Chamber News

April 20, 2020
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Here’s a way municipalities can help restaurants

If your family is like mine, ordering take out from a favorite local restaurant can be the highlight of any shelter-in-place day. Allowing restaurants to offer takeout and delivery is even more important for our busy “essential” workers who may not have the time, or energy, to shop ...

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April 17, 2020
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Why was a Globe truck at the ER room?

A Boston Globe delivery truck drove down Chestnut Street and turned into the emergency room entrance last week at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham. It wasn’t there to deliver newspapers. It was carrying 300 meals to feed hospital workers. The drop-off is part of a pilot...

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April 16, 2020
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What the rest of us need to do

As the number of COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts passed 1,000 yesterday, there are very few of us who haven’t been touched personally by the loss of someone we know. Meanwhile our health care workers, first responders, grocery clerks, drivers, government workers and many others, wake up every...

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April 15, 2020
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Today's update: PPP running on E? And we've made new friends!

As of Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration had approved more than 27,000 loans -- for a combined $7.07 billion -- in Massachusetts, through its Paycheck Protection Program, the Boston Business Journal reports. That’s a relief for the Bay State businesses and nonprofits that have qualified for these...

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April 14, 2020
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What a few of our small business owners are saying

I heard from many business owners yesterday in response to my thoughts about the challenges facing our local merchants. The short version: Folks are frustrated and fearful.   “My store is not just a store,” one merchant wrote. “It’s a shop where my customers come in...

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April 13, 2020
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It’s heartbreaking what’s happening to our small businesses

I grew up in a retail family. Pictured here is my dad's children's clothing store in Torrington, Connecticut. Around the corner from his store, my grandmother, aunt and uncle ran a curtain shop. An hour drive away, in Middletown, another uncle owned a woman’s clothing store. ...

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April 10, 2020
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Don't lynch the landlords (and other updates)

Some property owners have been called to task lately for being inflexible with retail, restaurant and office tenants looking for rent relief. Certainly, some owners can afford to write-off a few months’ rent to keep a business or nonprofit tenant afloat. And there are good reasons why owners ...

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April 09, 2020
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SBA money coming 'this week'?

"Most Massachusetts businesses" that have applied for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program loans should start seeing money “this week,” Robert Nelson, the head of the agency’s Massachusetts office told the Boston Business Journal in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday. ...

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April 08, 2020
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We're here for you

The rising death toll and infection rates -- locally, nationally and globally -- is heartbreaking and frightening. The courage and dedication of our health care workers, first responders, grocery and pharmacy clerks, kitchen crews, delivery drivers, government employees and everyone else working on our collective behalf is...

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April 07, 2020
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The ABCs of the PPP

For anyone who manages employees without the benefit of a full H.R. team – or is in the process of filing for one of those Paycheck Protection Program loans we have a few updates. First, if you missed today’s chamber webinar featuring Saleha Walsh with Insource Services ...

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