Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
January 13, 2022
UP AND COMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Dear Chamber Members and Friends of the BVCC:

I have the unfortunate task of informing you that yesterday afternoon there was a terrible mishap at the Linwood Mill with a pipe that froze and burst. Consequently, the Chamber suffered massive water damage to our offices and will need extensive repairs to bring us back. However, the Ed Hub located across the hall from the Chamber, was not damaged, and we are temporarily working out of that space. 
 
At this time, it is hard to estimate just when we will be able to return to our beautiful, original space. Please rest assured that there will be no gap in services from the BVCC and you will still be able to reach us at the same phone numbers and email addresses. We may work remotely more than planned, depending on the situation. We will keep you updated on any changes that may arise and our progress as we work to restore the BVCC offices. We are here for you, no matter what!
 
Thank you for your continued support,
Jeannie Hebert
President and CEO
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Be a Vendor at the Home and Community Expo!
March 12th, 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Interested in sponsoring one of our events?
Check out our Sponsorship
e-Catalog to see what opportunities are available!
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce now has two notaries!
Visit us and notarize your documents.
BVCC Networking Groups! Which one is best for you?
MEMBER NEWS & HAPPENINGS
MA Rolls out My Vax Records!
As proof of COVID vaccination becomes necessary to access many public spaces, the state of MA has rolled out a new digital vaccination card. If you received your vaccination in Massachusetts, you can create an account online now.
Environmental Justice (EJ) Amendments

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office recently published amendments to 301 CMR 11.00, the MEPA Regulations, which took effect December 24th, 2021. MEPA has also issued two draft protocols regarding environmental justice with effective dates of January 1st, 2022.
A Zoom will be held to answer questions and further explain regulations and restrictions.
Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Seeking Applicants for FY23 Action Grants
The MVP is accepting an Optional Expression of Interest Form for municipalities who want more information.

It is highly encouraged that interested municipalities meet the early deadline (January 21st) for quicker responses. The final deadline is officially February 14th.
Thea Kendler,
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration,
has joined the lineup for the Export Expo!

January 27th and 28th!
BUSINESS GROWTH AND EMPLOYEE TRAINING & RETENTION STRATEGIES

These short informational webinars will feature Ryan Foley, partner with Cunningham & Associates, and Karen Ares, Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Education Hub. Ryan and Karen will offer insight into grant-funded programs that will help harness leadership development and skilled education and training programs for your employees
The MLSC is now accepting applications for their newest Tax Incentive program round!

Applications accepted from
Dec. 6th to Feb 4th!
Commonwealth Kitchen
has a month full of events coming up!

Embroider your logo on branded apparel with GoGreen!
Use code Jan22 for 15% off between now and January 31st!
Join Bowditch for their Annual Employment Law Update!

Virtually, Feb. 1st and 3rd
MassHire Information Session: Commonwealth Corporation Program and Grants for Businesses

Virtually, Jan. 19th!
Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Grant Program
CONTACT INFORMATION
Office Phone: (508) 234-9090

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

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

Madison Foley, Marketing/Newsletter               

Kristen Kearnan, Office Administrator
BVCC Hours
Monday: Remote
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00AM-4:00PM
Friday: Closed
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