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Hurricane Preparedness: Do you know how to prep for a storm?

Hurricane Preparedness: Do you know how to prep for a storm? posted on Jul 17

  Hurricane Season officially began in June but this week is Hurricane Preparedness Week in Massachusetts.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a 70% chance of having 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine possibly developing into hurricanes. That’s why the   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Do you know how to prep for a storm?

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Dockless Bike-sharing: The Nuts and Bolts of Station-Free Cycling posted on Jul 13

  Have you come across unlocked bicycles propped up in random locations in your city or town? You may think the bright-colored bikes were left by mistake, but they may actually be a part of a dockless bike-sharing network. Companies such as ofo, Ant, Lime   …Continue Reading Dockless Bike-sharing: The Nuts and Bolts of Station-Free Cycling

Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing: What Every Consumer Should Know posted on Jul 5

Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing: What Every Consumer Should Know

Peer-to-peer car-sharing has emerged as an alternative to renting a car. With a business model similar to Airbnb or Uber, it allows car owners to rent out their vehicles to individuals within a given area through a mobile app. In providing this service, these platforms,   …Continue Reading Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing: What Every Consumer Should Know

Please note: our HIC Office has moved posted on Jul 2

The HIC Registrations and Renewals office has moved to 1000 Washington St., Suite 710 Who does this move affect? Contractors looking to register as a Home Improvement Contractor or renew an existing registration Contractors or subcontractors looking to obtain a duplicate HIC registration card Contractors or   …Continue Reading Please note: our HIC Office has moved

Small Business Scams posted on Jun 26

Small Business Scams

While owning and operating a small business can be challenging, the number and variety of options available to businesses to help them succeed are extensive. But, even the savviest of entrepreneurs need to be cautious and conduct their due diligence before engaging the services of   …Continue Reading Small Business Scams

Hawkers & Peddlers posted on Jun 26

Hawkers & Peddlers

At parades, festivals, or other outdoor events, outdoor salespeople, known as “hawkers” or “peddlers,” are a common fixture selling anything from noise makers and holiday-themed hats to food and ice cream cones. These mobile vendors may move from town to town or from place to   …Continue Reading Hawkers & Peddlers