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Sign Up For the 2021 Cambridge Business Diversity Directory

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This year, CLF is partnering with Economic Development Division staff in the Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD) to produce the upcoming edition of the City’s Cambridge Business Diversity Directory.

We’re reaching out on behalf of the City to encourage eligible businesses and entities to sign up here to be listed in the 2021 Cambridge Business Diversity Directory.

Entry in the directory is free and determined by the eligibility criteria outlined at the end of this message. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to sign up to list your business or entity using the City’s online form here.

The Cambridge Business Diversity Directory lists businesses and entities owned by women or minorities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ owners, veterans, persons with disabilities, and business owners of Portuguese descent. It’s intended to celebrate and highlight the diverse, independent and locally owned small businesses, entities, and sole proprietors whose place of business is in Cambridge.

Starting in May 2021, the Cambridge Business Diversity Directory now includes non-profit entities offering goods and services for a fee to the public. The following criteria has been used to determine inclusion of these entities:

Either

  1. A founder with 51% or more controlling interest is a woman, minority, LGBTQ+, veteran, person with disabilities, and/or person of Portuguese descent and still an active member of the board or has the role of executive director;

OR

  1. 51% of the board consists of women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of Portuguese descent;

AND

  1. They have a stated mission that directly supports women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of Portuguese descent;
  2. The entity is registered to the Cambridge residential address of the founder identified in item number 1 above or the entity has a physical office with a Cambridge address;
  3. The entity is active and in full operation offering goods and services for a fee to the public.

This year, the City also intends to develop a searchable online database which should allow web users to search the Directory even easier. 

We also encourage you to share this opportunity with any other potentially eligible businesses, and please feel free to reach out to Christina DiLisio, cdilisio@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4601, with any questions.

Thank you,

Cambridge Local First, in partnership with the Community Development Department of the City of Cambridge

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

In addition to self-identifying as a member of one of the six Commonwealth of Massachusetts categories of women-owned and minority-owned business, Cambridge businesses and entities interested in being listed in the Cambridge Business Diversity Directory will be asked to demonstrate the following: 

  • The business is an active for-profit entity in full operation offering goods and services to the public.
  • The business is either:
    • A physical brick-and-mortar space with a Cambridge commercial street address. or
    • A sole proprietor, or home-based business, with a Cambridge residential street address.

The Cambridge Business Diversity Directory now includes non-profit entities offering goods and services to the public. The following criteria has been used to determine inclusion of these entities:  

Either

  1. A founder with 51% or more controlling interest is a woman, minority, LGBTQ+, veteran, person with disabilities, and/or person of Portuguese descent and still an active member of  the board or has the role of executive director;

OR  

  1. 51% of the board consists of women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of Portuguese descent;

AND

  1. They have a stated mission that directly supports women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of Portuguese descent
  2. The entity is registered to the Cambridge residential address of the founder identified in item 1. above or the entity has a physical office with a Cambridge address
  3. The entity is active and in full operation offering goods and services for a fee to the public.

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