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Gregory Bloomfield Joins Our Team

Gregory Bloomfield originally hails from Toronto, where he began his career as an auditor for Ernst & Young. He has over 20 years’ experience in bookkeeping, accounting, auditing, taxation and finance across many industries such as real estate, investments and non-profit organizations. Previously, Gregory was senior auditor for a local CPA firm as well as […]

Delectable Desires Pastries Continues to Grow

Delectable Desires Pastries provides gourmet home-baked goods from scratch, specializing in event cakes. The company opened its first retail store in West Roxbury in 2015, followed by a South Station kiosk a year later. Owner Carlene O’Garro, a Mattapan native, says that her Caribbean roots influence her use of ingredients and baking style. In 2017, BII […]

Gregory Bloomfield

Gregory Bloomfield hails from Toronto, where he began his career as an auditor for Ernst & Young. Since then, he has over 20 years of experience of bookkeeping, accounting, auditing, taxation and finance across many industries such as real estate, investments and non-profit organizations. Gregory passed the Massachusetts CPA exam in 2006. Previously, Gregory was […]

WeSpire

WeSpire is an employee engagement platform that supports large organizations to design, deliver and measure the benefits of positive impact programs like sustainability, corporate social responsibility and well-being initiatives. In 2017, BII Fund made a convertible preferred investment in the platform to ensure that its diversity/inclusion module has the quality of content and influence that can transform […]

Delectable Desires

Delectable Desires Pastries provides gourmet home-baked goods from scratch, specializing in event cakes. DDP opened its first retail store in West Roxbury in 2015, followed by a South Station kiosk a year later. Owner Carlene O’Garro, a Mattapan native, says that her Caribbean roots influence her use of ingredients and baking style. Forgoing law school to […]

CERO

CERO (Cooperative Energy Recycling and Organics) is a worker-owned cooperative that collects waste from local businesses. CERO’s waste separation systems increase reclamation and sale of clean paper, plastics, metals, waste vegetable oil and organic food waste, reducing trash sent to landfill and incinerators by 50 percent or more. CERO has been a long-time portfolio member of […]

88 Acres

88 Acres is an artisan food enterprise, producing healthy snacks free of the top eight food allergens. The company seeks to craft foods with the simplest and most sustainably sourced ingredients, create transparency throughout their supply chain and promote healthy living and food awareness among consumers. 88 Acres is manufacturing in Dorchester, creating over a […]

Transformative Culture Project

In October 2017, the Transformative Culture Project merged with Epicenter Community. The non-profit organization now focuses on the economic potential of the creative economy, providing award-winning arts and economic development programming for youth and adults. A key program is AccelerateBOS, which provides entrepreneurs of color with a cohort-based model for advancing their business ideas. In 2017, […]

Wash Cycle Laundry

Wash Cycle Laundry is a commercial laundry service that provides second-chance employment for vulnerable adults in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. The company relies on high-efficiency washers and driers and delivers laundry by bike–saving thousands of gallons of water a year as well as fuel. In 2017, BII Fund made an equity investment to support the […]

Democracy Brewing

Democracy Brewing is a start-up worker-owned brewery and pub committed to providing great beer and hosting community conversations about democratic ideals of liberty, justice and equal opportunity. As a cooperative, the business creates the opportunity for all its workers to enjoy the profit and pride that comes with ownership. The Brewery will open its doors […]