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The Practice of Leadership: Essential Tools for Resilient Small Business

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The practice of leadership is a core discipline of successful and resilient businesses. Caleb Dean from Owl, Fox & Dean will introduce some of the methods that he uses in helping organizations across a wide range of sectors develop leadership capacity. Participants from any role within an organization can benefit from attending.

The participant should leave the meeting with:

  • Practical tools to help develop leadership capacity for yourself and within your business
  • A five step process to prepare for and structure difficult conversations
  • Methods for developing high quality relationships with staff and stakeholders
  • Approaches to develop strong team working agreements

Join us on May 6th from 9:00am – Noon at the CLF Conference Room located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge Ma 02139 for this incredibly valuable workshop!

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Summer Intern

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Cambridge Local First is looking for an organized and enthusiastic summer intern! Our mission at CLF is to promote a vibrant local economy by fostering a close relationship with locally owned independent businesses and our community. Our selected intern will:

  • Play a vital role in CLF outreach and marketing
  • Assist with social media and web-based marketing for CLF, including the organization’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and the monthly newsletter
  • Contribute to other marketing and communications projects for the organization, including the 2015 Directory launch, the CLF Community Card, Shift Your Shopping, Think Local Thank Local, press outreach, email marketing, events, and other projects as needed.
  • Assist with various administrative and outreach tasks as needed

The applicant must be able to combine creativity with solid marketing and communications skills, manage numerous different projects simultaneously, and display a strong ability to adapt to daily tasks and projects to further our organization’s mission. Working closely with Cambridge Local First members and businesses, the person selected for this position will need to be enthusiastic, organized, thorough and proactive, but can work cross-functionally and be a reliable member of our team.

The schedule is flexible, but a commitment of at least 16 hours is required.

The internship is unpaid but college credit can be applied.


  • Conceptualize and draft copy and content for CLF’s social media platforms that fits within the organization’s overall marketing strategy and mission;
  • Use monitoring tools to measure the impact and reach of social media;
  • Find and cultivate social media contacts to spread the word about Cambridge Local First;
  • Assist in conceptualizing and drafting the CLF monthly newsletter;
  • Keep the CLF website up-to-date with CLF events and opportunities
  • Assist CLF staff with marketing, outreach and distribution of 2015 Directory and Cambridge Local Community Card projects.


  • Must possess your own laptop
  • Must be available to work 2 days a week or 16 hours;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in social media; specifically Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, and other web based social applications;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe Creative suite and Microsoft Office
  • Superior writing, editing and proofreading skills and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to think, plan and execute on multiple projects simultaneously in an organized fashion and as an effective member of a team;
  • A detail-oriented self-starter and finisher with great time management skills;
  • Dedication to the mission of Cambridge Local First
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In December 2013, the Ordinance Committee of the Cambridge City Council approved a draft ordinance that would require that all bags provided to customers at checkout by retail establishments by recyclable paper bags or reusable bags. Final enactment of the draft ordinance requires a vote by the City Council.The enactment of the draft ordinance in some form is likely to occur in 2014 keeping Cambridge in line with neighboring communities where bans are either in place or are scheduled be implemented in the current year. Brookline’s ban on disposable plastic bags and polystyrene containers went into effect on December 1, 2013 and Somerville’s ban on polystyrene containers goes into effect in May of this year. In addition, Somerville is also considering a ban on disposable plastic bags.

Keeping in mind that a ban on disposable plastic bags is likely to be enacted in some form this year by the Cambridge City Council, we encourage you to:

  • Contact the Cambridge City Council if you feel strongly to voice your opposition to or support for a ban on disposable plastic bags.
  • Consider your current use of disposable plastic bags and research alternatives so that you can be aware of alternatives to disposable plastic bags and the potential impacts they may have on your business.
  • Consider educating your customers about the need to use more reusable bags in place of plastic bags with an emphasis on the need to clean bags after each use to protect against transmission of contagions.
  • Let Cambridge Local First know about your concerns about the draft ordinance and ways in which we may be able to assist either with information, training or coordination with Cambridge City officials.

Working together, we can keep Cambridge’s local economy strong.

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Coming This Spring!


The benefits of shopping locally are irrefutable: it keeps our money in the local economy, which helps independent businesses stay afloat. It lessens our impact on the earth’s environment by reducing the distance between the origin and destination of products, and it maintains the distinctive flavor Cambridge has to offer its citizens.

Plus, local entrepreneurs often know more about their trade than major conglomerates, and they’re more likely to offer their know-how to the community. To a local business owner, a customer isn’t just another face in the crowd, but a neighbor – somebody they might run into walking their dog around Fresh Pond or taking their kid to guitar lessons.

At Cambridge Local First, we’re deeply passionate about conserving Cambridge’s unique and vibrant personality. This spring, CLF is excited to be offering an unmatched program to benefit local businesses and shoppers alike.

And when you purchase a CLF Card you are also purchasing a CLF Membership!

For $20,  your CLF Community membership offers shoppers and local businesses a great new way to support their community with one smart and simple loyalty card. The CLF Community Card dramatically shifts consumer buying habits in favor of local businesses.  Community members are able to get instant rewards for frequenting their favorite local shops.

With the card you’ll get:

  • Awesome deals designed by local businesses just for the CLF card (and an excuse to hit up your favorite local store, restaurant or hangout!)
  • The chance to support the local economy and same money in Cambridge
  • An opportunity to find out about local businesses you never knew were there
  • A simple way to help the environment by replacing hundreds of paper coupons with one card.
  • Member invites to CLF networking events and seminars

How it works:

  • Purchase a card and replace a whole collection of flimsy paper rewards cards with one neighborly loyalty card to use at tons of places in Cambridge
  • Register your membership card to be up to date on offers and events
  • Simply present the CLF Community Card to participating businesses and receive a special promotion, discount or offer.
  • Participating businesses and offers will change from time to time, so please visit often for updates!



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HR Workshop


This is a FREE workshop put on by Cambridge Local First in collaboration with the City of Cambridge’s Community Development Department, sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company. There is a suggested donation of $20.

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Topics covered will include:


Amy Carlin’s performance management insights will teach you tools to motivate, understand, and effectively interact with employees to encourage ideal performance, starting with the essentials to properly hire employees. She will also discuss proper channels to instruct and, if necessary reprimand or fire employees to ensure the best outcomes.  Amy is passionate about ensuring that business owners have all of the tools to streamline these processes.


Judy Polacheck will cover HR best practices such as the essentials that any employee handbook must have (and the importance of having an employee handbook) as well as common questions about relevant HR policies that can often seem ambiguous. Judy’s focus in her law practice is to create systems to help prevent employment conflicts, and her experience will be invaluable in helping to create  your own systems.


Jim McSweeney and his team from The CIP Group will discuss employee benefit strategies designed to maximize value and improve employee retention.  The presentation topics will focus on the differing needs of all employees, key employees and business owners.  This is a condensed presentation intended to provide the audience with some real life insights gained from The CIP Group in their 25 years of working with Small & Growing Businesses.

The participant should leave the meeting with a better understanding of:

·         Key employee strategies to retain talent and offset employer costs in the event of an            unforeseen loss

·         Benefit strategies to reward business owners

·         The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and how to make it work for you

·         Advantages/Disadvantages of Group vs. Individual insurance contracts

·         Buyout strategies for partners



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2013 Results are in!

















Today, ILSR released the results of our national survey of independent business owners, conducted in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business. Find out what 2,602 indie businesses had to say! http://www.ilsr.org/2014-survey/

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Cambridge Community Card










With the Cambridge Local First Community Card, consumers have yet another reason to support your business, and CLF’s promotional campaigns will help your business attract more friendly faces. So, if you’re sick of the same old punch card routine or frustrated by the excessive price cuts required by daily deal sites, consider this: as a local business, whatever your trade, you have the unique advantage of appealing to your community as a neighbor, instead of just another company!

How The Card Works For Your Business:

  • The Cambridge Local First Community Card makes it easy for residents and visitors to support our local business community through one simple loyalty card that can be used year-round.
  • As a CLF business owner, you can market your business through the Cambridge Local First Community Card program at a fraction of the cost of conventional advertising- submitting an offer is included in your general CLF membership!
  • The reward or discount you offer is completely up to you and can be customized to fit your business’s goals and cost structure. You may also change your reward at any time to fit your marketing needs.
  • The Cambridge Local First Community Card can be used with every visit to each business throughout the CLF network, inspiring customer loyalty and repeat business.
  • Our vast network allows local businesses to cross-market for each other, creating a powerful web of opportunities for the small business owner.

Submit an offer today

You must be a CLF Member in good standing to submit an offer.

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