Chamber News

Needham / Newton
January 05, 2021
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Merger means we're losing two high profile local employers

The just-finalized official merger of two the state's largest names in health insurance -- Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care -- will result in the loss of two long time local headquarters. Good morning and happy new year! It's good to be back. This week is almost all...

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January 04, 2021
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Jay Kim to lead Foundation for MetroWest

Jay Kim has been selected to lead the Foundation for MetroWest as the organization’s new executive director. Kim previously oversaw day-to-day operations as the foundation’s chief operating officer and replaces Judy Salerno, who served as executive director for 15 years. Salerno has retired from this leadership role,...

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January 04, 2021
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Why Wellesley businesses and nonprofits should join our chamber

This interview with Chamber President Greg Reibman about the Wellesley Chamber joining forces with the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber originally appeared in the Wellesley Townsman and Wicked Local Wellesley. Twenty years ago, smaller...

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Needham / Newton
December 24, 2020
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One last time in 2020

We're closing the (virtual) chamber office for a week so this will be my final email for 2020. Thanks to everyone who found time to read these updates regularly, or even occasionally. Your feedback, ideas, news tips and encouragement have kept me going over many late nights and...

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Needham / Newton
December 23, 2020
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The science behind Baker’s decision

There continues to be a clamoring for Baker to close indoor dining (including from the Globe and a number of legislators). But, to the relief of our local restaurants, that’s not what he did yesterday. And it appears the governor has science on his side. It used to...

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Needham / Newton
December 22, 2020
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Another round of PPP headed our way

With no time to spare, Congress sent a $900 billion dollar stimulus package to the White House last night. The bill includes $325 billion for a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program and other provisions that could determine whether, or not, a lot of our businesses...

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Needham / Newton
December 21, 2020
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We're expanding into Wellesley!

This morning our board chair Linda Sloane Kay announced plans to expand our chamber's outreach and engagement into Wellesley. This decision follows several months of engaging in some great conversations with members of the Wellesley Chamber’s board, during which we mutually agreed that the businesses and nonprofits in...

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Needham / Newton
December 18, 2020
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Our work together is just beginning

Believe it or not, this is my 153rd morning update since March. And in some ways, it feels like our journey is just beginning.   We still need to get through a very challenging winter. Then we’ll need to work together in 2021 rebuilding our economy.   Since March, we’ve hosted 106 webinars, covering...

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Needham / Newton
December 17, 2020
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Read now. Shovel later.

Will they? Or won't they? Last night Politico reported that Congress appears to finally be closing in on another round of coronavirus relief while the Hill said negotiations over a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill are running into eleventh-hour snags, threatening to push into a...

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Needham / Newton
December 16, 2020
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There's light at the end of the tunnel but we're still in the tunnel

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but remember, we are still in the tunnel.” That’s how Melissa Jocelyn, nursing director at Mass. General, summed our world up yesterday. And if you ask me, she was spot on.   “On behalf of all of our nurses and healthcare...

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