October 12, 2022

Event Calendar

October 18

Cybersecurity Seminar

October 26

Noontime Networking at The Arbors

November 9

Business After Hours at Platinum City Gaming

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We are so excited to share our newest member in the TACC family, Quesos with Love!!

They truly are in the business of creating beautiful memories for their customers through cheese and charcuterie boards!

Check out their creative work on their social channels, and place an order for your next event or "just because"! Welcome to our Chamber!


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. 


DEI Training 

More than 20 people participated in the TACC’s Challenging Unconscious Bias and Moving Toward Racial Equity training program presented by Lisa Harrison and sponsored by SCORE Southeastern Massachusetts and Rockland Trust.  

Coffee & Conversation at Manet Community Health Center

Interested in hosting a Coffee & Conversation at your place of business? Contact Lisa for details. 

Business Information

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The internet has become an invaluable tool for small businesses, opening the door to a wide range of previously unheard-of possibilities. Unfortunately, as e-commerce continues to grow, so does the number of bad actors looking to exploit hard working entrepreneurs. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, get tips to keep your small business cyber secure. Learn more.

Credit Card Competition Act Explained

For the first time, a bill in Congress would give small business owners two credit card processing networks to choose from, lowering swipe fee rates for merchants.  Learn more and take action.

Become a Cyber Secure Organization

Let Braver Technology help you BECOME A CYBER SECURE ORGANIZATION with their COMPREHENSIVE CYBERSECURITY Training for your entire staff! The training will be held Thursday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m.

Staff awareness training is the single most important thing you can do to reduce the risk of employee error and maintain good cyber hygiene. Braver's Cybersecurity Training Webinar provides an all-inclusive overview of everything you need to educate your organization to withstand, and combat cyberattacks. This training will also satisfy your cyber insurance requirements! REGISTER TODAY for Braver's ALL-NEW Updated Live Comprehensive training!

Massachusetts Prohibits Hairstyle Discrimination

Massachusetts has joined the growing list of states to prohibit discrimination based on traits associated with race, including hairstyle. Beginning October 24, 2022, the state’s employment discrimination law, which applies to employers with six or more employees, will define race to include traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, hair length, and protective hairstyles. Examples of protective hairstyles include braids, twists, locks, and hair coverings.

Employers should evaluate any policies that limit hairstyles, such as those that require hair to be less than a certain length. If you have safety concerns, brainstorm ways to safely allow protected hairstyles. For example, employees with long hair may be able to tie it back or cover it during hazardous activities. If you (or the employee) can’t resolve a conflict between protected hairstyles and safety, we recommend consulting with an attorney before taking adverse action against the employee.

Broader Implications

Natural hairstyle discrimination laws (often called CROWN acts, which is an acronym for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) create legal protections so employees don’t have to change part of their racial identity for work. CROWN acts tend to focus on protecting natural hairstyles and, as a result, may affect many employers’ long-standing dress and grooming policies as well as how they can legally define “professionalism.”

Many states that adopt a CROWN act, including Massachusetts, define race to include any trait historically associated with race, not just hairstyles. This could generate broader applications of the law, such as protections for dialect and styles of dress.

Action Items:

  • Update your equal employment policies to make it clear that race includes traits historically associated with race.
  • Review (and, if necessary, revise) your policies to ensure they don’t prohibit protected hairstyles or hair coverings.
  • Train those involved in the hiring process to not make judgments about professionalism or cultural fit based on an employee’s hairstyle and work to ensure their own unconscious biases don’t negatively affect candidates or employees.

Business Recovery Post-Pandemic: What Changed and Should You Change It Back?

COVID and labor shortages have caused a lot of businesses to reevaluate offerings and pivot how they did business. But if you’re like many business owners, while adapting to customer needs was a critical component to staying in business, you may now realize that you are off track. If you made a change to your business during the pandemic to meet customer needs, it might be time to reevaluate what was done and see if it is still in keeping with your business mission and vision.  Read more

Chamber Events

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! 


Platinum City Gaming will be hosting a Business After Hours on Wednesday, November 9th, from 5:00 to 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.

Member News

Community  Events

Celebrate Liberty & Union Weekend in Taunton, October 14-15

Liberty and Union Weekend is an annual celebration of the unique role that the City of Taunton played in our nation’s founding. The Weekend is held each fall to commemorate the events of October 1774, when Taunton became the first community in the American colonies to raise a flag – the “Liberty and Union” flag – in opposition to British rule.

Festivities begin Friday, October 14 with the Liberty Libations Pub Crawl throughout Downtown restaurants organized by the Downtown Taunton Foundation. Learn more here

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.


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


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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