In Worcester, battle for pedicab supremacy is afoot

It seems the time is now for New England’s second-largest city to put its pedal to the metal. Indeed, while one pedicab entrepreneur had been planning for months to launch, a competitor beat him to the streets. Find out how they got there first, and what’s next for the competing firms and the industry in the city.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 23 — The stemming of the tide

“Bootstrapping a business is a viable way to source an idea, but when that idea turns into a business bigger than you had initially imagined, bootstrapping can only go so far.” While her business model evolves, so must Giselle Rivera-Flores as she navigates the icy waters of startup funding. Grant writing is next, but first a conversation with Tim Murray, chamber of commerce chief.

Worcester Sun, July 17-23: In this issue

Ken Powers returns with a poignant and heart-wrenching memorial for Clark and St. John’s alum Pat Oroszko, who would have — should have — turned 35 last week. A look at Dianna’s Neighborhood Bistro, new on the corner of Chandler and June streets. A Be Like Brit volunteer chronicles her first journey and looks ahead to her second. Thoughts on rude city officials, more cooks in the downtown kitchen, Sinacola on Weisel, and much more in your July 17-23 Worcester Sun.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 21 — The momentum conundrum

“With Worcester Public Library kicking off its Summer Reading program this week, we feel especially inclined to continue pushing our Free Libraries Campaign. Thinking about the many children and adults lacking proper reading materials in their lives fires my motivation to keep going.” Giselle has some big decisions ahead, including saying goodbye to one of her proudest accomplishments along the way.

Sun Shine: Arrays of light — Clark student’s solar project to aid ‘our heroes’

While helping the environment by providing renewable energy through the sun, an enterprising Clark student’s project also seeks to benefit individuals, such as police officers, military veterans, teachers and firefighters, whose everyday work helps others. Indeed the 19-year-old has already learned a valuable lesson: “If you really want to accomplish something, you have to find the time.” We suggest you find the time to check out this profile from Bronislaus B. Kush.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 19 — The social club

“For a small monthly fee, SocialGood accepted an application for fiscal sponsorship from The Learning Hub – allowing us to act as a nonprofit under their umbrella while focusing on our mission and not the bottom line.” Things are moving in a new direction for Giselle Rivera-Flores and her tutoring center. Find out what’s behind her latest momentum boost.

Sun Shine: Arrays of light — Clark student’s solar project to aid ‘our heroes’

While helping the environment by providing renewable energy through the sun, an enterprising Clark student’s project also seeks to benefit individuals, such as police officers, military veterans, teachers and firefighters, whose everyday work helps others. Indeed the 19-year-old has already learned a valuable lesson: “If you really want to accomplish something, you have to find the time.” We suggest you find the time to check out this profile from Bronislaus B. Kush.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 18 — The new direction

“In recent weeks, The Hub has gained more attention than usual. Our flyers are being distributed, we received some coverage from a local business writer, were among the winners of StartUp Worcester and even received a few donations … but the pace doesn’t seem nearly as fast as it should be. Keeping up with the momentum is tough in Worcester.” Find out how Giselle Rivera-Flores plans to tackle her latest obstacle.