JANUARY 31, 2022
ISSUE NO. 2
After-School Pottery Class at Ceramica Paint Studio | 380 Main Street
Five Minute Survey –Tell Us Your Priorities for COVID Recovery Funds
Let us know how you would like to see COVID recovery funds spent locally.
The Town of Stoneham is expected to receive approximately 7 million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, as well as state and federal funds to support pandemic recovery efforts in the coming months. We want to hear from you!
Please take our five minute survey to let us know what your priorities are for local recovery. All information will be reported anonymously and in aggregate. Take the survey
Winter Multi-Chamber Virtual Networking
Tues., February 15, 4:00-5:00PM
It’s been a while. Let’s shake off the winter blues with a little networking!
If you’ve been missing your regular networking opportunities, sign up for this multi-chamber event.
You will have direct introductions with dozens of other business professionals. Explain your services. Talk about your ideal customers. See how you can help others succeed during this challenging time.
There is a $10 fee for members and a $20 free for non-members. Learn more or register
NFIB Releases Small Business Economic Trends
Concerns over inflation remain high making small business owners pessimistic about economic recovery.
The NFIB Research Foundation has collected Small Business Economic Trends data since 1973. Key findings from their survey include (1) twenty-two percent of respondents report inflation as the single most important problem operating their business, (2) owners remain pessimistic about future economic conditions, and (3) forty-nine percent of owners reported job openings that could not be filled. Read the report.
Save the Date: Breakfast with Secretary Kennealy on Tues., March 8th
Breakfast will be held at Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield beginning at 8:00am.
Hosted by the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber, join us for breakfast and a conversation with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Mike Kennealy. Secretary Kennealy is responsible for advancing the Baker-Polito Administration’s agenda to create economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, an environment that supports job creation and business growth, and new housing for residents through targeted investments. More details to come.
Chamber Poll Results: Most Are Comfortable with In-Person Events
57% of respondents are ready for in-person events to return
In our last ChamberNews, we asked where individual comfort levels are with in-person events. Here is how you answered:
- I am comfortable with in-person events without any COVID protocols in place. – 28.6%
- I am comfortable in settings where protocols (e.g. masks, proof of vaccination) are required. – 28.6%
- I am not comfortable with in-person events at this time. – 42.9%
In Case You Missed It…
- Winchester Hospital is hosting a virtual Community Health Assessment Listening Session on February 3, 6:00-7:30PM. Learn more or register.
- Feature your business as part of our Chamber Member Spotlight. Each week a new business will be highlighted on the Chamber website and social media. Learn more or sign up.
- The Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP) Program for Stoneham has been completed. Read it here.