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

In this Newsletter

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 info@cambridgelocalfirst.org
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. 

Purchase your ad before May 15th and you can save big off with our early bird rates!
No artwork? No problem! Email us about low-cost design assistance at info@cambridgelocalfirst.org. 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

There is Another Ban In Cambridge You Should Know About

With the “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance now in effect, Cambridge businesses and non-profits need to start planning ahead for the polystyrene ban ordinance passed by City Council last fall. The new law will ban the use of expanded polystyrene (trademarked as Styrofoam®) and many of the plastic utensils, straws, coffee lids and food containers made with rigid polystyrene. Cambridge is by no means the first town in the country to ban Styrofoam containers. We’ve all know for years that the polystyrene is expensive to recycle and terrible for the environment. But most of us were not aware that the same polymer we use to make foam also forms the base of many of the disposable plastics we use for carry out food and drink. The Cambridge ordinance goes beyond Styrofoam® 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:
  • Coffee and Connections
    Wed, Apr 27  | 6P - 8P | Cambridge Public Library
  • Kauffmann FastTrac - Listening to Your Business
    Thurs, Apr 28  | 8:30A - 12:30P  | City Hall Annex
  • Choosing Your Legal Entity
    Mon, May 9  | 6P - 7:30P | City Hall Annex
  • Startups for Small Business 
    Wed, May 11  | 5:30P - 7:30P |  CIC Cambridge
  • Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth
    Tues, May 24  | 8:30A - 12:30P |  City Hall Annex
For more details on any of these seminars or for a full list click here. 

Maximize your Restaurant Purchasing Recap

This week CLF member, Gary Boudreau from Bluefin Consultants spoke to food businesses about understanding food costs and maximizing profits. For those that missed this educational seminar, you can read Gary’s blog for food safety management tips. Contact Gary at gary@bluefinconsultants.com for any food business consulting questions. Read More > >

Upcoming Events

The City of Cambridge will be hosting a meet and greet for startups and small businesses on May 11, 2016, from 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M at CIC Cambridge.

Small business owners will have the opportunity to discover and test apps and services that will help their businesses grow. Local startups working to improve operations, marketing, customer service, and event planning for small businesses will be able to gather feedback on their product and talk to customers. Read More > >
Joint Ventures Fitness will be hosting an Open House Celebration to commemorate their newest location here in Kendall Square. Th event is at Joint Ventures Physical Therapy & Fitness at 356 Third Street on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.Hors d’oeuvres & Wine Will Be Served. If you would like to attend, Kindly Reply By May 5th to shannon.reilly@jointventurespt.com Read More > >
 
Join Women in Cambridge in May for another great WIC meeting at Naco Taco. The featured speaker is Miranda Hynes. She is currently building a tiny house as part of a community art project that she will live in and later incorporate into a larger community arts vision. She is also a sales rep for a Tiny House company and host a number or arts-focused events around the city. Lots to talk about! 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

Synapse Energy Economics is a research and consulting firm specializing in energy, economic, and environmental topics. Since its inception in 1996, Synapse has grown to become a leader in providing rigorous analysis of the electric power sector for public interest and governmental clients. Read More > >
State Park opened at the end of 2013, the sister bar of the now closed Hungry Mother. With a fun dive bar feel and delicious food, State Park is a great choice for foodies missing the dearly departed Cambridge great. They have pinball machines, dioramas,a jukebox and a constantly changing menu. Located in the heart of Kendall Square, they don't do reservations so just come on in! Read More > >
Bon Me is run by Boston-bred duo Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong. The business was born in 2010 when the two decided to enter the City of Boston’s Food Truck Contest on a whim and surprised themselves by winning. With their win came the opening of the first Bon Me truck in 2011.Four years and lots of sandwiches, rice bowls, and noodle salads later, Bon Me has expanded to five bright food trucks and restaurants. Read More > >
The Food Business Association provides networking and educational support for local food industry professionals and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts. We have around 500 Members in the Boston metro area, who range from those just starting out in the food industry, to those running large restaurants. Most of our Members are small food businesses operating food trucks, stalls at farmers’ markets, catering companies, cafes, small restaurants or residential kitchens. Read More > >

Member News

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 > >
Harvard Square Business Association just announced the Empathy Project, a collaboration between Spare Change News, Homeless Empowerment Project, and fellow Harvard Square Business Association member, the Community Charter School of Cambridge. On May 7th, the National Day of Service, high school students are invited to participate in a day-long event to sell copies of Spare Change News... Read More > >
CLF Member, Ambit Press has written an article on different locally printed options for bags that meet the new requirements under the Plastic Bag Ban (officially called the "Bring you own bag ordinance") that took effect at the end of last month. They also include some ideas of how to use the switch to resuable bags to improve your marketing. Read More > >
The Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (FoCRLS) MayFair Raffle has become an annual tradition, and thanks to the enthusiastic support of Cambridge businesses – many of them members of CLF – who have provided a wide array of gift cards and certificates, last year the raffle raised over $8,000! If your business would like to donate a gift certificate or gift card as a prize for the FoCRLS raffle, please contact us at info@focrls.org or 857-235-9290... 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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