Book your appointment with a Tax Professional




Tax season is notoriously stressful for the bouts of confusion many documents and densely worded forms. Now is your opportunity to sit down one on one with a tax professional! CLF business member, Alamir Hajiani of Hajiani CPA, will be available to sit down for thirty minutes of consultation time with you on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 649 Massachusetts Ave in Central Square.

Your session will be free of charge and confidential. But these sessions are limited in quantity and are first come first serve so book now!

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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 Local First and sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company, will discuss the recent changes in Massachusetts law regarding paid leave and the minimum wage and how to accommodate them.

Maura McLaughlin practices with the law firm of Morgan, Brown and Joy, LLP, advising and representing employers in all aspects of employment law issues. Maura has extensive experience counseling clients on the various facets of the employment relationship, including hiring, discipline and termination, drafting and revising employee handbooks and policies, leaves of absence and accommodation issues, and compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws. She conducts training and counsels clients on workplace best practices, including preventing and investigating complaints of unlawful harassment and/or discrimination and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Certified Harassment Train-the-Trainer Program. Maura also represents clients in litigation in state and federal courts and agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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

Where and When: Wednesday, February 4th 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.