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!
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.
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.
- BENEFITS FOR ATTRACTING AND RETAINING KEY EMPLOYEES AND STAFF
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
- Q & A SESSION WITH PANELISTS – BRING YOUR HR QUESTIONS!
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/
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.
Growing, established not-for-profit seeks proactive self-starter to fill the position of Administrative/Marketing Coordinator.
Reports to: Executive Director
Scope of Responsibilities:
The Administrative/Marketing Coordinator will provide direct support to the Executive Director. This position performs complex administrative duties, and assists in a variety of annual campaigns and projects. In this capacity he/she will interact with a diverse group of individuals both external and internal at all levels of the organization and responds to inquiries while modeling customer service and CLF’s mission and values. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload.
- Using discretion, screen emails and telephone calls. Responds to time sensitive inquiries. Refer issues or questions to the appropriate person.
- Anticipate, coordinate and schedule meetings and conferences. Prepare appropriate reports consistent with CLF policy.
- Take and transcribe meeting minutes or correspondence as requested.
- Support recruitment and growth of CLF Member base
- Database Maintenance
- Manage Membership Renewals
- Assist in annual directory delivery
- Support the management of all CLF campaigns, programs, and other member outreach.
- Support the CLF Executive Director in any way necessary to ensure that CLF accomplishes its major objectives and moves toward the realization of its mission.
- Draft copy and design for announcements, newsletters, and other print and electronic communications for both internal and external audiences.
- Assist with the management of CLF’s social media activities, including coordination and development of content for the CLF blog and other social networking platforms.
- Assist with the development and execution of promotional activities for CLF campaigns and program offerings.
- Assist with managing the maintenance and development of content on the CLF website. Solicit and coordinate the publication of content from various sources.
- Assist other operating areas of the CLF Office with communications and marketing projects as needed.
- Bachelors Degree
- Minimum of two years relevant work experience
- Excellent document management skills.
- Marketing knowledge and experience preferred.
- Skills with Adobe Photoshop and/or any other creative graphic programs required.
- Marketing Tools/Programs used: Website Design (WordPress), Google, HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, Instagram, Constant Contact, etc.
- Experience with, and proven ability to handle event planning/meeting logistics, including catering, reservations and special requests.
- Ability to create high quality correspondence and reports.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Proven ability to organize data and manage multiple projects.
- Ability to work as a team player, with limited supervision and in a proactive manner.
- Candidate must have their own personal laptop and phone
- The ability and willingness to identify with, share in, and have a commitment to the philosophy, mission, values and vision of Cambridge Local First.
At different times during the year certain programs will require more attention. Any changes in the focus and time spent on the above responsibilities will be determined through regular conversations with the Executive Director.
To Apply: Please send Resume and Cover Letter to email@example.com
Deadline: January 31st, 2104
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Our Friends at Trifecta Editions have created a beautiful, limited-edition, silk-screened poster for CLF Members ONLY!
We will be hand delivering these over the next month to all CLF members who would like one! Don’t be shy, let us know!
p.s. did we mention they will be metallic!