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Oxford's Russian non-oligarch

Valentin Gapontsev, the founder and CEO of Oxford laser manufacturer IPG Photonics, sued the U.S. Treasury in December over his listing as a Russian oligarch.

Fitchburg, Worcester receive Urban Agenda funding

Fitchburg has received $60,000 and Worcester $65,000 for economic development initiatives through the state's Urban Agenda Grant Program.

Left behind: Minorities are hard to find in the legal pot industry

Zachary Comeau |

The industry, which in its infancy relies on companies with ready access to cash, is not very diverse.

Many more pot shops on the way, CCC chair says

State House News Service |

Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said said the CCC is in a "rhythm" now that could result in four to eight new retail stores coming online each month.

Massachusetts aims to train drug convicts in legal marijuana industry

Zachary Comeau |

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has rolled out what it calls is the country's first social equity program for the marijuana industry.

Fitchburg school-to-apartments conversion tops off

Grant Welker |

A ceremony held at the former B.F. Brown School was a chance for officials and development partners to mark the latest stage in what is seen as a revitalization of the city's downtown.

Massachusetts retailers sell $2.2M of recreational marijuana in first week

Zachary Comeau |

For the first week, the stores reported a combined 56,380 products sold and an average of just under $40. Customers are averaging 3.4 products per transaction.

Read the full WBJ-WRRB City of Immigrant report

The WBJ and Worcester Regional Research Bureau embarked on a monthslong look at the impact of immigrant businesses in Worcester. The project found foreign-born residents make up 36 percent of the...

UMass medical device center gets $7.9M grant

Grant Welker |

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center will establish a new center to help those working on new technologies to fight heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.

SBA brings Emerging Leaders program to Worcester, 19 graduate

Zachary Comeau |

For the first year, the U.S. Small Business Administration brought its Emerging Leaders program to Worcester, the agency announced Tuesday.

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