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July 31, 2020 Likes Comments
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Gone fishing. Be back Aug. 10.

No one had a clue what was going to happen when our communities shut-down in March. Including, of course, your friends at your chamber.   A big part of the chamber's focus "before" were our events: Spring Seasonings. The Spring and Fall Business Breakfasts. Coffee Connects. Business After ...

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July 30, 2020
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Here's today's update

If your business or nonprofit has yet to apply for one of the Paycheck Protection Program loans, you have just over a week to do so. Pending yet another extension, the application deadline is Aug. 8. And if you’ve received the first PPP loan and are crossing your...

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July 29, 2020
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Community Colleges see enrollment spike

With so much uncertainty surrounding reopening colleges this fall, the state’s community colleges are seeing an enrollment spike, according to the MetroWest Daily News. Their two-year programs can be appealing as students look to stay closer to home to continue their education or seek new job skills in a changing jobs ...

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July 28, 2020
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Help us identify our region's most influential business people of color

Can you help us identify the most influential business people of color working in the western suburbs? This fall, in partnership with Colette Phillips Communications and Get Konnected! we will publish a list of the Newton-Needham Metro West 50 Most Influential Business People of Color.   Our...

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July 27, 2020
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A super important vote on Beacon Hill today

A simple reform that could help address state’s housing crisis will finally get another shot before the House today. Housing Choice would empower communities to approve mixed use development projects with a simple majority rather than the onerous two-thirds requirement that exists now.   This means...

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July 25, 2020
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Needham cuts liquor license fees in half to support local restaurants

Continuing its efforts to support Needham’s local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, Needham’s Select Board voted July 21 evening to cut in half the annual liquor license fees for restaurants, hotels and clubs in Needham in 2021. “As the pandemic continues and our restaurants and small businesses work...

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July 24, 2020
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Must we step back to move forward?

Watertown’s State Senator William Brownsberger wonders if we have our priorities wrong. He’s been looking at infection rates -- and our plans to reopen schools and colleges -- and thinks "we may need to hit the brakes on our phased reopening of the economy in...

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July 23, 2020
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Partnership to document and encourage a diverse workforce in western suburbs

Today we’re announcing that the chamber has formed a strategic partnership with Colette Phillips, and her companies Colette Phillips Communications and Get Konnected!, to celebrate, document and encourage a diverse workforce in our western suburban communities. Phillips is widely recognized as one Greater Boston’s most...

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July 22, 2020
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Chamber announces partnership with Colette Phillips’ Get Konnected!

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is forming a strategic partnership with Colette Phillips Communications and Get Konnected! to celebrate, document and encourage a diverse workforce in Greater Boston’s western suburbs. The collaboration’s first joint project will be to publish a list of 50 Influential Business...

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July 22, 2020
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What was worrying these owners yesterday

Every Tuesday afternoon I have the privilege of sitting in on a Zoom meeting with some of our best local restaurateurs. They’ve been meeting weekly since shortly after the shutdown, commiserating and sharing tips and tricks for navigating the biggest economic challenge any of these savvy business leaders...

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