At Hotel Veritas, we love being a small, independent hotel. We are able to make immediate decisions regarding what’s best for our guests, what’s best for our owners, and what’s best for the staff. We don’t have layers of managers, regional managers, district managers, directors, and executive committees involved in our little hotel (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Last night, we received the “Small Business of the Year” award from the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce during their annual “Excellence in Business” awards dinner – and we are so honored. The Small Business of the Year award recognizes a small business in the Cambridge area that:
• Demonstrates excellence, professionalism, leadership and originality in its industry;
• Exhibits a tangible record of positive impact on the community;
• Has fewer than fifty employees and has been a Chamber member for at least one year.
Cambridge is an amazing city in which to do business. We have incredibly supportive organizations such as the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Harvard Square Business Association, and the Cambridge Office of Tourism.
The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is a 1,500-member not-for-profit organization representing all sectors of the Cambridge economy. Its diverse membership and deep expertise in government affairs, business development, professional development and business philanthropy attract employers of all sizes.
Since its inception, the Chamber has been actively engaging local business leaders in governmental and philanthropic activities, connecting and educating its members, and providing a forum for addressing the needs of the Cambridge business community.
We are so happy that our little hotel was recognized with this award.
“One Person Can Make a Difference”: Getrude Matshe, Author and Activist, to Speak at Cambridge College
Cambridge College is proud to announce that Getrude Matshe, author, activist and founder of the Africa Alive Foundation, will speak at the College on Tuesday, February 28 as part of the College’s celebration of National Black History Month. The event will be held at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue and will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ms. Matshe’s presentation at 7:00 pm. Ms. Matshe’s talk is presented in partnership with the AIDS Action Committee, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Foundation, and The Possible Project; with speaker accommodations provided by the Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square.
The talk will focus on the theme “one person can create change” through dedication to problem solving and ethical business practices.
“Business history is filled with stories of staffers, sales reps, mid‐level managers and even factory workers who created change inside their companies,” said Matshe. “These individuals solved problems, created opportunities and inspired entire industries.”
Ms. Matshe is an acclaimed international speaker and founder of several organizations including the Africa Alive Foundation, which supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. Her book, Born on the Continent – Ubuntu, details a story that began with Matshe’s guest lecture at Cambridge College in 2008, where she inspired a student named Alexandra Vanegas to begin collecting books for a small library in Zimbabwe in great need of repair and replenishment.
“Her lecture was amazing, and I felt personally moved and inspired by her journey,” said Ms. Vanegas, who collaborated with Cambridge College professor Barbara Kofske Reid and fellow student Jessie Bartlett to begin collecting over 500 books for the library under a project entitled “Africa 500.”
“We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Ms. Matshe back to the Cambridge College campus, and to her reunion with Professor Kofske Reid and Ms. Vanegas,” said Joy King, director of Alumni Affairs, “This type of dedicated activity is a perfect demonstration of the College’s commitment to underserved populations, wherever they may be.”
The event is free and open to the public. Cambridge College is located at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, between Harvard and Central Squares.