November 30, 2022

Event Calendar


Google Series: Launch Your Business with Customer-Focused Marketing

LGBTQ+ Competence & Business Solutions Lunch & Learn with Engayge

December 6

Member Orientation

December 7

Google Series: Establish a Professional Domain, Website & Email

E-News Sponsor
Chamber News

Arbors at Taunton

ATG - Advantage Truck Group

Bandstand Live, Inc.


Beta Community Partnerships, Inc.

Bristol Community College

Bristol Wealth Group

Colonial Donut Shop - 1261

Gay & Gay, PC

Homes For Our Troops


M&A Supplier Diversity Consultants, LLC

North Easton Savings Bank

People Incorporated

Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc.

Residence Inn Boston/Bridgewater

SEED Corp.

SPACE Building Corp. - 6340

Taunton Community Access & Media, Inc.


Introducing our newest member...Marinilli Associates Public Insurance Adjusters from Stoughton, MA! Their team has been serving families throughout the New England area for more than 30 years. Their licensed public adjusters have more than 100 years of combined experience.

If you're in need of their services, reach out to to Marinilli Associates at www.marinilliassociates.com.

Welcome to the TACC family, Marinilli Associates! We're so glad you're here!!


Ready to increase your profits up to 21%?

Ready to increase your profits up to 21%? Come learn how at Engayge's Lunch & Learn on December 1st at Noon! One person will walk away with a $25 Visa Gift Card! 

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. May attend in-person or via Zoom. Register below.


Get in the holiday spirit by donating to the Holiday Cheer Campaign! Again this year, all donations will be matched by our campaign sponsor Morton Hospital. Proceeds will support Taunton Diversity Network , Old Colony History Museum and A Life Worth Living, Corp. Let’s show our support for these deserving organizations!

Donations accepted until December 28th. Please donate below.

Thank you to these generous donors:

  • Linda Sternfelt, Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Kris Silva, Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jaime Barnes, Ameriprise Financial
  • Elizabeth LaBrecque, Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce


Whether you have been a member of the chamber for 5 years or 5 minutes – or if you’re just thinking about it – join us for Member Orientation on Tuesday, December 6th from 9-10 a.m. at the Chamber’s new office, 170 Dean St. in Taunton. See the office, meet the staff, hear about our benefits and programs, and learn how you can best maximize your investment with the TACC!

Seating is limited, however we will hold another Member Orientation after the first of the year. Free to members and prospective members.


Host a Networking Event in 2023 &

Gain Exposure for your Business!

Interested in getting your name out there or generating more business connections? Consider hosting an event with the Chamber in 2023!

Network with local business professionals at your place of business. Opening your doors to fellow Chamber members gives you the opportunity to showcase your business and services in your own element. You supply the light refreshments and we will invite the guests!

Event Options:

  • Coffee & Conversation
  • Noontime Networking
  • Business After Hours

Host a morning, afternoon, or evening event. We have several options to suit your schedule. Contact Lisa for availability and more details. 

Curious about cannabis? Have your questions answered, myths dispelled, concerns addressed, and so much more at the next Quarterly Q&A with a panel of our cannabis industry members 1 Connection LLC, Commonwealth Alternative Care, Freshly Baked Company, and Greatest Hits Cannabis Company.

This session is sponsored by 1 Connection LLC. 

Submit questions in advance here. Register below to attend.

Sponsor the Next Quarterly Q&A!

You could sponsor the next Quarterly Q&A for only $200! Contact Lisa for more info.

Business Information

Wage and Hour Law Changes for 2023, Minimum Wage Increase, and the End of Retail Premium Pay

On January 1, 2023, the last of five annual increases to the MA minimum wage will take effect, as well as the final repeal of the retail premium pay requirement. Take note of the following changes:

• Minimum wage increase to $15.00 per hour (currently $14.25)

• Tipped wage increase to $6.75 per hour (currently $6.15)

• Retail Premium Pay mandate is fully eliminated. 


As indicated, the retail premium pay requirement for work performed on Sundays and certain holidays has been eliminated from the MA General Laws (Chapter 136 §6) as of the new year. Retail employees may be compensated at their regular rate of pay for work performed on Sundays and the holidays of New Year’s Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, and Labor Day.  

The Blue Law voluntary work requirement remains in effect. All work performed on Sundays, and the aforementioned holidays, by employees of retail establishments must remain voluntary and refusal to work shall not be grounds for discrimination, dismissal, discharge reduction in hours, or any other penalty.

Download RAM’s 2023 Retail Holiday Schedule for a detailed guide to these changes.

Navigating Digitization as a Small Business Owner

Are you ready to board the digital transformation train? Are you using digital and social platforms to enter new markets, improve profitability, transform operations and recruit more customers? To help you navigate understanding and implementing digital transformation that will help your business, join SBA and Small Business Majority's webinar on December 1st at 2:00 p.m. Register here.

Accessing Workforce Development Funds for your Organization

Join AIM as they speak with Christine Abrams, Executive Director of Commonwealth Corporation, to learn about the MA resources that have been earmarked for workforce development. This free webinar will be held on Thursday, December 8th at 1:00 p.m.

They will provide an overview of funding available to organizations for hiring, training, and developing your workforce. Register here.

Easy Last-minute Bonuses to Drive More Sales During Small Business Season

Bonus offers are a great way to drive sales without discounting your products or services. It makes people feel like they are getting extra value—and these days, with inflation—that can make a reticent customer buy quicker.

But what if you haven’t thought out an entire marketing strategy around bonuses? Is it too late to offer one? Not at all. Here are some ideas on how you can make the last few weeks of Small Business Season some of your best.

4 Things to Do For Your Small Business in December

The holiday shopping season is in full tilt right now and while you’re busy analyzing your Black Friday and Cyber Monday revenue, there are a few things you want to do to capture those December holiday dollars. Learn more here.

Chamber Events


Google Series: Launch Your Business with Customer-Focused Marketing

Thurs, Dec. 1 | 10:00 AM

As a new entrepreneur, you’ll need more than good products or services to grow your business. It’s also important to have strong customer-focused marketing strategies to reach your audience and turn them into loyal customers. 

(Minimum 25 registrants required to hold this workshop)

In this workshop, you will learn how to: 

• Create a compelling brand 

• Define your audience 

• Convert customers 

• Build loyalty and advocacy


Google Series: Establish a Professional Domain, Website & Email

Wed, Dec. 7 | 12:00 PM

If you’re curious about bringing your existing business online, or you’re just starting a business and want to know where to begin, it all starts with a domain: your online address and home on the web.

(Minimum 25 registrants required to hold this workshop)

In this session we’ll cover: 

• The benefits of owning a domain 

• Helpful web terms to know 

• How to get the most out of your domain

Member News

December Programs and Events at the OCHM


All are invited to join the Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) for family-friendly events, both in person and virtually this month. To see all the events they have to offer, visit the calendar online. Highlight tours with the Curator take place daily at noon, and our regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We will also be collecting toys at the Chamber office, located at 170 Dean Street in Taunton.

Kris Silva, TACC President & CEO, is excited to join the program this year as a mentor!

Community News

Raynham Public Hearing - Tax Classification

At the request of the Board of Assessors, the Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at Raynham Town Hall, 558 S. Main. St. to discuss classification of Real and Personal Properties for the Town, the Raynham Center Water District and the North Raynham Water District. All interested persons will be heard at this time.

2022 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell was pleased to announce Taunton resident and business owner Helen Cardoso has been chosen as the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Taunton Christmas Parade. Helen Cardoso was chosen for this honor based on her many contributions to the business community as well as her many charitable undertakings in the City of Taunton. Read more.

Upcoming Christmas Festivities in Taunton

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell invites City of Taunton residents to join in upcoming Christmas festivities, including the annual Lights On Festival and Christmas Parade.  

The City of Taunton’s 109th Lighting of the Green is being held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 followed by the Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2022. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.”  Learn more.

SCORE Business Resources
Help For Your Small Business
Let SCORE business advisors help you navigate the SBA Debt Relief Programs or the start-up and growth of your small business. All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. If you are an existing SCORE client, please send an email to your SCORE counselor to schedule a phone call or Zoom conference. If you are new to SCORE, please complete the Request a Mentor form and someone from SCORE will contact you via email to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Sign up for SCORE webinars here. View upcoming webinars here.

How To Ensure Your Website Is Your Workhorse

Mon, Dec. 5 | 12:00 PM


In many cases, your website will provide the first and only impression an individual or organization has of your organization. It needs to be user friendly, reinforce your organization’s credibility, and allow visitors to easily find tools on your site that allow them to complete actions that they value.

But, first your website needs to be found by the right people. In this workshop, you’ll learn from a panel of four New England digital marketing and IT experts.

Register here.

How to Write a Business Plan and Avoid Getting Stuck in the Planning Process

Wed, Dec. 7 | 1:00 PM


You’ve come up with a concrete business idea, but to ensure you make it to your intended destination on your business journey, you need a professional business plan to lay out the path.

In this webinar, the expert presenter will go step-by-step on how to fill out each section, explaining what parts are necessary to get started and which areas can be finished as you continue your business journey.

You’ll learn the following:

• How to use a business plan as a tool to get started

• How to avoid getting trapped trying to write the perfect plan

• Learn which critical sections of the business plan to address first

Presented by Cheri Bales, Founder of Hannah/Gold Communications .

Register here.

SCORE’s Small Business Resilience program

This year, during an unprecedented national health crisis, small businesses needed help more than ever before. In order to support these business owners when they needed it most, the SCORE Foundation provided funding for SCORE’s Small Business Resilience program. This platform allowed SCORE to pivot their mentoring and educational services onto virtual platforms, where clients could easily access the pandemic-related information, guidance and resources they needed to survive and thrive. Learn more here.
Volunteer At SCORE

Are you looking for ways to help your small business community? Would you like to grow your network or develop professionally? As a SCORE volunteer, you get it all!

Join the SCORE network of 10,000 volunteers. SCORE relies on volunteers to help small business around the country thrive.

Interested? Visit the volunteer web page to find about the many benefits of volunteering and the right opportunity for you!

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·    Cash Management

A1 Pizza Taunton

$5 off orders of $50 or more

Anchor Barre

20% off your first month membership or class package. Email Melynda for more info

Andi's Aesthetics

Offering Chamber members 20% off regular priced services.

Back Bay Staffing Group

10% off first week temporary services.

Email Joni for more info.

Distinguished Details, LLC

15% off contracted services.

Email Camille for more info.

Engayge, Inc.

Claim your business on their platform and you will receive a year subscription free of charge. Email Maryellen for more info.

The Exodus Experience

10% off photobooth experience for Chamber Members

Growth Arise Consulting LLC

20% off DISC assessment with debriefing for Chamber members. Contact Patricia for more info. 

Hometown's Tacos Locos

10% off for Chamber members

(discount applies to individual orders for members not catering events)

JDN Publications

10% off for Chamber members

KS Dance Studio

10% off for Chamber members

Junkluggers of Southeastern MA & RI

$25 off 1/4 truck or more! Please redeem at time of booking. Limit one per household. Cannot be combined with other offers. Learn more here

MacDonald Moving Services

free estimates for all moves and 10% off the first month of storage for Chamber members. Contact Pauline for more info.


10% off for Chamber Members

MBL Land Development & Permitting, Corp.

10% off most services. Contact Kerry for more info.

Plymouth Rock & Correira Insurance

5% off your auto insurance. Contact Luke for details.

Quesos with Love

10% off for Chamber Members. Email Nery for details.

R&D Cleaning Co.

10% off cleaning services

Contact Renay for more info.

Relaxation Works Spa

$10 off any facial. Enter code TACC online. (Does not include membership appointments.)

The Star Drive-In

10% off any purchase


10% off regular price items on the sales floor, and 20% off print and marketing orders over $50.00. Chamber Members must access through the Members Only section of the TACC website. Email Lisa for assistance.

Sullivan Tire

10% all parts, labor on applicable services. Email Ken Rubino for more information.

Ask us how you can participate in the Member to Member Discount Program!

Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, 170 Dean Street, Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-4068
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