Yesterday's blog link to Massachusetts SBA is no longer accepting loan applications. For available loans from the federal government during this pandemic, please see this link for options for your small business.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced on March 18, 2020, that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Click here for more information on how you can apply to for this low interest loan through SBA.
Please stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. We are all in this together.
With applications being accepted for the Friends of Norwood Center MA Farmers Market, we thought it was helpful to provide some key info about the upcoming season (and it's nice to think of warmer weather ahead!)
When and where is the market?
TUESDAYS in the NORWOOD TOWN COMMON from 2-6pm
When does the market open?
The first day is TUESDAY JUNE 23rd!
How do I apply?
See the information on this site and always feel free to ask questions at NorwoodCenter@gmail.com
Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at the market!
The Friends of Norwood Center MA Farmers Market is seeking vendors!
If you are someone (or know of someone) who grows produce, produces something delicious, or creates wonderful items -- we want you!
On this website you'll find everything you need to know about the Friends of Norwood Center MA Farmers Market: hours, season length, how to apply, and FAQs.
Join us on Tuesdays on the BEAUTIFUL Norwood MA Town Common from 2-6pm from June 23rd through September 8th. We hope to see you as a vendor or a patron!
The more you learn about Norwood Center, the more you realize how much is available!
Here on the FNC blog, we'll be posting some interesting offerings you may not know about.
Custom Art Framing on Central Street, established in 2003, is a mecca for art-related everything. This post mentions their art classes (for kids and adults, both workshops and ongoing lessons) but they also host pretty cool events like GALLERY NIGHTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, UKULELE CLASSES, and SINGING LESSONS!
Want to know more? Pop over to the shop. Give them a call! Check out their website.
Show some local love!
Friends of Norwood Center is a dynamic group of people interested in making the most of Downtown Norwood. The group is made up of residents, business owners, town employees, and advocates of the "shop local" movement. You don't even have to live in Norwood to be involved. You simply have to share our goal: making Norwood Center a thriving, vibrant, exciting downtown for everyone!
Want to get involved? We'd love to have you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or to share you thoughts. Come to some meetings! We want (and need) your ideas!
Don't have that much time to give but still want to make a difference? Start by making choices that focus on your local Downtown. Need a new shovel? Come to True Value on Washington Street (easy parking in the back). Need a new hoodie? Charles River Running has you covered! Going to dinner? Downtown has oodles of options! Need a new bank? Come to Downtown Norwood!
Each dollar you spend creates the community you want. We want you to come to Norwood Center -- the Heart of Norwood!
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to come to the Heart of Norwood. Come visit and you'll agree that Norwood Center has something for everyone!
-Flowers are nice - Silver and Sage and FLOWER POWER are right downtown!
-Dinner out? Perhaps a gift card? Yes, come to our many restaurants and pubs.
-Perhaps some pampering? Spas, nail salons, hair salons, massage therapists -- either make an appointment or buy a gift card.
-Live entertainment? Come to the Norwood Theatre or one of the bars featuring live bands and sometimes karaoke.
-Is your sweetheart an athlete? Charles River Running, CrossFit Florian, Burn Boot Camp, and Plie Barre Studio have equipment and clothing and gift cards available. Norwood gear is available at Day Street Sports.
-COFFEE? Perks, SPoT!, and the Common Cafe have gift cards!
-How about jewelry? Chelala Jewelers has a great selection of gems and gifts.
-Looking for something unique? Rethreads Consignment is where you'll find that!
-ICE CREAM! Daddy's Dairy has delicious flavors (some tipsy ones, too)
-Have a favorite photo? Get it framed at Custom Art Framing. Maybe pick up some artwork, too.
You'll find many options for Valentine's Day by coming to downtown Norwood. The purchases you make matter to our local businesses who then support our local community. It's a win win!
On Friday, Jan. 24, Charlotte Walsh, the newly-elected President of Friends of Norwood Center, was featured on Norwood News, broadcasted by Norwood Community Media.
During the interview, Walsh spoke about the exciting initiatives FNC will be working on this year.
Happy New Year from Friends of Norwood Center! FNC is a non-profit formed nearly a decade ago by committed residents and local businesses to provide organization and support to Norwood businesses to help build community and make Norwood Center the attractive destination we know it will be.
At the annual meeting held in December at local business NextHome Signature Realty, Charlotte Walsh, owner of Charles River Running at 679 Washington Street, was elected Friends of Norwood Center’s new President.
Charlotte hails from Wisconsin and has lived in many states and worn as many professional hats before settling in Islington and embarking on her business, Charles River Running. A veteran (along with two of her three children who have followed in her footsteps), Charlotte is passionate about creating vibrant, engaging and sustainable communities for everyone. She began her work with Norwood Center as a board member of the Downtown Steering committee 7 years ago, and has been an active Board member with Friends of Norwood Center for several years.
“As a Norwood Center business owner, I am excited to work with this board to help shape the future of Norwood Center’s economic landscape, be an advocate for our small businesses and build on our strong relationship with the community,” said Walsh. She continued, “With the involvement of more local business owners and all members of the Norwood community who are interested in the future of Norwood Center, together, we can continue to strengthen our downtown for all to enjoy.”
2019 was a year of community building and fact-finding for the Friends of Norwood Center. Walsh heralded the accomplishments of Friends of Norwood Center and is excited about the future:
In closing, Ms. Walsh states, “Our new Friends of Norwood Center board has already been hard at work setting some exciting goals for 2020 and developing a clear mission for the organization. We fully recognize the opportunities and challenges faced by the business community as Norwood continues to grow and expand. Our goals are to continue our work with the supportive town leadership, businesses – both new and existing - and residents to create a vibrant and exciting center that is accessible and relevant to all. Please join us!”
Join us at our first monthly meeting of the new year on January 27 at 6:00 p.m. at NextHome Signature Realty, 639 Washington Street, Norwood.
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Happy New Year from the Friends of Norwood Center
If you are looking for a year-end tax deduction, Friends of Norwood Center is a 501c3! Your generous support helps make possible many coordinated activities in Norwood Center like the Farmer’s Market, and Small Business Saturday, while working with Norwood businesses, residents and government to help make Norwood Center a thriving destination! Let’s work together in 2020 – we look forward to your ideas and support.
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These blog posts are written by Friends of Norwood Center Board Members and blog contributors. Look for author attribution in each post.