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HAPPY MONDAY AND WELCOME TO FEBRUARY! In this issue of Crossroads, we welcome two new Member businesses to the Chamber of Central Mass South as well as the new Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Erika Travinski. We were pleased to have more than twenty Members join us for the online discussion group on Paid Family Medical Leave which we offered last week. You'll find a recap of the session below with links to pertinent resources. We look forward to bringing you more useful information on issues such as PFML as the year progresses.

Crossroads is our Members' platform to share their latest news with fellow Chamber Members and our community. We thank you for entering your upcoming happenings on our Events calendar and emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads. NEXT ISSUE: FEBRUARY 12, 2021.
CHAMBER OFFICE INFO
The Chamber office is open by appointment only.
Please give us a ring at 508-347-2761 if you will be visiting.
Masks must be worn.
The office will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.
January 22 Call Summary: Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development

Below is a summary of the conference call we attended on January 22 with Secretary Sudders and the Office of Housing and Economic Development. You will find the latest information from the state on various grant programs, loans, finding a lender, and more.

COMMUNITY ONE STOP FOR GROWTH
Yesterday, the Administration announced the launch of the Community One Stop for Growth – a new streamlined portal that allows grant applicants to use a single application to access ten economic and community development grant programs. Please visit mass.gov/onestop to learn more, and do share this news with officials and interested parties in your community.
 
TRAVEL AND TOURISM RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has just opened the Travel and Tourism Recovery Grant Program. This $1M program is dedicated to marketing projects that support the My Local MA campaign, enhance tourism recovery, and have the potential to increase non-resident visitation. This competitive funding grant opened on January 22, 2021, with applications due February 15, 2021. Interested parties should read the RFR and submit an application. Awards will be announced in March.

REGIONAL PILOT PROJECT GRANT PROGRAM
The Regional Pilot Project Grant Program will promote regional recovery from the economic impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus through partnerships. It is open to municipalities, public entities, or exempt 501(c) organizations. The goal of this pilot program is for municipalities and organizations to work together to create solutions for recovery in their specific economies. The programs opened on January 22, 2021, and will close on February 10, 2021. Interested parties should read the RFP and submit an application as outlined on the program page.
 
IMPLEMENTATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
Updates on implementation of unemployment benefits will continue to be posted on the Department of Unemployment Assistance’s website.
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION UPDATES
As Bob shared, all participating SBA lenders are now authorized to make Paycheck Protection Program loans in line with new SBA guidance. Small businesses can use the Lender Look Up tool to find an eligible PPP lender. The Shuttered Venues Operators Grants Program is not yet accepting applications; however, eligible businesses can review the program guidance now available online. In addition, the SBA continues to offer debt relief. Businesses with existing SBA 7(a), microloan, and 504 loans should speak to their lender and review the new guidance regarding debt relief to learn how this may apply to their loans. In addition, borrowers who are approved for new 7(a), 504, and microloans (between February 2, 2021 and September 30, 2021) will be eligible for six months of eligible principal and interest payments.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Appointment Booking for Individuals 75+
Vaccinations for Individuals 75+ to Begin on February 1 as part of Phase Two

1/27/2021
   Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
   Executive Office of Health and Human Services
   Department of Public Health
   Governor's Press Office
   Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Boston — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced individuals ages 75 and over can visit www.mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap to start booking an appointment for vaccine beginning Monday, February 1st.

A map with all available locations is available at www.mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap.

Residents should visit the website, find a convenient location, and schedule an appointment online.

Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it may take time to secure an available appointment. Residents are encouraged to keep checking the website as appointments are added on a rolling basis.

The Vaccine Map has multiple provider types (i.e., mass vaccination, pharmacies, local vaccination sites) and appointments will go live on a rolling basis over the course of the day.

Steps to book an appointment:
  1. Visit www.mass.gov/CovidVaccineMap and click on the map.
  2. Select a location, schedule an appointment online
  3. Have your important information with you, such as your insurance card
  4. Fill out the self-attestation form, which will need to be presented at their appointment.

Information for community organizations and individuals ages 75 and older can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-people-ages-75-and-older. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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Welcome, New Chamber Members!

Please join us as we welcome the newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

The Painted Stone Emporium
The Painted Stone Emporium is an eclectic shop with a love for creativity, unique craftsmanship, art and beauty from nature. Discover a variety of crystals (semi-precious stones), beads/findings for jewelry making, houseplants, and locally/in-house made items including candles, jewelry, skin/self-care lines, different types of wall/other art, painted gifts, macramé, refurbished furniture and more.

Recently moved to 453 Main Street, Sturbridge, next to Baba Sushi. VISIT TODAY ONLINE OR "LIKE" THE SHOP ON FACEBOOK!

Health New England
Health New England is a non-profit health plan serving members in Massachusetts.
Our mission is to improve the health and lives of the people in our communities, and we are deeply committed to the individuals we serve every day. VISIT HEALTH NEW ENGLAND ONLINE FOR MORE.

The Chamber is pleased to welcome this new regional affiliate Member through the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Welcomes New Board Chair, Erika Travinski

The Chamber of Central Mass South is very pleased to welcome Erika Travinski, CEO at The Center of Hope, as the Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors. Erika will serve a one-year term which commenced when she presided over the Chamber Board Meeting held on December 10, 2020. We are excited to have her experience, dedication and leadership at the helm of the Chamber's Board. Erika replaces the Board's Immediate Past Chair Laurie Cashman, of Yellow Iris Farm, to whom we are most grateful for her service and leadership during a very challenging year.

Erika's Bio
Erika Travinski is the Chief Operating Officer at the Center of Hope Foundation, where she is part of the executive team that oversees a non-profit agency that serves over 700 individuals. She has been an advocate for individuals with disabilities for over 25 years. Her dedication to helping the disability community has improved the lives of countless individuals and their families.

Erika graduated from Northeast University with a BA in Psychology. She continued her education at Assumption College where she graduated with her masters, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

During her career she has worked with both children and adults ensuring that everyone was given the opportunities to live the most fulfilling life. Erika’s compassion and kindness has touched the lives of so many.

Erika is very involved in advocating legislatively for people with disabilities, is a member of the Board of Governors for the Tri-Community YMCA and is committed to the business community with her work with the Chamber of Central Mass South.
MA PFML Discussion Group Recap

On January 28, the Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) led our members in a discussion on Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). Presented by Barbara Piucci and supported by her colleagues Susan Breen and Darlene Morse, members were provided an overview of how the MA PFML works, and a robust question and answer session ensued, leaving participants well grounded in how to navigate the new law and employee claims. For participants and all of you, the EANE has provided these links for further support:

Paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits guide www.mass.gov/info-details/paid-family-and-medical-leave-pfml-benefits-guide

Employer role in the paid family and medical leave review process edit.mass.gov/info-details/employer-role-in-the-paid-family-and-medical-leave-review-process



We are most grateful to our discussion group presenters Barbara Piucci, Susan Breen, Darlene Morse and the Employers Association of the Northeast for facilitating the presentation of this program. The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) is comprised of experts who deliver a full range of cutting edge resources and services that guide you to support, train and retain your workforce and ultimately help your organization succeed.
PLEASE VERIFY YOUR M2M OFFER FOR 2021!
Does your business have an offer in our M2M Discount Program? We emailed all M2M participants asking that you please review your offer and let us know if you would like to keep it rolling through 2021. Please email Jack to confirm, change or discontinue your offer. THANK YOU!
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NEW for 2021! Save at Table 3!
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 (Previously, the Table 3 M2M discount was 10% off.)
Does not apply to holidays, special events and cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Click on the M2M logo to see this and many more great offers from Members... for Members!
Central Mass South Referral Group: Networking & Referrals
Chamber Members can now join for FREE!

The Central MA South Referral Group is the official networking and referrals group of CMS Chamber.
JOIN FOR FREE! Previously, Membership to the referral group was an additional fee on top of Chamber dues of $45 per quarter. We are pleased to announce that you can now join the group for FREE! Learn more by emailing CMS Referral Group member Rich Eichacker.

ABOUT CMSRG
The CMS Referral Group currently meets each Friday morning virtually. Meetings are designed to provide a venue for networking, enhance your public speaking skills, exchange of business referrals and marketing ideas, and guest speakers who share their knowledge of the latest developments in business. Comprised of local business owners and professionals, CMS Referral Group is committed to establishing and strengthening relationships with companies and community organizations in the Chamber’s service area through networking, education and trust.
Cornerstone Bank makes $54,000 donation to United Way
Surpassed both this year’s goal and last year’s gift
 
Southbridge, Mass. – Cornerstone Bank, a community bank with 12 locations throughout central Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its recent donation of $54,196.62 to the United Way. This donation reflects an employee gift and matching contribution that together exceeded this year’s goal and last year’s gift.

The United Way is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the educational, economic and healthcare of individuals in need. Cornerstone Bank’s donation will support three, local United Way organizations: United Way of South Central Massachusetts, serving Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton; United Way of Webster Dudley; and United Way of Central Massachusetts, which serves 30 cities and towns. Locally, these organizations help with food insecurity, childcare, medical needs, counseling, legal services and much more.
 
“I am so proud we were able to raise funds for such an impactful organization again this year,” said Cornerstone Bank Vice President/Controller and United Way of South Central Massachusetts Treasurer Scott Dungey. “The employees here at Cornerstone Bank are so generous with their time and resources to help the communities that we serve. Being on the United Way Board of Directors, I know these funds will go to help people that really need it, especially with how difficult the past year was for so many in our area.”
 
“Cornerstone Bank has a deep-rooted commitment to giving back to the community,” said Cornerstone Bank Chief Executive Officer Todd Tallman. “We are pleased to play a role in supporting the United Way on their valiant efforts to support the needs of people around the world but especially those here in our own backyard.”

About Cornerstone Bank
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving residents, businesses and communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Our customer promise, Built on Trust, is not just a brand, but also a corporate focus. Whether a business or personal partnership, Cornerstone Bank rests on the foundation that relationships are built on trust. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender and SBA Preferred Lender. To learn about Cornerstone Bank’s personal and business banking offerings, please visit cornerstonebank.com or call 800-939-9103.
Position Information: Branch Office Administrator

At Edward Jones, our commitment to our associates has made us one of the nation's leading financial services firms. We seek an individual to support the Financial Advisor through client service, office administration and client development functions. New Branch Office Administrators complete a comprehensive, online, self-directed training program that provides knowledge and skills needed to help operate a local branch office.

FORTUNE Magazine MARCH 2019
For the 20th year, Edward Jones was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE magazine and the Great Place to Work. The firm ranked No. 7 overall. These 20 FORTUNE rankings include top-10 finishes for 16 years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003.*

*From FORTUNE Magazine, March 2019, ©2019 Fortune Media IP Limited. FORTUNE and FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For are registered trademarks of Fortune Media IP Limited and are used under license. FORTUNE and Fortune Media IP Limited are not affiliated with, and do not endorse the products or services of, Edward Jones.

Position Information: Branch Office Administrator
Hours: Full-time
Location: 419 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Job Code: 52428BR

To be considered for this position, submit a resume online at: careers.edwardjones.com

Edward Jones does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veterans status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Hitchcock Academy:
Through the Winter Months

Did your family recently acquire a new canine member? Put your relationship on a firm foundation by signing up for Buddies Dog Training with Laurie Merritt at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield. Classes begin on Wednesday, February 3 and lessons stress positive training methods and problem solving strategies for dogs of any age. Get the most from being a pet owner by learning from an expert the best way to guide your animal into the behavior patterns that form a solid foundation for a happy life together. For the dog owner looking to expand their canine’s skills Merritt offers progressive training in the sport of K9 Nosework® on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Hitchcock Academy offers activities to bring light into winter days. If you’ve ever wanted to follow a musical muse HFA offers in person and online piano lessons with teacher Anne Macon. Schedule an in person lesson on Tuesday from 3 to 6 pm. Online lessons are available Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. If you prefer stringed instruments Linda Day Newland, a veteran of the Austin Symphony Orchestra offers online instruction in violin or viola for all ages and all levels in half hour increments between 2 and 5:30 pm on Thursdays. 

Get rid of those winter kinks. Yoga class is online Monday evening with instructor Sharon Palmer, who has a new 6 week session beginning on February 1. Classes begin at 7:15 and provide a great way to wind down.

Let’s Cake Decorate with Sue Gaulin is offering cake decorating for spring: March’s Bunny Stump Cake instructs you how to create a scene using sugar icing. April’s Sprinkles Anti-Gravity Cake demonstrates how to use icing to decorate a cake that seems to defy gravity and May’s class features a number of techniques to create a stunning Buttercream Cupcake Bouquet. Let’s Cake Decorate classes take place on Sunday March 28, April 25, and May 16 from 1 to 3 pm.

Martial Arts classes with Sensei Izzy Lopez are available both in person and online. Classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 4:30 and 6 pm. Sign up to get the COVID price of $35 per month for two weekly sessions.

If you miss the fresh taste offerings of a Farmer’s Market, remember, on the first and third Saturday of every month you can pick up pre-ordered Farmer’s Market favorites from 10 am to noon. Go to hitchcockacademy.org to find out how you can order your favorites from Turn A Bout Farm and Rocky Ridge Beef. 

Family Foundations 5 is a program for caregivers and children from infancy through age five. Its goal is to support and strengthen families, promote child development, and provide information about community resources. Offerings are free for families, but registration is required. Currently a play group meets at HFA on Wednesday mornings. Check out their Facebook page for full details.
On Saturday, January 30 Hitchcock Academy parking lot will be the place to stock up on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies. From 10 am to noon The Mills and Hills Girl Scout group will be there to satisfy your sweet tooth with favorites like Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and more. 

Hitchcock Academy follows all current COVID guidelines for cleaning and social distancing and anyone using the facility must wear a mask. All information regarding current class offerings, events, and registration are available online at hitchcockacademy.org. Just because days are short, and the thermometer reads cold doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Hitchcock Academy constantly works with instructors to offer options to its community members. Look for upcoming classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and fencing.
Cornerstone Bank announces new Vice President, Marketing
Alan Whitney joins the team with 25 years of experience
 
SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Cornerstone Bank, a community bank with 12 locations throughout Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that Alan Whitney has joined the team in the role of Vice President, Marketing. Alan comes to Cornerstone with more than 25 years of relevant industry experience.
 
“Alan is a seasoned veteran with fresh ideas and unbridled enthusiasm,” said Todd Tallman, president of Cornerstone Bank. “We are excited to see how he can help us continue to grow and provide an even better experience to our customers.
 
Whitney held past positions with Agrium Advanced Technologies and Shemin Landscape Supply. Prior to joining the workforce, he served his country for six years in the United States Navy after graduating with a degree in Business/Marketing from Western New England University. He currently serves as the Chairman for the Ware, Massachusetts Board of Selectman, the governing body of the community in which he resides with his wife, Laurie.
 
“I look forward to building upon the successes Cornerstone Bank has already achieved. In just my few short weeks here, I have noticed the slogan ‘Built on Trust’ is more than just words. Every member of the team works hard every day to earn and maintain the trust of our customers,” said Whitney. “That’s what sets us apart and one of the main reasons I’m so excited to be a part of the organization.”
 
About Cornerstone Bank
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving residents, businesses and communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Our customer promise, Built on Trust, is not just a brand, but also a corporate focus. Whether a business or personal partnership, Cornerstone Bank rests on the foundation that relationships are built on trust. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender and SBA Preferred Lender. To learn about Cornerstone Bank’s personal and business banking offerings, please visit cornerstonebank.com or call 800-939-9103.
Second Chance Receives $70,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities® to Help More Homeless Pets 
 Giving Shelter Pets the Best Chance
 
EAST BROOKFIELD, MA – January 27, 2021 – Second Chance Animal Services has received a $70,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more shelter pets for adoption and ensure they are ready to find loving homes. This grant will assist in providing veterinary care to homeless pets so they can get the ‘second chance’ they deserve.

With three full-service veterinary hospitals and a transport quarantine facility, Second Chance is uniquely qualified to help at-risk homeless pets.
“We are grateful for the continued support of PetSmart Charities in our work to help pets in need,” said Second Chance Development Director Lindsay Doray. “So many pets come through our transport program after sitting in overcrowded shelters across the country. Here in Massachusetts, we have many families hoping to find a new family pet. These funds will help us to update vaccinations and provide spay neuter surgeries and veterinary care so each pet can start their new life with their new family.”

“Second Chance Animal Services continues to provide critical care to shelter pets, effectively reducing the homeless pet population and shortening their shelter stay,” said Johnny Jenkins, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. "We are proud to support this work that will give homeless pets the best chance at finding loving homes.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million to positively impact communities, to help preserve families, to improve access to veterinary care and to connect people and pets through initiatives like this with Second Chance.
Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets each year through a variety of programs. For more information on Second Chance, visit www.secondchanceanimals.org.

PHOTO: Turner is a 2-year-old male cat rescued from an overcrowded shelter in Georgia. He suffers from entropion - a genetic abnormality which causes his lower eyelids to curl in so hair is rubbing on the surface of his eyes. After recovery from surgery to relieve him from this uncomfortable condition, he will be available to adoption.

About Second Chance Animal Services:
Second Chance is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization that began in 1999 in East Brookfield and relies solely on donations from grants to operate. The organization operates an adoption center in East Brookfield, Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Springfield, and Worcester. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year through adoption, spay/neuter, veterinary care, community outreach, educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at www.secondchanceanimals.org.
Follow Second Chance on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/secondchanceanimals

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®:
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $430 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org
Joshua Hyde Library Seeks Part-Time Program Coordinator

The Joshua Hyde Public Library and the Town of Sturbridge is seeking to hire a flexible, well-organized, computer savvy, locally-connected individual to be the Part-Time Program Coordinator. For more information about this 10 hours/week position, please see the Town of Sturbridge website at www.sturbridge.gov/your-government/pages/job-opportunities

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Click HERE to add your name and info to the CMS Chamber Discount enrollment spreadsheet.
Escape the Pike challenges you to our newest game! Come play SPY2K!
It’s Chicago, 1999. You just so happen to be a computer genius. A Federal Task Force was created to combat a new threat. They have contacted you with a secret mission; code-named “Operation Lights Out.” They have received a tip that a foreign entity has activated a sleeper cell handled by a computer emporium owner-turned-hacktavist, anti-capitalist sympathizer. The team has been collecting sensitive computer technologies and writing source code to exploit Y2K protocols put in place to update and manage our national grid. You have been tasked with searching the computer emporium owner's office to help dismantle the team. Do you accept the mission? Will you uncover the players and stop them from shutting down the grid in time? Sneak into Jake’s Computer Emporium and become the secret agent that saves the year 2000! Click the Escape the Pike logo to visit online and book your escape!
Virtual Visits to Italy, Morocco, Ireland and more!

Our Virtual Photography Travelogue program is narrated by professional photographer Ron Rosenstock whom I represent through Sbrogna’s Artistic Promotions.

We offer many one-hour virtual programs for purchase. A few locations which might be of interest to your staff or to your residents in Senior Living are Italy, Morocco, Ireland, and Iceland/Greenland. Please click on the thumbnail below to see a trailer for our Italy presentation!

This will give you an idea of what you can expect if you should invite us to do a virtual program at your facility. If you’re interested, please check out our website at www.sbrognaart.com and/or email at linda@sbrognaart.com or call me 508-318-3267.

We are working hard to find ways to continue to inspire, educate, and show the beauty of our world to the community as we all continue to go through our current health crisis.
Latest Edition!
Read the latest digital issue of Vocero Hispano on the News Posts Feed on the Chamber website. ISSUE 1610 - Digital Version - Free For Members
Reach the Hispanic Market directly with the #1 Statewide Hispanic Newspaper in Massachusetts. Email advertising@vocerohispano.com to get started.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Online Opportunities

Are you offering online learning opportunities, webinars, or podcasts? Please add your happenings, online or in-person, indoors or out, to our calendar or email Jack the pertinent info and we will be happy to share in the next CROSSROADS!

WORCESTER REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Seminar/Webinar Series: CRISIS MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS CONTINUITY
How To Plan For & Protect Your Business From The Unexpected
Wednesday Feb 10, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00, via Zoom, FREE for Chamber Members

This webinar will provide practical information to help you plan for and respond to a crisis.
Some elements that will be covered include:
• Effective Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership
• Emergency Management Planning
• Application of a Crisis Management Model to Business Continuity
• The “What If’s” and Solution Considerations During Critical Situations
• Practice an Emergency Preparedness – Table Top Exercise
• Questions and Answers


Visit the Worcester Chamber calendar of Chamber Events online here.


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Simplifying Social Media for Small Business
Wednesday | Feb 3 | 1:00 pm
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Shopify: Best Practices for Ecommerce Stores to Drive Sales
Friday | Feb 5 | 12:00 pm
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Franchising 101-Small Business Ownership
Tuesday | Feb 9 | 10:00 am
Are you considering entrepreneurship as a career option but want a proven business model to get to your goals more quickly and safer? Would you like to run a business of your own that will provide greater autonomy and independence, but are not sure how to find, or choose, the right business for you? If you have answered ‘Yes’ to either of these questions, then this workshop is for you! Presented by one of North America’s Top Franchise Consultants. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.

View Previously Recorded SCORE Webinars Here.


BUSINESS WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER NETWORK
Statewide Training & Event Calendar

Feb 1   Basics of Starting Your Business
Feb 1   Taller de Emprendimiento - Pensamiento sistémico en el espíritu empresarial (presentado en español)
Feb 4   Introduction to the State of Massachusetts Contracting for Small Businesses
Feb 4   Small Business Resources Forum
Feb 8   Taller de emprendimiento - Entonces, ¿qué? Estrategias para una diferenciación efectiva del mercado (presentado en español)
Feb 11   Positioning Your Company to Sell Post COVID
Feb 15   Taller de Emprendimiento - Movimiento de liderazgo y cambio (presentado en español)

Visit the online calendar for more info and to register for these and many more.


DEB K HYPNOSIS
2021 is here and Change is in the air! What would you like to change? Now taking in office clients as well as virtual.
Call 508-579-6314. To join Deb K Hypnosis private Facebook group for support and resources click here:


COGGNO is the Chamber's 24/7 Training platform. Low cost and even free online courses are available for CMS Chamber Members.
Winter Walks at the Village
February 5-7, 12-21, 26-28, 2021
Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
OPEN All of February School Vacation Week (February 12-21, 2021)
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership.
Admission is half-priced through February 7, 2021!

Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on your walk stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept a family busy. Our tradeshops will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we will be working to keep our hand skills sharp. See the farmers hard at work getting ready for the next season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. There will be daily horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the museum. Your experience will be outdoors so please dress accordingly.

All visitors and members will be required to purchase and/or reserve their tickets online to manage capacity in accordance with current Massachusetts guidelines. Available tickets will be released weekly on each Wednesday prior and arrival time blocks must be chosen. Purchase or reserve your tickets and see our current policies at the link below.

Please also note:
Buildings are currently closed, but as the season progresses, we will open buildings in phases with occupancy limits. In the meantime, guests can watch a variety of demonstrations and talk with costumed historians outside!

In accordance with MA state guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a face mask when in the Village.

Visitors coming from out of state should review the current Massachusetts travel order as well as any travel guidance issued by the state from which they will travel.
Visit the link for more

MUSEUM HOURS
January 15 – February 13
OPEN Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Also Open:
All of February School Vacation Week (February 12-21, 2021)
Communicating with Clarity and Impact Workshop
Time: February 9 - 11, 8am to 12pm
Location: Live/Remote through QCC

Learn the principles of communications and why it is the foundation of relationships. Active listening, asking effective questions and body language are explored in order to handle conversations with confidence and empathy as a means to promote a positive live or virtual work environment. See more and register online.

For assistance call Christine McNally at 508-751-7929.
VALENTINE'S DAY IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH!
MAKE A RESERVATION TODAY: 508-867-2345

Main Dining Room Hours:
Friday & Saturday – 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00pm

Special COVID 19 Notes
  • Reservations are required at this time by calling. If no answer, leave a message and we will return the call.
  • Size of a party seated at a table cannot exceed 6 people.
  • We are asking people to limit their time at the table to 90 minutes.
  • Face masks will be required.

508-867-2345
Hot Meals & Take Out Dinners Available from the Bake Shoppe
Tuesday through Saturday 4:00PM - 6:30PM

Although dining at the Publick House is currently closed for the season (January-March 2021), prepared foods and meals are available from the Bake Shoppe. Please call ahead to allow for preparation time. Limited seating is available in Ebenezer’s Tavern for guests ordering takeout. VIEW THE TAKE OUT MENU HERE. This week is German Week! (2/2 - 2/6)
Stay vigilant! Wear a mask or face covering in public to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep MASSACHUSETTS headed in the right direction.

Executive Committee

Erika Travinski, Chair
The Center of Hope

Leila Hurt, 1st Vice Chair
Country Bank

Laurie Cashman, Immediate Past Chair
Yellow Iris Farm

Bruce Watkins, Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.

 
Board of Directors

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group

Kevin Berube
North Brookfield Savings Bank

Michael Checkosky
Cornerstone Bank

Nicole Courtemanche
Connectivity Point

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union



Rich Eichacker
Vibrance Technology Corp

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Steve Gardiner
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Old Sturbridge Village

Kelly Hibbard
Harrington Hospital

Rich Suitum
Exsel Advertising Group

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Company

James Donahue
Old Sturbridge Village
Honorary Board Member


Counsel
Padgett Berthiaume
Berthiaume & Berthiaume
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Alexandra McNitt
Executive Director
Jack Starkey
Communications & Media