Often considered "the historic crossroads of Somerville," Union Square is a hotbed of transitioning business activity…More and cultural diversity. In the center of it all, USMS works hard to keep its district vital and forward-moving by promoting businesses new and old, organizing community events and connecting locals with the services they require.
Union Square Main Streets has also launched the new Design Annex, which is located in the same building as their administrative office. Developed asa coworking and networking space for creative industry professionals, the the Design Annex offers work space and also hosts an open house every Thursday from 9:30am to noon.
The Main Street approach was originally conceived in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a way of maintaining the vitality of our nation's village centers. USMS is a nonprofit partnership of Union Square residents, local business owners, community leaders, the City of Somerville and the National Main Streets Center.
The Somerville Chamber of Commerce has "served the membership while enhancing Somerville's quality of life" since…More 1946. Implementing an array of initiatives, including face-to-face networking meetings, a growing electronic presence that connects people to clients, vendors and information, as well as having a hand in local and city government, President and CEO Stephen Mackey is always looking to improve the business experience. Holding events such as question and answer sessions with the Mayor, an annual golf tournament and an Octoberfest, the establishment is currently involved in improving infrastructure by trying to lure the Orange and Green Lines of the MBTA to Somerville.
The chamber is always looking to expand its membership, for which the only prerequisite is doing business in Somerville. Communicating with the members, city officials and the media—and by issuing a weekly newsletter—the chamber is constantly getting involved in new areas. Consult the website for details.