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Becker adds varsity esports team

Grant Welker |

Becker College has formed a varsity team to play Overwatch, an online first-person shooter video game, the latest in its esports varsity program.

Fidelity, Berkshire offer loan programs for furloughed federal workers

Leominster-based Fidelity Bank and Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bank are offering their help until the government is opened.

Fitchburg, Worcester receive Urban Agenda funding

Fitchburg has received $60,000 and Worcester $65,000 for economic development initiatives through the state's Urban Agenda Grant Program.

Worcester County wage, employment growth trail state, national averages

Grant Welker |

Wage and employment growth in Worcester County rose in the second quarter but trailed state and national averages, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Gymboree liquidation to close four Central Mass. stores

Grant Welker |

The children's clothing store Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy and will close all of its stores, including four in Central Massachusetts.

MetroWest/495 Partnership appoints new directors

The MetroWest/495 Partnership has appointed new directors and leaders of its board.

Marlborough laser maker wins $2.3M state grant

Sheaumann Laser, a Marlborough firm that designs and manufactures lasers, has received a $2.3-million state grant to aid adaption of new technology.

Staples $500M acquisition stalled by shutdown

Grant Welker |

Staples' planned purchase of an Illinois wholesale supplier of office furniture and other goods is being stalled by the federal government shutdown.

Rectrix seeks merger with Colorado aviation firm

Rectrix Aviation, a charter jet service operating out of Worcester Regional Airport, is set to be acquired by a Denver aviation firm.

Home builders buy Hopkinton land for $9.1M for Legacy Farms buildout

Zachary Comeau |

A home construction firm based in Atlanta has purchased more than 17 acres for $9.1 million for the further planned construction of a 425-home housing development in Hopkinton.

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