Down to business

Hoping to spark growth of small businesses, the city and economic development groups are holding a small business forum and trade show on Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way. The forum is intended to show business people available resources, new programs, and financing options. Participants include area colleges and agencies that can assist small businesses. The annual Thrive award will be given to a women- or minority-owned business. For information, e-mail, call 508-586-0021, or visit