March 2021 ~ Newsletter
Welcome to the Malden Chamber of Commerce’s 130th Year!
The Malden Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 130 Years of Supporting Malden Businesses
Founded in 1891 as the Malden Board of Trade, the Chamber of Commerce has helped the Malden business community through two world wars and now, two pandemics! It is an organization with a rich history, witnessing political, technological, social and economic change. To celebrate our story, we are planning a year-long recognition of the Chamber’s achievements and the individuals who helped build Malden’s economy. The newsletter, social media and the print press are all ways you can keep up with the growing list of celebratory programs. 

If you have a story, a photo, or just a question, please contact us at
Malden Chamber Memories
The first memory of our 130year old history to share is that of a woman of many “firsts”. During March, as we recognize the achievements of women world-wide, we honor a local woman of many accomplishments, Florence Burns, owner of E.E. Burns & Son Funeral Home.  Florence was Malden’s first woman to be President and Clerk of a Malden funeral home, member of the Planning Board, member of the Board of the First National Bank of Malden, President of the Malden Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Malden Public Library.

Active until her death in 2001, Florence left a legacy of civic engagement and leadership. Along with her numerous “firsts”, Mrs. Burns was an active member of the Zonta Club of Malden and was honored in 1994 as Woman of the Year. 
Truly a role model for all of us, when her son, Rick Burns, owner of E.E. Burns & Son Funeral Home, was asked what motivated his mother, he said “Florence always claimed she just happened to be in the Right Place at the Right Time for a Woman. A lot of us would disagree.”
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Chamber Connections: Stories of the Value of Your Chamber Membership
To be a member in the Malden Chamber of Commerce gives you many opportunities to increase your visibility in the community and make many important connections.

This month, we share the news that three members, the Zonta Club of Malden, Malden Center Fine Wines and Hugh O’Neill’s Restaurant and Pub, partnered for a virtual event. Zonta raised money for a scholarship, Hugh O’Neill’s offered take out, and Malden Center Fine Wines donated a gift certificate for the event raffle. Hugh O’Neill’s donated a portion of the proceeds from the evening to Zonta. True Chamber teamwork!
Ari Taylor of Zonta and Derrick Sandlin of Hugh O’Neill’s
Important News from the Malden Redevelopment Authority: New Grant Money Available
The Malden Redevelopment Authority has announced a new round of small business grants for Malden businesses with 5 or fewer employees. Click here to learn more details including application deadline.
Chamber Member News
UMA Needs Your Input
Urban Media Arts (UMA) is currently hosting an online survey related to cable television. Your response will help determine if existing local cable TV services and resources in Malden are adequate and appropriate. The survey takes approximately 10-15 mins, and your input will help shape the future of community media in Malden for the next ten years. Visit

After completing the survey, please be sure to submit your contact information, so that you may be entered into our raffle for a chance to win one of eight (8) gift certificates from local businesses! The drawing will be held after the online survey closes on April 15, 2021.

For more information on the City of Malden and UMA’s Cable Renewal Process, please visit:
Forestdale Park Shares A Valuable Lesson
Forestdale Park Senior Living is working with the business community to help us better understand dementia. We meet people with dementia daily, and, Forestdale offers us some concrete ways to help people with empathy and understanding. The Malden Chamber of Commerce recently joined the Melrose Chamber of Commerce for a webinar hosted by Forestdale. Click here to see a portion of the presentation. Contact Sarah Starkweather to learn how to better help customers, family and friends with dementia.  
The Malden Public Library Can Help With Your Information Needs
Are there resources you as a business owner need? Maybe something you need to reference once or twice a year? Perhaps a database? Book? Other information resource? 
Check with the Malden Public Library to see if they can help.
2021 Sponsorship Packages
We are excited to announce our new Sponsorship Packages for 2021. Click below for more information.
Malden Chamber on the Move

The Chamber staff, Joan and Marianne, are working remotely for the near future. We are always are available to talk, answer questions, make connections, and, when possible, visit you.
How do you reach us?

New Address for Mail:
P.O. Box 639, Malden, MA 02148
(please update your records)
Phone: 781-322-4500
General Mailbox:

We are working hard to help our Malden business community stay strong—no matter where our desks are!
Remember to check our website,, for a list of resources to help during the Covid crisis. The City of Malden also has a list of resources to help the business community. Visit

Our SCORE volunteer is still offering free business consulting services to the Malden Chamber of Commerce members. This valuable service is offered five days per week via Zoom.
  • Both clients and mentors are much safer from the virus by everyone being at home.
  • Everyone can still be seen and communicate easily
  • With the new 5 day/week availability, we make it easier for the clients to meet on their schedule. And we can see more clients more often.
  • Clients save time by no longer having to drive to Century Bank in Malden
  • We have been thoroughly briefed on the new Federal Small Business Assistance Programs
  • With Zoom, it is easy for both clients and mentors to share online documents
To set up an appointment, please call Dennis Assad at 617-901-5373

Massachusetts resources:
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