NEW: Inman Eats! Sunday May 21st 2017

Published on April 27, 2017, by in Uncategorized.

Inman Eats! 2017

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present     Inman Eats! 2017, on Sunday May 21, 2017 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Inman Eats! Festival will take place on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, between Springfield Street and Prospect Street.

Inman Eats! is a celebration of everything Inman Square. From our eclectic retail to our artistic venues, from our casual eats to our culinary treats, Inman Eats! hopes to deliver a full Inman Square experience to new visitors and residents alike.

Inman Square shops and restaurants will be open for business as usual, but to experience Inman Eats! you will need to purchase Inman Bucks. Restaurant vendors will accept Inman Bucks as currency for the day and Inman Bucks can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite beginning on May 1st. Inman Bucks are limited so advanced purchase is recommended. Inman Bucks will be for sale day of the event based on availability.

Inman Eats! is open to all that want to experience Inman’s many delights. Come listen to local bands, try some local beer, and enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants in town!

Live music programed by Lilly Pad featuring The Gill Aharon Trio, Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Club, and Los Chincharillos. The family will enjoy crafting activities with Gather Here, and interactive family activities and abstract face painting by Practice Space. Enjoy local brews from Lamplighter, Cambridge Brewing Co., and Bantam Cider

The growing list of participating restaurants include 1369 Coffee House, Atwood’s Tavern, BISq/Bergamot, The Druid, East Coast Grill, Hops & Scotch, Lone Star Taco Bar, Puritan & Co, The Rising, S&S Restaurant, and Tupelo.

Inman Eats! is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and Inman Square and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by Cambridge Savings Bank, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Commonwealth Alternative Care, Cambridgeside Galleria, Geek Offices, and WT Rich Co.

The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association is to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge (and Inman Square); to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge (and Inman Square) businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge (and Inman Square); and to promote an active stewardship of our neighborhood. We believe that by working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we can make East Cambridge and Inman Square a better place to live and work.

 

East Cambridge Business Association and Inman Square Business Association Announce A Merger

Published on January 6, 2017, by in Uncategorized.

Yes we realize that East Cambridge starts at the tracks but …

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) and the Inman Square Business Association (ISBA) are kicking off 2017 by announcing a merger that will strengthen the East Cambridge and Inman Square business districts and expand the reach of ECBA beyond its current borders.

The East Cambridge Business Association will now represent business owners from Lechmere Square to Inman Square, and Inman Square will be among the commercial areas represented by ECBA which already include First Street, Binney Street, Hampshire Street, and One Kendall Square in the Wellington Harrington Neighborhood.

The ECBA has been successfully connecting business owners since it began in 2008 when like-minded business owners, recognizing the budding potential of East Cambridge for small and large business growth, convened and started the organization.

“We are excited about the potential that this merger brings to growing the ECBA” said Patrick Magee, ECBA president and owner of Atwood’s Tavern. “At one end of Cambridge Street we will be focusing on integrating a successful Northpoint development into the small business fabric of the street and at the other end we will be reinforcing Inman Square as one of Cambridge’s great destinations.”

“Inman Square and East Cambridge businesses are the epitome of what people envision when they hear the words ‘small business’ in Cambridge. ISBA has been a great organization that has worked to promote that image,” says Jenny McBride of ISBA and co-owner of Inman Oasis. “We are excited to join with ECBA and feel they will help to further our interests and promote Inman Square.”

The ECBA began with a mission: to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge; and to promote an active stewardship of the neighborhood.

Among its many successes, the ECBA has produced the annual Smoke This Rib Fest since 2010. The event has brought great attention to the growing culinary scene in East Cambridge, Kendall and Inman Squares. The ECBA has also invested significantly in Cambridge Street beautification projects like East Cambridge In Bloom, Holiday Baskets, American Flags and an annual Clean Up Day, efforts that will be expanded to Inman Square.

“East Cambridge is made up of both large and small businesses and they rely on each other to create a vibrant commercial district.” Says, Magee. “We look forward to embracing Inman Square as part of this ecosystem of commercial activity and providing a foundation that business owners can lean on when they need assistance. We are in the process of conceiving a spring time event in Inman Square and hope to have a similar success as Rib Fest.”

 

Smoke This Rib Fest 2016

Published on August 29, 2016, by in BBQ, Rib Fest.

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The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) and Divco West are proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2016, on Sunday October 2, 2016 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets are on sale starting September 1st. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Live music by local favorites The Clock Burners, Ali McGuirk,  Roy Sludge Trio, Vapors of Morphine, and the kids will enjoy fun and games with The East End House.

The growing list of participating restaurants include Abigail’s, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Café ArtScience, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge Police Dept. Pitmasters, Commonwealth, East Coast Grill,  Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Hops N Scotch, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Loyal Nine, Ole Mexican Grill, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., Rindge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, The Rising, and Trina’s Starlight.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by DivcoWest, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, BioMed, Cambridgeside Galleria, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Education First (EF), Hotel Marlowe, Naveo Credit Union, Leggat McCall, Boston Properties, Forest City, Gentle Giant, Geek Offices, Graffito SP, McKinnon Co., MIT, Mount Vernon Co., Truant Construction Managers, Turner Construction, Urban Spaces LLC, and Vinfen

The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association is to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge; and to promote an active stewardship of our neighborhood. We believe that by working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we can make East Cambridge a better place to live and work.

 

GLX Public Meeting Schedule

Published on February 22, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

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February 22, 2016

Friends –

We are pleased to inform you that a series of public meetings has been scheduled on the Green Line Extension project.

As many of you know, MassDOT and the MBTA are currently working through a re-evalaution of the Green Line Extension project, focusing on four key areas: (1) project management; (2) redesign; (3) re-procurement; and (4) the development of a reliable cost estimate and schedule. This re-evaluation has been prompted by significant cost overruns on the project, and is expected to be complete and submitted to the MassDOT Board of Directors and the MBTA Fiscal & Management Control Board in May.

In order to seek public ideas and input on the re-evaluation, MassDOT and the MBTA will be holding the following public meetings over the next two months:

Wednesday, March 2nd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue – Somerville

Wednesday, March 23rd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Tufts University
51 Winthrop Street – Medford

Wednesday, April 13th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Argenziano School
290 Washington Street – Somerville

Wednesday, April 27th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
St. Anthony’s Parish Hall
400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge

Thursday, May 5th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
St. Clement’s Parish Hall
579 Boston Avenue – Medford

Information about the meetings will also be posted to the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@glxinfo.com.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Green Line Extension project.

 

Pre-Holiday Fraud Awareness Training Seminar

Published on October 26, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

The Boston Police Department is holding a Pre-Holiday Fraud Awareness Training Seminar.   They have invited the Cambridge Business Community to take advantage of this training. The seminar will focus on issues that businesses face every day, but in particular, during the holiday season.

  • They will show how re-encoded credit cards and gift cards are made and why.
  • They will show the new chip credit cards and the issues that merchants will be facing with the new technology and how they are going to be responsible for any losses.
  • They will explain how to detect counterfeit money and American Express Travelers Checks.
  • They will also touch on the new shoplifting laws.

The seminar will review many issues that businesses deal with relative to credit cards, cash or travelers checks.

This seminar takes place on Tuesday November 10th from 10:00am till 12 noon, John Hancock Building’s Dorothy Quincy Suite,180 Berkeley Street, Boston, Ma 02116.

If you are attending, please e-mail Officer Burke at pburke@cambridgepolice.org  so that he can reach out to Boston PD to let them know the amount of Cambridge people in attendance.  Officer Paul Burke and Officer Buckowe Yam, are  business liaisons for the CPD.

Thank you….hope you and/or your staff will take advantage of this important seminar.

 

Smoke This Rib Fest 2015

Published on August 26, 2015, by in BBQ.

RibFest_2015_LogoCambridge, MA: The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2015, on Sunday October 4, 2015 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets are on sale starting September 2nd. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Live music by local favorites Vapors of Morphine, Silks, Monday Night Bluegrass, and Roy Sludge Trio and the kids will enjoy fun and games with The East End House.

The growing list of participating restaurants include Abigail’s, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge Brewing Co., The Cambridge Police Department Pitmasters, Catalyst, Champions, Commonwealth, East Coast Grill, Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Hops N Scotch, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Loyal Nine, Ole Mexican Grill, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., Rindge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, State Park and Trina’s Starlight Lounge.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Avalon Bay Communities, Beacon Capital, Divco West, East Cambridge Savings Bank, EF, Forest City, Hotel Marlowe, HYM Investments, Leggat McCall, Mount Vernon Group, Naveo Credit Union, Boston Properties, Cambridge Savings Bank, Geek Offices, Linear Retail, MIT, Turner Construction, and Vinfen.

The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association is to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge; and to promote an active stewardship of our neighborhood. We believe that by working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we can make East Cambridge a better place to live and work.

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Visit www.EastCambridgeBA.com or contact
Jason Alves by email baecamb@gmail.com for further details

 

 

Snow Storm Loan Fund to help Small Businesses

Published on March 5, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

– Governor Baker announced a Snow Storm Loan Fund through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation to help small businesses recover from lost storm revenue.  These micro-loans are between $5,000 – $10,000.  For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit the MGCC website: http://www.mcdfc.com/about/article/baker-polito-administration-announces-snow-storm-loan-fund

 

Inman Square Harvest Hoedown – Sunday Nov 9

Published on November 3, 2014, by in Uncategorized.
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Inman Square Harvest Hoedown

 

Best Retail Practices Program

Published on September 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

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The Best Retail Practices (BRP) Program reaches out to Cambridge retailers and restaurant owners seeking to improve their establishments’ interior appearance, marketing, advertising, and operations.

The City hires expert retail consultants to share best practices in the industry with participants. Components of the Program include free workshops covering such topics as best practices in interior design, marketing and management. In addition to the workshops, the program offers individual in-store consultations and grant assistance. A business must meet eligibility requirements to participate in individual in-store consultations and the grant program. The Program’s goal is to assist business owners with technical and financial assistance to build a stronger customer base and boost sales.

For more information on eligibility requirements for the Best Retail Practices Program, please click here.

The next Best Retail Practices Part I Workshop (required for Cambridge businesses interested in the in-store consultations and grant program) will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:30 A.M. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Pardis Saffari at 617/349-4654 or via email at psaffari@cambridgema.gov. The workshop is free to all Cambridge retailers, restauranteurs and storefront service businesses

 

Business Development Workshops

Published on September 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Take a look at the September offerings of the Economic Development Departments Business Development Workshops.

September 2014

Cambridge Business Assistance Info Session

  • Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • Location: Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor Community Room
  • Description: Staff from the city’s Economic Development Division will discuss the variety of programs that the city offers to residents and business owners interested in starting or growing their business. Learn about future workshops and commercial programs available. Presented by the City of Cambridge.
  • Registration and Admission: Free to all. Register by calling Rona Abrahams at 617/349-4637 or via email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov

Search Engine Optimization Workshop

  • Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
  • Location: Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor Community Room
  • Description: Attend this workshop to get easy-to-implement tips to help you improve your online visibility, build your brand, and grow your website traffic. Topics include: improving user experience, understanding and optimizing your online presence, and demystifying Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Presented by the Center for Women and Enterprise.
  • Registration and Admission: Free to Cambridge residents and business owners, $25 for all Non-Cambridge participants. Register by calling Rona Abrahams at 617/349-4637 or by email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov

Steps to Starting Your Own Business

  • Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Location: Cambridge Public Library – Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Community Room Level 2
  • Description: This workshop is ideal for those in the early stages of starting a business or those thinking about owning a business. Topics include: developing your business idea, considering your business structure, licenses and permits; and additional tools and tips to get you started quickly. Presented by the City of Cambridge.
  • Registration and Admission: Free to all. Register by calling Rona Abrahams at 617/349-4637 or via email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov
 
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