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Blackstone Valley chamber gets $95K for manufacturing education

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a $95,000 grant to implement a work-based learning program to connect students with career opportunities in the region.

Amid mixed signals, Mass. business confidence ticks upward

State House News Service |

A three-month slide in business confidence came to an end in November, barely.

10 Things I Know About … Engaging the immigrant business community

Take inventory of the communities and ethnic cultural neighborhoods your employees represent.

Wormtown expanding to Connecticut

Wormtown Brewery in Worcester has a busy 2019 on tap, with more releases and states, on top of its Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire areas.

Paid family and medical leave comes to Massachusetts

David M. Felper and Chelsie A. Vokes |

What to know about the state's new paid family and medical leave law, which will start affecting businesses in 2021.

Worcester marijuana dispensary The Botanist eyes medical sales next month, recreational in early 2019

Zachary Comeau |

One of the largest cannabis players in the country will soon open the doors to three medical dispensaries in Worcester County.

Take WBJ's 2019 Economic Forecast survey

Predict how the Central Massachusetts economy will perform next year, and you could win one of three $50 gift cards to an area restaurant.

Kate Sharry sells Auburn consulting business to Illinois firm

Group Benefits Strategies, a business consulting firm in Auburn, has been bought by an Illinois insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting company.

AIS revitalizes manufacturing in North County

Affordable Interior Systems, a Leominster manufacturer of commercial office furniture, was named the manufacturer of the year for Worcester and Middlesex counties by the state's Joint Legislative...

Boston Scientific planning $150M restructuring, 'limited' layoffs

Zachary Comeau |

Marlborough medical device maker Boston Scientific has announced a restructuring plan including up to $150 million in annual cuts.

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