A sign on top of a table next to a plant that reads "Face Mask Required"

How to Notify Your Clients of Your Ongoing Mask Policy

With Massachusetts rescinding the mask mandate for all industries – except for health care facilities and public transit – businesses no longer have to enforce face coverings. However, COVID-19 remains a very real threat, and masks are still an effective preventative against transmission. As a business owner, you have the right to continue to enforce […]
A syringe and COVID-19 vaccine bottle on top of face masks which are atop blue flowers on a blue background.

May COVID-19 Rundown: Vaccines Lead to Blossoming Reopening

This time last year, the saying, “Make hay in May,” had never seemed so fruitless, as we were all heavily quarantined during the height of the pandemic. Now, a year later, May is bringing more than just flowers; it’s bringing hope. With vaccine appointments extended to all adults, proactive reopening plans, and even more grants […]
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Business Bootcamp: Facing Crises with Candid Communication

While the end of the pandemic is in sight, a new crisis is bound to rear its head in the future. If there’s one thing COVID has taught businesses, it’s that despite your preparedness, no company is impervious to the unpredictability of a sudden disaster, internal or external. Managing your business’s public relations and facing […]
Julia Becker Collins in her home office.

In the News: How servant leadership keeps companies together

This article originally appeared in the Worcester Business Journal on February 22nd, 2021. Once you have employees, your business changes. Leadership isn’t defined by what you lead, but how you lead. Who do you put first at your business? Yourself? Your team? Your customers? There are no right or wrong answers, but they all form […]
A face mask on a green background decorated in a St. Patrick's Day headband, meant to represent Massachusetts' COVID reopening plans advance in March

March COVID-19 Rundown: Reopening Plans Spring Forward

Massachusetts is making significant progress in the fight against COVID, and as a result, we are being rewarded for our efforts. With drops in daily COVID cases and hospitalizations and vaccination rates continuing to soar, Massachusetts seems to finally be on the path to recovery. With society on the mend, it’s been deemed safe to […]
A heart-shaped box of chocolate and a face mask, signifying COVID-19 in February

February COVID-19 Rundown: Reviewing the Rollouts and Rollbacks

Although Cupid’s likely to remain quarantined this Valentine’s Day, we at least have some cause for celebration as more vaccine cocktails become approved and positive case numbers continue to fall in Massachusetts. However, we’re not out of the woods yet, which is why some COVID-19 restrictions continue to remain in place. While vaccines are dominating […]
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In The News: Small business relief must focus on actual small businesses

This article originally appeared in the Worcester Business Journal on January 25th, 2021. When hearing the term “small business,” you probably envision a decades-old hardware store or that North End restaurant you order takeout from once a week. However, other small business owners and I are finding out the hard way there is an exploitive […]
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January COVID-19 Rundown: New Year, New Measures

COVID-19 isn’t going to clock out now that 2020 is over, and with the recent and horrifying assault on our Capitol, it’s difficult to predict whether 2021 will be much better. While it may seem the country is spiraling down a dark path, local government is still taking action to support communities and stop the […]