Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
July 8, 2021
CHAMBER NEWS & HAPPENINGS
Does your company have a milestone anniversary this year? If so, please email Emily at ehickey@blackstonevalley.org to be recognized at our Annual Meeting!
Wednesday August 18, 2021
5:00PM-7:00PM

The Barn At Blissful Meadows Golf Club Uxbridge, MA

Join us for live music and delicious food
Arrive in your summer's finest and you could win the Golden Lobster Award for best dressed!
HOME AND COMMUNITY EXPO 2022: MARCH 12, 2022 @ NORTHBRIDGE HIGHSCHOOL
The Women’s Success Network’s mission is to foster opportunities for businesswomen to develop personally and professionally and define their own version of “success”. The Women’s Success Network provides networking opportunities, educational programs, and distinguished speaker breakfast sessions as well as support and inspiration. Members are encouraged to focus on enhancing relationships, referrals, and resources. 

When you participate in the Women’s Success Network you identify role models, find mentors, and expand your business opportunities, or you may also be the person who is identified by others in those roles.

Ask to be put on our mailing list for events, programs, and to receive our WSN quarterly newsletter!
MEMBER NEWS & HAPPENINGS
Thank you to Precious Ones for being the Presenting Sponsor for Steamers at Sunset!
We have been notified that a chamber member has lost their house and belongings due to a fire. We are asking for gift card donations to assist in purchasing food and clothing. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. These donations may be dropped off at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce during the hours of 9 am-4 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

The Board of Directors of the Blackstone River Valley National
Heritage Corridor (BHC) invites you to participate in their Community
Input Survey! In order to better steward the Corridor, which extends
from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI, BHC is asking for your
feedback on key issues, values, and priorities for the region. Your
comments and suggestions will be utilized to shape the vision of the
Corridor for the next ten years and beyond.

THE SURVEY WILL BE OPEN
FOR COLLECTION FROM
May 3rd - July 15th


YOU CAN ACCESS THE SURVEY
BY SCANNING THE QR CODE
OR BY CLICKING THIS LINK:
World of Lights, beginning this September at Southwick’s Zoo.

Willard House & Clock Museum
To Reopen TODAY!
After a fifteen-month COVID hiatus, we're pleased to welcome our visitors and members back.
While the museum was closed, the Willard House staff focused time and energy on curating its collection, updating its website and working on new programs, all to make your visit an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

Please come and visit the museum and learn about the,
"art and mystery of horology."

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM.
Closed Sundays and all national holidays

Personalized tours are available at 10:30AM or 2PM. 
Race Categories
Individual Participant (Male & Female)
Categories of competitors who complete the entire race on their own with the help of one support person.
 
2-4 Person Team (Male, Female & Co-Ed)
Teams comprised of 2, 3 or 4 individuals, with each team member competing in at least one segment along the course. Split up the biking, running, and paddling with team member specialties!
 
5-8 Person Team (Male, Female, Co-Ed & Corporate)
Paying homage to the roots of this great adventure race, these teams will have between 5 and 8 team members, where each team member must participate in at least one course segment. Perfect for corporate teams or groups of individuals looking to go all out on just 1-2 segments.
 
NOTE: For pricing please visit our website
Volunteers Needed - 100
Details: Volunteers can sign up for 1 or multiple shifts and receive FREE refreshments & FREE t-shirt
Tasks: Photographers, Timing, Starting Line at Lincoln Woods State Park, Transition Site at Douglas State Forest, Transition Site at Riverbend Farms, Portage Sites at Tri-River Medical Center and Stanley Woolen Mill, and Finish Line at WCC's Whitin Park.
Contact: Monique Boucher-Adams at 508.234.8184, ext 121 Monique.Boucher@OurGym.org for more information
The Whitin Community Center is teaming up with the Northbridge residents to collect basic school supplies for children in need within our community. Below are the suggested items, although any donations would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be dropped off in the Lobby of the Whitin Community Center.
Accepting Supplies From
June 21,2021 - July 12, 2021
  • Child Scissors
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons (Crayola)
  • Expo/Dry Erase Markers (low odor)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Standard Notebooks (not college ruled)
  • Velcro
  • Water Colors
  • Antibacterial Hand Wipes (Wet Ones)
  • Disinfectant Wipes (Lysol or Clorox)
  • Foam Hand Sanitizer (Germ-X)
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Tissues
  • Walmart Gift Card
  • Ziploc Bags (all sizes)
Scotty McCreery
Sunday, August 22
Live music and beachside dining at
Samuel Slater's
We offer takeout and delivery and we're open for indoor, outdoor, beachside dining!
Come visit us:
Thursday & Friday: 4PM - 8PM 
Saturday & Sunday: 2PM - 8PM
ECOMOMIC & COVID UPDATES
Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Set for
August 14 & 15, 2021
With the recent adoption of a resolution by the Legislature, and a declaration today by Governor Charlie Baker, the 2021 Sales Tax Holiday Weekend has now been confirmed for August 14th and 15th
 
The MA Department of Revenue (DOR) will issue guidance for retailers in the coming weeks regarding the operation of the holiday weekend. While the guidance is expected to be similar to previous years, members are encouraged to closely review any and all releases from the DOR. As soon as it is issued, the guidance and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) will be available on the RAM website.

Gov. Baker Proposes a Two Month Sales Tax Holiday 
Gov. Baker today filed legislation to establish a Sales Tax Holiday for the months of August and September. The plan aims to support Main Street businesses and local economies and promote economic growth and opportunity as the Commonwealth continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. State tax revenues for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) continue to significantly exceed projections, with revenues to date 14.9% above benchmark.
 
“A two-month sales tax holiday will provide a boost to Massachusetts’ taxpayers and Main Street economies as we continue to recover from COVID-19,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts’ economic recovery is off to a good start, but it’s crucial that the Commonwealth takes action now to spur more economic activity in communities and support taxpayers. Thanks to stronger than expected tax revenues, the Commonwealth has managed to grow the Rainy Day Fund to a balance higher than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and we can also afford to return these tax dollars to our residents and small businesses.”
 
"A two-month sales tax holiday is a smart, exciting, and progressive economic incentive that will benefit our small businesses and our consumers just when they need it,” said RAM President Jon Hurst. “Consumers represent 70% of our economy, and it is important that we encourage them to invest in our Main Streets, small businesses and communities.” 
 
The Governor’s proposed legislation would need to be enacted by the Legislature to become law. Prospects for the two-month holiday are at best, uncertain. Independent of this two-month expansion proposal, the annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend is now set for August 14-15, 2021.
NEWS FROM THE BV ED HUB
CNC Machinist Apprentice Program
The Blackstone Valley Education Hub has become a sponsor for CNC Machinist Apprentices. Are you interested in receiving free training and job placement for a new career? Apply now! Classes start July 13th. For more information and application, check out our website https://www.bv-edhub.org/programs or contact Karen Ares at ares.karen@bv-edhub.org
Check out some of our Featured Courses in Ed2Go: Computer Skills in the Workplace, Diversity Training for Employees and Managers, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management and more!  https://www.ed2go.com/blackstone/
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.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE BVCC
FLEXcon http://www.flexcon.com
Innovative Education Solutions https://www.iescentralmass.net/
Sparetime https://bowlsparetime.com/
MacNeil Media Group http://macneilmediagroup.com
The Cookie Lady's Daughter http://www.thecookieladysdaughter.com
CONTACT INFORMATION
Office Phone: (508) 234-9090

Jeannie Hebert, President & CEO 
cell #: (508) 981 5782   

Liz O’Neil, Director or Programs, Events & Membership             

Emily Hickey, Marketing/Newsletter               
BV Chamber Summer Hours

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00AM-4:00PM
Remote on Monday's
Closed Friday's
*If you plan to visit the Chamber in person, please call ahead*
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 | www.BlackstoneValley.org