Chamber News

September 30, 2020
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Welcome to Phase Three, Step Two*

Gov. Charlie Baker continues to loosen restrictions on economic activities. Yesterday he announced that communities with low transmission rates can proceed with step two of his Phase Three reopening plan. The changes, effective Monday (Oct. 5), include: Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with...

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September 29, 2020
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We appear to have a forgiveness problem

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. But it’s unlikely that any businesses or nonprofits were inscribed in the SBA’s Book of Forgiveness. In fact, according to Politico, as of Thursday “not one” of 5.3 million recipients of the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program has obtained forgiveness on their loans, ...

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September 25, 2020
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School data shows low infection rates

A new study has found minimal evidence that COVID-19 is transferring inside K-12 school buildings. Brown University researchers collaborated with school administrators and have created a new National COVID-19 School Response Data Dashboard. Here’s another part of the COVID story the doesn’t get enough attention: How much harder...

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September 24, 2020
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Everyone's talking about it. No one does anything. (No, not the weather)

No matter where you stand on filling our nation’s Supreme Court vacancy, we should all agree that the nomination battle is bad for our businesses, nonprofits, local governments and economy. That’s because it’s now more certain than ever that Congress won’t be moving on a...

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September 18, 2020
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How to help our businesses right now

Amidst so much uncertainly, here’s two things that feel certain right now. First, we’re going to be living with this pandemic for quite some time.   Second, we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for Washington to agree to a stimulus package (including a second Paycheck Protection Program)...

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September 17, 2020
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Here's another kick in the teeth.

Under the reopening guidelines, movie theaters are allowed to reopen but aren’t allowed to serve food. That has left many independent theater operators, frustrated. “That’s the part that’s really a kick in the teeth, you can sit in a small restaurant six-feet apart for two hours, take...

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September 16, 2020
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Newton-Needham road project inches forward

MassDOT has selected P. Gioioso & Sons to serve as the contractor for the long-awaited Needham Street/Highland Ave redesign. The state is investing about $30 million to address the most glaring challenges along this two-mile stretch; starting at the junction of Winchester Street and Route 9 in ...

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September 15, 2020
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Campaigns focus on shopping, dining, locally

Our restaurants and retailers are entering a critical 100-day period that will determine who survives and who doesn’t. That’s why a coalition of business owners and residents are joining with the chamber’s Needham Business Alliance committee and the Town of Needham to launch a new marketing campaign that...

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September 14, 2020
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'Gravely concerned' about BC

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller didn’t mince words over the weekend regarding the COVID outbreak at the city's largest employer. “I am gravely concerned about the transmission of COVID-19 at Boston College,” Fuller wrote in an email to residents Saturday. (Globe story.) I don't typically send one of these...

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September 14, 2020
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Chamber, town launch the ‘Needham 100 Day Challenge’

Campaign aims to promote the virtues and value of shopping and dining locally. Shopping and dining locally aren’t just important for our local economy, it’s a safe and enjoyable experience as well. That’s the basic philosophy behind the “Needham 100 Day Challenge,” a new marketing ...

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