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CRA & Boston Main Streets Foundation

Helping Empower Small Businesses

We here at CRA have always had a great love and appreciation for small business.  As large scale retail and restaurants have evolved, the DNA of main street businesses has been largely unchanged.  The entrepreneurial spirit, grit, and determination required today is the same as it was 100 years ago.

So it is with great enthusiasm that our organization is formally partnering with Boston Main Streets Foundation (BMSF) to help empower their mission. BMSF strives to help local businesses succeed and to guide both tourists and city goers to the best places to shop, dine, play, and explore.

Technology for Our Times

CRA has been working hand-in-hand with BMSF for over six months on a successful Technology Initiative, bringing our pilot to close earlier this year.  Some of our activities have included:

Now we’re ready to expand and accelerate our effort!

If you own a Boston area retail establishment or restaurant we would urge you to complete the form here to be eligible for our free initiative. We have three major branches of support your organization could benefit from – business strategy counseling, POS hardware and software, and discounted credit card payment systems.

Learn More Today

Learn more about this program and other business resources to help your business today.

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Special Thanks to Our
Program Partners


Case Studies


The pandemic has greatly impacted our ability to serve our customer base yet the revenue generated in just over a week from online orders has allowed us to pay our rent and bring back two part-time employees. We are in a different place because of the BMSF Technology program.

Yosef Haile
Owner of The Blue Nile

Program Directors

Grant Cohen, CSM

Grant has been a working with BMSF for almost a year providing insight and leadership with huge impact on Boston area businesses. His commitment to public service ultimately began in high-school when he founded Spread the Light, an initiative to help students at Trenton Public Schools learn creative writing. For his efforts, he won the 2009-2010 Outstanding Service Award from the Pennington School. Since moving to Providence, RI in 2014, he has volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club, RISPCA, and most recently the Amos House where he ran a weekly computer literacy program for homeless or displaced individuals. Through the Amos House, he began a fundraising program called New Lease, New Life which raised $5k from landlords, real estate investment companies and real estate agents to support the 'eradication of homelessness.'

Joe Lawlor, MBA, CSM

Joe is a long time advocate for small businesses. At 18 he joined his first economic development committee, and soon after started a consulting firm targeting the development of small businesses and local supporting entities. Along with his MBA he is currently pursuing further higher education to better understand the needs of small businesses in an evolving economy.