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Inc. 5000 honors 16 fast-growing Central Mass. firms

Zachary Comeau |

A total of 16 Central Massachusetts companies made Inc. 5000's 2018 list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the country.

B&Bs vs. Airbnbs

Grant Welker |

Bed-and-breakfasts used to be the little guys on the block in hospitality before anyone could rent their place on Airbnb. But in Central Mass., at least, they're holding their own.

Weed & the workplace

Zachary Comeau |

With cannabis legal to use in Massachusetts since December 2016, a worker could go home and toke up, akin to stopping by a pub for a beer. Well, not really.

Worcester's first medical marijuana dispensary a homecoming for Good Chemistry

Zachary Comeau |

Good Chemistry has been leasing their 9 Harrison St. space in Worcester for five years. On Thursday, the city's first medical marijuana dispensary will finally open.

Craft brewers can shift distributors under new bill

State House News Service |

Certain craft brewers would have new freedom to change how their suds are sold under a bill that moved out of a powerful House committee on the last day of formal sessions.

$600M economic development bill aims to correct imbalances

State House News Service |

The Senate's chairman of the Economic Development Committee said a $600 million economic development bill's investments and policy sections are "really going to get at the heart of the imbalance we...

Frank Carroll sells downtown building for $2.9M

A five-story office building on Main Street in downtown Worcester has sold for nearly $2.9 million, well below its initial sale price.

Cannabis regulators prepare to take over medical pot

The Cannabis Control Commission is holding regular meetings with Department of Public Health officials as the two agencies plot a hand-off of the state's medical marijuana program this fall.

The best defense is a good offense

The state's affordable housing laws create a nightmare scenario for Central Massachusetts cities and towns who can see added density and out-of-place developments come into their community with...

Mass. legislators to take up Baker's $610M economic development bill

State House News Service |

With just over three weeks left for formal sessions, the Legislature is ready to begin advancing its version of Gov. Charlie Baker's $610 million economic development bill (H 4297), which the...

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