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Jun 28, 2012
Since September 2001, roughly 2 million veterans have returned to civilian life; this number is on the rise as an anticipated 200,000 veterans are expected to enter the workforce annually… learn More about REBOOT Helps Veterans Successfully Transition to Civilian Life
Sep 04, 2012
In 2003, Darius, Susan and Dara Mir, the owners of 9to5 Seating, were at a critical decision point. Although the economy was soft, 9to5, a manufacturer of office furnishings, had seen strong demand for its office seating, helped by orders from office superstores and warehouse clubs like Costco and Staples. However, products manufactured in China were starting to cut into their profits as the mass-market superstores switched to ordering lower-cost goods, and they needed a strategy that would help them respond… learn More about Family-owned 9to5 Seating Adopts a Growth Strategy, Creating Jobs with its Contract Chair Business
Jul 16, 2012
The Bronx is back! See how a group of dedicated citizens connected with their community to help revitalize a struggling New York neighborhood… learn More about The Bronx is back! Concerned residents unite to save their neighborhood
Jul 16, 2012
The economic crisis that hit Detroit in 2008 had a surround sound impact. The auto industry collapsed, crime increased, and residents fled. For those who stuck around the ‘Motor City’ the availability and accessibility of corner markets and grocery stores - among other critical staples for living - diminished. Yet today, the city’s Eastern Market, best known for its regional food vendors, is poised to transform the community and fulfill a critical need by providing fresh, locally-based foods in a city where many grocery stores remain closed. … learn More about From Farm to Table, Revitalization and Conviviality in Detroit
Jul 06, 2012
Although one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., Boston deals with the same urban challenges as any other metropolitan area. In certain neighborhoods where families struggle financially and youth routinely confront the hazards of gangs and drugs, programs like Artists For Humanity stand as beacons of opportunity. Rather than “disadvantaged” youth, Artists For Humanity Executive Director Susan Rodgerson views these young men and women as “under-resourced,” meaning that with the right support and encouragement, they can create their own future… learn More about Fostering Opportunity with Creativity in Boston