Free Recycling for Local Businesses

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The City of Cambridge has launched a Small Business Recycling Pilot program for businesses with up to 50 employees. Pilot businesses will receive free collection of up to three 65-gallon carts of recyclables twice per week, starting this Fall/Winter. Special consideration will be given to businesses that are: 51% women or minority-owned 51% Cambridge resident-owned Not . . . read more

Infusing “Green” Thinking Company-Wide

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As a small, consulting firm that helps its clients improve energy and environmental planning, Synapse is used to thinking green. But translating that professional focus into daily workplace habits is another story altogether. Like many businesses in Central Square, Synapse leases its office space. This means we don’t always have control over factors that affect . . . read more

Basil Bins and a Commitment to Sustainable Catering

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In response to CLF’s “Love your Planet Month”, Basil Tree wanted to share some of our green initiatives. It has been our mission from the beginning, 30 years ago, to become a company committed to maintaining earth friendly practices. We compost 90%+ of all of our onsite food waste and work with Save That Stuff . . . read more

The Planet Loves Independent Business, Too

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Throughout April, we at Cambridge Local First focus on the small, the large and the unexpected strategies our business members are using to make their corner of the world a little more eco-friendly. Fortunately for all of us that support local business, the very fact that a business is independent means that it is much . . . read more

Government Affairs Committee February 2017 Update

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While the drama continues at the national level, we are focusing on some significant accomplishments here in Cambridge and keeping an eye on upcoming legislation in the state.  Here is your Cambridge Local First Government Affairs update for February, including: Central Square Re-zoned Trash Pick-up, Lab Spaces and More Business/Business District Grants Available Cheaper Filing . . . read more

Government Affairs Committee January 2017 Update

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As we start 2017, the Government Affairs Committee is keeping abreast of proposals before the City of Cambridge which may impact locally-owned independent businesses.  Here are a few highlights and items of note from happenings in the City: Central Square Restoration Petition This zoning petition, also referred to as the Sater Petition, seeks to implement changes . . . read more

Look of Local 2016 Wrap Up

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Over 100 guests joined us for our second Annual Look of Local Fashion Show on September 27th at the Garment District in Cambridge. Almost 20 businesses participated in our show, featuring everything from a fairy themed gown to a beautiful lingerie set. Guests enjoyed delicious food and drink from Ole Mexican Restaurant in Inman Square . . . read more

What does it mean to be Local?

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While this may seem an easy question to answer, when we are trying to determine who can and who cannot be a member of our Local First network, it is not simple at all. Is a retail business with several outlets outside of our city still local?  How many stores can it have before it . . . read more