Hyde Jackson Monthly
February 28, 2018


This month we have been celebrating 20 years of working to create a welcoming, safe, visually vibrant, and economically sound business district in Hyde and Jackson Squares. On February 17, 1998, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street was born to convene residents, store-front business owners, community organizations, and commercial property owners to work together to make our district an even greater place to shop, eat, and just enjoy.

Over the years staff and volunteers might have come and gone but Hyde Jackson Square Main Street continues to follow Main Street America's 4 Point Approach and build upon successes from previous generations of leaders. No other organization does what we do here. We are part a national movement to invigorate our historic business districts for the betterment of surrounding communities.
Thank you to everyone who has worked with us to improve our streetscape, develop strategies to invigorate the local economy, highlight all the great things here, sponsor celebratory events, and grow our capacity to do more. We would love for you to celebrate with us at our 20th Anniversary Party on April 12. 
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Giving back during MLK Day   
Some of the volunteers for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day performed at Tree of Life.
Led by Erica Cannon, a LISC Boston AmeriCorps member placed with us for 10 months, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street helped our elders at Tree of Life in the Mildred Hailey Apartments during our day of service to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy on January 15. Erica showed two movies on the amazing legacy of MLK, Jr., and elders and volunteers created peace doves and created other crafts as we enjoyed a delicious lunch from El Oriental de Cuba and Gondres Bakery. Later in the day, volunteers picked up groceries for residents at Stop & Shop and cleaned trash and litter from Centre Street in Jackson Square on the frigid day that was full of warm hearts. 
Thank you to Erica and other AmeriCorps members for helping out in the community, Margaret Noce of Tree of Life for hosting us, Stop & Shop for providing gift cards so that we could shop for the residents, and other volunteers who came to enjoy the company of others and give back to residents.

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Join us as we celebrate 20 years of our work 

After 20 years of working in our community to better the business district, we are ready for some celebrating! Please come to our 20th Anniversary Party on Thursday, April 12 to enjoy some tasty food from The Frogmore, bid on silent auctions, and learn more about us. We are the only community-based organization in Hyde Square and Jackson Square that works with residents, store-front businesses, commercial property owners, and community organizations to implement the 4 points of Main Street programs.

To learn more about this milestone event and to reserve your spot, please go to our event page. Tickets are $25 each for 1 - 3 tickets purchased, or $20 each for 4 or more. Please RSVP by March 31. 

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Activities to enjoy in Hyde & Jackson Squares

Main Street Activities

ISD-Health Business Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am 
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, 329 Centre Street   
Existing restaurants and food stores and ones planning to open are invited to meet with representatives of the City of Boston's Inspectional Services Department to better understand handling food and best sanitary practices.  
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street's 20th Anniversary Gala 
Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm
The Frogmore, 365 Centre Street 
Celebrate 20 years of volunteer-driven work in our community. RSVP at our event page.  

Centre Street Beautification 
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am 
Volunteer with us to beautify Centre Street by planting shrubs and mulching street trees.


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Free and low-cost workshops & resources for merchants

Immigrant Learning Center

Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC)  is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards to be held on May 3, 2018. The Awards honor immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts in four categories: Business Growth, Neighborhood Business, High-Tech Business, and Life Science Business. This event is an opportunity for Massachusetts' business leaders and innovators to publicly recognize the significant contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in the commonwealth. Nominations are being accepted through March 9. More information can be found on ILC's website.

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street

Inspectional Services Department (ISD) Workshop for Restaurants & Food Stores and Aspiring Entrepreneurs  
Wed, February 28, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, 329 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
Existing restaurants and food stores as well as entrepreneurs wishing to open are invited to meet with representatives of the City of Boston's Inspectional Services Department (ISD) to better understand handling food and sanitary practices. 

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)
Entity Formation   
Thursday March 22,  6:30 pm
JPNDC, 31 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain
Including 1 on 1 meetings with lawyer/student advocates. For more information, email cespinoza@jpndc.org or call 617 522 2424 x226  
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice 
Food Biz 101
Wednesday evenings, March 7 to May 30, 6:00 pm 
Commonwealth Kitchen, 196 Quincy Street, Dorchester   
13-week food business workshop series for those wishing to start a business.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Boston
Overview of Payment Technologies     
Thu, March 1, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm 
Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge 

Options for Funding Your Small Business 
Thu, March 8, 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm 
East Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen Street, East Boston

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Emerging Leaders Program 
The 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 these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities. 


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Celebrate the neighborhood everyday!   ¡Celebre la comunidad cada día!

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