Facts & Figures


Massachusetts unemployment drops to lowest rate since 2000



Massachusetts unemployment drops to lowest rate since 2000

From: bizjournals.com Image from: MAROKE The state’s unemployment rate stood at 2.8 percent in December, the lowest it has been in 16 years, the Executive Office of Labor and Development said Thursday. The rate fell from 2.9 percent in November, marking the sixth consecutive month that Massachusetts unemployment has decreased. The state added an estimated 6,600 […]

​Six takeaways for the business community from the State of the City



​Six takeaways for the business community from the State of the City

From: bizjournals.com Image from: BBJ | W. MARC BERNSAU In his annual State of the City address Tuesday night, Mayor Martin Walsh announced several measures with a potentially big impact on businesses, including plans to put $100 million toward public housing, $1 billion toward the city’s school buildings and to file legislation to make it harder […]

Small-business owners like auto-IRA plans — as long as the government keeps its distance



Small-business owners like auto-IRA plans — as long as the government keeps its distance

From: bizjournals.com Image from: ISTOCK (VGAJIC) Americans accumulate the majority of their retirement funds through employer-sponsored plans, but more than 40 percent of full-time employees do not have access to 401(k) accounts or pensions. One proposed solution gaining some traction is for states to sponsor individual retirement accounts (IRAs) that are funded automatically via employers’ payroll […]

New data shows post-election bounce in small-business lending



New data shows post-election bounce in small-business lending

From: bizjournals.com Image from: CRAZYDIVA/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Small U.S-based firms increased their borrowing following the November election. But will their confidence hold throughout 2017? The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index hit 129.9 in November, up from 119.8 in October, marking the first increase in six months. Changes in the index often correspond with movements in […]

Boston now ranks third in foreign investment



From: bostonherald.com Image from: PHILIP BREWER Boston is the country’s third-most desired city for foreign institutional real estate investors — ranking behind No. 1 New York and Los Angeles, a new survey says. The Hub moved up from last year’s fifth-place tie with Seattle in the survey of Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate […]

​10 things to ask before… Managing a merger



​10 things to ask before… Managing a merger

From: bizjournals.com Image from: ISTOCK (PEOPLEIMAGES 1. Is my company in play? If you are a strong company in your market, you’re in play for an acquisition. Companies higher up the food chain are always looking for good businesses they can purchase. 2. How do I raise my company’s worth? You should take steps to rid […]

22 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Local Businesses



22 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Local Businesses

From: sba.gov Image from: Joe The Goat Farmer Small Business Saturday is over, but it’s not the only opportunity for local small businesses to capture customers’ dollars this holiday season. Whether you’re a retailer, restaurateur or own a service business such as a hair salon, there are plenty of opportunities to market your biz for holidays. […]

US consumer confidence jumps to highest level in 9 years



US consumer confidence jumps to highest level in 9 years

From: BostonHerald.com Credit: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — US consumer confidence rebounded this month to the highest level in more than nine years as Americans appeared unfazed by a tumultuous election campaign. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index registered 107.1 in November, up from 100.8 last month and highest since July […]

​How heresy fuels the best modern businesses



​How heresy fuels the best modern businesses

From: Bizjournals Photo: ISTOCK (PEOPLEIMAGES) An intentional human being is the most powerful force on the planet. So when did we decide to take our humanity out of the business mix? In every industry, we keep cutting ourselves off at the knees, insisting that processes trump people and systems matter more than heart. CEOs, entrepreneurs, and […]