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Less economic uncertainty leads to more hope for small businesses

RICHARD C. LORD Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, small employers in Massachusetts are suddenly feeling better about business conditions and prospects. The Associated Industries of...

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4 guidelines that can turn startups into thriving businesses

The Rainmaker Ken Cook |

There's a great deal of energy and resources being directed today toward startups and fostering startup cultures. Startups are energizing. They attract investment capital. They use...

Real estate group knocks contractor ‘hold back’ deal

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

A late-session push from subcontractors and general contractors for a bill lowering retainage rates on private construction projects drew cheers from some top lawmakers but jeers from a prominent...

Senate votes for compromise on use of non-competes

State House News Service |

On the same day that a legislative committee heard testimony about restricting the use of non-compete employment agreements, the Senate arrived at a compromise during its debate on a jobs bill that...

Worcester, Leominster accounting firms to merge

Rick Saia |

Two Central Massachusetts accounting firms – one based in Worcester and the other in Leominster - have agreed to merge, according to one of the two parties.

High court ruling on home-care workers may affect Mass.

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

A small business group in Massachusetts is hailing a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether states can force non-union home care workers to join labor unions if their clients receive public...

Report: U.S. entrepreneurs in good spirits

Emily Micucci |

The entrepreneurial spirit in the U.S. is thriving, and women enjoy ample opportunity among developed countries, according to a joint report by Babson College in Wellesley and New York City's Baruch...

AIM: Employer confidence hit 21-month high in May

Emily Micucci |

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Business Confidence Index rose 1.8 points to 54.8 in May, the highest reading since August 2012.

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