Recent news from CLF including  info about renewals, ad sales, and the upcoming Styrofoam ban.

In this Newsletter

The City wants your feedback on the upcoming Polysterene Ban!

The Cambridge Department of Public Works (DPW) is implementing the Polystyrene Ordinance passed by City Council in October 2015. The Ordinance will prohibit the use of Styrofoam and rigid polystyrene food and beverage containers. DPW is seeking food and beverage retail establishments to complete a survey so DPW may understand how to effectively help businesses comply with the ordinance. Please fill out this brief survey after reviewing the products (food containers, cups, cup lids, utensils, and other plastic items) your establishment serves.

The ordinance goes into effect October 20, 2016. See attached for ordinance language. Thanks for completing the survey!

It is Membership Renewal Season!

It is that time of year again! We would like to thank our over 350 renewing members for another great year at Cambridge Local First and invite you to continue your membership into 2017.

In order to renew your membership into 2016, including having your business listed in our next directory, you must renew by June 30th. You can pay by mail to our address listed at the bottom of this newsletter or online. You can even sign-up for automatic renewals to save you time and money. Don't forget to include your ad!

If you have any questions or concerns about your listing or your membership, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at
Click Here to Renew Online

Expand your Reach with a Directory Ad

Increase your marketing reach by taking out a directory ad! With 25,000 copies distributed around Cambridge each year, our annual directory is our largest and longest running project. Cantabrigians can pick them up in our member businesses, at local libraries, in City buildings, or in the new student packets of MIT and Harvard - among many other locations. 

No artwork? No problem! Email us about low-cost design assistance at Purchase your ad along with your renewal with the link above. To purchase you ad alone, click the button below.
Click Here to Purchase your Ad Online

News from the Local Economy Movement

Cambridge Local First is one of the leading Local First networks in the US and CLF has been an innovator is several programs including our directory and the Local Economy Week.   We are also happy that the work we do is also being done in local communities all over the US.    This Saturday is a an opportunity to meet, get to know, and collaborate with a dynamic Local First leader--Kimber Lanning.  Kimber will be giving a keynote address and leading a workshop on how to grow the MA Local First movement!  Read More > >

Government Affairs 

Our friends at the Cambridge Community Development put on a variety of great seminars for local business owners. All seminars hosted by the city are free to Cambridge residents and business owners. Here are some of their upcoming seminars:
  • Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth
    Tues, May 24  | 8:30A - 12:30P | City Hall Annex
  • Want to Start or Grow Your Own Business?
    Wed, June 8  | 10A - 12P  | City Hall Annex
For more details on any of these seminars or for a full list click here. 

Upcoming Events

As an annual tasting fundraiser presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest features small batch brews, local brews made just for our event, and cask-conditioned* beer, all from a variety of both established and up + coming New England breweries! ​Read More > >
The Taste of Cambridge celebrates its 14th year in the beautiful green sculpture gardens of University Park & Landsdowne Quad and Sidney Street featuring 100 of “Boston’s Best” Restaurants in Cambridge!​ Buy a ticket to this benefit and provide support to local Cambridge non-profits doing direct service work in Cambridge in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment.  ​ Read More > >
The 2016 Cambridge Arts River Festival will be sited on the East Cambridge waterfront along Cambridge Parkway between Edwin H. Land Boulevard and the Lechmere Canal. Festivities kick-off with People's Sculpture Racing at 11 AM.​ Six dynamic festival stages will showcase local music, theater and dance for audiences of all ages. ​Read More > >
Now in its 27th year, SBN’s Sustainability Leadership Summit (May 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) attracts a diverse group of small and local business leaders who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The Summit focuses on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our local economy.  RSVP > >

Meet our New Members

Zinneken’s bake the best waffles outside Belgium! Their signature waffle, the Belgian Sugar waffle (aka Liège waffle) is not the waffle sold in most restaurants in America today. Theirs is made from a dense dough encrusted with imported pearl sugar from Belgium. When baked in the waffle irons, the dough cooks and the pearls caramelize. This results in a rich, sweet, indulgent waffle. Read More > >
Established in 1979, the Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC) is a private, not-for-profit mediation and training center dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict. CDSC promotes better ways to understand and deal with conflict through skilled teams of pro bono mediators, training programs in mediation and conflict management, and broad community outreach. Read More > >
On The Rise is a day program for homeless women. We create a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness.  We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities. On The Rise was founded on the ideal that dependable relationships catalyze healing and transformation.  Read More > >
Master The Time Concierge is the perfect solution for your overwhelming list of errands and projects.  As a personal concierge company we are offering a variety of high quality services to help busy professionals, seniors and families keep their lives in order.We focus on building a trusting relationship with our clients. Let us give you the opportunity to spend your time as you wish, while we simplify, organize, plan and supervise the projects you find stressful or overwhelming.  Read More > >

Member News

As the weather warm’s iced coffee season is kicking off, and 1369 Coffeehouse is starting up its growler and keg delivery program for the third summer running. They deliver growlers and kegs of iced coffee by bike to businesses and residents around the city on a subscription basis.  Its a great way to ensure that you wake up with amazing coffee in your fridge.  To order or learn more, check out their website:​
CLF member New Leaf Legal has a cozy and friendly shared office space in Central Square, steps from the T. Currently, they have several desks available in an open front space -- sunny and spacious. Set up/arrangement flexible. Included: desk and chair, free conference room (booked online), kitchenette, complimentary coffee/tea/water, & more Email for more info > >
CLF Member DoneGood has been selected as a finalist in the MIT $100K competition! That means they're in the top 8 out of over 200 MIT teams.  It’s quite an honor given the caliber of the competition. They receive $10,000 for making it to the finals.  They'llll compete for $100K at the finale event at Kresge Auditorium on May 11. Read More > > 
Now through June 5, Scout Cambridge is asking you to shout out the best of the best in Cambridge. The barber who makes sure you never have a bad hair day, the gym that keeps you fit, your go-to restaurant in each neighborhood—Scout knows you know the coolest people and top places in the city. This is your chance to give them the credit they deserve. Read More > >
Four Burgers (704 Mass. Ave.), a burger joint with an eight-year residence in the square, just got itself a Freight Farm—a refurbished refrigerated shipping container outfitted with computers, pumps, lights and all the components of a hydroponic system. Come on by andry some of their already delicious burgers, now complete with locally grown produce. Read More > >
CLF Member, Nift, was featured by the Boston Globe last week. With many small businesses struggling to stay afloat against e-commerce and big-box stores, Nift has created a network for small businesses to send each other new customers.Based on two familiar principles of marketing -- giveaways and customer referrals -- Nift uses an algorithm to send regular customers of one small business to another by offering them free gifts.Read More > >

Connect with Cambridge Local First

There are many ways for you to get more involved with Cambridge Local First, including joining our new Community Membership Program, attending a committee or Board of Directors meeting, or just spending some time to meet with us and chat about your ideas for growing the Cambridge economy. 

Do you have news or an event you want to share to CLF members and the Cambridge Community? Let us know and we'll spread the word! We'd love to hear from you! 
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