Hyde Jackson Monthly November 22, 2016

We are so thankful to be in such a great location to do our work building an economically sound and vibrant neighborhood in Hyde and Jackson Squares. We have great community partners, merchants, and residents and owe a lot of gratitude to everyone working together to maintain and improve the area. Thank you so much to those that volunteered with us over the last year doing cleanups and beautification efforts, staffing events, and serving on one of our working committees. We hope that you will continue to see the importance of your efforts.

This holiday season, we again will be assisting the City of Boston's amazing Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting in Hyde Square on December 3 (see calendar on the right side) and to make your shopping experience even more pleasant, we'll have outdoor piano performances on the two Saturdays prior to Christmas Eve, on December 10 and December 17 (you will be free to play yourself if desired). This and more awaits you in our neighborhood this holiday season and throughout the year.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday.

The Board and Staff of Hyde Jackson Square Main Street

Main Street Activities  

Light Up Hyde/Jackson: Holiday Merchant Window Celebration
Friday, December 9, 7:00 pm at  Tails 

For the second year in a row, we will be kicking off neighborhood merchant window decorating with a party. And since Tails won last year's merchant competition, they will be graciously hosting the party on Friday, December 9. Please come join us, the community of merchants, and residents along with City Councilor O'Malley to light up Tails and the rest of the merchant windows. We'll have entertainment and some food for you to enjoy.

Holiday Window Stroll and Window Judging  
Thursday, December 15, 6:30 pm
Meet at Il Panino Restaurant
In what has become another annual tradition in Hyde and Jackson Squares, we will be strolling the neighborhood to view all the creative storefront and resident decorations along Centre Street (as well as streets viewable from Centre Street.) We'll be meeting at Il Panino Restaurant for some warm drinks and we'll be walking toward Hyde Square to discover our favorite holiday windows of merchants, nonprofit organizations, and residential buildings. By taking the time to decorate their windows they all contribute to a pleasant, vibrant neighborhood and bring light to the sidewalks during the dark winter months.


Main Street Recap

Two Days Improving the Beauty of Centre Street

We had two amazing beautification efforts since our last newsletter: a huge street tree mulching and planting in Mozart Park and the the city parking lot on October 22 as well as a smaller but effective effort planting daffodil bulbs on November 20. Combined, more than 40 volunteers helped out including great work by kids and young adults. All in all we planted 300 bulbs in Mozart Park and the City of Boston's parking lot, mulched more than 80 street trees to ensure they survive the winter, distributed 15 cubic yards of mulch, and planted roses, holly, and other shrubs in these locations .

We are so proud to have had such an amazing group of volunteers throughout the year to help us maintain our public spaces and improve our streetscape. Our next large beautification effort will be in April so watch this space for announcements so that we can do even more.

Shop Your Local Merchants! 
Some Words on Shopping at Bricks and Mortar

This holiday season, make a pledge to purchase your gifts locally (as well as supplies for celebrations) as only locally purchased goods keep the money here working for you and your community. By shopping local you meet your merchants and tell them how they are doing. You make personal connections that cannot be done online. And you support your community and the people that care deeply about your community. Neighborhood retailers also support each other by purchasing goods from other neighborhood retailers.

Items purchased on global internet sites contribute much less to the economy in Hyde and Jackson Squares, Boston, Greater Boston, or even Massachusetts. The more local you shop, the greater the positive impact you make to our neighborhood. Purchasing remotely on the web creates economic leakage (money flowing outside the immediate area) and has little local benefit (unless that company is located here). And it only supports just a few minutes work for a delivery person (www.amiba.net/resources/multiplier-effect). Even shopping at regional or national stores in our neighborhood contributes to salaries of your neighbors (even if a larger portion of the profits leave the region and state).

The next time you click on a mouse (or phone) to shop for an item, think of how not purchasing it nearby negatively affects your community. So get some fresh air, meet your merchants and other customers, and strike up real, live conversation with them.

Business Corner

Do you have an amazing success story about a small business? Then submit a nomination for 2017 National Small Business Week. E very year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. SBA Massachusetts is now accepting nominations for the 2017 National Small Business Week Awards. Self-nominations are accepted. Deadline for nominations is December 15, 2016. For a full list of criteria and nomination procedures, go here.

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street's  
Merchant Alliance Program (MAP)
Human Resources Workshop 

Wednesday, December 21 @ 9:30 pm
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street  
329 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Learn how to make your human resources work for you. This workshop will cover policies and procedures, employee handbooks, and more.

SBA Trainings and Resources
Grow Your Business with SBA's 8A Business Development
This program is intended to help socially and economically disadvantaged business owners gain a preference for federal contracts, grow their business, and access sole source contracts. Join us and learn certification requirements, program benefits, and application procedures. Register here. 

Wednesday, November 30 from 10:00 am - 11:15 am
O'Neill Federal Building, Suite 265, 10 Causeway St, Boston  

Which CRM System is Right for Your Business? Webinar

A customer relationship management (CRM) system can increase profits through better sales, service, and marketing management. But with dozens of CRMs on the market, selecting the correct one is a daunting task. Gain the clarity and confidence you need to ensure you're making the right choice by watching this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the SBA. 

Small business expert Gene Marks will cover what to look for in a good CRM system, review major features and pricing of the leading CRMs, and reveal his "Three Laws of CRM Success."    Register here  .

Wednesday, November 30, 2016,  1:00 pm 

What the Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business, Webinar  
Find out how to navigate the opportunities in health care through the Affordable Care Act 101 webinar series. Registration is free, but required.  
For more information on what the health care law means for small businesses, check out  www.sba.gov/healthcare.  

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

Learning from Your Competition 
One of the best ways to prepare for starting your own business is to understand how similar businesses operate. Sometimes they will be your direct competitors, but often they'll be distant enough so that there's no overlap. It's both easy and legitimate to learn what they're doing by talking openly with the owners and managers of those businesses. In this workshop, you'll learn how to find owners and managers who will be happy to talk with you. You'll learn what to ask them, and what online sources you can use. And we'll wrap up by reviewing how you can use what you learn when you start your own business. This free workshop is presented by Mike Sandman, SCORE mentor. Register here.    
Thursday, December 1 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture Cafe,  One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge   
How to Be the Best Businesses for the World: An Interactive Workshop on the B Corp Movement
B Corps, Benefit Corporations--you may have heard the terms or found a Certified B Corp logo on a package. Or had a friend tell you that Patagonia or Ben & Jerry's are B Corps. Perhaps you heard the "using business as a force for good" tagline. The movement is growing, but not yet a household name. If you're a business owner or leader, does becoming a B Corp make sense for you? What are the benefits, challenges, and requirements of being part of the movement? 
During this interactive workshop, we'll talk about the nuts and bolts of becoming a B Corp, the difference between B Corp and Benefit Corporation, and dive into the assessment used to certify B Corps. We'll wrap up with plenty of time for questions and answers with members of Boston-based B Corps. This free workshop is presented by Drew Bonfiglio, co-founder of Emzingo. Register here.
Tuesday, December 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston   

Sales Skills for Your Small Business  
Small business owners know that the success of their business hinges on sales, but many feel uncomfortable with the idea of "selling".  Whether your business sells products or services, business-to-business, or business-to-consumer, businesses need to know how customers make buying decisions, and need to be skilled at opening sales calls, creating a dialog, asking questions, and overcoming objectives, so that it is easy to close the sale.  Come to this workshop to get over your discomfort and learn selling techniques that will serve you in good stead. We will also discuss how to "skillfully" network to grow your prospect base. This workshop is presented by Dianne Grattan of Introductions by Diane. Note there is a $20 fee for this workshop. Register here.
Thursday, December 8 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard iLab, 125 Western Avenue, Allston

SCORE Online Workshops 
The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) has many online workshops and services. Click here for a list of online workshops.  

Other Business Training Resources
For additional small business resources in the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street district, please contact us at info@hydejacksonsqure.org.  

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. 
In This Month's Issue
Main Street Activities
Main Street Recap
Shop Your Local Merchants
Business Corner

Main Street Activities

Friday, December 9
9:00 - 12:00 pm
383-385 Centre Street 

Holiday Window Stroll and Judging
Thursday, December 15
6:30 pm
Meet at Il Panino Restaurant
268 Centre Street

Merchant Alliance Program 
Human Resources Workshop 
Wednesday, December 21 
9:30 pm
329 Centre Street 

Other Activities

Mayor's Holiday Trolley Tour
Saturday, December 3 
2:00 pm
Hyde Square Rotary

A Perfect Gift to Shop Local--
Our Neighborhood Gift Card

With the holidays fast approaching, why not purchase a gift card that can be used at a plethora of businesses in Hyde & Jackson Squares. 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 are redeemable at these businesses (with more signing up):

Alluring Beauty
Atlantic Travel
Aurum Restaurant
Beauty Master Salon & Supply
Blue Nile Restaurant
Cappy's Pizza
Centre Fashion
Centre Street Dental Care
Centre Street Meatland
Centre Tailor Shop
City Feed & Supply (Boylston St store only)
City Mart
Codman Square Market
Del Valle's Children's Gift Shop
Dinorah Beauty Salon
Dr. Computer
El Patio Market
Evelyn's Market
Fernandez Travel Agency
Franklin CD
Freddy's Market Bodega
Gondres Bakery
Home Basix
Ignite Fitness Development
Il Panino Café & Grill
J&P Dry Cleaners
J.A. Rodriguez Tax & Consulting
JP's Massage Therapy Center
La Gran Via
Las Villas Market
Latino Restaurant
Miami Restaurant
Mr. V Auto
Old Havana Restaurant
Amado& Oller Executive Group
Peak Performance Chiropractic
Pikalo Restaurant
Pimentel Market
Revolution Bicycle Repair
Rizzo's Pizza
The Haven Restaurant
Tostado Restaurant
Ultra Beauty Salon
Yely's Café 
To purchase a gift card for someone you care about, contact us at 617-522-3694 or info@hydejacksonsquare.org.  

Hyde & Jackson Squares
Business Map & Directory


Business Map _ Directory

Last spring at our Annual Sidewalk Sale, we re-introduced our neighborhood Business Map and Directory. This colorful, updated directory is based upon a design done in the early 2000s. We will continue to revise this regularly so that all of our businesses and neighborhood features are up-to-date.

You can find this map at many of your favorite merchants. However if you would like us to provide you with one or more, please contact us and we'd be happy to do so.

Do you have neighborhood news that you'd like others to know about or information about a meeting, activity, or event that you'd like to post?  


Send listings or ideas to info@hydejacksonsquare.org or call 617-522-3694.












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