Blackstone Valley Chamber
of Commerce Newsletter
March 16, 2023
BVCC Annual Charity Golf Tournament
May 8, 2023

Hosted by Pleasant Valley Country Club
95 Armsby Rd. Sutton
Business After Hours with Affiliates
April 27, 2023

Hosted by Southwick's Zoo
2 Southwick St. Mendon
Interested In Sponsoring One Of Our 2023 Events?
When you sponsor a BVCC Event you are increasing your marketing and exposure to the Blackstone Valley's businesses, local residents, and potential customers! Take your marketing to the next level with unique sponsorship opportunities with the Chamber!

Please click the button below, or contact us at 508.234.9090 for more information.
Exclusive BVCC Member To Member Benefits
Being a member of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, has so many benefits! One of those benefits is sharing offers, promotions, and discounts with your fellow members!

Please click the button below to view all the BVCC Member To Member offers.

Are you interested in being featured? Please email Liz O'Neil at

(may take up to 2 weeks lead time to be featured)
Be Our Guest On "About The Valley" Hosted By Harry Berkowitz!
Tune into "About the Valley", hosted by Harry Berkowitz!

New members are encouraged to sign up for a space. Past sponsors, it may have been included in a sponsorship level package.

Interested in being a guest?
Please contact Jeannie Hebert, at
Women's Success Network
Join Us On A Committee!

Want to get more involved in the WSN? Volunteer on one of our three committees: programs, community support and marketing. Our volunteers help the WSN implement the goals and objectives of the network. Our Programs Committee, co-chaired by Alise Breton and Carol Dauphinais, plans and organizes events, meetings and seminars for the network. Our Community Support Committee, chaired by Heather Elster, focuses on the needs of our community by building awareness and providing resources and charitable aid. Our Marketing Committee, chaired by Ashley Daviau, and Pat Hurton, assists in promoting the network and various functions. 

For more information about these committees or to connect with some of our volunteers, please email Pat Hurton at  
"With more connections there is always more opportunity!"
What is the VBN?
The Valley Business Network
(VBN) uses the power of the BVCC to help businesses connect at fun and interactive “Networking at Night” events. These free monthly events provide opportunities for the businesses of Blackstone Valley to be “top of mind," cultivate new relationships, and connect with like-minded people to share best practices.

Please visit to register!
Food, Beverage And Hospitality Network

This group meets the first Thursday of the month from 8:30am-9:30am, Virtual (Hiatus in July and August). There is no fee to join!

Discuss current topics affecting the food & beverage economic forecast in the Valley. Get critical information out quickly (ex: changes in rules, regs etc.)

For more information please contact:
Liz O'Neil at 508-234-9090 ext 102, or email Liz at,
Not getting member pricing when you register for an event? Be sure to log in to your MCT account, and here’s how:
If you don’t know your login credentials, contact Liz O’Neil at
Millbury, MA – Allen Creative Group, a best-in-class, visual solutions graphic design agency, has moved into the historic Felter’s Mill in Millbury MA. Their new office location is 22 West Street Millbury MA, 01527.

“We were located at this same location but in a different studio from 2015-2020 but decided to move out of a brick-and-mortar environment during the pandemic. We became fully remote and were able to continue to function seamlessly and provide our clients with the same top-quality service and design capabilities we’ve always delivered, despite the worldwide disruption. Now, we are physically reunited in a spacious studio, still thriving,” said principal and creative director Jennie Allen. “We’re glad to be in a space where our creative team can once again collaborate. Working remotely is very hard creatively. We enjoy working with businesses and organizations that have a national profile, and we are eagerly pursuing a new strategy to build a more locally focused client base. Now that the pandemic is over and we can again meet in person, we’d like to add some of the local and regional businesses here in Central Massachusetts to our client roster who can benefit from our expertise” she said.

Koopman Lumber & Hardware
Our Newest Paint Store is OPEN in Uxbridge!

22 Douglas St. in Uxbridge
This new store boasts an extensive range of premium paints, stains, and coatings from Benjamin Moore. Their team of knowledgeable paint experts are committed to helping you find the perfect color and finish for your next project. Whether you're a professional painter, a DIY enthusiast, or just need a coat of paint for your bedroom, they have everything you need to achieve outstanding results.
VA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) Information Sharing

VA to award $16 million in grants to help Veterans and service members with disabilities participate in adaptive sports

WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the availability of nearly $16 million in grants to qualifying organizations to help more than 13,000 Veterans and service members with disabilities participate in adaptive sports. This funding will help these organizations plan, develop, manage, and implement a variety of sports and equine therapy activities, including life-improving programs for Veterans and training for providers. More information about these grants can be found in the two Notices of Funding Availability.

Adaptive sports are competitive or recreational sports and activities customized to fit the needs of persons with disabilities, including paralympic sports, archery, cycling, skiing, hunting, rock climbing, and sky diving. These activities allow Veterans to rehabilitate through recreation and encourage an active and fit lifestyle.

“Adaptive sports improve Veterans’ physical and mental health,” said VA Director of the National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events Leif Nelson, DPT. “These VA grants will help ensure that Veterans with disabilities have access to sports and activities that build independence, well-being, and quality of life.”

“Without [the VA Adaptive Sports Grant] program, I never would have believed that I could ski with my disabilities,” said U.S. Army Veteran and retired infantry sniper Landon Ranker. “This program opened new doors for me in that way and allowed me to be a part of an active and athletic world that I never thought possible.”

In 2022, VA awarded $16 million in adaptive sports grants to 108 organizations headquartered in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. VA has awarded a total of $100 million in adaptive sports grants in the last eight years to improve Veterans’ well-being and independence.

To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be a non-federal entity with significant experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program for persons with disabilities. Applications must be submitted online at by 3 p.m., ET, April 11, 2023. VA will announce award decisions this fall based on a competitive selection.

Details of the Notice of Funding Availability, including frequently asked questions and additional information can be viewed at VA Adaptive Sports Grant Program.
Pictured Bob Minarik signing the pipe.
Town of Douglas Celebrates Access to Natural Gas With A Pipe Signing!
Last Friday morning Douglas Town Officials, local legislators and businesspeople gathered to witness the installation of a pipe to connect natural gas from the town of Sutton into Douglas. The town of Douglas has been at a disadvantage for economic development projects without access to the infrastructure of natural gas.  Douglas officials have been actively working to obtain approval for many years, to no avail. After a connection was made with now Governor Maura Healey at a Blackstone Valley Chamber Breakfast, and a personal meeting scheduled through the outreach of Economic Development Project Facilitator, Robert Minarik, with the help of Town Manager, Matt Wojcik, the project was finally able to move forward. “This is going to be a gamechanger for the Town of Douglas,” said Bob Minarik. “This has been successful because of the support of so many, including Selectmen, the Manager, business owners, CMRPC, and the BVCC.’”
We've Moved!
Massachusetts Export Center
Mt. Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, Suite 207
100 Carlson Avenue
Newton, MA. 02459-3326

Pet Rock Fest 2023
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10 | 12:00pm-5:00pm
SAC PARK, Shrewsbury, MA

Celebrating 25 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Anyone interested in volunteering for, performing at, or taking part in the festival in any way (including vendors and sponsors) should contact

For more information, please visit
College and Career Fair Grafton High School

Tuesday, April 11th, 8:30-10:00am
24 Providence Road

If your organization is interested in attending our fair, please reach out to Grafton High School’s College and Career Counselor, Jennifer Cummings, for more information.

508-839-5425 ext. 2081
New Year Programs At The Heartwell Institute

1015 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA 01602
 Parking Address: 10 Biltmore Road

  • FREE Monthly Meditations, first Tuesday of every month, from 6-7PM at The HeartWell Institute for FREE stress-reduction meditation practice


Join the Community Harvest Project to help grow, tend, and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for our neighbors experiencing hunger.
Volunteers are welcome Monday through Saturday, May 1 through October from 9:00 am to Noon (excluding holidays) at the Grafton farm. Click here to sign up!

Why You Should Join The BVCC!
When you become a Chamber member, a whole world of benefits and opportunities is opened up to you. Become part of a group of hardworking, collaborative local business people who want to make the Blackstone Valley thrive.

Our #1 priority is to help you!

Serving Northbridge, Grafton, Sutton, Millbury, Uxbridge, Douglas, Millville, Mendon, Hopedale, Upton & Blackstone.

BVCC Hours
Monday: Remote
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday: Remote
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Office Phone: 508.234.9090

Jeannie Hebert, President & CEO
Phone: 508.234.9090 ext. 106  
Cell: 508.981.5782   

Liz O’Neil, Director or Programs, Events & Membership and Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 508.234.9090 ext. 102           

Kristen Kearnan, Office Administrator & Membership Manager
Phone: 508.234.9090 ext. 100
Our Mission
To preserve and enhance the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley by addressing the needs and concerns of businesses and providing leadership, support and resources in connection with issues which impact commerce and the quality of life in the Valley.

Serving Our Community
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is a donation site for the Peace of Bread Food Pantry. Please drop off your non-perishable food items in our lobby during office hours for the people of the Blackstone Valley.
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
670 Linwood Avenue, Building A, Suite #5, Whitinsville, MA 01588
508.234.9090 |