Business

By - 9/14/09 - 12:49 am

I am a company financial planner and I provide the resources for companies to investigate the qualities of a reverse merger with a corporate shell and grow and expand by receiving investment funding through the USA capital markets.

By - 9/3/09 - 8:45 am

Well, not poor, exactly, but the local developer tells the Boston Business Journal he's tired of bearing the brunt of anger and jokes over the Filene's Memorial Hole, since that whole mess is almost entirely owned by Vornado Realty Trust and JPMorgan & Chase Co. out of New York, and his development company only has a small piece of it.

By - 8/18/09 - 1:04 pm

From The Warren Residential Group Blog http://www.warrenre.com/blog

Many of my clients ask my why I think Boston has held up so well compared to other large markets such as parts of California, Florida and Nevada. I always tell them that the main reason is the small amount of new supply being brought to market.

By - 8/14/09 - 12:08 pm

The Boston Board of Appeal holds a hearing on Sept. 1 to consider a request from Sayed Halabi to turn the long closed and increasingly depressing store across the parking lot from the Spring Street Cafe into a convenience store. The hearing starts at 10:30 a.m. in Room 801 at City Hall.

Ed. trolley note: It will certainly have enough parking in what used to be a trolley turnaround area - now used by buses for the same purpose.

By - 8/13/09 - 10:16 am

Xconomy reports that Vitality, based in Cambridge, has come up with a new way to remind doddering boomers to take their medicine: Pill bottle caps that connect to a small wireless router that in turn connects to a database that knows when they should be alerted to take their medicine. When it's time to pop a pill, the cap begins to glow orange and starts playing some music to take a pill by. Ignore it and the music gets louder and "more insistent."

By - 8/6/09 - 2:49 pm

No, not that one, the other one. David Meerman Scott interviews a managing director at Putnam Investments about how executives overcame their fear of regulatory issues and jumped into blogs and Twitter. Basically, the CEO got the lawyers in a room, shut the door and told them to figure out how to do it:

At Putnam, we no longer think that our dot.com site is the center of the universe. We need to break down the walls and provide content in lots of different places. Long gone are the days when we just put out a press release or gave an exclusive to a reporter. Now journalists are looking for stories. So getting content onto blogs, Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter, and many other sites is the way we’re going.

By - 7/22/09 - 6:34 am

Sarah Schweitzer of the Globe reports how the depressed economy of Lawrence is affecting people there.

By - 7/9/09 - 1:36 pm

Goodwill plans to open a new store at 678 Centre St., where the Footlocker used to be, in early October, James Harder of Goodwill tweets.

By - 7/1/09 - 12:36 pm

Complaints from neighbors living near the Roadhouse restaurant in Brookline, on Beacon St near Washington Square, led city officials to meet with owner David Ciccolo, who also owns Publick House. Ciccolo told the building inspector that he was planning to shut down the smoker rather than pay the $25,000 necessary to buy equipment that would adequately block the smoky odors. After a rocky start on food quality, the Roadhouse seemed to be delivering better reviews these days. It will be interesting to see how well the barbecue remains rated if they're not going to use a smoker to cook it.

By - 6/30/09 - 4:53 pm

Konteki Kitchen isn't the only new establishment that's opened in recent days in Cleary Square. A couple doors down, the Lala Market is busy with its grand opening - right across the street from the Tedeschi and right around the corner from Isamary and Star Food Market (and not all that far away from the other Tedeschi).

By - 6/26/09 - 8:50 am
Bike station

Mass. High Tech takes a look at BikeNow, which aims to set up 150 solar-powered bike-rental kiosks across Boston for a fleet of 1,500 bicycles - if it can raise $2 million in financial backing.

By - 6/24/09 - 1:42 pm

My friend posts this report on an exchange during a recent shopping trip to Charette...

For those who are interested, Charrette will be going out of business by 30 June, according to the woman who waited on me. There is a 50% sale on stock for members. They apparently didn't give the help much notice, but I noticed that the store was very quiet (no customers) the last few times I was there. Lots of good stuff will be a little harder to find. I'm not sure what's planned for the copying operation which is a separate company.

he adds later

By - 6/23/09 - 4:20 pm

Have you ever had to edit a Word doc with a group of committee members? If so, you know that by the time you get the original document back, it’s every color under the rainbow and all shred of continuity has been extinguished.

That’s usually the power of collaborative tools. And that’s why there are so many jokes about large committees not being able to accomplish anything.

By - 6/23/09 - 3:58 pm

The Globe covered the change-over as the Allston Herrell's at Brighton and Harvard Ave leaves the parent company to become an independent creamery.

It seems the Herrell's contract was going to squeeze down on the location's individuality and independent attitude that made it interesting:

By - 6/23/09 - 10:39 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruled today that Bank of America and Citizens Bank can't be held to blame for cashing forged checks because the forger's employer waited more than 30 days to report the problem.

Grassi Design Group and Beauchemin Grassi Interiors of Boston sued the banks after the owners learned one of their employees had made out "numerous" forged checks and that both banks had cashed them. But as the court ruled:

By - 6/23/09 - 9:59 am

As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm covering the Enterprise 2.0 Conference at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. And the only reason I'm able to upload my stories to Universal Hub are the EVDO access I have on my laptop.

By - 6/23/09 - 9:02 am

Having covered upwards of a dozen technology events in the past year, there's been one constant at each conference or seminar - each leans unabashedly toward the magic of social media tools and techniques.

As was true with the Cable show at the Hynes this winter, the buzz at Enterprise 2.0 is all about building communities, leveraging Web tools, and lowering the barrier to communicating with your chosen networks.

What's that mean?

It means that businesses, as always, are searching for the low-hanging fruit in their efforts to find new customers and build their company's success.

By - 6/19/09 - 11:01 pm

Not really, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, which evaluates regions, states, and metro areas based on per capita business start-ups. Boston does not appear among the 10 most entrepreneurial cities in the 2008 index, listed here starting with No. 1 Atlanta:

Atlanta
Phoenix
Riverside
Miami
Los Angeles
New York
San Francisco
Dallas-Fort Worth
Houston
Washington DC

It's not great news for the major eastern and midwestern cities.

Among the 15 largest metro areas, Boston finishes on the lower end.

By - 6/11/09 - 11:26 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled Proctor and Gamble won't have to pay the state several million dollars in taxes to settle a dispute, stretching back to 1998, over the status of the Gillette plant in South Boston.

At issue were tax credits Massachusetts allows companies to take for certain types of plant investments.