Chamber News

August 13, 2020
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What the PPP has meant for our cities and towns

If I’m fortunate enough to have a grandchild one day and he or she asks me what I did during the great COVID-19 Pandemic, I’ll have to say that I spent a maddening amount of time writing about, venting about (and even being interviewed about) ...

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August 12, 2020
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New COVID coding system shows favorable local infection rates

Here’s something Newton business owners and employees should be following. Earlier this summer, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced the creation of the 11 person Newton Police Reform Task Force. (Globe story here.)   “The task force knows that input from residents, business people and others across our...

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Needham
August 11, 2020
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Needham announces Dine Around Needham, a progressive dinner party

Needham’s Select Board today announced Dine Around Needham, a Progressive Dinner Party to support Needham’s restaurant community and give residents the chance to discover new dishes or indulge in some of their favorites from many local establishments. Dine Around Needham will be held Wed. Aug. 19 from 6-9...

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August 11, 2020
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Your morning updates return

We're back. It would be nice to be able to say I’m returning from a week off full of optimism that the economy is turning a corner as the pandemic wanes and schools reopen, just as we all hoped it would by now.   Instead, well, you know. ...

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July 31, 2020
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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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