August, 2019
Chamber Chat Newsletter
News from the Executive Director

I was thinking back to my April newsletter when I was mentioning/complaining about the lousy, cold, miserable and damp weather we were enjoying back them. Well, we wished for summer weather and boy oh boy did July ever deliver the heat!!!! The hottest month of July on record. I think it best going forward I leave weather forecasting and complaining to others.
Another successful “Breakfast Club” gathering at Brothers again this month. Attendance was back up after the holiday and a lot of new faces along with requests for more “Breakfast Club” coffee mugs! It’s always great to see such positive networking and socialization taking place in a very welcoming and friendly environment. Be sure to mark your calendar for the first Thursday of every month so you join us and add yourself into the conversation.  
Our session on the very important “Paid Family & Medical Leave Act” was very well attended and the information provided was invaluable. The session was so informative and interesting that the group in attendance requested that the Chamber host a second educational session closer to the actual implementation deadline for the purpose of garnering as much insight and information as possible. Consequently, the Chamber reached back out to the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave requesting a second session, which was met with a positive response. So I am pleased to confirm that we are currently in the process of working with the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical leave for another session in September. A well-deserved “thank you” to Mr. William Alpine, Director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Family and Medical Leave for agreeing to come back and lead a second session. So don’t miss this second opportunity to learn how and if this law will affect you and your business. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.
Our Newsletter Sponsors:
Paid Family Medical Leave Seminar
Sales Tax Holiday August 17 & 18, 2019
The Tax Free Weekend is Coming – are you ready? Do you have anything planned to show case your business? Let the Chamber help! I

If you are planning to offer any type of special for your business that weekend be sure to alert us here at the Chamber. We will be compiling a list of member merchants who are offering Tax free Weekend “Specials’ and advertise them on our web site as well as e-blasting out to hundreds of potential customers.

Members are encouraged to closely review the regulation in its entirety as well as the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that are posted by the MA DOR to maintain compliance with the law. 
Do you have an event, promotion, or general information you would like us to share with the community? We will be attending the Farmers Market August 17th and would be happy to distribute your information. Contact Marie if you are interested.
August Breakfast Club