BUSINESS BRIEFS: Cormier-Leger Honored, Hamilton-Biosero, Unemployment and more


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Ted Cormier-Leger, Realtor Earns At Home With Diversity® Certification

According to a report in Franklin Matters, Town Councilor and local realtor, Ted Cormier-Leger, has earned the National Association of Realtors At Home With Diversity certification after completing an eight hour course addressing topics of diversity, fair housing, and business planning development. The program is designed to meet the nation's fair housing commitment by educating and equipping NAR's members with the tools they need to expand homeownership opportunities.

Hamilton Partners with Biosero

Franklin-based Hamilton and Biosero, Inc., developer of laboratory automation solutions to orchestrate scientific discoveries, recently announced a strategic co-marketing agreement aimed at streamlining automated liquid handling workflows. The partnership builds on Hamilton’s state-of-the-art automated platforms and Biosero’s innovative Green Button Go® Software Suite to increase lab efficiency. Under this agreement, the companies will jointly promote and market one another’s products, providing laboratories with a proven, comprehensive solution for automation. Laboratories incorporating Hamilton and Biosero technologies will benefit from Hamilton’s industry-leading liquid handling solutions and Biosero’s intuitive software. “We are tremendously excited to partner with Biosero,” said Hamilton Vice CEO Matt Hamilton. “Highlighting the combination of Biosero’s advanced scheduling software and Hamilton’s time-tested automated platforms allows us to offer customers a straightforward solution to complex, large-scale workflows. This collaboration underscores Hamilton’s unwavering commitment to delivering the most advanced automated solutions that allow scientists to focus on what matters most — research and discovery.”

Massachusetts Unemployment & Job Estimates for April 2023

The state’s April total unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, down 0.2 percentage points from the revised March estimate of 3.5 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts gained 5,100 jobs in April. This follows March’s revised gain of 12,100 jobs. The largest over-the-month private sector job gains were in Education and Health Services, Information, and Professional, Scientific, and Business Services. Employment now stands at 3,759,200. Massachusetts gained 697,600 jobs since the employment low in April 2020. From April 2022 to April 2023, BLS estimates Massachusetts gained 99,100 jobs. The largest over-the-year gains occurred in Education and Health Services, Professional, Scientific, and Business Services, and Leisure and Hospitality.

Labor Group Touts Apprenticeship Programs

Speaking before an enthusiastic audience of union apprentices, union workers, labor leaders, and elected officials convened at SMART Local 17's apprenticeship training center in Dorchester, building trades union leaders touted the power of union apprenticeships to transform lives and lift people and communities up into the middle class at Wednesday morning's Opportunity Pipeline Event. President Sean McGarvey of North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) spoke about how $9.5 billion in Massachusetts infrastructure dollars will help to create thousands of good-paying union jobs that impact lives and uplift communities for generations — including through an anticipated “apprenticeship boom.”

“We’re creating opportunities and moving people to the middle class through our training infrastructure,” said Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions. “The passage of historic federal investments in infrastructure ??gives us the golden opportunity to create more pathway programs into the union building trades, and to expand pathway programs in the unionized construction sector across the United States.”

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