July 13, 2022

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Office Space for Lease

The TACC has office space for lease in our new building! One office is about 200 sq. ft., the other is about 150 sq. ft., and includes access to a shared conference room, kitchen and bathroom. There is a separate entrance for the lower level. Both rooms are available for $750/month. Contact Kris for more information or to view the space.
Ice Cream Social at The Star Drive-In
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's new office at 170 Dean Street, Taunton, on Monday, July 18th 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.
Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!
Deadline for the sponsorship to be included in the event invitation is July 20th. 
Business Information
July is Independent Retailer Month

July is Independent Retailer Month and small businesses rely on your support now more than ever. Independent Retailer Month is a shop local event that runs annually throughout July encouraging consumers to shop at independent retailers; highlighting their positive social and economic impact – locally, nationally and globally. Read more.
Workplace Safety Grant

The Office of Safety is now accepting applications for the FY23 Workplace Safety Training Grant through August 31,2022.

If you would like more information, visit www.mass.gov/dia/safety or email safety@mass.gov.
Calling All Business Owners!

The MassINC Polling Group and Mass Growth Capital Corporation are conducting an important statewide survey on issues impacting small businesses in Massachusetts.

This survey is for small businesses with 500 employees or less. It’s available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese and Mandarin. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will be analyzed together with other responses and will never be used to identify you personally. This survey will be open for a short period of time, so please respond as soon as possible if you wish to participate. Take the survey. Survey will close on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Thank you very much for participating in this important initiative.
America's Seed Fund Week is a collaborative series of events connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies and the organizations that support them to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, existing small business, or entrepreneur support organization, join the America's Seed Fund Week virtual event on July 18-22, 2022 to hear directly from federal agency program managers that invest over $4 billion in over 7,000 new awards annually and celebrate 40 years of small business innovation. Register here.
Join the "Your Massachusetts" Campaign 

Dear Friends of the Tourism Industry,

The MA Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) recently launched the "Your Massachusetts" campaign. This out-of-state marketing effort aims to increase visitation and tourism spending, featuring authentic imagery and highlighting exciting summer experiences across the Commonwealth.

You and your friends are invited to get involved in this campaign through developing your own custom social media tiles and stories spotlighting tourism gems from your region. These Campaign Social Media Templates are customizable and easy to use in PowerPoint or Photoshop on your social media channels. (Please note that these are best viewed and customized via your laptop or desktop rather than your mobile device.) Your support is invaluable as MOTT shares their message around our exceptional Massachusetts tourism offerings.

Additionally, MOTT will be hosting two virtual Campaign Social Media Workshops to review these templates and share some social media best practices. This will be followed by a Q&A. Review these templates ahead of the workshops and prepare any questions.

This virtual workshop will be offered on Thursday, 7/21, from 10-11am, and Monday, 7/25, from 3-4pm, with the same programming offered on both dates. Please register at these links:

How Can the Chamber of Commerce Help Your Business?

Member or not, what is it you need in your business? What are you missing? What direction do you want to take over the next year? What can the chamber take off your plate? Read more here.
Chamber Events
The MA Health Connector will be hosting a public informational webinar session on Wednesday, July 13 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small employers and their employees through Health Connector for Business at www.MAhealthconnector.org/business. They will also review available options for sole proprietors and owner-only groups who do not yet have the employees to qualify for a small group plan through the Health Connector for Business.

Health Connector for Business offers quality, affordable health insurance options to help small businesses (with 1-50 full-time employees) save on their premium costs. Register below and be sure to select the correct date.
Type in your business name into Google -- what do you see? With more than 3.5 billion Google searches every day, you can’t afford to have missing or incorrect information associated with your business. Join us for the free webinar to learn how you can improve your business’ visibility online, advertise on Google and get set up with a Google Business Profile to keep your business information informative and accurate.

Join Bryan Caplan, your Dedicated Trainer for Grow with Google, as he walks you through the ins and outs of Google in this value-packed virtual class. Join us Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m. Seats are limited, so register today!
The Jockey Club will be hosting a Summer Spectacular Networking on Tuesday, August 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is a joint event with Cranberry Country Chamber. Join us in the tent for some apps and drinks! 

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. Register below.
The Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering once again with the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce to present the 20th Annual Diamonds in the Rough Ladies' Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. It will be held at Hillside Country Club, 82 Hillside Avenue in Rehoboth.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. We will be playing 9 holes and the course will be played in a scramble format, with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $80 per player or $300 per foursome and includes green fees, ½ cart, breakfast, lunch, and a gift bag. You can sign up as a single, twosome, threesome, or foursome. There will be prizes on various holes and also raffle drawings.

Princess-Cut Sponsors: Bristol County Savings Bank, G. Lopes Construction and Morton Hospital

14 Cart Sponsors: BankFive, Pet Recess, Taunton Federal Credit Union, T.M. Ryder Insurance Agency

Beverage Cart Sponsor: Jaime Barnes, Ameriprise Financial

If you choose not to golf, you can also contribute by sponsoring a hole ($100), donating a prize item or gift certificate, or providing items for the players' goody bags. You can attend the lunch only for $30.

Register below.
Member News
Summer is around the corner, and People Incorporated is looking forward to seeing everyone return for another great Jack Rua Invitational in September. Attached is the sponsor and registration brochure for the tournament. Between playing, sponsoring, advertising, or all of the above, there are many ways to be a part of it! If you have questions or need further info, please reach out to Peter Daley at 774-488-5333 or pdaley@peopleincfr.org.
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.
The Effective Elevator Pitch
Mon, Jul 18 | 2:00 PM 

As a business owner, you are always selling. You must have a concise message that tells prospective buyers what is your unique value proposition, what you do and how you can help them.

This message will also be used in your website and any other promotional and sales materials you use.

In this workshop you will learn how to write an effective elevator pitch.
• First a short presentation on an how to put together an elevator pitch will be discussed.
• Break out groups will be utilized, where you will work in a small 4-5 person group to create your elevator speech with a SCORE mentor facilitating.
• You will than rejoin as a large group
• You will be given a chance to present yours to the group where you will receive feedback from your peers on ways to prefect your presentation (you don't have to)

***You will need video capabilities. You will be on webcam for this webinar. Call in only, will not work as well, but can be done. This is intended to be a completely collaborative event. LIMITED REGISTRATION***

Margaret Coughlin, Health Care Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing Agency Principal, Marketing Communications Executive, Marketing Consultant, Non-profits, B2B, B2C

Tim Nelson, Built & sold national executive benefits consulting practice. Expertise in sales and marketing, consulting and plan administration., Worked with Fortune 500 companies, Recently started new consulting business that develops communication strategies for member-owned golf clubs. All profits go to charities for children.

Susan Bloomstone, CEO & Co-Founder of a national shapewear brand, she is a brand strategist and is part of the SCORE Marketing Group. Susan is also a public speaking coach and a eCommerce expert.

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

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

Small Business Sizzle
Discount on Energy Leadership Profile Assessment (normal fee $130, discounted to $97). Email Sue for more info.

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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.

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