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Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of  Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Neil Martin, COO of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. They talk about assisting Bay State small and micro businesses to survive and thrive. This episode aired originally on October 6, 2013.

In the world of government handouts, there’s good pork and bad pork. For several Central Massachusetts small and micro businesses, the state-funded help they’ve gotten from a quasi-public corporation may be the good sort of sowbelly – especially, given Big Banking’s continued reluctance to lend to the backbone of America’s economy.

One such small business is Luxury Cuts Barber Shop, with locations in Fitchburg and Leominster. Founded three years ago and run by Carlos Rosado, Luxury Cuts is one of several Central Mass. recipients of Small Business Technical Assistance Provider Grants from Mass. Growth Capital Corp. during the past three years. He doesn’t think he’d be succeeding and expanding without MGCC’s help.

In Monson, Brenda Tibbetts, founder and owner of Tibbetts Optical, also praises MGCC, from which she received a training grant. When she started the business more than two years ago, she recalls, Main Street, where the shop is located, had many empty storefronts. Now, she proudly point out, there’s only one.

In 2010, Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law an economic-development bill designed to help small and micro businesses create jobs, in part by providing greater access to capital through the creation of MGCC. The corporation’s formation involved consolidation of Mass. Community Development Finance Corp. and Mass. Economic Stabilization Trust.

For fiscal ‘10, the state law provided $35 million of new funding to MGCC. In addition to providing loans, the agency also awards technical-assistance grants – a total of $700,000 worth during fiscal ’13 alone. The grant amounts for the most recent year ranged from $30,000 to $75,000. MGCC does not break out these figures by county.

Read Steve Jones-D'Agostino's recent article on MGCC for GoLocalWorcester, titled Central Mass. Businesses Thrive with State Grants + Loans.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 9:00pm

Do you think it is a simple thing to tell if a work of art is a genuine masterpiece or a forgery? Well think again. Sometimes the process can be very complicated and even bizarre. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ADAM LERNER, Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver about his new book FROM RUSSIA WITH DOUBT: THE QUEST TO AUTHENTICATE 181 WOULD-BE MASTERPIECES OF THE RUSSIAN AVANTE-GARDE.

Inquiry welcomes back BEVERLY GRAY, writer, teacher, journalist and biographer. She worked with the legendary Roger Corman editing scripts, writing publicity material, casting and in many other jobs. We continue our conversation (Part II) about her book ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES and DRILLER KILLERS. Tonight we talk about Roger Corman’s New World Pictures which hired people like Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, John Sayles and Ron Howard to star, direct and write pictures like Death Race 2000, Piranha and Battle Beyond the Stars. But amazingly, Roger also worked with films by Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut and many other major European and Japanese directors of the time. If you enjoy films and film history DON’T MISS THIS INTERVIEW.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Ahmad Jamal is an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. According to American music critic Stanley Crouch, Jamal is second in importance in the development of jazz after 1945 only to Charlie Parker.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when WICN's Bonnie Johnson welcomes vocalist Nedelka Prescod, grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans and Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator Jasmine Hagans as we celebrate jazz composer, pianist, poet Sun Ra. On Sunday, May 11th at 2pm, Ms. Prescod and Mr. Hagans will perform at the MFA in a 10-piece ensemble of New England Conservatory students and faculty under the direction of NEC jazz studies chair Ken Schaphorst in a concert entitled Sun Ra: Space Is Still the Most Colorful Place. Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, AL and passed on May 30, 1993. Listen Now.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

Songs from 1948-1978, the 30-year period of the 20th century’s biggest folk music revival and the “Great Folk Music Scare” at its peak from 1959-1969.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with legendary comic and cartoon artist MK BROWN. A new collection of her work has just been published titled STRANGER THAN LIFE: 1970-2013 CARTOONS AND COMICS. Tune in and learn about her early days at National Lampoon and what happened when she got angry with Billie Jean King. MK Brown’s work remains some of the wildest and most original comic work ever to be published, so tune in and learn why.. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with award-winning poet MARTHA SILANO. She talks about her new collection of poems titled RECKLESS LOVELY  as well THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE written with Kelli Russell Agodon. Tune in and listen to one of the most exciting and original new voices in contemporary poetry read her poem “Ode To Frida Kahlo’s Eyebrows”.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Musician Billy Joel discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz influences his own music.

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker & celebrate Cinco de Mayo with soul & funk music from south of the border. BYOB! It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

Singer Dianne Reeves turns every note into an alluring story. In Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, she’s joined by guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Terreon Gully. Wendell Pierce hosts.

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