TACC E-NEWS

October 5, 2022


Event Calendar




October 12

Coffee & Conversation at 

Manet Community Health Center


October 12

HR Resource Group - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace


October 18

Cybersecurity Seminar


October 26

Noontime Networking at The Arbors


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NEXT WEEK!

Join us at Manet Community Health Center for Coffee & Conversation! Can't make our evening Business After Hours? Then we have a solution - a morning networking event! Stop by Manet on Wednesday, October 12th at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and continental breakfast while meeting other local business professionals. Register below. 

REGISTER

Lisa Harrison will discuss DEI work in the current environment, the importance of DEI as it pertains to recruiting and retaining employees, and how leadership can impact and influence DEI work in a positive way. Register below.


Cost: Included with membership for TACC members; Prospective Members can attend 1 meeting of the TACC HR Resource Group at no charge, then $15.

REGISTER

TACC Oktoberfest 

Ribbon Cutting at Gentle Dental Raynham

Business Information

Express Grant Program


The Massachusetts Commonwealth has awarded $3.5 million in Express Grants to teach businesses a wide variety of of skills. Running a small to medium size business is extremely difficult because the owners and employees are required to wear so many different hats. Far too often, businesses make major decisions without fully understanding their position in the market place. The Express Grant Program is available to help make more informed decisions. The help comes in the form of educational classes covering all aspects of running a business.


The classes include the marketing component. Marketing today involves a variety of platforms and continues to change. As you know, marketing can be extremely expensive. In order for them to make cost effective marketing investments it is important to fully understand the options that are available. 


The classes have upfront costs, but will be reimbursed. Learn more here

State Reduces Paid Family and Medical Leave Contribution Rate for 2023


Most Massachusetts employers must make payroll withholdings on behalf of their workforce to comply with the state Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law. The rate of contribution for the program is determined annually by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML). DFML has announced that effective January 1, 2023, the contribution rate on eligible employee wages will be reduced to .63%. To learn more about PFML employer contribution rates and access a contribution calculator please click here.  

State Announces $2.5 Million in New Grant Funding for Greener Commercial Refrigeration Equipment


This new program provides financial incentives for retail food businesses, food banks, and nonprofit organizations to install more climate-friendly commercial refrigeration equipment and permanent refrigerant leak detection systems. MassDEP will accept applications through February 3, 2023. For more information visit https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-massdep-commercial-refrigeration-grant.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the SBA


Join SBA's webinar TOMORROW at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The webinar will feature a panel discussion with Gabe Esparza, Associate Administrator, SBA’s Office of International Trade; and small business owners Eduardo Ortiz of Coforma, LLC, in Washington, D.C. and Alejandro Ramirez of Universal Spartan, LLC, in Vine Grove, Kentucky. 


The discussion will focus on financial wellness and the importance of equity and opportunity to help uplift and support Hispanic-owned small businesses. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small business recovery, Hispanic-owned startups seeking to launch and help for existing Hispanic-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world. Register here

How to Build Untiring Customer Loyalty


Customer loyalty is essential to strong sales. After all, it’s easier to get repeat sales than it is to convince a new consumer to buy from you. But customer loyalty is something grown and nurtured, not bought or ordered. It takes time. While building and increasing loyalty isn’t a set formula, there are several components that make it easier. Read more

Chamber Events

Wright Technology Group is offering a Cybersecurity Seminar on Tuesday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the TACC Office at 170 Dean Street, Taunton. There is also an option to attend virtually. 


Ryan Sarvia will provide a brief overview on current technology and how to defend yourself from failing victim to hackers. Following the presentation will be a Q&A to answer any cybersecurity questions attendees may have. Register below. 

REGISTER

Join us at The Arbors on Wednesday, October 26th for Noontime Networking! Can't make our Business After Hours? Then this event is for you. Mix and mingle during your lunch hour! 


Enjoy soup and sandwiches while networking with other Chamber members. Tours of the facility will be offered. Don't forget to bring your business cards to exchange and to enter in the raffle for the door prize! 

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Member News

FREE Reception Desk! 


Braver Technology Solutions has a like new reception desk they would like to give to a business that is in need of one. If interested, contact Jenn Gervais.

BCSB Appoints Jeffrey to Assistant VP/Branch Manager of Dartmouth Office


Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) recently announced the appointment of Justin Jeffrey to the position of Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager at its Dartmouth office located at 502 State Road. Jeffrey is responsible for the management of branch operations, customer relations and new business development. Read the press release.

Engayge Halloween Costume Party and Fundraiser!


One of TACC's newest members, Engayge is hosting a Halloween Fundraiser and Costume Party on October 14th from 6-9:30PM at Club Cafe in Boston! This is a non-profit event under a 501(c)3, and all donations and/or sponsorships are tax deductible!


Engayge is offering 2 FREE VIP PACKAGE TICKETS to the first taker. VIP Package includes 2 admission tickets; 2 drink tickets; private pub table; and Engayge swag. Email kris@tauntonareachamber.org to claim these free tickets! 


The event includes:

• Entertainment:

  • 2-3 Stand-Up Comedian acts (including Co-Founder Jamie G.)
  • 3 Drag Performers

• Passed hors d'oeuvres 

• Cash Bar

• Silent Auction

• 50/50 Raffle

• Gift Basket Raffle

• Costume Contest


Click here to purchase tickets.


LOOKING TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS? 

Sponsorship opportunities are available with varying perks/benefits, that can help get your business more visibility within the LGBTQ+ community, as a "Queer-Friendly" business.


NOT AVAILABLE THAT EVENING BUT WANT TO MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION FOR THE SILENT AUCTION?

A large portion of the attendees will be from the Taunton area, therefore donations of gift certificates or something pertaining to your business would be a great addition! The more creative the better! If you need help with some ideas or would like to discuss a donation, please reach out to Jamie and Rudy from Engayge at: info@engayge.us.

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.

Do You Have What it Takes to Run a Business?

Step-by-Step Self-Assessment Workshop

Wed, Oct. 19 | 1:00 PM


Do you have the skills, perseverance, and resilience required to be a business owner? Running a small business is challenging, and knowing exactly what you’re getting into is essential. 


In this webinar, our expert presenter will take you step-by-step through our self-assessment workshop.


You will learn:

  • The common skills and qualities successful business owners share
  • What experience is necessary to run a business
  • What skills, qualities, and experience do you have
  • What qualities do you need to develop


Presenter: Julie Brander


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.
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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A1 Pizza Taunton

$5 off orders of $50 or more


Anchor Barre

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


Andi's Aesthetics

Offering Chamber members 20% off regular priced services.


Back Bay Staffing Group

10% off first week temporary services.

Email Joni for more info.


Distinguished Details, LLC

15% off contracted services.

Email Camille for more info.


Engayge, Inc.

Claim your business on their platform and you will receive a year subscription free of charge. Email Maryellen for more info.


The Exodus Experience

10% off photobooth experience for Chamber Members


Hometown's Tacos Locos

10% off for Chamber members

(discount applies to individual orders for members not catering events)


JDN Publications

10% off for Chamber members


KS Dance Studio

10% off for Chamber members


Junkluggers of Southeastern MA & RI

25% off 1/4 truck or more! Please redeem at time of booking. Limit one per household. Cannot be combined with other offers.  Learn more here

MacDonald Moving Services

free estimates for all moves and 10% off the first month of storage for Chamber members. Contact Pauline for more info.


MALIS

10% off for Chamber Members


MBL Land Development & Permitting, Corp.

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


Plymouth Rock & Correira Insurance

5% off your auto insurance. Contact Luke for details.


Quesos with Love

10% off for Chamber Members. Email Nery for details.


R&D Cleaning Co.

10% off cleaning services

Contact Renay for more info.


Relaxation Works Spa

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


The Star Drive-In

10% off any purchase


Staples

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.


Sullivan Tire

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




Ask us how you can participate in the Member to Member Discount Program!

Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, 170 Dean Street, Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-4068
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