Emmanuel Larbi's restaurant Accra Girls is named after his mother and aunt (along with the Ghanaian capital) and features dishes like kelewele (fried plantains) and suya (meat skewers).

City of Immigrants: Foreign-born residents have unusually large impact on Worcester's economy

Grant Welker |

Immigrants in Worcester are more likely than native citizens to start their own business and have bachelor's degrees, giving them a disproportionate share of the economy.

Rosy and Marcos Reynoso, owners of Rosy's Beauty Salon.

Helping immigrant businesses: Foreign-born entrepreneurs aren't as familiar with their available resources

Grant Welker |

A focus group found foreign-born entrepreneurs weren't as connected as they could be to resources. The city and its partners say helping such businesses is a priority.

Son Vo started a restaurant despite cautious warnings from his mother, who operated a restaurant back in Vietnam.

Coming to Worcester: The city's immigrant population has shifted in the last decade

Grant Welker |

For a century starting in the 1870s, immigrants moving into Worcester almost exclusively came from Europe and North America. That's no longer the case.

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101: Seeking advice


Asking for advice at work isn't always easy. For leaders and managers, it's even more difficult; they don't want to appear less knowledgeable about their job or industry, after all.

Where did my charitable deduction go?


When the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December, the often-rumored-to-be-cut charitable contribution deduction survived.

10 Things I Know About ... High-impact personal finance moves

Ryan Kittredge |
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Voters deny nurse staffing ratios ballot initiative

Hospital administrators won in their fight against a ballot question that would have set mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

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Ken Bates, president and CEO of Open Sky Community Services in Worcester.

Building an Alternative Bridge

In July, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts in Worcester joined forces with Alternatives Unlimited of Whitinsville, merging all aspects of their operations while keeping the corporations separate.

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Movers & Shakers

Who's on the move in Central Massachusetts?

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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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