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

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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 . . . read more

Beverley Coniglio heads the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative

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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 . . . read more

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

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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. . . . read more

Save Our Economy Now!

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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, . . . read more

California Today

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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 — . . . read more

Coronavirus: Resources and Virtual Business Services

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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, . . . read more

Join us for tomorrow’s Wednesday Walk, 3-5 PM!

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Please join us tomorrow for our first Wednesday Walk, in East Cambridge! You can register here, and our plan is to start at the East Cambridge Savings Bank (292 Cambridge Street) at 3 PM. Our tentative schedule, from 3-5 PM, is as follows:  East Cambridge Savings Bank, 292 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141 Two Little Owls Schoolhouse, . . . read more

Cambridge Local First & Scout Cambridge are hitting the streets: Join us in making our way through the city we love

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March 15 Update: This campaign is being transitioned to a virtual effort only, given coronavirus updates. This will include (1) highlighting the virtual activities of our business members and (2) encouraging consumers to buy gift cards now that they can use at a later time, to highlight how gift cards are a great way to . . . read more

To invest in economy, empower immigrants, alleviate inequality in wealth? Shop local first

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By Theodora M. Skeadas and Skye R. ReganSunday, February 16, 2020Posted in the Cambridge Day Cambridge is enormously vibrant, with a diverse population. The city has a median household income higher than the state’s ($75,909 vs. $67,846, according to the city’s most recent Community Needs Assessment) – but the dubious distinction of having a 14 percent . . . read more

Tutoring Plus Tropical Party 2020

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Join Tutoring Plus at Tropical Party 2020, a fundraiser for our free tutoring and mentoring programs! We are honoring former Vice Mayor Jan Devereux with the Children’s Champion Award. For more information about sponsorships and tickets, please visit our event website. We are also looking for donations of gift cards in the $25-50 range for our auction table. . . . read more