July 6, 2022

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Audit Recommends MOITI Improve Administrative Practices to Better Serve Small Businesses

Last week, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump released an audit of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI), which found that MOITI's process for collecting and recording information about small businesses in underserved small business communities applying to the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is ineffective. Additionally, the audit found that MOITI has not implemented requirements for graduating small businesses from STEP. Read the press release.
Acing the Basics of Grant Writing

Hiring a grant writer isn’t cheap. Some charge a flat fee, while others base their fee as a percentage of the grant amount. If you’re a small business or nonprofit, you may not be able to afford to hire someone. But it is worth it. To take on grant writing yourself, you’ll miss out on the years of experience you’ll get with a professional and it will likely take more time. But if you’re looking for a DIY solution, you need to know the basics of grant writing. Read more.
Chamber Events
Cool off with a cone and connect at the Chamber’s Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 12th at Noon! The Star’s delicious full food menu will be available for purchase as well if you want to grab lunch. We hope to see you there! Register below. (Rain date: July 14)

Please note that ice cream and food must be purchased.
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.
Member News
July Events at 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 all the events they have to offer, please visit their calendar online. 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.
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.
Community News
City of Taunton Has Published a Business and Development Guide 

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell recently announced that the City of Taunton has published a Business and Development Guide to assist residents, businesses, and prospective developers in more easily navigating the permitting process in Taunton. Read the press release. View the guide here.
Town of Dighton Invites Community Members to Attend 2nd Annual Firecracker Festival 

Dighton Parks and Recreation Chairman Kevin Smith, together with the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator, are pleased to invite community members to attend Dighton’s second annual Firecracker Festival - Saturday, July 9th from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Dighton Town Hall. The Taunton Area Chamber will be there! Learn more.
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.
Excel Tips and Tricks -
Put Excel Magic to Work for You
Tues, Jul 12 | 10:00 AM 

Learn to mystify and amaze with Excel features and techniques you can use every day to work smarter and get more done.

This live, one-hour session will explain and demonstrate how to:
  • Create custom number formats
  • Use the AutoFill feature
  • Use text formulas and functions to manipulate character strings
  • And more!

And, of course, every good magic show includes a few surprises.
There will be plenty of time for questions, so come prepared.

Presenter: Gerald Rosenthal, ComputerImages.com

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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