May 4, 2022

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Important EIDL Deadlines

Important EIDL Deadlines: As of January 1, 2022, the SBA is not able to accept applications for new COVID EIDL loans or advances. The deadline to request a loan increase or reconsideration is TOMORROW, May 6, 2022. The COVID-19 EIDL portal (covid19relief1.sba.gov, also known as the "RAPID portal") will close on May 16, 2022. Borrowers should download their loan documents from the portal prior to this date. Learn more.
Baker-Polito Administration Files $3.5 Billion Economic Development Legislation

Recently, the Administration filed a substantial legislative package to support Massachusetts’s path forward into a post-pandemic economy, An Act Investing in Future Opportunities for Resiliency, Workforce, and Revitalized Downtowns (or FORWARD). The legislation would enable new infrastructure and jobs, and invest in every city and town in the Commonwealth. This legislation contains a significant set of opportunities to advance community and economic development, including a number of shovel-ready projects in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. These projects are consistent with the state’s policy objectives and almost all represent projects recently proposed by municipalities, and would ensure that every community receives at least $250,000 in funding. Review the more detailed summary of the bill in the press release.
Small Business Tax Survey

This November, MA voters will have before them a Constitutional Amendment which will place a 4% income tax surcharge (on top of the existing 5%) for those residents earning $1 Million or more. The RAM Board of Directors will be considering whether to take a position on this question at an upcoming meeting. The Board could vote to support, oppose, or stay neutral on the question. One of the critical considerations which should be looked at prior to taking a position on the so-called “Millionaires Tax” Constitutional Amendment is the tax structure of our members. For instance, members which are “pass-through” entities may be disproportionately harmed under this tax increase. We are attempting to determine how many of our members fit into that category. Please take 5 minutes to respond to this important survey.
Small Business Month 2022 Proclamation

Governor Baker has issued a proclamation designating May 2022 as Small Business Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The administration is grateful and impressed by the work this network has done to support our small businesses over these unprecedented few years. Most importantly, they remain inspired by the resilience, flexibility, and courage of our small businesses throughout the Commonwealth, as they adapted throughout the months of COVID-19-related challenges. The Governor’s Proclamation can be viewed here.
How Easy Is It to Do Business with You?

People will not do business with you if you make it hard to do business. There’s just too much competition and not enough interest.

To attract sales and become interested in your business, you want people to know, like, and trust you. Once they are interested, your work isn’t complete. You want to make it easy on them to do business.

If you’re doing the following things in business, you may be missing sales because you are making it too hard.
Taunton Federal Credit Union will be hosting a Business After Hours on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by and see their new branch at 403 Winthrop Street in Taunton. Co-sponsored by Brownstone Realty Group.

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.
Member News
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South Hosting a Community Conversation 

You're invited to play a critical role in shaping the future of our community! Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South is working with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to gather input about Taunton's unique strengths, concerns, and challenges; input that will be used to directly shape United Way’s work in our community. 
This approach of getting feedback directly from residents marks a new way of working for United Way and promises to lead to much more collaborative solutions in the future. 
As a Community Connector agency, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South will be hosting a Community Conversation which will bring together a diverse set of voices and perspectives from our community. United Way will use feedback from these sessions to set its fundraising and grantmaking priorities. Please join us 
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual - Zoom

• Community Conversations are about open dialogue and exchange of ideas. 
• Events are small group gatherings where guests share their experiences and stories, and are encouraged to imagine a better future for themselves and for our communities. 
• Guests answer a series of questions, including, “What does the best version of your community look like?” 
• Information gathered from the Community Conversations will be aggregated and delivered to United Way to help the organization focus its next strategic plan on the greatest needs in our community. 
• Individual answers will be kept confidential. 
Community Conversations are taking place in communities across United Way’s footprint, and the information gathered will be reflected in their strategic plans for the next year and beyond. If you have ideas about Taunton, this is an opportunity that’s too good to miss!
Girls Inc. of Taunton Women's Workshop - May 13

Girls Inc. of Taunton is excited to announce Stronger, Smarter, Bolder. A Women’s Workshop! It was designed to bring their mission to women in our community. The workshop will be held on Friday, May 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Participate in the Taunton High School Career Exploration Fair May 19

You are invited to participate in the sixth annual Taunton High School (THS) Career Exploration Fair, which will be held on Thursday, May 19th from 8:00am-10:00am. This year, THS is again hoping to provide students with the opportunity to speak with professionals about career opportunities after High School. Click here for more info.
May Events at the OCHM

All are invited to join the Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) for family-friendly events, both in person and virtually this month. To see everything they have to offer visit their calendar online at www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/events/. Highlight tours with the Curator take place daily at noon, and our regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
Simplifying Social Media Marketing for Small Business
Tues, May 10 | 12:00 - 1:15 PM 

Social Media can be a powerful tool for winning new customers and clients, as well as continuing a relationship with existing ones, but it can also become very time consuming and expensive. We will help keep you focused and get you moving forward.

This webinar addresses the key questions every small business owner has to answer when they embark on an online marketing effort to support their business:

• What do I need to start?
• What Social Media should I use?
• How does it work?
• What does it cost?

Presenter: Frank Camacho, SCORE mentor

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

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10% off first week temporary services.
Email Joni for more info.

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free estimates for all moves and 10% off the first month of storage for Chamber members. Contact Pauline for more info.

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

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.)

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.

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