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Boxford, MA

Community Spotlight – Boxford, Massachusetts 

June 21, 2023 9:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development serves 30 communities, including four Gateway Cities, and brings their leaders together to explore and take action on economic development issues that can help grow the region, including those that advance the Commonwealth as a whole. Over the course of the next few months, we will explore and get to know these 30...


Hamilton Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight – Hamilton, Massachusetts 

June 16, 2023 8:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development serves 30 communities, including four Gateway Cities, and brings their leaders together to explore and take action on economic development issues that can help grow the region, including those that advance the Commonwealth as a whole. Over the course of the next few months, we will explore and get to know these 30...


Resources for Diversity Businesses

 Resources Available to Diversity Businesses

June 1, 2023 9:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Businesses that are certified as Diversity or Minority-Owned meaning they are more than 51% owned by a diversity-designated group have access to resources at the local, state, and federal levels. These resources can assist with many different aspects of business dealings from employee training to financial and technical assistance and from bidding opportunities to organizational partnerships.   For this article,...


Changing demographics of MA

The Changing Demographics of MA & the North Shore 

May 31, 2023 9:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The United States is undergoing shifts in demographics and diversity that are mirrored in Massachusetts.  Over the last decade, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau report (2020), Massachusetts became significantly more diverse. Since the diversity of the Commonwealth is one of its major assets, support of diversity-owned businesses should be a priority now and in the future.  Let’s...


Achieving a Diversity Designation

Achieving a Diversity Designation Through the Alliance

May 30, 2023 9:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development has created a Diversity Directory with the goal of improving equity and diversity in both the public and private sectors across the North Shore of Massachusetts.  In order to participate in the North Shore Alliance’s Diversity Directory, businesses must meet two criteria that include business location on the North Shore of Massachusetts and...


How You Can Promote & Support Diversity-Owned Businesses

May 22, 2023 9:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With more than 4 million minority-owned businesses in the United States, chances are that your community has several that you can help promote and support through your individual actions. From seeking out diversity-owned businesses for products and services you need to completing online reviews for minority-owned businesses, there are many ways that individuals on the North Shore can help support...


MA State of Diversity Owned Businesses

The Current State of Diversity-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts

May 19, 2023 10:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

At the national level, minority-owned and diversity-owned businesses have been a strength of the United States economy. In fact, over the last 10 years, diversity-owned businesses created 4.7 million jobs. Currently, the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship reports that there are more than 4 million minority-owned businesses in the United States, with sales that total nearly $700...


What Is The Value of a Diversity Designation?

What Is the Value of a Diversity Designation? 

May 18, 2023 10:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development (Alliance) has introduced its new Diversity Directory in an effort to improve equity and diversity in both the public and private sectors. This Diversity Directory is both an online and a printable directory and a marketing tool for businesses that would like to offer their services or products to other businesses and institutions...


Community Spotlight- Essex, MA

Community Spotlight – Essex, Massachusetts 

May 9, 2023 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development serves 30 communities, including four Gateway Cities, and brings their leaders together to explore and take action on economic development issues that can help grow the region, including those that advance the Commonwealth as a whole. Over the course of the next few months, we will explore and get to know these 30...


A Few Reasons You Should Support Diversity-Owned Businesses

A Few Reasons Why You Should Support Diversity-Owned Businesses

May 5, 2023 12:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The inequities for diversity-owned businesses were blatantly apparent during the covid-19 global pandemic. ​​It also exposed all sorts of inequities in our society, but the connections between physical and economic health may be one of the most profound. As a result, it is important that as consumers we understand the essential need for the success of these businesses in our...


How our local and regional economy benefits from Diversity-owned businesses

How Our Local & Regional Economy Benefits from Diversity Businesses

May 3, 2023 8:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The success of businesses across our nation and in Massachusetts has never come more to the forefront than it has in the years during the global covid-19 pandemic. Experts and financial laypeople alike understand the significance of having a robust and healthy economy after such an impactful pandemic. That economy must include the dynamic and growing proportions of diversity-owned businesses...


Ipswich Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight – Ipswich, Massachusetts

April 27, 2023 8:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development serves 30 communities, including four Gateway Cities, and brings their leaders together to explore and take action on economic development issues that can help grow the region, including those that advance the Commonwealth as a whole. Over the course of the next few months, we will explore and get to know these 30...