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Local farmers take over 350-acre site

Sam Bonacci |

Two young farmers in Berlin have purchased a farm in Holden where they plan to raise a variety of livestock.

State gets $500,000 to promote global trade

Massachusetts will receive $500,000 from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to boost export opportunities, the federal agency announced Monday.

Know risks and mitigate them: 5 failures that can impact family businesses

MATTHEW ERSKINE Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

In the classic science fiction novel "Dune," a master assassin named Thufir Hawat reminds Paul, the story's hero, “The first step in avoiding a trap is to know of its existence.” The same...

The 3-step guide to conducting effective market research


Thorough market research is essential to the success of new products or services. In an entrepreneurial environment, it's even more crucial as resources are scarce and time to market is critical.

Banks on interest rate rise: Bring it on!

Sam Bonacci |

By all indications, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by the end of this year, marking the first time in eight years rates will move north. But would that lead to a slowdown in business?


These Central Massachusetts businesses filed incorporation papers with the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office from April 1-15, 2015.

Entrepreneurs find farmers markets a good early test of product demand

Sam Bonacci |

When Robert Fecteau wanted to test the market for his own bread recipes while working for Five Loaves Bakery in Spencer, he didn't turn to his own storefront or online sales. Rather, he brought his...

Will new sick-time law cause headaches?


Brendan O'Connor, the owner of O'Connors Restaurant in Worcester, isn't upset that the state will make his business offer paid sick days to all employees starting July 1. It will mean higher costs...

Worcester retailer takes over Sharks Pro Shop space in DCU Center

Sam Bonacci |

The DCU Center retail space on Commercial Street formerly used as the pro shop of the Worcester Sharks will soon house Worcester Wares, a sell of “all things Worcester,” according to the...

Mass. lags in growth of women-owned businesses

A recent report ranked Massachusetts 34th in the nation when it comes to growth of women-owned businesses in the last 18 years.

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