Chamber News

June 30, 2020
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Newton campus to play a role in UMass Amherst’s fall reopening

University of Massachusetts Amherst students will be be taking most of their courses remotely this fall but will have the option to live on its campuses in Amherst and Newton under exacting public health restrictions. Students may elect to live on the Mount Ida Campus in Newton, regardless...

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June 30, 2020
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Theater to racists: We don’t want your money

Businesses and nonprofits on the Phase 3 reopening list (and everyone else in the Bay State) have to be encouraged by our continued improved health trends. But we're all watching with dread what’s happening in other parts of the country. NYC just...

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June 29, 2020
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The frozen margarita difference

Back in March, when Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled an economic development bill, unemployment was 2.9 percent and business was booming. Today, unemployment is 16.4 percent and we’re learning everyday about businesses closing and declaring bankruptcy.   On Friday, Baker unveiled a revised version of his bill...

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June 26, 2020
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Chamber golf tournament to benefit Boys & Girls Club

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has chosen the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton to be the nonprofit beneficiary of its 29th Annual Children’s Charitable Golf Tournament happening at Woodland Golf Club on Mon. Aug. 3. Each year, the chamber’s...

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June 26, 2020
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When companies have too much space

As companies rethink their office needs – and more employees look to keep working from home – some employers want to shrink their footprint and rent some of their space. As a result, the sublease market in Boston has hit a 10-year high, Bisnow reports.   There’s now 700,000 square...

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June 25, 2020
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Nine ways we could make a difference (actually 10)

I’d like to begin this morning by expressing my gratitude to Quincy Miller, Colette Phillips and Darryl Settles for yesterday’s engaging conversation exploring how companies, nonprofits and individuals can support racial equality and create an inclusive economy in...

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June 24, 2020
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A critical moment for today's critical conversation

We’ve reached a critical moment in our history.   Whether you are a CEO, managing partner, chief human resources officer, small business owner or mid-level manager, we have a responsibility and an opportunity to change the way...

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June 23, 2020
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It's your friendly morning update

The clock is ticking on the Paycheck Protection Program. Maybe.   The federal loan program still has billions left in unallocated funds but is set to expire one week from today (June 30) and some banks have already closed their loan portals.   Last week in the Senate, Democrats Chris Coons of...

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June 22, 2020
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BBJ to Newton & Watertown: Hurry up.

We’ve arrived at the start of the second half of Phase 2 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan. Starting today, here's what's eligible to reopen: Indoor table service at restaurants (with six feet between tables and...

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June 19, 2020
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Lots of news today

Gov. Charlie Baker told us on Monday that he will “probably have an announcement” about the start of Phase 2, Part 2, of his reopening plan by “the end of the week.” It's the end of the week.   And the governor’s next press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m....

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