Chamber News

Needham / Newton
November 24, 2020
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Tell 'em the guv sent you

Gov. Charlie Baker has a message for shoppers heading into a holiday season that's unlike anything we've ever experienced: “If you’re going to shop -- and you think you need to shop online -- you can certainly shop online [but] do that with local organizations and local retailers,” ...

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Needham / Newton
November 20, 2020
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Are we wasting our time sanitizing surfaces?

Can we start by acknowledging that it’s not nearly as onerous wearing a face mask while walking on a chilly November morning as it was on a steamy day in August? And then let’s ask: Why are we still spending so much time and money scrubbing and sanitizing...

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Needham / Newton
November 19, 2020
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Senate program would help our local restaurants & address food insecurity

Here’s something that would help a lot of people in our communities get through these next few terrifying months. It's a program designed to address food insecurity while simultaneously helping struggling restaurants in Newton, Brookline and Wellesley.   The $175,000 initiative was proposed by state Sen. Majority Leader Cindy Creem and added to...

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November 18, 2020
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Dreaming of a Green Wednesday

In a era when there’s a Hallmark Holiday for everything, today is, apparently, “Green Wednesday,” the start of the gift-buying season for cannabis enthusiasts. This week your chamber is launching a new platform designed to help our local businesses, while also helping us all get a jump start on our holiday...

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Needham / Newton
November 17, 2020
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Your vaccine awaits and so do MBTA cuts

This fall and winter will challenge us in ways we’ve never experienced. More loss of lives. More loss of businesses. More loss of jobs. And yet there’s optimism today too, following vaccine trial news from Moderna and similar news last week from...

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Needham / Newton
November 13, 2020
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Please make time to watch this

  Wow!   Thanks very much to our remarkable panel (above) and everyone who joined us yesterday to celebrate the release of our 50 Most Influential Business People of Color list. If you didn’t have a chance...

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Needham / Newton
November 12, 2020
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Fuller alarmed by proposed MBTA cuts

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and the City Council are appropriately sounding the alarm about those proposed MBTA service cuts as well as the curtailment of capital projects. If you find yourself in panic this morning racing to complete your application for the state’s $508 million small business grants,...

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Needham / Newton
November 11, 2020
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The changing face(s) of the suburbs

There was a lot of talk during this past election about the suburbs and the big role they played in Joe Biden’s election. The 'burbs -- experts reminded us over and over -- have become increasingly racially and ethnically...

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Needham / Newton
November 10, 2020
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This is a BIG week for your chamber

Look, folks. Here's the deal: This is a big week for your chamber.   This afternoon at 1 p.m., join me for a conversation with Congressman-elect Jake Auchincloss. I’ll get his reaction to the national election, but also ask about his transition from Newton City Council (and the contest to...

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