Running a business under the most ideal conditions is difficult and 2020 brought on a host of previously unthinkable challenges for business owners, their employees, and the communities that support them. While the coronavirus pandemic has tested the entire business community, restaurants, shops, and companies in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge have offered countless examples of how creativity, resilience, and coordination are helping to preserve the vibrant mosaic of businesses that characterize both communities. Featuring leaders of small businesses and nonprofits, this panel discussion led by Karen Gordon Mills will examine how the local small business community has managed over the past year and consider what the future will look like.
Ayanna Pressley, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district
- Karen Gordon Mills, Harvard Business School Senior Fellow, former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
- Joseph Charles, owner of Rock City Pizza
- David Maher, President & CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
- Aidan McDonough, Executive Director of Brighton Main Streets
- Rachel Miller Munzer, Big Dipper Hospitality (State Park, Mamaleh’s, Café du Pays/Vincent’s Corner Grocery)