Profit margins at marijuana testing facilities like ProVerde Laboratories in Milford are smaller than those of other types of marijuana businesses, like retailers and cultivators.

Companies, advocates say marijuana firms are agreeing to excessive host community payments

Zachary Comeau |

According to marijuana industry advocates and lawmakers, cities and towns ask for what they call exorbitant cash payments and services, which advocates say don't comply with the law.

The couple behind Redemption Rock Brewing Co., Greg Carlson (left) and Danielle Babineau

Worcester's fifth brewery

Zachary Comeau |

Redemption Rock Brewing Co. looks to join the city's craft beer scene by December

Construction work being done last year at the $160-million Apex Center in Marlborough.

Help Needed: Massachusetts has the largest construction worker shortage in the nation

Grant Welker |

With the Massachusetts unemployment rate at just 3.6 percent in July, construction firms simply can't find enough workers.

How To

101: Brand Growth


Growing a brand into other markets or strengthening its performance in core markets means a crystal-clear look at what makes your product or service sell and using that as a jumping-off point.

Funding a startup begins with the basics


Long before a startup gets its first customer, the founders are thinking about solving a problem and dominating their market by releasing their disruptive product into the world.

10 Things I Know About ... Public relations

Victor Cruz |

A beauty queen and a BBQ king saved my soul

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A rendering of the proposed Polar Park in Worcester's Canal District, slated to be the new home of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2021.

Worcester approves $101M ballpark financing

Worcester City Councilors have approved the borrowing of nearly $101 million to pay for the design, construction and land acquisition costs for the new home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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Liz Myska

Teaching the sighted to be blind

Liz Myska, an elder law attorney, has been blind for 10 years. In that time, she developed a side business to help the disabled navigate the world of available services.

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Movers & Shakers

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired two new staff members. ALEX GUARDIOLA has been hired as director of government affairs and public policy. He is a Worcester native and alumni of Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, University Of New Hampshire, and New England School of Law in Boston. He previously worked for UMass Medical School/Commonwealth Medicine’s Center for Healthcare Finance. NICHOLAS TROTTO is the new...

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Top SBA Lenders

Ranked by total number of loans issued in Massachusetts, fiscal year 2018

RankLenderNo. of loansAmount of loans
1Eastern Bank, Natick565$43,285,500
2TD Bank, Worcester227$14,203,100
3Citizens Bank, Natick144$21,142,500

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration and lender websites

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