long term to about 5,600 locations.

Ski resorts trying to entice visitors amid warm weather

It feels like spring, but ski slopes in Central Massachusetts want potential patrons to know they are still white. The rink at Worcester Common, on the other hand, has been forced to close.

Total Wine & More opens on Route 9 in Shrewsbury

Total Wine & More has opened its third Massachusetts location at White City Shopping Center on Route 9 in Shrewsbury.

Central Mass. economic forecast: a high schooler perspective

Nicholas DeCastro |

Seven students from Maynard High School attended WBJ's Economic Forecast forum, and one junior reported back his impressions from the event talking about global and national growth in 2017.

Arch Therapeutics to make $6M stock offering

Framingham biotechnology company Arch Therapeutics is selling an estimated $6.1 million worth of shares, in part to pay back the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for funding.

Economist: Trump uncertainty clouding potential growth

Brad Kane |

The local, national and global economies will likely see accelerated growth in 2017, assuming they work through the uncertainties created by shifting federal policies, according to an economist speaking at an event in Worcester.

Sevcon shareholder loses shakeup bid

Grant Welker |

An attempt by a 20-percent owner of Southborough electric vehicle components company Sevcon to overhaul its board of directors failed at a shareholder vote this month.

Fluorolite grows through market demand

Light covers made by Fluorolite Plastics in Framingham can be found everywhere from school cafeterias to streets in major cities like Providence. The company, which was founded in 1977, manufactures and distributes replacement lens covers.

DAVIS Cos. to sponsor STEM conference

Savannah Donohue |

The DAVIS Companies of Marlborough will this week sponsor an event centered around filling the skills gap in the STEM fields through education.

Worcester County rising wages create complications

LIVIA GERSHON |

Wages in Worcester County have been slowly ticking up. Between the rising minimum wage and increasing competition, employers are finding they need to find ways to pay more.

Worcester needs commuter rail investments

TIMOTHY P. MURRAY |

As we come off the high of the Patriots capturing their fifth Super Bowl, I am reminded of the quote from one of my heroes, Vincent Lombardi, who said, “Inches make a champion.”

Incorporations

These businesses incorporated with the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office from December 17-31. Listed are corporate name, address and president.

Charitable works

Volunteers from Leominster Credit Union participated in one of the largest meal-packing events for United Way of North Central Mass. More than 100,000 meals were packaged by 400 volunteers for 20 local food pantries at the Double Tree by Hilton in Leominster. Benefitting pantries are in Athol,...

Fresh beginnings

Avidia Bank has a new location at 17 Pope St. in Hudson, which features digital displays, interactive screen technology and a social media wall. The new site has a financial center along with a community room for local groups. Another Avidia Bank is set to open in...

Accolades & Honors

Desiree Awiszio, a self-employed Worcester engineering consultant, won the K-12 STEM Literacy Education-Engineer Partnership Award in 2016 from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for her work with students and teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

Movers & Shakers

Ten professionals got hired or promoted at places including Fallon Health, JM Coull and Fidelity Bank.

How personal happiness can lead to professional success

CARLA McCALL |

When we tackle a job and a career, we are often asked to sacrifice what we're most passionate about personally in order to punch the proverbial clock.

10 Things I know about... Security precautions

Michelle Drolet |

10) Change your password

Strully grows NECC by running it like a traditional business

Laura Finaldi |

Vincent Strully Jr. could have never predicted that the nonprofit he founded would eventually become one of the leading autism education and research centers in the world, employing more than 1,200, serving 680 students.

Colosi builds E.T.&L. by never saying no

Savannah Donohue |

Jennie Lee Colosi runs the largest woman-owned company in Central Massachusetts, which is consistent with the company's history – E.T.& L. was founded by a husband and wife, with the wife owning more shares.

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