August 3, 2022

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Learn more and get your questions answered at the next meeting of the newly formed TACC HR Resource Group. All members are welcome to attend. This month’s topic is Exempt vs Non-Exempt Classifications. The discussion will be led by Atty. Wendy Hansen of Foley & Foley, PC.

Cost: Included with membership for TACC members; Prospective Members can attend 1 meeting of the TACC HR Resource Group at no charge then $15.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please indicate if you will be attending in-person or via Zoom.
Replay of the Future of Work Report

Watch the recording of the Future of Work Report with Senator Lesser below!
Office Space for Lease

We’ve got some beautiful new office space FOR LEASE at the TACC HQ! What you’ll get: two offices (350 total sq ft), access to a shared kitchen, conference room, bathroom, and separate entrance for just $900/mo. (utilities included). Located just off the bustling Rt. 44 corridor and close to Rt. 24 at 170 Dean Street in Taunton. BONUS: the friendliest office neighbors you could ask for! Have questions or want to check it out? Reach out to [email protected] or call 508.824.4068.
Business Information
SBA Learning Center

Whether you're looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA's digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on entrepreneurial best practices and available financing options. Learn more here.
Invention-Con 2022

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the agenda for Invention-Con 2022, their free, online flagship event for independent inventors and entrepreneurs, coming August 10-12. Attendees will learn from successful innovators and USPTO experts how intellectual property is key to their success and how the USPTO can help them achieve their dreams. Learn more here.
Are You Ready for These 3 Workplace Trends?

Workplace trends come and go like snack carts, but these trends may very well revolutionize the way we work because they are just so darn appealing to most employees.

But before we go into these workplace trends, know that they are not for everyone. Your business may not be able to function if you put them into operation. There are some businesses that simply require employees in seats, seats that are customer-facing in a central location. But if you do have the flexibility to adopt some of these, you may see very big changes in productivity and morale. These things may be what the employee of tomorrow is looking for. Read more.
Chamber Events
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.
Sell Online with eCommerce Tools
Wed, Aug 17 | 12:00 PM
Join Bryan Caplan, Speaker for Grow with Google, as he walks you through how to sell your products online.

He will walk through listing your products for free with Google My Business and Merchant Center and will show you one way to sell on your website, using an E-Commerce store built with Shopify. Plus, learn about more helpful tools to stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store.

In this workshop, he will:

• Discuss the Products tab in Google My Business
• Introduce Google Merchant Center and the basics of creating a free account and a product feed
• Show you set up an E-Commerce website using Shopify
Make Your Website Work for You - NEW DATE
Thurs, Aug 25 | 2:00 PM
81% of customers visit your website before doing business with you. It doesn’t matter what goods or services you offer -- a website is an important part of your business’ visibility. You don’t have to have an intricate, professionally designed website for it to work for your business. Join us to learn how to create an informative, search-friendly website or spruce up your existing one to make it more accessible to customers.

Join Bryan Caplan, your Dedicated Trainer for Grow with Google, as he walks you through the ins and outs of getting your website on Google in this value-packed virtual class. Seats are limited, so register today!
Member News
Mock Interviewers Needed for TASC Summer Youthworks Program

Taunton Area School to Career (TASC), a program of Associates for Human Services, Inc., are seeking volunteer support to help with mock interviews for the TASC Summer Youthworks Program. This event will be held on Friday, August 19th from 9:45AM-11:00AM at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 700 Myles Standish Blvd, Taunton, MA 02780.

TASC runs Taunton Youthworks, a summer teen jobs and work training program, and currently have 22 students in the program this summer. The youth participants aim to work around 100 hours over 6 weeks at a local worksite (we have 9 worksites) and take part in 15 hours of work readiness training. They will close out the program on August 19th with a final training, mock interviews, the closing/achievement ceremony, and lunch at 11:00am. The final piece of training will be the mock interviews. This is where they need your help! The activity will consist of having a professional from the community interviewing about two individual students and then giving feedback. They hope to obtain about 10-15 volunteers.

If you yourself, or representatives from your business/organization, can volunteer, please email Kendreia Perry by Friday, 8/12/22. If you have any other questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to ask. TASC will send out an agenda, and the questions volunteers will be asking the youth, on Monday, 8/15.
HarborOne's Small Business Pitch Contest

Pitch Your Big Idea to Win $10,000! If you are a small business owner looking to launch a new product or service, or expand an existing product or service, you are invited to participate in HarborOne’s 7th Annual Small Business Pitch Contest. Application is open July 15 - August 31. Learn more.
Community News
$400K Complete Streets Grant Awarded to Taunton

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell recently announced the City of Taunton has been awarded a $400,000 Complete Streets grant by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for improvements on Weir Street.

Weir Street has long been a priority of the City of Taunton’s Pathways Committee. The Pathways Committee, led by City Council President Phillip Duarte, was established in 2017 with the goal of increasing bike and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the Taunton community. Read more.
Raynham Community Day Invitation

Raynham Community Day 2022 (formerly known as Community Pride Day) to be held on Sunday, September 18th, with a rain date of Sunday, September 25th. 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.
The Truth About Employee Retention Credits and How to Process the Paperwork
Mon, Aug 8| 12:00 PM 

If you are a small business owner, it is likely that you have received calls, emails, text messages about the ERC (Employee Retention Credits) promising an easy $26,000 credit from the IRS if you keep your employees.

In this informative session hosted by the Small Business Administration and SCORE, you will hear from a panel of experts who provide guidance in what's true and what's hype.

LIMITED SPACE - Please sign up early!

Speakers include:

  • Paul Carelis, PHR, VP of HR and Client Services at MassPay HR & Payroll Solutions
  • Malcolm Lui, CFA, Managing Member, Eversprint
  • Ann Jagert, Founder & CEO, Breakthrough Solutions

Hosted by Massachusetts SBA and SCORE

Open to all! Register here.
Email Marketing Strategies to Propel Your Business Growth
Thurs, Aug 18| 1:00 PM 

Research says that for every $1 spent on email marketing, there is an average $44 return on investment. You must implement the right strategy if your business wants to generate similar results.

In this webinar, expert presenter Patty Ross will show you the fundamentals and the advanced techniques of email marketing that will help propel your email efforts into a positive return on investment.

In this webinar, you will learn:

The 5 C’s of email marketing
What to look for when choosing an email platform for your business
  • How to use a content calendar to plan your email campaigns

Presenter: Patty Ross, California Wine Marketing

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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