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We're a Chamber of Connections
December 7, 2021
Welcome New URCC Member Manet Community Health Center
8 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA
Open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (508) 205-4600

Join us in welcoming new URCC member Manet Community Health Center located in the center of Attleboro. Manet opened the doors to this new location in mid-July, and since then the staff has been busy welcoming new patients to the beautiful new space and spreading the word about their programs and services to the community.
Manet is an independent, not-for-profit federally qualified health center (FQHC) that serves patients from across the South Shore and southeastern Massachusetts at six primary care locations in Quincy, Hull, Taunton, and now Attleboro. As an FQHC, Manet is governed by a patient-majority board of directors and serves all patients who need care, regardless of financial circumstance or health insurance coverage status, with utmost commitment to equity and cultural sensitivity.

Their mission is simple: 
They ensure quality, comprehensive health care for all.
Manet offers primary care for all ages, as well as integrated mental health counseling and substance use treatment services, nutrition therapy, chronic disease care management, specialty referrals, preventive health screenings, health insurance navigation, SHINE counseling, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and much more. Many services are open to the community, not just Manet patients, such as weekly free walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations (including boosters) every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Manet Attleboro team includes family nurse practitioners Charlette Hines, FNP-C, and Rachide Poteau, FNP-C, Jessica Bradford, MD and Haily Erwin, PA-C, with clinical oversight from Manet’s Deputy Medical Director William Brandon, MD, MPH, MHA, who also serves as Lead Provider at Manet’s Taunton location. Manet strives to link patients to other local resources to ensure they can access the services they need most. Manet is a clinical affiliate of Boston Medical Center Health System and has strong relationships with other Attleboro health care providers, such as Sturdy Memorial Hospital. 
Meet New URCC Board Member Kate Hyde SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites Wrentham Plainville

Join us in welcoming new URCC board member Kate Hyde who began serving her three-year term on our board in October. Kate has been very active in the chamber since her hotels opened in October 2020 and we're thrilled that she agreed to join the board. She's going to be a great addition.

Kate is the Director of Sales for member SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites Wrentham Plainville where we recently held a very well-attended Alive After Five. The staff there is so welcoming. And the facility is amazing.

Located in the Ledgeview Way Plaza, this dual-brand hotel offers two Marriott Brands under one roof. The SpringHill Suites allows travelers to relax in style with West Elm Furniture and décor throughout the room while the TownePlace Suites allows travelers to feel at home with a full kitchen in each room. All of our rooms are suite- styled providing travelers with room to pack a bit extra and enjoy all points of their trip.

Kate has worked in hotels within the Sales department for the past 10 years, specifically around the Wrentham, MA area. Kate lives in Acushnet, MA, with her husband, Keith, and their adopted cat and dog – Mac and Sally. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading. 
Happy Anniversary

The following members renewed in November. Because of your continued support, we are able to provide educational and networking opportunities and make connections. And half of these renewing members have been with us since before the turn of the century. Thank you all so much for your loyalty.

Attleboro Enterprises, member since 1995
Cedarwood Gardens, member since 2019
FBinsure, member since 1999
FiberPro, member since 1996
Industrial Water Technologies, member since 2000
LaSalette Shrine, member since 1995
Lorusso Corporation, member since 1993
New Hope, Inc., member since 2006
North Attleboro Housing Authority, member since 1988
Norton Country Club, member since 2014
Pilgrim Strategies, member since 2018
RE/MAX Executive Realty, member since 2009
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Welcome to Our House

Time to Be Festive
at the URCC Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 15
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

It's been a while, but it's time.

Let's make this holiday season the best ever. At the event, we'll be collecting unwrapped toys and children's clothing for Christmas Is for Kids.

Join us on Wednesday, December 15 to help us deck our halls.

We're looking forward to seeing you.

Sponsored by the Chamber, Brian Doherty of member B & M Catering, member Dottie LeBeau Food Safety Consultant, and Rebecca of member The Last Word.
Are you joining us at our holiday party?
310 South Street, Plainville, MA

12/15/21 4:00pm - 12/15/21 7:00pm

I'll be there!
I can't make it
Jack Interviewed Sarah Achin on His Radio Show Last Wednesday

Last Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Jack Lank interviewed Sarah Achin of URCC member Achin's Garage on his radio show hosted by DoubleACS. They discussed the Greater Attleboro Council for Children's Christmas Is for Kids program where Sarah serves as the president.

Jack and Sarah talked about this program as well as the effort to fund a new building that will house all of the Council's programs.

Take a look!
Tune in this Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., when Jack will be interviewing President Paul Lenahan and Interim Director Marlene Roberti of the newly formed Community Health Services Foundation on Emery Street in Attleboro. Last week, Community Health Systems, Inc. formally announced the creation of this foundation that supports the health and wellness of residents of Attleboro, Dighton, Easton, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Taunton, and Wrentham, with a focus in the Greater Attleboro area.
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Remember to Call Ahead

When you need a notary or signatures on Certificates of Origin, remember to call first to assure that someone is in the Chamber office.

Our staff is often offsite attending various events and meetings. We wouldn't want to waste your time.
Check Out Our Job Board

Our Job Board, an exclusive benefit for our member companies, is a valuable tool for hiring managers looking to attract and find new talent.

Send your job postings to us and we'll add the information to our Job Board.

And starting this month, we're offering a new service. Each week, we'll post new job listings on our Facebook page.

Your posting will be seen by many potential job candidates.

Send your job postings to jack@unitedregionalchamber.org.

We're looking forward to helping you fill your open positions.
There's a Lot Going on at URCC Chairman's Circle Member Plainridge Park Casino

If you're looking for excitement and winning at a New England casino, Plainridge Park Casino, the hometown casino is for you. You can play at over 1,200 slots or electronic table games, enjoy live local entertainment, choose from seven outstanding dining outlets, or hold your meeting or reception at one of their event venues. And they simulcast horse races around the country. You'll find an exciting experience and hometown hospitality every time you visit.

Wow! Check out their promotions page.

Big Game Giveaway every Saturday in December (except for Christmas day) from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

My Heros Bonus Mondays in December from 6:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Choose the Champs Tuesday - Sunday

The Revolution Lounge, featuring, local DJs and solo artists,
is open Friday and Saturday nights

The Loft features a wide variety of entertainment from stand up comedians and comic hypnotists to live swing bands and musicians.
Recently, renown hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr. performed in The Loft.
URCC Corporate Partner
An Unlikely Story Posts Its Holiday Hours

An Unlikely Story
111 South Street
(508) 699-0244

And take a look at An Unlikely Story's December calendar of events.

Please be aware that all customers must wear masks.

Mass Gaming Commission to Host Virtual Informational Meeting Related to 2022 Community Mitigation Fund Applications

December 14
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will be releasing its 2022 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines in November.

To introduce some changes to the program, MGC staff will be providing an informational meeting from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on December 14.

The purpose of this informational meeting is to:​
  • Provide an overview of the Community Mitigation Fund
  • Review what’s new for 2022
  • Discuss grant categories and highlight some of the successful applications from previous years
  • Go over the Application Form and process to obtain the funds
  • Discuss Projects of Regional Significance​
  • Answer questions from communities

The MGC's goal is to assist communities in preparing successful Community Mitigation Fund applications.

To learn more about the Community Mitigation Fund, click here.
Business Development Strategies, Inc. Guides Tax Incentives Process for Yale Appliance Real Estate Expansion
With the steady surge in the home improvements market, it’s no surprise that Yale Appliance (“Yale”), a leading home appliance retailer, has real estate expansion plans. This third-generation, family-owned business operates three showrooms in Boston, Framingham, and Hanover. Its longstanding commitment to superb, comprehensive customer service has earned Yale “Best of Boston” accolades from Boston Magazine and loyal customers alike.

“Knowing the familiar ‘brand’ name, town leaders were immediately interested in attracting Yale,” said Michael Yunits, Norton Town Manager. “We realized Yale’s plans to bring its corporate headquarters and construct a new building would be a big financial boon for the community. We are pleased that Town Meeting voted to approve the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and another family-owned business has decided to locate here.”

To keep pace with growing demand for its appliances, outdoor grills, and other products, Yale has decided to relocate its corporate headquarters and distribution center and expand to the Blue Star Business Park in Norton. The company also plans to add a retail showroom at this location.
As plans for this real estate expansion took shape and the project investment increased to nearly $19 million, Yale turned to Business Development Strategies, Inc. (BDS), the state’s leading government tax incentives consulting firm, to assist with securing tax incentives in the form of a TIF.
Yale’s long history of community involvement and philanthropy in Massachusetts garnered TIF support by local officials. Norton residents felt it was important to turn out on a hot summer evening in August to attend a Special Town Meeting, where they overwhelmingly voted to approve the tax incentives. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council followed suit one month later, making the TIF official.
“Lynn Tokarczyk and the BDS team are seasoned consultants. They were able to guide Yale through the incentives process and achieve substantial financial results,” said Steve Sheinkopf, President, Yale Appliance. “We look forward to being an integral part of the Norton community,” he said.
Mid-Week Cybersecurity Executive Briefing from URCC Member Clocktower Technology Services, Inc.

Every Wednesday at Noon

12 Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Online Event
Would you spend 15 minutes a week to make your business more secure? Every week, new vulnerabilities are discovered in the hardware and software you use in your business. Every week, new cybersecurity threats and tactics are uncovered that affect your organization. As the person ultimately responsible for the security of your company, you know you should be aware of the risks. But who has the time? And where would you look?

Look no further. Join Bryan Sullo, chief information security officer of URCC member Clocktower Technology Services, Inc., for a roundup of the latest cybersecurity news that’s important to you. This free, mid-week briefing is short (15 minutes not including Q&A at the end), and relevant to owners, executives, and managers of organizations with 10 to 100 computer users. They meet online, every Wednesday at noon.

Bryan has over 25 years of small-business IT and information security experience. He is passionate about helping businesses and other organizations become Objectively Secure. (That’s security you can measure, not just hope for.) His skill, discussing technical topics in non-technical language, has been proven over the last two decades to his clients. Clocktower, based in Franklin, Massachusetts, provides IT, telecom, and information security services and support to small-to-medium businesses throughout the region.
Take a look at the video from a previous session.

MassDevelopment Hours for Tomorrow and 2022

Jay Pateakos, vice president of Business Development for the South Region of MassDevelopment, is again holding office hours at the United Regional Chamber office at 310 South Street in Plainville.

Jay will be available to provide information and answer questions about how MassDevelopment can help businesses, financial institutions, and municipalities in southeastern Massachusetts.

Jay will be holding office hours at the URCC office tomorrow. He has also announced his office hours for 2022. Every date is a Wednesday and Jay is here from 10:00 a.m. - noon.

 January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10,
September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14
For more information, email Jay or call 508-678-0533, ext. 1201.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Meetings Conducted via Phone and Conference Call

Nancy Lowd, Senior Business Advisor at the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), will be conducting meetings by phone and conference call for the foreseeable future.

Call 508-673-9783 for a virtual appointment
The MSBDC is committed to helping your business succeed in Massachusetts. They provide free, confidential, one-to-one business assistance, and free or low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. The MSBDC fosters the start, growth, and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training, and capital access.

Our Extreme Networking Group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 11:45 a.m. ether at member Proctor Mansion Inn, 36 Common Street, in Wrentham or on Zoom (your choice). Only one person from each profession is invited to join this exclusive group that focuses on providing referrals.

Executive Express-O is meeting both in our office and remotely on the first Friday of every month.

MassDevelopment resumed office hours at the URCC and Jay Pateakos, vice president of Business Development for the South Region, is holding office hours every month.

Small Business Advising with the Small Business Administration is available remotely.

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