Worcester Business Journal

December 11, 2023

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Central Massachusetts' Source for Business News Volume 34 • Number 26 $3.50 December 11, 2023 Worcester Business Journal WBJ Act now, before it's too late Worcester small business owners are ringing alarm bells over high costs and lower consumer spending, saying current trends will lead to closures. | 12 Hospitals' precarious condition Heywood's struggles with finances and now bankruptcy are just part of the fiscal crisis in inpatient health care. | 14 FILE PHOTOS | WORCESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL PHOTO | CHRISTINE PETERSON 22 S H O P TA L K Q&A: Selling secondhand in Sturbridge PHOTO | CHRISTINE PETERSON Ryan Forsythe, Worcester State University With enrollment at 10-year lows, Central Mass. public colleges see big things from Healey's free tuition program expansion. See story on page 10. Countering the DEI backlash | 18 OUTSIDE THE BOX Big dollars for higher education EDITION SPONSOR

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