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Needham / Newton
January 21, 2021
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Can Facebook help save restaurants?

Bars on the South Shore say they’re getting a major boost from a Facebook group focused on pizza pubs, the Brockton Enterprise reports. After a bumpy start, it feels like 2021 began for real yesterday. Here's the latest. Can Facebook help save our restaurants?   Bars on the South Shore say they’re getting...

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Needham / Newton
January 20, 2021
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Here's to new beginnings

We face overwhelming challenges. And the nation reached a devastating milestone yesterday. But I’m feeling optimistic today. Hope you are too. This morning, the Globe’s Larry Edelman offers this pragmatic and sobering look at the economy president almost-elect Joe Biden is inheriting, while...

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Needham / Newton
January 19, 2021
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Here's what we know

It’s opening day for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. While select lenders and applicants could submit applications last week, the portal officially opens this morning.   Today should also be “be patient with your local banker day,” because today will certainly be hectic and stressful as they -- and you...

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Needham / Newton
January 15, 2021
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Here's some things to feel good about

Gov. Charlie Baker’s signing of the $626 million economic stimulus bill last night is a big deal. The legislation includes millions for small businesses, establishes a dedicated restaurant relief fund, caps those third-party meal delivery fees, funds transit-oriented housing, ...

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Needham / Newton
January 14, 2021
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IRS fails to cover coverups

The CDC and virtually every infectious disease and public health expert on the planet will tell you about the well-documented medical benefits of wearing a face mask. Now someone needs to clue in the IRS.   That’s because -- for some reason -- the IRS does not consider paper and...

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Needham / Newton
January 13, 2021
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Standing up for west of Boston pike users

Those of us who live and work in the western burbs won't be subject to higher Mass Pike tolls to pay for that massive I-90 project in Allston if a provision in the $16.5 billion Transportation Bond Bill is approved by the governor. Senate President Karen Spilka inserted...

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Needham / Newton
January 12, 2021
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Glimmers of hope?

"It Could Be a Great Year, if Your Business Survives Winter.” That's the headline for a New York Times article featuring business owners from across the nation sharing optimism for a recovery.... if only they can survive the next few lean months.   “Restaurants see ‘glimmer of hope’ in state’s...

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Needham / Newton
January 08, 2021
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What we're learning about PPP 2.0

Slowly but surely, we’re getting more information about the much-anticipated second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. No surprise here: With COVID cases at an all-time high, Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the 25 percent capacity cap for nearly all businesses through at least Jan....

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Needham / Newton
January 07, 2021
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Catching up on several developments

Beacon Hill lawmakers approved an economic development bill early Wednesday. I shared some details yesterday. The Globe’s Jon Chesto provides this summary. Here’s a roundup from CommonWealth. Anyone out there in the mood to read their local chamber’s email newsletter one day after an attempted coup on our...

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Needham / Newton
January 06, 2021
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Beacon Hill stops kicking the can

  At 4:15 a.m. last night, Beacon Hill lawmakers finally stopped kicking the can down the road. The House and the Senate passed a number of bills in the final, extended, hours of its two-year session, including an economic stimulus bill and transportation ...

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