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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 […]

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 […]

A big show of support for local small businesses



A big show of support for local small businesses

From: https://www.bostonglobe.com/ Photo: JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF Inside the Birch Tree House and Garden Saturday in Roslindale, Susan Terrey said her family often visits the shop but they made sure to come in specifically that day to support small businesses. Buying from a small business, especially on Small Business Saturday, feels like they are supporting a person […]

‘Aha!’ moments for small-business hiring



‘Aha!’ moments for small-business hiring

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/ As an entrepreneur and independent businessperson, you have the coveted position of being the one in charge of — everything. To help you succeed in business, I’m sharing my perspectives and truisms on what helped me start and manage three successful start-up businesses. These axioms will be your coach and confidant as you reflect […]

Why not an official day for small business owners?



Why not an official day for small business owners?

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/ Labor Day began as an idea in the mind of a 19th-century labor leader — some sayMatthew Maguire, others say Peter McGuire — who cared greatly for a very important segment of the marketplace, its workers. Regardless of paternity, such a day was first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, […]

6 traveling hacks for the roving entrepreneur



6 traveling hacks for the roving entrepreneur

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/ For many entrepreneurs, myself included, frequent business trips are the norm. And while travel may be necessary, it doesn’t have to be a necessary evil. Here are five simple solutions to make travel less painful, whether you fly a few times a week or a few times a year. 1. Bag it up Eliminate […]

Applications open for MassChallenge startup programs in Boston, Israel and London



Applications open for MassChallenge startup programs in Boston, Israel and London

MassChallenge, a Boston-based startup accelerator program, on Wednesday began accepting applications for its programs in Boston, Jerusalem, Israel and London, and expects to attract more applicants this year than ever before. This is the first time MassChallenge has offered its startup accelerator program in London, and the third year it has offered the program in […]

9 tips for post-holiday stress relief



9 tips for post-holiday stress relief

A lecturer on stress management raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers from the audience ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams. “The absolute weight doesn’t matter,” replied the lecturer. “It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, […]