September 15, 2021

Event Calendar

September 16

September 18

October 6

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Join us this weekend as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Andi’s Aesthetics this Saturday, September 18th! The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. followed by light refreshments, a prize wheel, a raffle and “Guess the botox units.” The first 50 visitors will receive a free gift bag! Andi will be offering consults, information about the services she provides, and a tour of the facility. Andi’s Aesthetics is a medical spa proving Botox, Dermal Fillers, Kybella, Body Sculpting, Chemical Peels, Dermaplaning and Vitamin Injections. We hope to see you there!
Join us for a lively Oktoberfest celebration on October 6th! Our festivities will be held at Berkley Beer Company where we will have the entire restaurant to ourselves! Come and enjoy their beautiful outdoor patio area complete with cornhole, giant Jenga and Connect Four! We anticipate a sold-out event so get your tickets fast!

Ticket prices: $30 for members; $35 for non-members. Register online here.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Entertainment Sponsor $500 – Be featured as the exclusive sponsor our evening’s entertainment, the talented Matt Silva! You’ll receive sponsor recognition and 2 complimentary tickets to the event.

Pint Sponsor $500 SOLD! Freshly Baked Company

Cornhole Sponsor $500 SOLD! Taunton Federal Credit Union

Beer Garden Sponsors $150 – Join in the fun and promote your business as a Beer Garden Sponsor! You’ll receive sponsor recognition and 1 complimentary ticket to the event.

Contact TACC President Kris Silva if interested.
We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture at https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.
Business & COVID Information
Major Enhancements to the COVID EIDL Program

On September 9, 2021, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the following major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

• Increasing the COVID EIDL Cap. The SBA will lift the COVID EIDL cap from $500,000 to $2 million. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt.

• Implementation of a Deferred Payment Period. The SBA will ensure small business owners will not have to begin COVID EIDL repayment until two years after loan origination so that they can get through the pandemic without having to worry about making ends meet.

• Establishment of a 30-Day Exclusivity Window. To ensure main street businesses have additional time to access these funds, the SBA will implement a 30-day exclusivity window of approving and disbursing funds for loans of $500,000 or less. Approval and disbursement of loans over $500,000 will begin after the 30-day period.

• Expansion of Eligible Use of Funds. COVID EIDL funds will now be eligible to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.

• Simplification of affiliation requirements. To ease the COVID EIDL application process for small businesses, the SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

To learn about eligibility and application requirements and how to apply, visit sba.gov/eidl. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021. All eligible applicants should file their applications as soon as possible. Learn more here.
PPP Forgiveness Portal

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using the online portal. Follow the steps below.

1. Find out if your lender is participating.
2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
3. Apply for forgiveness.

For additional information, visit the SBA website.
Downtown Fall Fest Block Party 2021

The Downtown Taunton Foundation & Trescott Street Gallery is holding its 6th Annual Fall Fest Block Party on Saturday September 18th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Learn more here.
Get an update on city happenings and have your questions answered during this Q&A with Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell and Economic Development Director Bill Roth. Join us on TOMORROW, September 16th at 11:00 a.m.

Register below to attend this Zoom session. Deadline: 3:30 p.m. today.

Topics of discussion may include:

  • Status of commuter rail project
  • ARPA funds 
  • Downtown and neighborhood center development
  • City of Taunton Charter
  • City government operations 
  • Status of development of Silver City Business Park
  • Casino update
  • Biosolids project at Taunton Landfill
  • Infrastructure projects – sewer, water, road repairs, etc.

Thank you to our sponsor BankFive

Sponsor the Next Quarterly Q&A!

You could sponsor the next Quarterly Q&A for only $200! It is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m., with guest speaker, State Representative Carol Doherty. Contact Lisa for more info.
Member News
Community Shred Day

FREE Community Shred Day - Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. A shredding truck will be at the Mechanic Cooperative Bank Loan Center at 15 West Britannia Street in Taunton. Employees will be on-site to remove shred materials from the trunk or backseat of your vehicle! This event is open to ALL customers and non-customers within the communities they serve. Please remove all paper clips, staples and other bindings before arriving. Limit of 3 boxes per vehicle.
Now is the Time for a Career in Real Estate

Interested in a side gig or a new career? Look no further. Bristol Community College's Real Estate course prepares individuals to take the state exam to become a licensed professional realtor. Prepare for the state exam in just 10 weeks. Learn more here.
BCSB Named Top Charitable Contributor

Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) recently announced that it was named one of the Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts by Boston Business Journal for the fifth consecutive year. Read the press release.
Free Fall Lecture Series returns to the OCHM

The Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) is pleased to announce four, free lectures scheduled for this fall as the annual Fall Lecture Series returns. Read the press release.
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
Sept. 20 | 2:00 p.m.

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.
In this workshop you will learn how to write an effective elevator pitch. Register for this free SCORE webinar 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 orders of $50 or more

20% off your first month membership or class package. Email Melynda for more info

Offering Chamber members $10/unit for Botox. $150 off a syringe of Dermal Filler.

5% off your auto insurance.

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

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.

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

10% off for TACC Members
Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, 6 Pleasant Street, Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-4068