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Nationwide telecommunications startup launches free talking, texting, and office number forwarding for all SMBs and nonprofits affected by COVID-19

Cambridge, MA—March 24, 2020—Community Phone, a startup that seeks to address the need for truly customer-centric telecommunications, announced today that it is donating free office number forwarding, talking, and texting to all small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.   Businesses that are shut down will still receive calls to their office that they cannot answer …

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Cambridge businesses, tourism reveal stress from patrons fleeing possible virus exposure

By Sue Reinert on Thursday, March 12, 2020, on Cambridge Day The Starbucks in Harvard Square was so empty at 10:30 a.m. Thursday that baristas and other employees almost outnumbered customers. “Usually in the winter it’s more packed at this time,” said Phyllis Aleman, who works at a nearby spa, as she left the coffee shop. …

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How To Promote Local Business From Your Couch

POSTED BY: EMILY CURTIS MARCH 18, 2020 on Scout Cambridge With the current pandemic, many are left worried about what their future holds. More specifically, local businesses are taking a big hit from social distancing—a policy of avoiding gatherings as a way of containing the spread of the virus. To promote social distancing, Gov. Charlie Baker has …

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What the Federal Government Needs to Do to Enable Small Businesses to Survive the Coronavirus Crisis

From the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s website, here. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance — together with more than a dozen national and local small business organizations, which are listed below — have put forward the following proposal. Both the crisis and the federal policy response are evolving rapidly, and we expect to refine this plan …

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Beverley Coniglio heads the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative

By James Doyle, Computer Engineering and Art History student at Northeastern University Beverley Coniglio was always, as she self-described, an “art-y” kid. Throughout her childhood, Beverley had always been a fan of antiquing and thrifting. In high school, she began to dive further into the treasure hunt, digging through stores for pieces worth salvaging, eventually starting …

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Dan Yonah Ben-Dror Marshall launches Cambridge Community Center for the Arts

By James Doyle, Computer Engineering and Art History student at Northeastern University Dan Yonah Ben-Dror Marshall got his start in life in Israel. Born to two parents who worked in publishing, education, and civil rights advocacy and research, Dan and his siblings were raised with the discussion of social justice and politics practiced as a virtue. …

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Save Our Economy Now!

A Call to Action for Local Business Save Our Economy Now! Keep American Business Alive! Fellow business owners, community partners, and allies! Call to action:  Join our petition to urge the federal government take action now to save our economy, by signing up here! Cambridge Local First, along with the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts, …

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California Today

Published on March 18, by Jill Cowan, from the New York Times Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.) As millions of Californians adjust to a surreal, new, locked-down existence — an existence in which Gov. Gavin Newsom said public schools are likely to be closed for the rest of the year — …

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Coronavirus: Resources and Virtual Business Services

Given the increased recommendations on social distancing, we are compiling a list of COVID-related resources and virtual business services. This list will be updated as new information arises. Send ideas to Theo at theodora@cambridgelocalfirst.org. The following is a list of local Cambridge businesses that are open and operating within the guidelines set forth by federal, …

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