Chamber News

August 19, 2019
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Uber, Lyft use up nearly 25 per cent

Newton residents took 1,292,503 Lyft or Uber rides in 2018, a 23 percent jump from 2017. That means a Lyft or Uber ride originated in Newton on average 3,541 times a day last year, according to figures from the state Department of Public Utilities,...

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August 19, 2019
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Dream Big! benefits from annual tournament

A foursome from Cambridge Savings Bank completed the tournament in first place at the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s 28th annual Children’s Charitable Golf Tournament, Aug. 5, at Woodland Golf Club. Placing second was a foursome from The Village Bank. A foursome hosted by Commodore Builders placed ...

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August 17, 2019
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Young Professionals Group takes the ‘work’ out of networking

The chamber’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) events are not your standard business networking mixers. At networking “happy hours” typically held the second Wednesday of every month, attendees (generally between the ages of 21 and 40) gather to build professional relationships and to take advantage...

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August 16, 2019
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Economy losing billions to opioid crisis

  The opioid crisis and its destabilizing impact on all aspects of the state’s workers and economy was the focus of a chamber program at William James College. “This is a health care crisis that no one talks about,” said William James President...

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August 16, 2019
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UMass Amherst to open Innovation Institute in N-Squared

As part of its effort to spark innovation and entrepreneurship in the metro Boston area, UMass Amherst is expanding its renown UMass Amherst Innovation Institute (UMII) to the Mt. Ida campus in Newton. The university has hired Kathryn Ellis, the former Economic Development Director for the City...

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August 16, 2019
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Olin college president to step down next year

Olin College President Rick Miller, who has led the school since its start, will be stepping down from the position at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. The Needham-based school...

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August 08, 2019
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Meals tax will not be part of the tax-free weekend

The meals tax will not be included as part of Massachusetts’ upcoming tax-free weekend after all. The change was made at the request of Gov. Charlie Baker and restaurant owners who were concerned about their ability to implement a two-day tax holiday, ...

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August 01, 2019
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Staples to bring coworking, marketing services to N-Squared District

The Staples store on Highland Ave. in Needham is about to undergo a major renovation; adding coworking, a classroom, new print and marketing services and even a podcast studio to the gateway of the N2 Innovation District. Staples Studio, the company’s co-working concept currently...

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July 30, 2019
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Golf tourney to help empower girls and young female athletes

The chamber has chosen Dream Big! to be the nonprofit beneficiary of its 28th Annual Children’s Charitable Golf Tournament happening at Woodland Golf Club on Mon. Aug. 5. Each year, the chamber’s golf committee selects a different local nonprofit located in Newton or Needham whose mission includes working with children...

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Newton
July 26, 2019
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Meals tax added to state's tax-free holiday

For the first time, state and local meals taxes will be included as part of Massachusetts annual sales tax free holiday on weekend of Aug. 17 and 18, 2019. Meals, and non-alcoholic beverages served with meals, will be exempt from the sales tax on Aug. 17 and...

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