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May 19, 2020
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Welcome to Phase One

We’ve officially entered Phase One of Gov. Charlie Baker’s four-phase plan for re-opening the Massachusetts economy. And I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.   How do you feel about the recommendations and how does it apply to your business or nonprofit and your ability to survive or succeed? Will you...

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May 18, 2020
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The big reveal. (Plus: 17 ways to say 'forgiveness')

Ready for the big reveal? Today’s the day Gov. Charlie Baker and his Reopening Advisory Board will outline plans for reopening the state’s economy.   Yesterday at about 2 p.m., our friend Charlie Breitrose at the indy Watertown News website may have been the first to break the news...

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May 15, 2020
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Fuller asks AG to help restaurants (and other updates)

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller wants Attorney General Maura Healey to help control those pricey third-party delivery fees that are cutting restaurant profits to the bone. “Newton, like other communities, are in danger of losing the diverse range of local restaurants to the COVID-19 crisis,” Fuller wrote in a...

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May 14, 2020
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Bill Fine to retire as president and general manager of WCVB-TV

Bill Fine, only the fourth president and general manager in the history of WCVB-TV Channel 5 -- Boston's ABC affiliate, Hearst Television's flagship and the country’s most honored commercial TV station -- will retire from Hearst Television later this year. Fine concludes a career in...

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May 14, 2020
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What's not happening Monday (and other updates)

Governor Charlie Baker’s shutdown order is set to expire in four days. But it’s pretty clear that nothing is going to look or feel very different on Monday. Or Tuesday either.   Instead, the governor once again said May 18 will be the day he unveils the recommendations from his...

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May 13, 2020
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We're getting a new neighbor

We’re starting this morning with some good non-pandemic news.   Actually, two really pieces of good non-pandemic news for our region.   First, comes word from Globe columnist Jon Chesto that...

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May 12, 2020
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We learn a little more every day

As each day passes, we’re getting more insight into the state’s plans for reopening the economy. Yesterday, the Baker Administration announced a four-stage framework and new mandatory workplace safety standards. We still don’t know which industries will be allowed to open when but should know more in between...

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May 11, 2020
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All eyes on the SBA (again)

This is a big week for every business and nonprofit that has secured a Paycheck Protection Program loan but is nervous, or confused, about how to spend it properly. And based on the conversations I’m having, that’s pretty much everyone.   The SBA says the long-awaited PPP guidelines -- which...

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May 08, 2020
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Here’s something many employers have been waiting for

When it comes to economic and cultural vitality, restaurants punch way above their weight.   They define and energize our village centers. They influence decisions about where we locate our businesses or live. Restaurants don’t just feed us. ...

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May 07, 2020
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Confidence down but a glimmer

Fifty-eight days into the shut-down, confidence among Massachusetts employers continues to erode, according to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index. The index is now just slightly over the all-time low set during the great recession of 2009. On the other hand, Gov. Charlie...

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