Ross Bradshaw hopes to turn this vacant space in a Main South strip mall into the New DIA marijuana retailer, although he currently is on the outside looking in for city and state approval.

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.

Troy Sibelis, the president and CEO of Hanover Theatre, has helped get a business improvement district off the ground in downtown Worcester.

New downtown Worcester district seeks to add range of improvements

Grant Welker |

Worcester is set to roll out the eighth business improvement district in Massachusetts, adding events, signage and "ambassadors" to keep the neighborhood clean and help visitors.

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Duddie Massad remembered as businessman, philanthropist

David “Duddie” Massad, the owner of Worcester car dealerships and later Commerce Bank, died Dec. 28 at age 90.

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Last year, Country Bank CEO Paul Scully moved out of his Sturbridge home for the new 145 Front St. apartments in Worcester, where his bank has 30 percent of its commerical loan portfolio.

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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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