Our economy and especially locally- and independently-owned businesses are on the line, and the decisions we make now could make or break our economy. It is time to stand up for an economy that works for all.

This is a dire moment for our small businesses, which constitute the bedrock of our economy. Many are closing, and some estimates suggest that 40% of our local businesses will fail to reopen following this crisis, and an additional 25% within the year. And, given that local businesses constitute 99.9% of  all U.S. businesses and employ 50% of all working Americans, their vitality will be critical to a robust post-COVID recovery.

We are working hard to provide meaningful small business assistance, education to the public, and advocacy. We are a grassroots and community organization. We are determined to support Cambridge’s local businesses, but we can’t do it alone. We need help to support our staff and operations, so that we can be the best advocate possible for our local businesses to survive this crisis.

Please help support CLF’s small business assistance, education, and advocacy efforts, which you can view in full here, and to stand up and advocate for just and beneficial policies through our federal Save our Economy Now! campaign and the involvement in State and Local Recommendations for Reopening the Economy initiative.

We understand that many people are in a difficult financial position right now, but your contribution will help CLF to advocate for a sustainable economy, including relief measures to help our members, and through our federal advocacy efforts in partnership with many others, the millions of other businesses and their employees survive this pandemic  

Thank you so much for your generous donations! 

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Cambridge Local First is a nonprofit network of 400 local and independent businesses here in Cambridge, working in partnership with independent business associations nationally. Our mission is to support, promote, and celebrate a local economy community by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy.