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What Makes Local and Independent So Important?

This month we are focused on the high-stakes issue of employment in our community. National studies have shown that the people who live in cities with a higher density of locally-owned businesses also enjoy higher income growth per capita.* That's not surprising when you take into account the fact that the dollar you spend locally puts about 3 times as much money back into the community as a dollar spent at a chain or franchise (and online shopping sends almost all of your money away!). But locally-owned businesses often play a more direct role in creating better paying,  more sustainable jobs in our city. Local, independent ownership means that businesses can respond with more flexibility -- and more loyalty-- to the needs of our existing employees and to the potential of applicants trying to make it into the job market.

What kind of businesses are local and independent? Last fall Cambridge Community Television met with just a few of the local, independent businesses that thrive in Cambridge. These videos tell their stories.

*"Does Local Firm Ownership Matter?" David A. Fleming and Stephan J. Goetz, Economic Development Quarterly,  Sage Journals (April 28, 2011).

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Upcoming Events

Central Flea

Date: June 25, 2017

Time: 11.00-17.00

Location: 95 Prospect Street, Central Square

On June 25th, we welcome a new arts, flea and farmers market to Central Square. A pilot project of the Central Square Business Association and New England Open Markets, the event will feature “live” art, local vendors and some more. Stop by our Cambridge Local First table to learn more about our city’s talented artists and innovators.

Festival of Us, You, We & Them

Start date: June 23, 2017

End date: June 25, 2017

Location: 536 Mass Ave, Cambridge

For the third year, The Dance Complex is throwing open its historic doors and taking to the street for a weekend-long celebration of the arts and movement. Friday night features a tribute to our community with afternoon-to-evening dancing.

4th Annual Salsa Squared in Harvard Square

Date: July 21, 2017

Time: TBD

Location: Harvard Square

Cambridge Local First will be participating in Harvard Square’s celebration of salsa tasting and Latin beats. Come hungry and bring your dancing shoes!