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. )
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.
With just 6 weeks left till spring, we can't wait to get over to one of the two Garden Patch locations (Taunton and Raynham) for all of our planting needs!! They offer quality plants & flowers that are grown on site, and some that come from local plant growers.
"Our customers take advantage of the informative classes that we offer throughout the season. You may see us around the community as we work with local businesses on beautification efforts." 🌷
Grow on over and check out their website at gardenpatchinc.square.site and Facebook at Garden Patch Silver City for all the latest updates, to purchase gift cards, and register for classes. Spring is coming and this local garden center will be a one-stop for everything you need to make life a little more colorful! 🌸
Welcome, Garden Patch! We're so glad you're here to bloom with us! ☀️
Free Services for Business Owners - Understanding Exit Planning Process & Options
As you think about the future, are you –and your business – ready? As many as 28,000 Massachusetts small businesses could sell or close over the next several years. For every business that sells, 9 will close. With funding from the MA Growth Capital Corporation, CDI provides a free feasibility study for eligible business owners who want to plan or begin to plan for their eventual exit. Learn more 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.
Tips on how to find a reputable tax preparer
What gig economy workers need to know about their tax responsibilities
Christopher Cassara, Esq., partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PSH), is beginning to hold free Legal Clinics via Zoom sessions. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are eligible to meet one-time, one-on-one for 30 minutes, to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business related issues. Click here to learn more and register for an appointment.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
1st Annual Cultural Gala : Black Excellence "Sneaker Ball"
The 1st Annual Cultural Gala : Celebrating Black Excellence is being hosted by the Taunton Diversity Network and T.R.U.E. Diversity. It will be held on Saturday, February 25th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Taunton. They will be paying homage to leaders in black history and celebrating local leaders who are truly inspirational in our community. This gala is a charity event. Learn more and register here.
The Taunton Area Chamber is being honored as one of five recipients of the T.R.U.E. Diversity and Taunton Diversity Network’s 2023 Black History Month ‘Deeper than Skin’ award. The award letter states: “In appreciation for your commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and your continued efforts to make Taunton a more inclusive community, we would like to honor you and thank you for your continued support in building social relationships within our communities helping to establish trust, reciprocity and belonging.”
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 Mentorform 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.
SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs
Visit the hub to see all of SCORE's best content specifically for Black business owners in one place. You'll find success stories, webinars, and other resources you can use for your business. Learn more.
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.
Hiring, Managing and Developing Workers
in Uncertain Times
TOMORROW! | 12:00 NOON
If you are thinking of hiring your first employee or already have 50 employees, this webinar will address the best practices and processes for hiring and retaining them. It will provide an understanding of the steps you need to take, including the legal issues, as you set up an effective system for managing the talent of your company. Too many small companies approach these issues in an ad hoc/haphazard way -- there are better ways to do it. The take-away from this webinar will be a better understanding of what's needed to be an effective employer.
Presenters: Steve Bookbinder and Bill Hulsey, SCORE Boston
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!
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.