Hyde Jackson Monthly April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day! In this issue we concentrate on activities related to this day of protecting our community and world. And next week is National Arbor Day so please join us on our community cleanup.


Main Street Activities 
Community Cleanup, Street Tree Maintenance, and Spring Plantings

Saturday, April 30
9:00 am

Celebrate Arbor Day with us on Saturday, April 30 with coffee and snacks while helping us to beautify our stretch down Centre Street by spreading fresh, organic mulch on our street trees, planting flowers, and disposing of litter.
This has been a great activity in which to meet other neighbors who care about our gem of a neighborhood, learn more about Main Street, and get some exercise and fresh air. This year we'll have planting activities for kids.

We'll be meeting at Mozart Playground at 10 Mozart Street (corner of Centre Street) at 9:00 am.

To make sure we have enough tools, hot chocolate, coffee, water, and snacks for kids and adults alike, please RSVP your participation at info@hydejacksonsquare.org or just call us. 

Merchant Sidewalk Sale 

Saturday, May 21
10:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Stay local and save fuel by shopping in the neighborhood on Saturday, May 21 as Hyde Jackson Square Main Street will be organizing our second annual sidewalk sale.

Stroll down Centre Street, quench your thirst, enjoy tasty treats, and browse for bargains between Jackson Square and Hyde Square. We'll provide entertainment for you as well along Centre with street musicians. And don't forget to enter our raffle when purchasing items along the street.

All participating merchants will have special items on sale or sale items for you. For a preview of participating businesses, we'll have a full list on our website soon. 
Main Street Recap

Centre Street Saves - Inspiring Energy Reduction

On Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20 during Earth Day week, partners from the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center, Renew Boston, Eversource, National Grid, and Rise Engineering met storefront business owners to talk about saving energy and increasing profits in their businesses.

April 19 visit to Blue Nile Restaurant from national organizations, local utilities, and partners. 

This effort started in January, 2015 when Hyde Jackson Square Main Street began work as one of the first pilot communities of America Saves (in our community it is called Centre Street Saves), a three-year research and development program funded by the Department of Energy and led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center. America Saves works in communities across the country to expedite small business participation in energy retrofit and efficiency programs and support community leaders to help guide small businesses along the process.

Since its inception, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street has been able to sign up 50% of neighborhood storefront businesses. In return for signing up, each business receives an energy snapshot assessment, easy and low-cost energy saving recommendations, and guidance to existing local rebates, incentives, and resources. For our neighborhood businesses, these energy snapshot assessments have shown an average potential savings of over 20% of their energy costs which could result in thousands of savings! 

Team visit to the Brendan Behan Pub on April 19.

In our recent visits to small business owners, we spoke with them about how they can take advantage of the City of Boston's long-running energy efficiency programs. Businesses who sign up with Renew Boston can receive a free walk-through assessment, incentives toward the cost of replacement of equipment and fixtures with higher efficiency models, and more.

Over the next several months, we look forward to presenting energy analysis snapshots to small businesses and help connect them to resources that can lead to reduced energy use, increased profits, and a better earth. 

Keeping It Local: Introducing the Hyde & Jackson Squares Neighborhood Gift Card

Have you ever thought about that perfect gift, one that is flexible in its use and supports a strong community? Well we have the answer in our newly launched Hyde & Jackson Squares Neighborhood Gift Card.

Each card is $5.00 and can be used at participating businesses with a $5.00 minimum purchase. We have great businesses here so why not give your loved one, family member, or friend a gift that keeps the dollars circulating in the neighborhood?

Cards can be purchased directly through us. If interested, please email info@hydejacksonsquare.org or call us. 

Business Corner

Information and Free Trainings for Our Merchants 

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street's
Merchant Growth Development Program
Increase Your Mother's Day Revenue

Strategies and tools for merchants to increase your Mother's Day revenue. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive a free business advertisement in a local publication. There are 2 sessions to fit your schedule.

Tuesday, April 26
9:00 am and 6:30 pm

Old Havana Restaurant
349 Centre Street

JPNDC Training

Entrepreneurism 101

Do you want to start your own business? Are you a small business owner wanting to improve your finances to stabilize or expand your business? Do you dream of getting up to date with your business bookkeeping, accounting, and finances? Do you wish you knew how to better manager the financial health of your business?

To participate in this training you must have completed a Family Financial Skills training or be referred by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) Small Business Program. Trainings will be held on Wednesdays, May 5 and May 12 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

For more information please call 617-522-2424.

SBA Trainings and Resources

National Small Business Week, May 1 - May 7

For a listing of activities including live events, click here.

Emerging Leaders Initiative

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities. Learn more and to register.  

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinar 

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. The webinars begin at 2:00 pm: 
-April 28 Register now  

SBA Online Trainings
SBA has many free online trainings that can help you in your business. Click here for a complete list of trainings.   
SCORE Trainings

Accounting for Small Business Owners

This workshop will help you get on the "FAST TRACK" to effective bookkeeping and show you how to use the power of technology to keep your finger on the pulse of your business. We will show you the best accounting practices to help you apply focus and leverage to use your bookkeeping systems like a "Fitbit for your business health". Registration is required.

Tuesday May 3, 2016
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Boston Public Library / Kirstein Business Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston

SCORE Online Workshops

The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) has many online workshops and services. Click here for a list of online workshops.  
If you would like to receive further information specific to the business community (workshops, meetings, etc.), please register/re-register here by typing your email address and clicking "Go". Instructions will be send to you to change your profile. Or you can send us an email to info@hydejackonsquare to change your profile. 
This Month's Issue
Main Street Activities
Main Street Recap
Hyde Jackson Gift Card Program
Business Corner

Main Street Activities

Tree Maintenance & Community Cleanup  
Saturday, April 30  
9:00 am 
Meet at Mozart Park

Spring Sidewalk Sale 
Saturday, May 14 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Along Centre Street

Other Neighborhood Activities

Mondays & Wednesdays
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Youth Development Ctr. (behind Blessed Sacrament Church)
361 Centre Street
Sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force

Wake Up the Earth Festival Parade
Saturday, May 7
11:00 am (approximate)
Procession Down Centre Street
Sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations

Double Edge Theatre
Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29
7:30 pm
Blessed Sacrament Church
361 Centre Street
Sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force

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