Friday, November 16, 2012
Westford's municipal unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent in September, more than one percent lower than the state average.
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Westford saw its unemployment rate remain steady and well under state and national levels. In the department's most recent report, Westford now has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, the same as in August. In that same timeframe, Massachusetts saw unemployment climb from 6.5 percent to 6.6 percent, while the nation as a whole saw a similarly minor increase from 7.8 to 7.9 percent. Among Westford's neighboring towns, September saw unemployment decreases for Chelmsford (5.5 to 5.3), Littleton (4.7 to 4.9), Tyngsborough (6.9 to 6.5) and increases for Carlisle (4.0 to 4.7), Acton (3.9 to 4.3) and Groton (4.6 to 4.9).
Thursday, November 15, 2012
We'll be checking in with local businesses around town this week, but you can make sure everyone knows the hours for your business on Turkey Day by chiming in here.
It's almost time for Thanksgiving, and that means that many businesses and services here in Westford will either be closed or will have different hours than normal. If you have a business in town that will be operating with changed hours for Thanksgiving weekend, we're here to let your customers know! And if you're a regular patron of a business in town and want to spread the word, please help us out! Tell us in the Comments section and show us pictures of business hours around town by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
Yet another business at Cornerstone opens its doors as Panera Bread is now open to the public.
Local officials and other business officials were on hand to christen Westford's new Panera Bread location just off Boston Road at Cornerstone Square.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Small business owner Linda Fuller offers tips for expanding your services.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
There are tens of thousands of small businesses across the country, including hundreds in Westford. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in town for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains. Small business owner Linda Fuller is no stranger to starting a business from the ground up. In her recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, she offers insight into how she expanded her business’s services from just flowers to wine, beer and gourmet gift baskets at Lake Anne Florist in Reston, VA. Homework must be done first, she said. “Research what’s compatible with your own products and …