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Monday, April 22 2019

Awards will support trade and overseas marketing efforts of 46 small businesses across the Commonwealth

Boston, MA -- The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) and the Massachusetts Small Business Development/ Massachusetts Export Center announced that 46 small businesses across the Commonwealth will receive $666,667 in State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the STEP grants support export activities such as trade show participation, overseas marketing and localization services, and subscription services from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to providing opportunities for our small businesses to showcase their products and compete in the global marketplace,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “The STEP Grant program provides critical funding to help small businesses increase their exposure on the global stage and drive continued business growth.”

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Thursday, October 12 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
“From his first days in office, President Trump ended the Federal government’s assault on the coal industry and the communities who rely on it,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The previous administration fought this war through unilateral executive actions and regulatory edicts, and the casualties were American workers and families.”

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Wednesday, February 24 2016

Announces Plans to Open New Customer Service Center in Texas' Research Valley

Boston, MA -- Wayfair Inc., one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor announced plans to open a new customer service center located in Bryan, Texas. Wayfair will hire approximately 450 employees in the new location as it scales operations to service its rapidly growing customer base.

"Wayfair's steadfast commitment to exceptional customer service has helped fuel the incredible growth of our business as more people discover a new and better way to shop for home furnishings," said James Savarese, Chief Operating Officer, Wayfair. "We look forward to expanding our operations to the Bryan-College Station area as we welcome new talent to our world-class customer service team."

Known as The Research Valley, the Bryan-College Station area is a hub for innovation and technology in Texas. Wayfair selected the location based on the strong local talent pool, the community's thriving business community and its proximity to Texas A&M University – a leading university for research and innovation.

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Thursday, August 27 2015

New location offers consulting support to the West Coast

Braintree, MA -- Boston based software company Planon, the global leader in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), today announced that it opened an office in Seattle, Wash. The new office will support Planon’s west coast customers with senior level consultants.

“Due to growing customer base and recent wins we have decided to open a new office,” said Fred Guelen, President of North America and Planon CFO. “We see a growing demand for real estate management and maintenance management solutions, especially among multinational companies located in this area.”

The opening of a new office shows Planon’s commitment to the North American market by being a global provider of facilities management software. Planon has been recognized by Gartner as a “leader” in the Integrated Workplace Management Solutions (IWMS) market for six consecutive years.

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