Worcester insurer Fallon Health grew the percentage of women in its leadership from 32 to 40 in the last year. Its executive suite now includes (from left) Chief Communications Officer Christine Cassidy; Chief Medical Officer Carolyn Langer; Chief Operating Officer Emily West; Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development Mary Ritter; and Chief Human Resources Officer Jill Lebow.

The Boardroom Gap: Central Mass. businesses slightly improve inclusion of women in leadership

Grant Welker |

Women continue to be vastly outnumbered by men at Central Mass. public companies, though improvement has been found in some areas.

How To

101: Facilitate learning


Successful companies encourage employee learning. Too often, education and professional development focuses only on top-tier employees, which is a mistake,

Common misconceptions of the pass-through deduction


Even though the U.S. Tax Cut and Jobs Act is more than a year old, businesses are still scrambling to figure out how the so-called pass-through deduction is supposed to work.

10 Things I Know About ... Serving on nonprofit boards

Jessica Morris |

How you listen impacts sales success

Ken Cook |
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Caroline Frankel avoided paying $120,000 in attorney fees by reaching herself the legality behind applying for a recreational marijuana license.

Caroline’s Cannabis bucks the big marijuana industry trend

Caroline's Cannabis s the first woman-owned small business and the first general applicant to be awarded a final state license to sell marijuana products.

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Karen Spinelli

Spinelli struck out on her own to build a woman-owned CPA firm

Karen Spinelli left Robert C. Alario Certified Public Accountants to start her own accounting firm, launching one of the certified woman-owned CPA firms in Worcester.

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Movers & Shakers

Eleven Central Massachusetts firms, including Boston Pride, Oriol Health Care and SeaChange International, have welcomed 16 new professionals.

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Top SBA Lenders

Ranked by total number of loans issued in Massachusetts, fiscal year 2018

RankLenderNo. of loansAmount of loans
1Eastern Bank, Natick565$43,285,500
2TD Bank, Worcester227$14,203,100
3Citizens Bank, Natick144$21,142,500

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration and lender websites

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