Once Somerville joins list of shuttered venues, victim of pandemic with Central’s Studio@550

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By Meg McCarney, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (Cambridge Day) Once Somerville has closed its doors permanently, the victim of Covid-19’s disastrous financial impact on independent venues, founder JJ Gonson said Wednesday. Once’s rock stage is leased by Cuisine en Locale, Gonson’s catering company focused on nutritious, locally sourced meals. With Cuisine en Locale also going out . . . read more

How Retailers Can Thrive in a Shopping Season Like No Other

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17 NOV 2020 | by Danielle Kost (Harvard Business School) Is it the end of Black Friday as we know it? Harvard Business School faculty members share what retailers can expect from a holiday shopping season without precedent.0 American retailers are heading into a holiday shopping season unlike any other as the spiraling COVID-pandemic and . . . read more

Cambridge City Council calls for restrictions on indoor dining, other activities

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By Charlie Wolfson, Globe Correspondent. Updated November 24, 2020, 12:02 a.m. (Boston Globe) The Cambridge City Council is pushing for new restrictions on indoor dining and other “non-essential indoor activities,” voting 7-1 Monday night on a measure urging the city manager to work with other municipalities to come up with more aggressive measures intended to . . . read more

Business community alarm over Covid order helps hone a substitute highlighting high risk

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By Marc Levy. Sunday, November 22, 2020 (Cambridge Day) An order that alarmed small businesses last week returns Monday to the City Council with some promised language meant to be less alarming. It’s unlikely to prevent a torrent of public comment, some spurred by the city’s business groups. The end-of-meeting proposal by Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and . . . read more

Cambridge Should Encourage Women and Minority-Led Bids for Government Contracts, City Committee Says

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Cambridge City Hall sits on Massachusetts Avenue. By Steve S. Li. By Carrie Hsu and Christine Mui, Contributing Writers. November 20, 2020 (The Crimson) Cambridge’s Economic Development and University Relations Committee passed a motion Thursday calling on the city to explore implementing a program that would encourage selecting bids from women- and minority-owned businesses for government contracts. Women and minorities . . . read more

Why the Left Should Ally With Small Business

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It will strengthen labor and help fight the increasing concentration of corporate power By Stacy Mitchell and Susan R. Holmberg. NOVEMBER 18, 2020. (The Nation) On September 5, 1955, the indomitable Walter Reuther, a towering figure in the labor movement and the head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), began his Labor Day message to Americans by . . . read more

Here’s a running list of Black-owned businesses to support in Greater Boston

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By Kristi Palma, Boston.com Staff. Updated on October 16, 2020 Mass. residents are supporting racial justice in Massachusetts by protesting the killing of George Floyd at rallies and vigils across the city and state and by patronizing Black-owned businesses and restaurants. RELATED LINKS How to support racial justice in Massachusetts Boston-area bookstores are sharing anti-racist reading lists. Here’s what’s on them. . . . read more

Time is right to permit residential kitchens

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By Lina Cho. Friday, August 14, 2020, Cambridge Day. For Andree Entezari, the recent slump to hit local businesses is more reason than ever to permit residential kitchens in Cambridge. Entezari, a city planning student at Boston University, has recently become the center of an advocacy campaign pushing for Cambridge and Boston to allow the permits. . . . read more

Keep Local Businesses Thriving with Employee Ownership

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Keep local businesses thriving with employee ownership Local businesses are the backbone of our communities. They are facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. Regrettably, many of these locally-anchored businesses are at risk of closing because of a global crisis that froze demand, stalled cash flow and requires constant shifting and planning for an . . . read more