Chamber News

May 29, 2020
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Well that was a long short week!

Could a fix finally be on the way from some of the Paycheck Protection Program’s most arduous restrictions?   The House voted 417-1 yesterday to pass legislation that would make urgently needed changes to the program which...

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May 28, 2020
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Needham welcomes new assistant town manager

The Town of Needham has hired Katie King as the new Assistant Town Manager/Director of Operations, bringing with her more than a decade of public sector and nonprofit experience focused on local government, management, public policy and advocacy. King comes...

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May 28, 2020
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This 'old' problem hasn't gone away

Remember way back in the old days (i.e. March) when traffic and transportation were considered one of, if not the, biggest threats to our region’s prosperity, productivity and environment? With some of the worst traffic in the nation, there was a growing consensus, even...

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May 27, 2020
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Something else to worry about

As if our economy wasn’t in enough turmoil already, here’s something else we should all be worried about. Sometime in June the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on efforts to end DACA, the immigration program that offers work permits and deportation relief to...

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May 26, 2020
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Shop as if jobs depend on it (they do)

It’s the start of the workweek and a significant one for retailers and office-based employers who, under Phase One of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, are among the sectors now allowed to inch back to work. Every work sector has significant...

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May 22, 2020
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We're verklempt

This isn’t surprising. But I'll say it anyway. We work in a very special community.   Yesterday, instead of my usual morning email, we reported that - due to a loss of event revenue and a dip in member dues - the chamber was facing the grim prospect ending the...

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May 21, 2020
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This morning we're asking for your help

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, your chamber has been working hard to provide the resources and information our local businesses and nonprofits need to navigate this unprecedented shut-down. And now - as we begin to reopen our economy - our vigilance will be even more critical. But...

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May 20, 2020
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A fix for the PPP?

Congress could vote next week on a bill that would bring more flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program, CNN reports this morning. The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act proposed by two legislators (one Democrat and one Republican) in the House is separate from the massive HEROES...

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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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