Massachusetts Bill Would Force Paid Sick Leave for Everyone

Amanda Fakhreddine of the Patriot Ledger writes that in order to stay in business in the current economic climate, Richard Meier, owner of Meier & Associates, has had to make drastic cutbacks. Now, Meier, whose company is based in Abington, has another worry – the Paid Sick Leave Act that’s being considered by the state Legislature.

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State Builds an Express Lane for New Businesses

Sarah Shemkus of the Cape Cod Times writes if you are looking to start a business in Massachusetts? You could start at the Web site of the state’s office of Housing and Economic Development. A few clicks could take you to a page describing the regions of the commonwealth and the possible advantages of doing business in each.

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Tim Hortons Arriving in Capital Area — at UAlbany

Steve Barnes reports at The Times Union that Tim Hortons, a 46-year-old Canadian chain of coffee and doughnut shops, will open its first Capital Region location in the fall, at the University at Albany’s Campus Center. The arrival seems a likely indicator of more local Tim Hortons to come, in plazas and as standalone stores, given the company’s precedent of growth once it moves into a region.

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Honey Dew’s Doughnut War

Donna Goodison reports in the Boston Herald that Honey Dew Donuts is taking advantage of the weak economy to make its move against much bigger rivals Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. Honey Dew Associates Inc., the Plainville owner of the 150-location chain, has hired its first director of franchise development to orchestrate a significant expansion.

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Campaigns Going Strong as Kennedy Seat Race Heads into Final Days

This is something Martha Coakley hasn’t done regularly in an abbreviated special election for US Senate that has caused the candidates to focus more on ground operations and phone calls than the retail politics that typically mark competitive statewide races. “Good morning! I’m asking for your vote,” the Democratic attorney general said to one person today at the Kit Clark Senior Center in Dorchester, as Coakley aides passed out munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Mass Roundup: Budget off $3 Billion

Nancy Reardon of the Patriot Ledger reports that the outlook for next year’s state budget is a bit rosier than state leaders expected, but the chances of a full recovery anytime soon are dim.

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Subway to Launch Major Bay State Expansion

Officials at the Subway sandwich chain said yesterday that they plan to open 130 new stores in Massachusetts over the next five years. There are already 175, according to Bob Hurley, a Subway development agent. “As far as Subway is concerned, it’s just underdeveloped,’’ Hurley said yesterday of the Massachusetts sandwich market. “There’s only one store for every 25,000 people. If you look at surrounding areas, states like Rhode Island and Maine, there’s one store for every 12,000.’’

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