RSVP for our upcoming Business Improvement Seminar


With the recent changes in Massachusetts law, it can be hard to navigate how best to care for your employees within your current business model. This seminar, presented by Cambridge Trust Company, will discuss the recent changes in Massachusetts law regarding paid leave and the minimum wage how to accommodate them.

Amy Carlin, a partner with Morgan, Brown & Joy will be there to share her expertise with us. Amy’s practice includes representing clients in the wide range of cases that arise in the employment context, such as discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and other state and federal statutory actions, and common law employment torts.

Tickets are $35 for the public and $20 for members of Cambridge Local First.

Where and When: Wednesday, January 28th 2015 from 9-11am at Cambridge Trust Company in Harvard Square, 1336 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139


The CLF Community Member Program Presents An Evening of Giving


Join us next Thursday, December 18th from 7-9PM atSalt & Olive in Harvard Square for An Evening of Giving, presented by our Community Member Program. Shift your holiday shopping to a great local and independently-owned business and help raise money for TargetCancer. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and enter to win a gourmet gift basket! This event is free and open to the public.

Cambridge Local First Seeks Full Time Membership Coordinator!

Growing, established not-for-profit seeks proactive self-starter to fill the position of Membership Coordinator.

Reports to: Executive Director

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Membership Coordinator will manage the membership base of Cambridge Local First. This position includes a variety of complex administrative and communications duties and assists in a variety of annual campaigns and projects. In this capacity he/she will interact with a diverse group of individuals both external and internal at all levels of the organization and responds to inquiries while modeling customer service and CLF’s mission and values. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload.

Basic Duties

  • Grow the business level membership program, both by selling memberships and increasing membership value
  • Grow the Community Card program by selling memberships, increasing business partners, increasing value and assisting the executive director in bulk membership sales
  • Using discretion, screen emails and telephone calls from members. Respond to time sensitive inquiries. Handle issues quickly and appropriately.
  • Perform member outreach to ensure member satisfaction with Cambridge Local First
  • Manage Membership Renewals
  • Maintain the Business and Community member databases
  • Sell ads in the annual Cambridge Local First directory
  • Assist in Directory delivery
  • Draft copy for announcements, newsletters, and other print and electronic communications with members
  • Assist with the development and execution of promotional activities for CLF campaigns and program offerings.
  • Assist with the planning of CLF member events where such planning intersects with member outreach.
  • Solicit and coordinate the publication of content from various sources.
  • Assist other operating areas of the CLF projects as needed to ensure that CLF accomplishes its major objectives and moves toward the realization of its mission

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree (Or Equivalent Experience)
  • Minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Excellent document management skills.
  • Customer Service experience required
  • Tools/Programs used: Website Design (WordPress), Google, HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, Instagram, Constant Contact, Quickbooks etc.
  • Ability to create high quality correspondence and reports.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to organize data and manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work as a team player, with limited supervision and in a proactive manner.
  • Candidate must have his/her own personal laptop and phone
  • The ability and willingness to identify with, share in, and have a commitment to the philosophy, mission, values and vision of Cambridge Local First.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications

  • Marketing knowledge and experience
  • Skills with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and/or any other creative graphic programs
  • Sales experience
  • Experience in the non-profit field

At different times during the year certain programs will require more attention.  Any changes in the focus and time spent on the above responsibilities will be determined through regular conversations with the Executive Director.

To apply

Please send resume and cover letter to

City Officials Celebrate Local Economy Week with Cambridge Local First

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On Friday, November 7th, Cambridge Local First and Cambridge city officials marked the end of Local Economy Week in front of City Hall. In 2010, the City of Cambridge declared Cambridge to be a “Local Economy Community” and established an annual “Local Economy Week” to celebrate the hundreds of diverse locally owned and independent businesses in Cambridge.

City officials in attendance included Mayor David Maher, City Councilors Dennis Carlone, Leland Cheung, Timothy Toomey, and Nadeem Mazen, as well as Chris Basler from the Community Development Department. Cambridge Local First was represented by Frank Kramer, Co-Chair and former owner of Harvard Bookstore, Gerry Wolf, former owner of 1369 Coffee House, Michael Kanter, owner of Cambridge Naturals, Jessica Mangenello, co-founder of New Leaf Legal, and Executive Director Carrissa Blackburn.

Front row (Left to Right): Gerry Wolf, Dennis Carlone, David Maher, Leland Cheung, Michael Kanter, Timothy Toomey, Nadeem Mazen
Back row (Left to Right): Frank Kramer, Carrissa Blackburn, Jessica Manganello, Chris Basler.

Cambridge Local First thanks Jaclyn Sinay and welcomes Carrissa Blackburn

Dear Members and Friends of Cambridge Local First,

As many of you know, Jaclyn Sinay, who served as our Executive Director for nearly two years, resigned her position as of the end of September and moved with her family to Western Massachusetts.

We make this announcement with great sadness because Jaclyn has been a stalwart and an exceptional leader for us. Under her leadership Cambridge Local First has grown and matured into one of the most respected local business networks in North America. The list of her achievements is endless and includes significant membership growth, the launching of the Community Membership Card, growing the budget and expanding the staff, opening up a new office, and enhancing the infrastructure and professionalism of our organization, just to name a few.

The most important contribution that Jaclyn made was her consistent passion and love for building a strong local economy while supporting local businesses in every way possible. Jaclyn’s heart-centered leadership set a tone for our work that engendered respect and invited collaboration.

We wish the best for Jaclyn, Terry, and Adelaide in their new life out west, and we hope they will drop by and say hello to their many friends in Cambridge soon and often!

Although she will be sorely missed, we are happy to let you know that Jaclyn has left Cambridge Local First in good hands. We are pleased to welcome our new Administrative Coordinator Carrissa Blackburn. Carrissa has a deep commitment to supporting locally owned business and she has stepped into her new role with great enthusiasm.

We are now in the process of selecting a new Executive Director and we hope to announce our choice in the next few weeks.

Locally yours,

Frank Kramer and Rachael Solem
Cambridge Local First

Business Succession (Part of our Business Improvement Seminar Series)


When and Where

Wednesday, October 15th from 9-noon
Cambridge Trust Company in Harvard Square,
1336 Massachusetts Avenue


Learn Valuable Exit and Succession Planning Strategies for Small Business Owners! Many owner-managed businesses find themselves without obvious family or employee succession candidates. Yet the owner’s priorities place the continued success of the business ahead of getting the absolute last dollar upon a sale.

How can owners receive a fair price while doing their best to assure continued success and the preservation of customer, employee and partner relationships? This presentation will discuss questions to ask and strategies to employ to accomplish these multiple objectives.

Tickets are $30 for the public and $20 for members of Cambridge Local First. To gain discounted access to more great workshops in our series, as well as other benefits, email for information on becoming a CLF member.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite or email

Sponsored by

Cambrigde Trust Compnay

Running On Local

Running on Local





Cambridge Local First and Slow Money Boston proudly Present Join us for an evening of community fun featuring a presentation by sustainability all-stars Carol Peppe Hewitt and Lyle Estill on all things local: food, finance and fuel.
6:00pm on Monday, September 29th at Workbar Cambridge
Accessible by Central Square T Stop and Metered Parking



Alexander Vetrov | Stanislav Nikireyev

Co-Curated by From Russia with Art

June 6 – September 2, 2014

Reception: Thursday, June 26, 2014. 6-8PM

At Multicultural Arts Center, Lower Gallery

41 2nd Street, Cambridge, MA.

Cambridge, MA – The Multicultural Arts Center and From Russia with Art Gallery presents Etchings from Moscow on view beginning June 6 until September 2, 2014, in the Lower Gallery, exhibiting works by Alexander Vetrov and Stanislav Nikireyev, two honored Russian artists with an exceptional eye for detail and beauty.

Alexander Vetrov blends color tactfully and artfully into his etchings, depicting scenes of Russian villages in the different seasons of the year, churches in ruins, his home, his mother. Stanislav Nikireyev (1932-2007), Vetrov’s mentor and inspiration, captures all the seasons of nature and its creatures, both from the past and from more current eras, through his black and white etchings.