Introducing CLF Localist Memberships

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By Christina Ru, July 30, 2020. Small businesses are struggling all over the country. As all business plummeted in March, small business owners began to fret. They knew that they were in a harder position than national companies or chains. For starters, small businesses tend to operate with much less cushion in their accounts. They . . . read more

Local Chambers of Commerce Are Failing. Small Businesses Nationwide Could Suffer

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As lawmakers negotiate the details of a Phase 4 Covid-19 relief bill, local chambers of commerce are pleading for financial assistance. Here’s why. BY CAMERON ALBERT-DEITCH, REPORTER, INC. View the full article at Inc. At the local visitor’s center, you’ll learn a few things about Latrobe, Pennsylvania: The city of 8,000, just east of Pittsburgh, is the original home . . . read more

In an already vulnerable business sector, Black restaurant owners battle to stay open

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By Anqi Zhang, originally published in Sampan on July 24, 2020. At this very moment when the Black Lives Matter movement nationwide encountered the long-lasting Covid-19 pandemic, the situations of small local businesses, especially Black-owned businesses, have been brought to the forefront of public awareness. The restaurant industry in Mass. is approaching $5 billion in . . . read more

Surviving coronavirus as a small business: Michael Kanter of Cambridge Naturals

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By Lina Cho (CLF), originally published in Cambridge Day on July 22 Michael Kanter, co-founded the Cambridge Naturals health and wellness store in 1974. (Photo: Cambridge Naturals) Michael Kanter, of the store Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square, is sick of hearing the terms “new normal” and “pivot.” Kanter founded the natural wellness and health store as Cambridge . . . read more

Surviving coronavirus as a small business: Antonina Colbert of Antonina Bodywork

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By Lina Cho (CLF), originally published in Cambridge Day on July 8, 2020 and updated on July 14. For Cambridge independent business owner Antonina Colbert, the coronavirus epidemic meant three months with no income. Colbert is the sole proprietor of Antonina Bodywork, an injury and sports massage therapy service. A licensed practitioner and a professional member . . . read more

A resource guide for Mass. businesses during coronavirus outbreak

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By Hilary Burns  – Associate Editor, Boston Business Journal Mar 19, 2020, 5:39am EDT Updated Jul 7, 2020, 4:11pm EDT. Read the full article here. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world swiftly and drastically. Businesses across the commonwealth are doing their best to keep employees and customers safe, but that comes at a price. Companies across industries are bracing . . . read more

PPP Loans: What You Need to Know About the Latest Changes

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By Ruth Simon and Peter RudegeairUpdated July 6, 2020 1012 am ET Small-business owners who haven’t yet applied for forgivable loans designed to ease the economic pain of the Covid-19 pandemic now have another chance. Congress passed legislation extending the deadline for submitting applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, and President Trump signed the . . . read more

Green Cambridge, Cambridge Local First Announce Winners of Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge: Youth Art Depicts Fisher, Blue Jay, and Ducks

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CAMBRIDGE, MA (July 1,  2020) Green Cambridge and Cambridge Local First (CLF) have announced the winners of the Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge. Raúl The Third, a 2020 Pura Belpré Award recipient for ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to Market, judged the entries in Kindergarten through Grade 3. The judge for entries in Grade 5 and above . . . read more