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Your weekly look ahead at the news in the Central Massachusetts business community, presented by Worcester Business Journal and Radio Worcester.

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Your weekly look ahead at the news in the Central Massachusetts business community, presented by Worcester Business Journal and Radio Worcester.

    Why Webster Five backed a $4M restaurant during the pandemic

    Why Webster Five backed a $4M restaurant during the pandemic

    At the end of July, the Mercantile Center in downtown Worcester announced Webster Five Bank had provided $4.2 million in financing for the center to create a space for the Broadway Hospitality Group to launch a two-story, rooftop restaurant. Christopher Watson, the senior business lending officer and senior vice president for Webster Five, discussed why the bank decided to move forward in back a high-end restaurant during a time in which the coronavirus pandemic has upended the hospitality industry.

    • 19 min
    Executive to Executive: Jack Roche & Dr. Eric Dickson

    Executive to Executive: Jack Roche & Dr. Eric Dickson

    In this new recurring Worcester Business Journal feature where leading executives interview each other, the president & CEO of Hanover Insurance Group and the president & CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care discuss their separate ascensions to the top job, why companies need to advocate for causes like social justices, and how to keep employees focused and motivated during a crisis like COVID-19.

    • 35 min
    COVID-19, through the eyes of an intern

    COVID-19, through the eyes of an intern

    College students and businesses' interns have been uniquely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as colleges moved their spring semesters entirely online, then internships starting drying up for the summer, and universities' fall semesters are shaping up to be a vastly different college experience. Devina Bhalla, a junior at Tufts University in Medford and an editorial intern at Worcester Business Journal, joins the podcast to discuss how the world for the emerging workforce has turned upside down in the past four months.

    • 25 min
    How to create an anti-racist business

    How to create an anti-racist business

    Since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests throughout the world, YWCA Central Massachusetts has seen increased interest in its Racial Equity Education workshops, where businesses can bring in experts to show how diversity & inclusion can become a greater priority. Maritza Cruz, director of racial and gender equity at the YWCA Central Massachusetts, joins The Weekly Business Report to detail a few ways businesses can become more inclusive in the short term and begin to change their culture over the long term.

    • 28 min
    A marijuana startup's two-year fight to open its doors

    A marijuana startup's two-year fight to open its doors

    After meeting in the Colorado marijuana industry, Kevin MacConnell & Tim Phillips set out to start an Uxbridge cannabis company, creating custom marijuana products for dispensaries. For more than two years, they fought against the tough Massachusetts regulatory structure in order to get a cannabis business license, all while their expenses piled up. In July, the duo finally got their license and then hit the ground running in getting their products on the market from their company Blackstone Valley Naturals, which is doing business as Yamna.

    • 24 min
    President Pedraja on QCC's online-only fall semester

    President Pedraja on QCC's online-only fall semester

    Unlike nearly every other Central Massachusetts college and university, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester is not reopening its campus for the fall semester, instead choosing to have all of its class online, with only a handful of exceptions. QCC President Luis Pedraja joins the podcast to discuss his thought-process behind the closure driven by the coronavirus pandemic, and why he is going against the grain in higher education.WBJ News Editor Grant Welker replaced Editor Brad Kane as the co-host for this episode, joining Hank Stolz.

    • 26 min

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