Chamber News

Needham / Newton
February 26, 2021
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Uncle Charlie: 'Go out and play'

NPR's Ari Shapiro aired an interesting story last night about a debate inside the Biden White House where they're asking; should our COVID messaging focus on hope or caution? This week in the Bay State, our governor focused on hope.   “The good news is that it’s okay to go...

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Needham / Newton
February 25, 2021
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Consider the price of doing nothing

Once this pandemic is over, we’re going to regret not having done more to address a transportation crisis that’s harming to our planet, our economy, our heath, our ability to attract talent and regularly made us late for dinner. If you’re 65 years or older, or have certain...

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Newton
February 24, 2021
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Here's hoping this helps

President Joe Biden ordered some important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program this week that aim to make the federal relief program more accessible to the smallest of our small business, sole entrepreneurs and independent contractors. While these seem like genuinely useful adjustments, it remains...

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Newton
February 23, 2021
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This could be a life saver for our smallest businesses

If you own a small business, are a sole proprietor, independent contractor or are self-employed and didn’t think you’d qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program, it’s time to take second look. Yesterday President Joe Biden acknowledged that the federal program had failed to serve many of...

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Needham
February 19, 2021
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We should know better than any state

“We should know better than any state, with our incredible health care system, how to do this and how to do it well.” That was Congresswoman Katherine Clark speaking yesterday at our annual Women in Government event (watch her here). Clark was talking -- of course -- about the ongoing frustration over...

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Newton
February 18, 2021
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Time to treat these businesses like others

Since May of 2019, Newton’s only cannabis retail shop has been operating on Washington Street in Newtonville, without “any issues,” according to acting Police Chief Howard Mintz. Hopefully you didn’t just pull an all-nighter waiting for today's 65-plus vaccine registration to open. Registration actually begins this...

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Needham / Newton
February 17, 2021
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Big news from us today

We have some exciting news this morning. The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has been selected to administer a state program that aims to provide financial support for struggling restaurants and healthy meals to those facing food insecurity in Newton, Wellesley and Brookline. The $175,000 initiative will deliver...

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Newton
February 17, 2021
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New program to address food insecurity, while helping local restaurants

A new program that aims to provide financial support for struggling restaurants and healthy meals to those facing food insecurity, will launch next month in Newton, Wellesley and Brookline. The initiative will deliver more than 10,000 restaurant meals to food pantries, senior programs and other persons in...

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Needham / Newton
February 16, 2021
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One more thing managers must manage

We’ve been telling ourselves that everything will be better soon. And for many of us, it seems, like it will. Of course, that’s not true for those no longer with us and for the family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and customers we've lost. Coping with loss and...

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Needham / Newton
February 12, 2021
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Change could transform Wellesley's dining scene

A proposal on the just-finalized Wellesley Annual Town Meeting warrant could entice small boutique restaurants to open in town and, in turn, help fill an alarming number of empty storefronts. Can a state-mandated shutdown absolve a business from paying rent? In a ruling that might have broad implications for...

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