A Letter from Co-Founder, Laury Hammel

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Dear Cambridge Local First Friends, It has been an honor and a pleasure to have played a leadership role in the development of Cambridge Local First. I am confident I am leaving Cambridge Local First in good hands and that CLF is poised for a fantastic future. This feels really good! I have been a . . . read more

Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accident’s Training

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What can keep your employees healthier, happier, on-the-job, and possibly help with your Workers Compensation premium? The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accident’s / Office of Safety promotes workplace safety and supports employers with Workers Compensation insurances, providing assistance for the prevention of occupational injury, illness and death in the workplace. One of their main efforts . . . read more

Effective Communication: Negotiate, address conflict, and work together.

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Effective communication is critical for any business. In this seminar, Caleb will introduce a simple tool to help you and your team understand one another better and work more effectively together. Participants from any role within an organization will benefit from attending. Join us on September  23rd from 9-11AM at Cambridge Trust Company, 1336 Massachusetts . . . read more

Hanging with local pups at our Yappy Hour Event

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On June 30th we hosted about 40 dog parents and their furry friends for our first ever BYOP:Bring your Own Pup event in Kendall Square. We even have some Instagram Celebrities @Knox_and_Bear in attendance. CLF member, Cambridge Spirits, hosted us for an evening of good company and dog kisses. While the people sipped some great local . . . read more

Business Alert: Beware & Prepare for E-Mail Scams

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It’s a business’ worst nightmare. An e-mail scam directed at one of or several unknowing finance employees wreaks havoc on a company’s bottom-line leading to thousands or potentially millions of dollars in losses.  Unfortunately, scams like and similar to this happen far too often all over the world and Cambridge is no exception. Earlier this . . . read more

Cambridge Local First says Goodbye to Co-Founder, Laury Hammel

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It is with some sadness and a great deal of gratitude that we mark the departure of Laury Hammel from CLF. For the ten years that CLF has existed, Laury has been its heart and soul. His energetic, visionary cheerleading, his persistent, intelligent outreach to business owners locally and nationally has kept us on track, . . . read more

Driving your Business’ Value: A seminar by Cambridge Local First

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How much is your business worth? Whether you are planning to sell your business, grant stock options/restricted stock to employees, or transfer shares to family members for estate planning purposes, it’s important to know what drives the value of your business. We will explore valuation of privately held businesses through the lens of potential investors, . . . read more

Ode to Dad

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Sometimes they’re grumpy, sometimes they’re busy, sometimes they go get the mail in a pair of embarrassingly tight bleach-white briefs and there’s nothing you can do about it. Dads are by nature, mysterious. But, it is our duty, and privilege to bear witness to their bold dismissal of social norms like public nudity. It also, . . . read more

Looking Good, Looking Local: Recapping CLF’s Look of Local Fashion Show

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The Look of Local Fashion Show celebrated local retailers and makers in Cambridge. Businesses and makers worked individually and as teams to show off their summer collections on the runway. Vendors set up pop-up tables to give guests a chance to buy some of the amazing items on display while community volunteer models prowled the . . . read more

Local Banking 101

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Want to start managing your money at a local bank? Here are some of the most common types of accounts and how they work! Checking Accounts: A checking account is used to deposit your money including paychecks, cash or refund checks and to pay for short-term expenses. You can withdraw money from your checking account . . . read more