Recent news from CLF including an updates on government affairs and other member news and events.

In this Newsletter

The Planet Loves Independent Business, Too

April is our Love Your Planet Month, so we asked our members to report back with successful initiatives, helpful perspectives, and even unanswered questions they have regarding sustainability and business.  Since our members range from landscapers and jewelry artists who work directly with plants to engineers and financial firms who never see the light of day (hopefully that's an exaggeration), we noticed that an important theme when "going green" is to remain conscious, curious and opportunistic (and giving clients the chance to do the same).  Read more about three of our spotlight members below.

If you fit into the category of caring about the planet, but tend to think "I'm just not doing enough", consider giving yourself some credit for the ways you focus on local. In her article, CLF member and financial advisor, Amy Witherbee, writes about how independent businesses are often greener by default and how "it comes down to margins and mojo." Read more > >

From Catering and Art to Research and Consulting, Our Members Go Green

When Basil Tree launched their business thirty years ago, they made a commitment to the planet to leave as small a footprint as possible. Decades later, they continue to put the earth first with composting, recycling and reusing.  Most ingenious are their "basil bins". which get clients to consider sustainability during their event planning as well.  Read more > >
How does a research and consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency go the extra mile to be sustainable?  Well, in the case of Synapse, they work to "remain opportunistic" when they can't control every detail.  For example, as a tenant they look for what they can control.  Synapse knows that the environment is part of their service mission to clients and close to the hearts of their employees, so they go out of their way "to translate that professional focus into daily workplace habits." Diligent topics they consider, include: access to public transit, natural light, bike racks, compost, kitchen, light bulbs, recycling bins, and paper use.   Read more > >
When you ask Ionabe, owner of Ik Biojewelry, about the beautiful line that she imports from Brazil, her story is imbued with excitement about the community she supports through her purchases and the practices of those artists that are in rhythm with the resources they depend on.  Artists who harvest golden grass, do so only three months out of the year and teach each other to plant seeds as they harvest to keep the growing cycle steady.  Watch a video about the artists. > >

Check Out These Seminars from the City

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:
  • Pricing Strategies
    Wed, Mar 29  | 6P - 8P |  City Hall Annex, 4th Fl, 344 Broadway
  • Hootsuite for Your Mobile Phone
    Thur, Mar 30  | 6P - 9P |  CCTV Computer lab, 438 Mass Ave
  • Rock the Cash Box
    Wed, Apr 5  | 8A - 10A |  City Hall Annex, 2nd Floor
  • Social Media Analytics 101
    Wed, Apr 12  | 6P - 9P |  CCTV Computer Lab, 438 Mass Ave
  • Financing Strategies Panel and Networking Event
    Thur, Apr 13  | 9A - 11A |  City Hall Annex, 2nd Floor
  • Building an Online Brand that Conencts to Your Clients
    Thur, Apr 20 | 8:30A - 11A |  City Hall Annex, 2nd Floor
  • Speed Mentoring Clinic
    Thur, Apr 27  | 8A - 10A |  City Hall Annex, 2nd Floor
For more details on any of these seminars or for a full list click here. 

Upcoming Events

Are you a business owner or a manager?  Do you ever wish you had a law degree simply so you could keep up with best practices for employee relations?  Join us on April 6th from 9-10:30AM at Cambridge Trust Company for "Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make and How to Avoid Them", with Amy Carlin.  Registration is Free and refreshments will be provided by Cambridge Trust Company.  Click to learn more and register!
We're excited to introduce our new monthly event Local Buzz: Coffee & Conversation on April 18th from 8-9:30AM!  CLF Members are invited to stop by and have coffee and pastries and talk with fellow members about CLF, their business needs or anything else on their minds.  374 Massachusetts Ave.  (Enter Cambridge Savings Bank through the  Russell Tavern patio and take the elevator up.) Can't make this one? Join us at our next one on May 16th!
"Come Out of the Margins," Town Hall Meeting at City Hall. Thursday, April 13th, 6-8pm. Meet locally to share your thoughts about national politics. Refreshments provided.

News & Updates

Heidi Pribell Interior Design has a new home on Tory Row.  Now located at the headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society, in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, Heidi will be hosting a series of intimate discussions with art, design and cultural luminaries this spring.  The image to the left showcases a caryatid mantelpiece that Heidi was recently honored to place in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  Read more. > >

IRB Real Estate is the new name for Hammond Real Estate, led by Tod Beaty. They specialize in full-service property management and commercial real estate in Cambridge and Somerville.  For over twenty years, their commercial division has been serving landlords, tenants, sellers and buyers.  
Read More > >

Staying on the cutting edge of dance, Teddy Dance Shoes just attended The Atlantic Dance Show, which features the newest products and trends in the industry. Be the first to experience the latest in dance shoes and apparel.  Stop into Teddy Shoes to see all of their new arrivals or browse our online store! Read more. > >

In March, Eastern Bank launched a new brand campaign - Join Us for Good. Eastern Bank is rallying enthusiasm with fun social media selfie contests and raffles, while encouraging folks to bank with them as a way of stabilizing and giving back to the community (more on this from CLF in May, our Bank Local Month).Their Prizes and Campaign > >

Meet our New Member

Welcome to our new member!  Founder Tracy Marquis has focused both her education and career on Historic Preservation, the interest that initially brought her to architecture, and sustainability, a movement that is driving change within the industry. Marquis Architecture is a Cambridge based studio, with a focus on client service and "smart" design solutions. 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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