By Bob Katzen

Senate 36-0, approved and sent to the House a bill establishing the MassMade Program to identify, connect and support businesses that produce consumer goods in Massachusetts.

The program would provide information about qualified Massachusetts businesses and their products in a format readily available at no cost to consumers. The program would also be charged with identifying obstacles to conducting business in the Bay State and act as a resource for consumers seeking goods made here.

“MassMade will boost our economy by empowering companies and consumers alike,” said Sen. Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell), the bill’s sponsor. No longer will the commonwealth’s manufacturers buy widgets from overseas because they did not realize that the same widget is being made 15 miles down the road. No longer will Massachusetts residents say they want to buy gifts or a specialty food locally, but, not knowing where to shop, give up and go online. MassMade supports the commonwealth’s world-class businesses and provides a key resource for those wishing to buy made-in-Massachusetts goods.”

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