December 15, 2021

Event Calendar

Through December 28

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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 Cooperative Production, Inc. (CO-OP)New Hope, Inc. and Girls Incorporated of Taunton. Last year, thanks to the generosity of our TACC members and the Morton Hospital match, we were able to present three local organization with $1,000 each. Let’s make it happen again for these deserving organizations!

Click on the button below to donate.

Last year we raised nearly $3,000! We are only at $700! Please consider donating today!

Donations accepted until December 28th.

Thank you to these generous donors:
  • Jaime Barnes, CFP®, Ameriprise Financial
  • Linda Sternfelt, Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Debbie Dutra, The Lopes Companies
  • Jennifer Oldfield, loanDepot
  • Kris Silva, Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC)
We are so thrilled to celebrate Colonial Do-Nut Shop's 45 years as a member of the TACC! This Taunton favorite is a great place to grab a goodie and stay for coffee and conversation with friends. Thanks to Bob, Pam and their fantastic staff! 
Host a Business After Hours in 2022!

Hosting a Business After Hours is a great way to introduce other Chamber Members to your business. It's also a great opportunity to network and meet prospective clients, as well as build relationships with business professionals in and around the greater Taunton area. 

If you’d like to host in 2022, or want more information, email Lisa.
Sponsor the Next Chamber Chat

Sponsor a Chamber Chat in February for only $50! These virtual networking events are a great way to meet other members in a fun and informal setting with trivia and prizes! We will work with your schedule to find a day and time that works for you. More dates available for 2022. Email Lisa for more info.
Are you running a special holiday promotion that you want to advertise? Do you have items for sale this month? Let us help drive customers to your business! Send us the details of the holiday offer, discount, sale, or a flyer, and we will promote it here, as well as on social media!
Business & COVID Information
Potential Income Earning Partnership with IdentoGo

IdentoGo has a contract to provide finger printing services in the state of Massachusetts for the MA Executive Office of Safety and Security to provide and assist all the educators, medical, childcare, state, professionals, and agencies get fingerprinted for employment and background checks reasons. They are searching for a new local business partner in the Taunton area to assist in the finger printing process to help all the educators, healthcare workers, childcare workers, state workers, etc., get back to work.

A potential partnership with IdentoGo would benefit you in several ways, including extra income, additional foot traffic and an opportunity to help the community by providing an essential service. The volume for this area would be at a minimum of 500 people per month and could be as much as 700+ people per month. For more information, contact Andrew Elmore at Andrew.elmore@us.idemia.com.
12/31 Last Chance for EIDL

The December 31 deadline to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) is fast approaching, and SBA is asking applicants to apply sooner to avoid issues or delays. To learn more about EIDL, EIDL Targeted Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance or to apply, please visit the links below.

There are still billions of dollars still available to help small businesses hard hit by the pandemic. You may be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in funding from SBA that does not need to be repaid. Apply here.

Resources to help you with the application process:

Intake Application Form Example (with translations) 
FY22 Travel & Tourism Recovery Grant: Now Open

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has announced the FY22 Travel and Tourism Recovery (TTR) Grant Program. Funded at $4 million through the Tourism Trust Fund, the TTR Grant Program is the implementation of FY22 funding by the MA Legislature to strengthen the economy of Massachusetts through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism industry. TTR Grants are dedicated to marketing campaigns and initiatives that increase consumer spending, support local businesses, and advance communities’ COVID-19 economic recovery efforts in Massachusetts. The grant will provide funding for creative marketing solutions that aid in the recovery and align with MOTT’s statewide My Local MA campaign.

Applications for this competitive funding grant will be accepted through MOTT’s online application portal from December 1, 2021 through January 19, 2022 at 5PM. Awards will be announced in March 2022.

For more information on the TTR Grant Program application process, guidelines, frequently asked questions, and to apply click here.

Webinar: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Businesses

The Massachusetts Health Connector is here in support of small businesses and employees to make sure you know about the affordable and cost-saving health insurance options available through www.MAhealthconnector.org/business.

Join the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) on Thursday, December 16th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. for a webinar on Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Businesses.

How can this session help you?
This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small businesses and their employees through Health Connector for Business. They will also review the options available for individuals and families who are not eligible for coverage through their small employer.

The agenda includes:
• 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 Tax Credit
• Health insurance options for individuals and families not eligible for small group coverage

Register here.
Accepting Applications for the Tax Incentive Program

To ensure Massachusetts remains the hub for life sciences activity, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is excited to announce the latest round of its Tax Incentive program to create long-term jobs, build a robust workforce, and propel the development of new therapies, devices, and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being.

The Center will accept applications beginning Dec. 6, 2021 with an application deadline on Feb. 6, 2022. Learn more here.
Join us for the next session of our Chamber Chat virtual networking series! Meet other members in this fun and informal setting with trivia and prizes! This session is Tuesday, January 11th at noon and is sponsored by one our new members KS Dance Studio. Register below.

You could sponsor a future session for just $50! Email kris@tauntonareachamber.org for sponsorship details.
The first Business After Hours in 2022 will be hosted by Taunton Federal Credit Union on Wednesday, January 19th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at their new branch on 403 Winthrop St. in Taunton. It is co-hosted 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.

If you’d like to host in 2022, or want more information, email Lisa.

Register below.
Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely
Join Bryan Caplan, Speaker for Grow with Google, for an info-packed webinar dedicated to growing your business online and keeping you connected. The webinar, titled Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely, will take place on Wednesday, January 26th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

In this 45-minute webinar, you will discover Google tools that can help business owners like you work and manage your business during this time of uncertainty. Plus, get insights on more online and timely resources for small businesses.

In this workshop we’ll discuss:
• How to update critical business information online
• Keep customers informed
• Conduct virtual meetings
• Access important files from anywhere.

Register below.
Member News
Learn How to Streamline Your Online Routine in 10 Minutes!

Set aside 10 minutes and let Braver Technology Solutions teach you how to make browsing online easier and add more functionality when you are surfing the web! Home button, bookmarks, tabs, shortcuts, links...there are many ways to organize and streamline your routine and improve productivity. The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 16th at 1:00 p.m. Register here.
Give the Gift of Ice Skating at Camp Riverside!

Camp Riverside has a brand new ice skating center. Want to purchase a Skating Bundle for a loved one this holiday season? Call 508-824-3311. Learn more here.
Goodbye, Holiday Inn...Hello, Clarion!

New and exciting changes are coming to the 155-room Hotel which sits at the top of the Myles Standish Industrial Park. Home to the Inn Fitness Center and Copper Fountain Grille, the Holiday Inn Taunton - Foxboro Hotel will soon boast a new name: Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Read the press release.
Sons of Italy Distributes Meals to Members of CO-OP

On December 9, The Order of Sons of Italy once again shared their holiday spirit as they distributed meals to members of CO-OP, a local non-profit agency supporting individuals with disabilities. Read the press release.
The Star Drive-In on "Chronicle"

Congratulations to The Star Drive-In for being featured on "Chronicle"!
Watch the replay below (starting at 3:23).
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.
Leveraging Google My Business to Get Found!
Thurs, Dec. 16 | 10:00 - 11:15 AM 

Google My Business is the leading, most used and most trusted online profile available to your business. Although it’s free, 70 percent of Google My Business profiles are incomplete. Veteran digital marketing expert Dale Shadbegian will lead a 40-minute presentation with time for Q&A to walk you through the important steps of the Google My Business Platform:
• Eligibility for a Google My Business profile
• Account setup and creation
• Brief overview of keyword research
• Account optimization
Presented by Dale Shadbegian, CEO and Lead Strategist at Cape & Plymouth Business Media.

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.
Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Veterans make up an important part of the small business community. They make up 8% of the population, but own 9.2% of all American businesses. Check out these resources specifically for veteran entrepreneurs. SCORE is here to help!
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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$5 off orders of $50 or more

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

Offering Chamber members $10/unit for Botox. $150 off a syringe of Dermal Filler.

10% off first week temporary services.
Email Joni for more info.

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

5% off your auto insurance.

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

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.

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

10% off for TACC Members
Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, 6 Pleasant Street, Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-4068