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; and to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge.
In order to have a great business you need to have great clientele, which is why we want to be sure that a business that is supported by the community is a business that supports the community. Good business is good for everyone. An active streetscape is safer for residents, and an active streetscape attracts better business.
East Cambridge has a long standing tradition of family run businesses. Some establishments have been here since the early 1900’s and are still operated by the families that started them. We want to continue the historical traditions and preserve the character of our unique neighborhood. By working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we hope to make East Cambridge a better place to live and work.
The Smoke This Rib Fest has easily become a signature event here in East Cambridge. The friendly rib competition highlights the variety of outstanding restuarants right here in East Cambridge and provides exposure for local charities working within the community. It is an opportunity to show off everything that makes East Cambridge a great place to live and to work, it helps to strengthen our community, and expose visitors to the East Cambridge neighborhood.
We improved the Cambridge Street streetscape with “East Cambridge In Bloom”, a project in conjuction with the Department of Public Works, which outfitted 12 street poles with flower baskets. We are expanding this initiative and hope to add holiday decoration in 2011. To prepare Cambridge Street for the kick off of East Cambridge In Bloom, ECBA organized the East Cambridge Clean-Up Day in partnership with the East Cambridge Families Group that attracted over 25 volunteers on a mission to keep East Cambridge looking great.
ECBA organizes monthly meetings for members and potential members to learn about issues effecting East Cambridge and business in the area. Paired with our succesful networking series East Cambridge Afterhours, these meetings are great source of information and an excellent way to connect with other business owners in East Cambridge.
ECBA lent their support to the local Community School program operated out of the Kennedy Longfellow School. The ECBA particpated in their Spring Fling event as well as their Halloween Party.
Working with local businesses, ECBA helped to arrange for a Bocce Ball “lending” program to activate the Bocce Court on Cambridge Street. Atwood’s Tavern and Pug’s Bar and Grill will lend bocce sets in exchange for you drivers license. By enlivening Cambridge Street we hope to make it safer and more attractive for the many visitors to the area.
The ECBA hosted 2 outdoor movies nights in partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council and Recreation Department.