Framingham Town Manager Robert Halpin has developed a “roofs before retail” policy in order to get more residents downtown to provide customers for businesses potentially coming in.

Framingham on the cusp of downtown boom

Emily Micucci |

Town officials see pending residential projects as key to new era.


WBJ picks the 2017 Best of Business winners

A large part of running any business is knowing who to trust, especially when it comes to people and organizations not on your payroll.

UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins speaks with students. This fall, UMass Medical will welcome its first class of the new PURCH program, which emphasizes urban and rural primary care.

UMass Medical School seizes expansion opportunity

Laura Finaldi |

More than 50 years after Worcester won a bid to bring the University of Massachusetts Medical School within city limits, the medical school is making its way to Springfield.

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How To

101: Reorganization

Susan Shalhoub |

The new year is a time for reorganizing closets, pantry shelves, and – maybe – your company.

Harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit

Andy McBeth, Liz Mason & Tom Dube |

The Entrepreneurial Spirit – That (not so) little itch that compels you in your career to do more, do it differently or do it by yourself.

10 Things I Know About ... Legal weed

Michelle Drolet |

Don't leave them wondering

Ken Cook |
  • Briefing
  • Shop Talk
  • Movers & Shakers
  • Opinion

Could Mass. pot delays lead to prohibition?


Even though recreational marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts since Dec. 15, the move by legislators at the end of the year to delay the opening of pot retail stores – coupled with two moves on the federal level – has left the marijuana business industry concerned the long wait will add up to the drug being made illegal again.

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Rick Walton, owner and president, Moon Hill Brewing Co.

Gardner firm selling the world a beer, one tap at a time

In December, after operating for 10 years, Rick Walton -- the man at the helm of the brewing company behind the Gardner Ale House -- starting distributing its Moon Hill beers at other bars, starting with the Columbia Tavern in Leominster.

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Nicole Zompa

Movers & Shakers

The latest movers and shakers from the region's businesses.

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Notable mergers & acquisitions

Ranked by sale price for deals completed from June 2017 to May 2018

RankBuyerSale priceSeller
1Crown Castle International Corp., Houston, Texas$7.1 billionLightower Fiber Networks, Boxborough
2Sycamore Partners, New York, N.Y.$6.9 billionStaples Inc., Framingham
3Fidelity Bank, Fitchburg$870 million (merger)Colonial Co-operative Bank, Gardner

Source: SEC filings, press releases, news reports

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