May 25, 2022

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Host a Business After Hours in 2022

The Business After Hours are held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., typically on a Wednesday or Thursday. The event allows the host to showcase its business, services, and building to the business community and it offers chamber members the chance to meet one another and network in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Several months are still available. Contact Lisa for more details if you'd like to host in 2022.
Business Information
May is Military Appreciation Month

SBA offers support to the military community as they enter the world of business ownership. In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, check out SBA's resources to help the military community start, grow, expand and recover small businesses. Learn more.
Important Updates from the MA DOR: Meals Tax Reporting & Pass-through Entities (PTEs) Excise Tax

The MA Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued the following update with regard to the new reporting requirement for meals tax filers to break down cash vs credit sales on the monthly return:
New info on how to report split cash and credit meals tax transactions 
Check out the new FAQ on how to properly report meals tax on split cash and credit transactions on the return. The answer includes examples demonstrating proper reporting of cash and credit.

All impacted members are encouraged to review this update and share it with the person in your company that files your return.

And for PTEs, the DOR issued the following:
A PTE that elected to pay the PTE excise – may not be done…yet 
Here’s a tip for Pass-through Entities (PTEs): Remember, a PTE that makes the election to pay the PTE excise must file Form 63D-ELT in addition to its Partnership, S Corporation or Trust return. The Elective PTE Excise FAQ page is a great resource to learn more.
Premium Pay Round 2

The State has announced that a second round of premium payments through the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay Program and checks will be sent out beginning June 6th.

• Approximately 330,000 checks will be sent out, totaling approximately $165 million
• This is based on criteria that was constructed in line with the criteria for the Round 1 payments, but has been updated to reflect 2021 changes in minimum wage and the federal poverty level calculations.
• Eligibility will be based on filed 2021 Massachusetts tax returns.

• The following individuals will not be eligible for a Round 2 payment:
o Individuals who received unemployment compensation in 2021
o Commonwealth executive branch employees who received a one-time
o Individuals who received a Round 1 check

• After Round 2 is complete, $500 payments will have been sent to approximately 810,000 residents, and approximately $405 million of the $460 million will be spent.
Marketing Trends for Small Businesses in 2022

SEED presents Marketing Trends for Small Business Owners in 2022 on Thursday, June 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

This free virtual workshop will cover everything small business owners and entrepreneurs need to know about marketing their business in 2022. The instructor, Tricia White of T. White Creations, offers insight gained over 30 years of working with small businesses in many marketing and branding capacities, as well as her experiences as a small business owner herself. Marketing trends, strategies, and much more will be the focus of this session. All attendees will receive a free business plan guide and will be introduced to free and confidential business assistance resources available to them locally and regionally. Register here.
5 Professionals You Need on Your Small Business Team

If you’re a small business owner without the resources to hire a large full-time team, you can still meet your business needs through freelancing or turning to independent business professionals. Even if your budget is strapped, a successful business requires the services of the following types of professionals. These professionals do things that you don’t need to (or shouldn’t be doing on your own).
Taunton Federal Credit Union will be hosting a Business After Hours on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by and see their new branch at 403 Winthrop Street in Taunton. Co-sponsored by Brownstone Realty Group.

Business After Hours is an evening of fun, food, and fellowship among Chamber members and their guests, with a chance to network, make new friends, and meet potential customers. Register below.
The MA Health Connector will be hosting a public informational webinar session on Wednesday, June 8 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small employers and their employees through Health Connector for Business at www.MAhealthconnector.org/business. They will also review available options for sole proprietors and owner-only groups who do not yet have the employees to qualify for a small group plan through the Health Connector for Business.

Health Connector for Business offers quality, affordable health insurance options to help small businesses (with 1-50 full-time employees) save on their premium costs.

How can this session help you? Learn about:

  • Coverage options for small employers through Health Connector for Business
  • Flexible Employee Choice models
  • Exclusive cost-saving benefits through the Health Connector for Business such as the ConnectWell rebate program and the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
  • Health insurance options for sole proprietors and owner-only groups not eligible for small group coverage
  • Health Connector as an alternative to COBRA
Get an update on state happenings and have your questions answered during this Q&A with State Representative Carol Doherty, sponsored by BankFive. Submit questions in advance here. Register below to attend this Zoom session.
Member News
Joseph F. Casey Named HarborOne President and CEO

Congratulations to Joseph F. Casey on his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of HarborOne Bank. Most recently, Joe served as President and COO, and prior to that, as HarborOne’s CFO. An indispensable member of the executive team for the past 18 years, Joe takes the helm as Jim Blake retires from the CEO position after 29 years of service to the customers and communities that HarborOne serves. Read more.
OCHM is a 2022 Blue Star Museum

Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) announced it will join museums
nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2022 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21, 2022, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. Learn more.
Community News
Town of Dighton Invites Community to Upcoming Memorial Day Ceremony 

Town Administrator Michael Mullen and Veteran’s Services Officer Raymond Hague are pleased to invite community members to attend Dighton’s upcoming Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Read more here.
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 Find Grant Opportunities for Your Small Business
Tues., May 31 | 1:00 PM 

The pandemic and economic relief efforts have led to more grant opportunities than ever for the nation's small businesses. With the main federal relief programs now over, small businesses are seeking out other funding opportunities that may be available to them.

This workshop will help you understand the small business grant landscape, things to consider, where to find funding, and more.

The different types of grants available to small business owners
Tips for crafting your grant application
Other free and low-cost capital options for your business
Question and answer period

Presenter: Brian Pifer, Vice President, Programs and Research, Small Business Majority

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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