February 22, 2023

Event Calendar


February 23

Coffee & Conversation at 1 Connection

March 8

Quarterly Q&A w/Mayor O'Connell

HR Meeting - The Art of Teambuilding

March 16

Business After Hours at People Inc.

March 23

Comedy Night

The District Center for the Arts

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Chamber News


Rise and shine with us! We know how hectic schedules can get, and sometimes evening events aren't doable. We have a solution - a morning networking event! Stop by 1 Connection on Thursday, February 23rd at 8:30 a.m. to network and learn more about their products. This is a perfect way to build new connections, and rekindle the old! We look forward to seeing you there!

As a top Massachusetts dispensary, 1 Connection aims to provide the best quality recreational cannabis, cannabis extracts, and infused products available.

This event is FREE for TACC members. Register below.



Deadline March 1st!

The Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor local businesses that have differentiated themselves through their exemplary commitment to their customers, employees and the community. The three categories are Large Business, Small Business, and Community Impact Award.

Be sure to submit your nomination under the appropriate category. Deadline is March 1st. Honorees will be announced at our Annual Meeting to be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center on April 27th.

(​TACC Board Member businesses are exempt from nomination. Must be a Member for at least 1 year to qualify. A business that has previously received can award cannot be nominated again for 5 years. )



Deadline March 1st!

High School seniors residing in the area served by our chamber – Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, or Berkley – are eligible to apply for the prestigious 2023 TACC Charles E. Volkmann Future Leaders Scholarship.

Selection will be based on the student’s interest in a business and management career. Learn more and apply here.

The TACC's Educator of the Year award will honor an educator from the Greater Taunton area who has made significant contributions to their school community, demonstrated a love of learning, and has made an immeasurable impact on students. Members of the community, colleagues, students, and parents may submit nominations. We encourage you to submit your nominations online.


Contact Lisa if you would like to place an ad in the 2023 issue. View ad rates. Please review your listing on our website for accuracy and notify us of any information that needs to be updated.

Deadline is March 3rd and spaces are filling up fast!

The TACC is pleased to once again host Jay Pateakos, VP of Business Development for MassDevelopment, in our offices for monthly drop-in hours! No appointment necessary!


Stop by the Chamber office at 170 Dean Street, Taunton, on Tuesday, February 28 from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m., and chat with Jay to see how MassDevelopment may be able to assist your business! Contact Jay directly if you're unable to make it that day. 


MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. Their bond financing programs offer a cost-effective w ay for companies to finance capital projects, new equipment purchases, and facility expansions. They also provide loans and guarantees to help grow your operations, and development assistance for early-stage projects. 

Business Information

Navigating Financial Planning, Life Insurance, and Retirement Options for Small Business Owners

SEED Corporation and is partnering with Nicholas Pacheco of the Foundation for Financial Education to provide this free, virtual workshop on Thursday, March 2 from10:00-11:00 a.m. It is aimed at providing small business owners with the tools needed to make informed decisions about financial planning, life insurance, and retirement options. In this seminar, participants will learn what programs are available and best suited for self-employed individuals, as well as where to find resources to help navigate the process. The workshop is open to anyone currently in business, starting a business, or thinking about someday owning a business, as well as business assistance professionals who would like to learn more about SEED's technical assistance programming.

Attendees will be provided with the course material following the seminar. Register here.

SBA & IRS Presents: Tax Season Awareness for Small Businesses

Join IRS Stakeholder Liaison along with the Small Business Administration's Massachusetts District Office for this filing season presentation and discussion. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Learn about:

  • Tips on how to find a reputable tax preparer
  • What gig economy workers need to know about their tax responsibilities
  • Finding resources for small businesses
  • IRS Multilingual Services & Resources
  • Getting Ready for the Filing Season
  • Estimated tax payments
  • SBA Resources and Services

ALL ARE WELCOME. Register here.

Creating a Business Plan for Your Success - March 9

MSBDC will be holding a webinar on Thursday, March 9th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Creating a Business Plan for Your Success. Join Cliff Robbins, Senior Business Advisor at the MSBDC, for this presentation that will show you why and how to write a business plan paving the way for you to build a successful business. 


Meet a panel of small business experts that will include:

• an attorney

• an accountant

• an insurance agent

• and lenders

This workshop will help you answer these questions and more:

• Why do I need to write a business plan?

• Is there a market for my product and service?

• Is there room in the competitive environment for my company?

Register today to get answers to these and many more questions.

Chamber Events


Get an update on city happenings and have your questions answered during this Q&A with Taunton Mayor Shaunna O'Connell. This session is sponsored by TMLP Online.

Submit questions in advance here. This event is FREE for TACC members. Register below to attend this virtual session.

Sponsor the Next Quarterly Q&A!

You could sponsor the next Quarterly Q&A for only $200! Contact Kris for more info.


Having a connected and satisfied staff is key for retention and crucial to the success of your business. Learn the Art of Teambuilding at our next HR Resource Group session on Wednesday, March 8th at 1:15 p.m. on Zoom. Our guest speaker is Ellen Gills, founder of Gillis Group. Ellen is a seasoned executive who spent her career developing talent and creating programs and processes to maximize employee potential. Prior to her work with Gillis Group, Ellen worked in Learning & Development and Human Resources with companies like RueGilt Groupe, Digitas LBI and Reebok International. All Chamber members are welcome to join HR Resource group sessions. Register below.

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



People Incorporated will be hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday, March 16, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

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.

People Incorporated was founded in 1968 by parents of people with disabilities who were seeking better quality and more diverse services for their children. Today, the organization offers employment training and job development, day habilitation, community and family support services, residential services, and children's services including early education and care, early intervention, parenting programs, and preschool. Stop by and learn more about the services they provide.

This event is FREE for TACC members. Register below.


The Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our first Comedy Night!

Join us on Thursday, March 23rd for a night of fun and laughs. Cocktail hour and Warm-Up Acts from 5:00 - 6:00 pm with a cash bar and complementary heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Cost: $35 for Chamber Members and $45 for Non-Members. 


Headliner: The Lopes Companies, Morton Hospital

Opening Act: Jenn Oldfield - loanDepot, Commonwealth Alternative Care, People Incorporated

Contributor:1 Connection Cannabis Dispensary

Warm Up Act: Engayge

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact us for more information.

The show opens with Tauntonian Andrew Haskell at 6:00 pm and then Mike McCarthy is featured. The headliner is Jimmy Cash.

Register below to attend.

Member News

Manet Community Health Center Wins MHQP Patient Experience Award 

Manet Community Health Center (Manet) is pleased to announce that it has received an award from Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) for being one of the top practices in Massachusetts for patient experience in primary care. The “MHQP Patient Experience Awards” is an annual awards program introduced in 2018 by MHQP, a non-profit measurement and reporting organization that brings together providers, health plans, and patients to improve the quality of patient care experiences in Massachusetts. Read the press release.

"Celebrating the Persistence of Patriots of Color" at the OCHM

Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) is proud to announce “Celebrating the Persistence of Patriots of Color” Saturday, February 25 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, all are invited to the OCHM as they welcome speakers, authors, and historians to present their on-going work elevating the stories of veterans of color from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Learn more.

Community News

Mayor O'Connell Thanks Council for Unanimous Vote for Public Safety Building

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell thanked the Taunton City Council for their unanimous vote on February 7, 2023 to present the new public safety facility to Taunton voters in an upcoming special election. Read the press release.

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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.

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FREE Excel Workshops

SCORE holds Excel workshops that are LIVE via ZOOM and FREE, and happen just about every week! SCORE also holds workshops in multiple languages. Please check out this link that lists all of the workshops that SCORE conducts for Excel in the coming months.  

Business Foundation - Legal Issues

Facing Business Owners



Discuss the basics of contracts, leases and licenses

How to set up an agreement between Co-owners

Do you need a trademark, copyright or patent?

What types of insurance will you need?

What banking accounts should be established?

Register here.

Overview of Supplier Diversity Office Certifications & Programs

Feb. 28 | 12:00 NOON


The Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office’s (SDO) mission is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in state contracting for businesses owned by minorities, women, Portuguese, veterans, service-disabled veterans, those with a disability, and LGBT individuals, as well as small Massachusetts businesses. Learn about the SDO’s certification, programs, and resources available to diverse and small businesses.

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.
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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 10% off regular priced services.

Back Bay Staffing Group

10% off first week temporary services.

Email Joni for more info.

CB Disco

10% discount to members on first order over $250 or 5-10 free lapel pins. Contact Andrew for more info.

Distinguished Details, LLC

15% off contracted services.

Email Camille for more info.

Engayge, Inc.

Claim 50% off the LGBTQ+ Competency Audit for TACC Members Only using code: TACCENGAYGE. Email for more info: info@engayge.us.

The Exodus Experience

10% off photobooth experience for Chamber Members

Growth Arise Consulting LLC

20% off DISC assessment with debriefing for Chamber members. Contact Patricia for more info. 

Hometown's Tacos Locos

10% off for Chamber members

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

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.


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

TACC members receive $10 off $95 or more when scheduling a facial or whole health massage. Use code TACC when scheduling online or mention the code at check out.

The Star Drive-In

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.

Sullivan Tire

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

Kundalini Pearls-Yoni Steaming Spa

25% off for Chamber members.


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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