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Getting the Message Across   Marketing and communications in 2024 are evolving further, with no signs of slowing down. The year ahead promises groundbreaking shifts, from artificial intelligence revolutionizing marketing […]

Why the Assignment Is Best Left to a Professional By Linda Dagilus, Steve Hamlin, and Janice Ward   Years ago, they might have been known as an executor or, in […]

Securing the Future By Patricia M. Matty, AIF   With the Secure Act 1.0 of 2019 and the updated Secure Act 2.0, which went into effect in 2023, there have […]


Stay the Course By Jeff Liguori   One trillion dollars. That number of zeroes, 12 in all, is difficult to comprehend. But in the world of investing, ‘trillion’ is becoming […]

Taking Center Stage   Angela Park was originally looking for a home for her business, one that specializes in after-school programs for young people. And she essentially found one in […]

Living the Dream By Barbara Trombley, CPA Do you dream of retiring early? Do you picture yourself in sunny Florida at your vacation home during the winter and heading back […]

Shore Thing   Sanjay Arwade says UMass Amherst has a long and proud history in the broad realm of wind energy. It dates back nearly a half-century to professor William […]

Change of Direction A growing number of consumers across the U.S. are finding themselves upside down on their car loans as the used-vehicle market continues to stabilize and used values […]

Navigating the Process By Jennifer Sharrow, Esq.   Women- and minority-owned businesses play a vital role in our local economies. They also play a larger role within communities in general […]

Rob Pion

Drive Time       Auto dealers have seen it all over the past few years, from soaring costs for vehicles, parts, and labor to inventory shortages to a rapid […]

Alex Balise

Driving Ambition   Alex Balise always thought she would get involved in the family business. She just thought that would happen when she was maybe 40, not in her mid-20s, […]

Chris Freeman

Music Will Live Again By Emily Thurlow There’s a lot to love about the Iron Horse Music Hall. Though it’s not as apparent from the outside, with its large storefront […]

Executive Director Andrew Morehouse

A Hunger to Do More The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Dramatically Grows Its Operations     It’s long been a tenet among nonprofits — successful ones, anyway — that […]

There’s Uncertainty, but Also General Optimism About the Year Ahead Brooke Thomson says the Business Confidence Index issued each month by Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), does a fairly effective […]

high-speed EV chargers

The Road Ahead   The car-shopping experts at Edmunds say opposing market forces are expected to keep new vehicle sales relatively steady in 2024, forecasting that 15.7 million new cars […]