Worcester Business Journal

October 14, 2019

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wbjournal.com | October 14, 2019 | Worcester Business Journal 3 Worcester Business Journal (ISSN#1063-6595) is published bi-weekly, 24x per year, including 4 special issues in May, September, October, and December by New England Business Media. 172 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01604. Periodicals postage paid at Worcester, MA. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Worcester Business Journal, PO Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894. Subscriptions: Annual subscriptions are available for $54.95. For more information, please email wbjournal@ cambeywest.com or contact our circulation department at 845-267-3008. Fax: 845.267.3478 Advertising: For advertising information, please call Mark Murray at 508-755-8004 ext. 227. Fax: 508-755-8860. Worcester Business Journal accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials and in general does not return them to the sender. Worcester Business Journal 172 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 508-755-8004 tel. • 508-755-8860 fax www.wbjournal.com A division of: Worcester Business Journal WBJ Knowledge + Experience + Trusted Advice. It all adds up. Large enough to serve the needs of most businesses and individuals; small enough to offer the personal attention you expect and deserve. Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli, PC Certified Public Accountants 306 Main Street, Suite 400 • Worcester, MA 01608 508.791.0901 • www.grkb.com NEWS & ANALYSIS DEPARTMENTS 4 Central Mass. In Brief 5 Flash Poll 10 Focus on Information technology 16 The List: Top IT service providers 17 Know How 18 Movers & Shakers 20 Photo Finish 21 Opinion 22 Shop Talk: Sherri Pitcher, Fidelity Bank 14 The new wave of cyber attacks Businesses must now guard against phishing, identity theft and data ransom schemes. 17 10 Things I Know about … Running a successful fundraiser Advice columnist Julie Bowditch offers ways for organizations to maximize their profits from fundraising events. Editor, Brad Kane, bkane@wbjournal.com News Editor, Grant Welker, gwelker@wbjournal.com (Real estate, higher education, health care) Staff Writer Zachary Comeau, zcomeau@wbjournal.com (Manufacturing) Contributors Susan Shalhoub, Livia Gershon, Sarah Connell Research Assistant, Heide Martin, hmartin@nebusinessmedia.com Production Director, Kira Beaudoin, kbeaudoin@wbjournal.com Art Director, Mitchell Hayes, mhayes@wbjournal.com Senior Accounts Manager Matt Majikas, mmajikas@wbjournal.com Senior Accounts Manager Christine Juetten, cjuetten@wbjournal.com Senior Special Accounts Manager Mary Lynn Bosiak, mlbosiak@wbjournal.com Marketing & Events Manager Kris Prosser, kprosser@wbjournal.com Distribution and Database Coordinator A Guide to STUFF, a publication of New England Business Media Patty Harris, pharris@nebusinessmedia.com COO, Mary Rogers, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com Accounting Manager, Valerie Clark, vclark@nebusinessmedia.com Accounting Assistant, Rae Rogers, rrogers@nebusinessmedia.com Collections Manager, Raki Zwiebel, rzwiebel@nebusinessmedia.com Human Resources, Jill Coran, jcoran@nebusinessmedia.com Publisher, CEO, Peter Stanton pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Associate Publisher, Mark Murray mmurray@wbjournal.com President, Joseph Zwiebel jzwiebel@nebusinessmedia.com T ypically, the stories inside the WBJ print edition are planned well ahead of time. With two weeks between issues, we have plenty of runway to conceive, report, photograph and display stories. While the content will shi somewhat, I generally know what stories will appear in each issue 4-6 weeks beforehand and know specifically two weeks in advance. at was not the case with this edition. e story we planned to appear as our main cover story – about businesses recov- ering from disaster – had to be put on hold when the main subjects were unavailable. Another story, pitched months ago by a major Central Massachusetts corporation about its sustainability initiatives, fell through when schedules didn't align. A third proposed article about the technolo- gy requirements in the Massachusetts legal marijuana industry had to be modified greatly when Staff Writer Zachary Comeau ran out of time to report the story before he resigned from WBJ on Oct. 4 to go work for another media organization. In fact, the only story in this edition that came together as planned is News Editor Grant Welker's story about the Shine Initiative's new app (Page 12). e feature stories appearing in the middle of each WBJ edition create the foundation on which all our other content stands, by providing insight, context, background and subject matter expertise on the issues impacting the Central Mas- sachusetts business community. Having 75% of those stories change over at the last minute isn't quite a cause for panic, but it certainly made our workflow less orderly. ankfully, WBJ has great professional journalists and rallied out strong content. Comeau pivoted in his article (Page 10) to focus mostly on one specific marijuana tech company, a great sendoff for a report- er whose favorite topics were breweries and cannabis. Welker got the latest on cy- ber crimes committed against businesses (Page 14) for our information-technology section. And, thanks to a timely release from the U.S. Census Bureau and Welker's innate ability to analyze data, we got an insightful cover story (Page 8) about how Worcester's population growth is mostly I N T H I S I S S U E coming from a coveted demographic. I don't love it when a plan doesn't come together, but sometimes we do our best work on the fly. - Brad Kane, editor W Not every plan comes together

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