Support Local Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Help keep our business infrastructure running, so shops and restaurants will be here once the pandemic fades and people can get out and about again. The Town of Arlington is doing what it can to keep our local economy healthy and has come up with a fun way to keep in touch with town businesses and patronize them at the same time. Pick up a gift card or get a meal to go, then enter the name of the business you just patronized on Arlington Shop Local’s Small Business Bingo cards. Here’s the deal:

“The Town of Arlington is partnering with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce to encourage support for local businesses, while adhering to local safety advisories and protocols, during the coronavirus pandemic.

HOW IT WORKS: Each bingo card contains 24 local businesses and restaurants in Arlington that are offering take-out, food delivery, gift cards, or online shopping. Cross off a box each time you place an order. If a business closes temporarily while you are playing, it becomes a free space. One winner per board will be chosen to win a $100 Shop Arlington First gift certificate from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. To be eligible to win, submit your completed bingo card with proof of each purchase by May 31st to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce at with the word “BINGO” in the subject line. Winners must purchase an item from at least one business in each column, (B,I,N,G, and O) to win.

“We hope that people will have fun with this and be motivated to support Arlington businesses.  Now, more than ever, shopping local is essential to the survival of our ‘main street’ businesses,” said Beth Locke, Executive Director of the Arlington Chamber.

Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator for the Town, collaborated with her colleague Kelly Lynema, Senior Planner in the Department of Planning and Community Development, to design the cards and cultivate the list of participating businesses. “Create a competition with your neighbors, friends and family. The more who play, the stronger our local business community will remain,” says Carter.

Download a Bingo card to start playing!

How Are You? How is Your Business?

Webinar on Tuesday, May 5 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Hosted by Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Registration is required. Information and registration here.

Hello from Arlington Entrepreneurs central in Arlington Center! Like the rest of you, I’m hanging in there and hoping that someday soon we’ll be able to socialize and go about our daily activities. In the meantime, I’m hunkering down and staying home to the greatest extent possible. I want to be a responsible Town citizen.

Due to illness and other circumstances (among them, the coronavirus), Arlington Entrepreneurs has very limited activity. That doesn’t mean business-specific events aren’t going on in other parts of town. Settle down with a beverage and snack for an indoor lunch and learn webinar hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and True Story Theater: “How Are You? How is Your Business?” This virtual event will help you connect with other business people. Arlington’s True Story Theater will be participating with improvised theater to help tell your story. According to the Chamber:

“Grab some lunch and join us to connect with other Arlington business people. True Story Theater, Arlington’s own story-telling theatre, will listen to your experiences of the past month and embody them through compassionate improvised theatre.  How are you, the business people of Arlington, sustaining yourselves during the pandemic?  What challenges?  Any surprises? How are you getting support from the community, and what further support could you use?

This is an opportunity to connect with each other. It’s fine to just watch and listen.”
This event is free, but registration is required. Visit the ARLCC website to get more information and to register.

The Chamber is hosting a number of virtual events, some in partnership with the Town of Arlington. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Chamber is offering a free, 90-day membership to anyone who is currently not a member. After that, the price for sole proprietors (less expensive than standard membership rates) will be $135.00 per year. It might be worth a look. Check out the Chamber website for more information