TACC E-NEWS

March 30, 2023


Event Calendar




April 4

Public Safety Building Meeting for Taunton Business Owners


April 5

Member Orientation at TACC


Business After Hours


April 10

Multi-Chamber Networking Event


April 12

HR Group - Sexual Harassment


April 18 (NEW DATE)

Ribbon Cutting at Greatest Hits


April 27

TACC 106th Annual Meeting & Awards


May 16

Annual Legislative Update

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Chamber News

Advanced Eye Centers, Inc.

Alter Ego Salon and Spa

Anchor Barre

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Associates for Human Services, Inc.

C.H. Babb Company, Inc.

Bank of America

BankFive

Bristol County Savings Bank

Community Counseling of Bristol County

Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Service

Davol-Taunton Printing, Inc.

DreamScape Designs, LLC

Fault Line Kustoms

Field Engineering Co., Inc.

J W Fishers Manufacturing, Inc.

Hampton Inn Raynham

Health Express

Interior Elements Design

Laborers' Union Local 876

Mechanics Cooperative Bank

Morton Federal Credit Union

Old Colony YMCA - Taunton Division

Parris Construction Management

Poyant Signs

Premier Construction, Inc.

Right Key Mortgage, LLC.

RMC Construction, Inc.

SCU Credit Union

St. Pierre's Shoes

Studio 27 Flowers

Taunton Public Schools

Triumph, Inc.

Wynn & Wynn, P.C.

Let's give a great BIG welcome to our new member, a local favorite, Kinfolk's Award Winning BBQ! From Kinfolk’s delicious Beef Brisket to their famous Pulled Pork, you can choose from BBQ sandwiches, dinners with your favorite sides, and of course… meat. 🥩


Did you know that Kinfolk’s has some of the best fried chicken around. That’s right, South Shore's best BBQ also has the area's best fried chicken. 🍗


Let Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ in Taunton cook for you! 🍴


Welcome, Sylvester! We're so glad you're part of the TACC! 💙

Every business has a story about how it all started; how things evolved, challenges that were overcome, and finding distinction in the community to stay successful! Our next new member has a story that all began over a decade ago....


"Our story began over 15 years ago when we opened our first restaurant named Pepperoni’s. The family-owned and operated restaurant quickly became a success. As we grew and opened new locations, it soon became apparent that our restaurant deserved a name that was just as unique as our delicious recipes, so in 2006 the PieZoni’s™ name and franchise became official.


Since then, we have expanded to over 20 locations, but have never lost sight of our values, or where we began. We can truly boast that we are a family-owned business. Our children, who witnessed the growth of PieZoni’s from the beginning, have grown up, trained, and decided to join us in leadership roles throughout the business, continuing our love for great food.


We can proudly say that we use the freshest ingredients. While we always strive to innovate, our beliefs have remained constant and are actually quite simple—be original, cook up creative recipes, deliver delicious, quality food at a superior value, offer healthy choices, and make sure that every customer’s experience is exceptional every single time they order from Piezoni’s. We aren’t afraid of different. In fact, it’s our distinct menu and attitude that make PieZoni’s so deliciously original." 🍕🥗


You can order PieZoni's catering for your next work or family event - their pizza, salads, subs and wings are always a crowd pleaser! And don't forget to sign-up for their email list to get exclusive deals! 💌


We're so glad to have PieZonis in the TACC! Welcome!! ✨

Let's welcome the brand new business, City Suds, to the Chamber family!


Located on Weir Street in Taunton, City Suds is a full service laundromat offering:

  • self service
  • wash dry fold
  • pickup & delivery


City Suds is owned and operated by Skip and Anna Woodward. They are excited to offer the community a clean, open and spacious laundromat, with efficient machines, allowing customers to complete their laundry in record time!



Scheduling a pick up via DoorDash couldn't be easier! Just go to citysudsma.com to get started and you can get that dreaded item off your to-do list so you can do more of what you love!


We're thrilled to have Skip and Anna in the TACC! Welcome!!

NEXT WEEK!

Public Safety Building Meeting for Taunton Business Owners


Please join Mayor O'Connell, Police Chief Edward Walsh, Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw & CFO Patrick Dello Russo to learn about the proposed new Public Safety Facility.


• Find out why Taunton needs a new public safety building

• See drawings of the proposed buildings

• Learn about cost and financing

• Talk to the Police Chief and Fire Chief 

Find out how this project will affect local businesses


Register here to attend.

NEXT WEEK!

Whether you have been a member of the chamber for 5 years or 5 minutes – or if you’re just thinking about it – join us for Member Orientation on Wednesday, April 5th from 9-10 a.m. at the Chamber’s office, 170 Dean St. in Taunton. See the office, meet the staff, hear about our benefits and programs, and learn how you can best maximize your investment with the TACC!


Seating is limited so please register in advance below. Free to members and prospective members.

REGISTER

NEXT WEEK!

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th , from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for a Business After Hours


It will be held in the Silvia & Quinn Building on 180 Paramount Drive in Raynham. Come see the offices of Jaime Barnes, CFP®, Ameriprise Financial, Silvia & Quinn, P.C., and Prophett Law Office, LLC.


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. Don't forget to bring your business cards to exchange and for a chance to win the door prize!


Register below.

REGISTER

Did you miss Braver's Cyber Insurance Workshop?


Ribbon Cutting at Michelle's Ah-Mazing Grazing

Comedy Night at The District

Business Information

Upcoming MassHealth Redeterminations


Roughly 2.3 million Massachusetts residents are currently on MassHealth coverage and will need to have their eligibility for that coverage redetermined over the course of the next 12 months, per federal rules relating to the wind down of federal coverage protections that have been in place throughout the pandemic. We expect that hundreds of thousands of residents will lose their eligibility for MassHealth coverage, and will need to find new sources of coverage, whether it’s through employer-based coverage or through the Health Connector. 


We will need the help and partnership of the Massachusetts employer community to help make sure employees losing MassHealth coverage understand their options and how to make their way into new coverage, and appreciate that the employer community has always been an essential partner to the state in helping us reach and maintain our best-in-the-nation health coverage rate.


We would like to invite you as an employer to join a briefing to walk you through what the redetermination process will look like and how our two agencies are getting ready, and to hear your feedback and questions. Join us April 5th, 1-2 p.m., on Zoom; passcode 272188.

NEW Toolkit for the Health Connector for Business 5/10 Webinar


This webinar toolkit will be held on Wednesday, May 10th at 12:00 noon to help get the word out through social media to promote this free, live information session to help Massachusetts small employers (with 1-50 full-time employees) learn about their options and savings through the Health Connector for Business.


Staff members 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. Note: Multiple dates are available for this session when registering. Register here.

AI for Business: Bewares and Boasts

Practical ways to use it in business and what to avoid


At first glance, especially for people who have trouble writing or have difficulty starting out and collecting their thoughts at a keyboard, AI can feel like the smartest kid in the class offering to do your homework for free, forever. It seems like a huge win and I’m not saying it isn’t. But there are a few things you should be aware of as well as some tasks it does tremendously well that could save you a lot of time and energy. Learn more here.

Chamber Events

Join 11 area Chambers for a fun night of networking at Plainridge Park Casino! Register below. 


Do You Want Your Business to Shine?


Purchase a VIP Sponsor Package - Only 10 sponsorships are available at this event!


Sponsors receive:

  • Ad Displayed on Infield Video Board (Local and National Exposure)
  • Race Name in your Groups Honor
  • Complimentary Official Track Program
  • Winner’s Circle Presentation
  • Complimentary Winner’s Circle Photo


Total Cost for Sponsoring a Race is $250


Contact Lenny Calderone, Racing Services Manager, to Sponsor a Race

Lenny.calderone@pennentertainment.com or 508-576-4482  

REGISTER

The next HR Resource Group topic is Sexual Harassment. The meeting will be hybrid and held on Wednesday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m. at the TACC office and via Zoom. Our guest speaker is Wendy Hansen of Foley & Foley, PC. 


Learn how to set policy, identify and manage sexual harassment issues in the workplace. All Chamber members are welcome to join HR Resource group sessions. Register below.


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

REGISTER

Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening Celebration of Greatest Hits Cannabis Company! The opening event takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. They will have refreshments, vendor pop-ups, and special guests including Mayor O'Connell, State Rep Carol Doherty, and Greg Hill from WEEI. Special pricing will be available and they'll have a live DJ in-store that evening.


We hope you can attend! 

APRIL 27

The Taunton Area Chamber's 106th Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 27th at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Room in Taunton. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., along with a New Member Showcase. The program will commence at 12:00 noon. and will include the presentation of the Annual Business Awards, an Educator of the Year award and recognition of the recipients of the Charles E. Volkmann Future Leaders Scholarship.


Keynote speaker: Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq., President of Bridgewater State University


Award Recipients:

Bluestone Bank Small Business Award: Ryan’s Family Amusements

Taunton Federal Credit Union Large Business Award: G. Lopes Construction

Bristol County Savings Bank Community Impact Award: Our Daily Bread


Educ of the Year:

Jerilyn Karam-Kozak, English Teacher, CORE Values, DEI, & ADL Peer Advisor,

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School


Scholarship Recipients:

Avery LaValle, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Joseph Kazlauskas, Taunton High School


Let’s celebrate and support our members, award recipients and scholars!

Gold Sponsor: $2,500 - SOLD OUT - General Dynamics and Mechanics Cooperative Bank

Silver Sponsor: $500 - Bristol County Savings Bank, Bluestone Bank, BCC, Morton Hospital, and Quality Beverage

Bronze Sponsor: $250 - BankFive, The Lopes Companies, Taunton Federal Credit Union, TMLP, and FBinsure

Supporting Sponsor: $100 - Shafer Development Services


All sponsors receive recognition on the event registration page and in the program distributed at the event. As a non-profit organization, the Taunton Area Chamber is grateful for your generous contributions that help us to provide programs and services to our members. To sponsor the Annual Meeting & Awards event, contact TACC President Kris Silva at kris@tauntonareachamber.org


Please register below to attend.

REGISTER
Member News

6th Annual Small Business, Big Dreams Contest

Deadline Friday!


Are you looking to take your business to the next level? Rockland Trust is seeking passionate business owners to compete for a $20,000 grand prize! For more information about Rockland Trust’s 6th annual Small Business, Big Dreams contest and how you can enter, please visit www.RocklandTrust.com/SmallBusiness


Entry period 3/1/2023 - 3/31/2023. Open to eligible MA and RI businesses with annual revenues less than $3,000,000. Additional eligibility criteria and restrictions apply. See Official Rules.

Energy No Limit Is Expanding and You Can Help!


13 years ago, when this small business kicked off, the vision for Energy No Limit (ENL) was clear – create a facility that offered private Softball instruction including camps, and clinics for all ages accompanied by a gym with a special focus on performance-based training for adults and athletes. In June 2022, they signed for a 6,000 sq. ft. building to be the new home of ENL. The building is located in Dighton. Learn more here.

Community News

TOMORROW!

Congressman Jake Auchincloss Town Hall in Dighton


Congressman Auchincloss is hosting a series of Town Hall events across the district on Saturday, April 1st, and he will be nearby Taunton (in Dighton) from 12:30-1:30pm. 

                                                                

Congressman Jake Auchincloss Town Hall in Dighton

Saturday, April 1 from 12:30-1:30

RSVP here for location


This town hall is free and open to the public, and we will be specifically emailing Taunton residents to invite them to the event.

O'Connell Welcomes State Auditor to Taunton for Women's History Month Celebration


On Tuesday, March 22, 2023, Mayor Shaunna O’Connell welcomed State Auditor Diana DiZoglio to Taunton to celebrate Women’s History Month with local businesswomen, community organizers and high school students.  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.

SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs


Visit the hub to see all of SCORE's best content specifically for Black business owners in one place. You'll find success stories, webinars, and other resources you can use for your business.  Learn more.

FREE Excel Workshops


SCORE holds Excel workshops that are LIVE via ZOOM and FREE, and happen just about every week! SCORE also holds workshops in multiple languages. Please check out this link that lists all of the workshops that SCORE conducts for Excel in the coming months.  

Starting Your Business

Apr. 4 | 12:00 NOON

 

Starting a small business requires more knowledge, skills, perseverance and planning than meets the eye. Save valuable time and money starting here! This 2 -hour workshop will help you clearly understand the details, challenges, opportunities and rewards.


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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A1 Pizza Taunton

$5 off orders of $50 or more


Anchor Barre

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


Andi's Aesthetics

Offering Chamber members 10% off regular priced services.


Back Bay Staffing Group

10% off first week temporary services.

Email Joni for more info.


CB Disco

10% discount to members on first order over $250 or

5-10 free lapel pins. Contact Andrew for more info.


The Cleaning Queen

$50 off initial deep cleaning for all Chamber Members


Couture Kreations

10% off first wholesale order for Chamber members.

Contact Kylee for more info.


Distinguished Details, LLC

15% off contracted services.

Email Camille for more info.


Engayge, Inc.

Claim 50% off the LGBTQ+ Competency Audit for TACC Members Only using code: TACCENGAYGE. Email for more info: info@engayge.us.


The Exodus Experience

10% off photobooth experience for Chamber Members


Growth Arise Consulting LLC

20% off DISC assessment with debriefing for Chamber members. Contact Patricia for more info. 


Hometown Furnishings

10% off for Chamber members


Hometown's Tacos Locos

10% off for Chamber members

(discount applies to individual orders for members, not catering events)


Junkluggers of Southeastern MA & RI

$25 off 1/4 truck or more! Please redeem at time of booking. Limit one per household. Cannot be combined with other offers. Learn more here

MacDonald Moving Services

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


MALIS

10% off for Chamber Members


MBL Land Development & Permitting, Corp.

10% off most services. Contact Kerry for more info.


Michelle's Ah-Mazing Grazing

10% off all in-store purchases for Chamber members, including special order grazing boards for a future date - not valid for grazing table setups or purchases made online.  Contact Michelle for more info.


PieZoni's

15% off for Chamber members. Contact Daniel for details.


Plymouth Rock & Correira Insurance

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


R&D Cleaning Co.

10% off cleaning services

Contact Renay for more info.


Rego Electric

10% off for Chamber Members. Contact Duane for more info.


Relaxation Works Spa

TACC members receive $10 off $95 or more when scheduling a facial or whole health massage. Use code TACC when scheduling online or mention the code at check out.


The Star Drive-In

10% off any purchase


Staples

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.


Sullivan Tire

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


Kundalini Pearls-Yoni Steaming Spa

25% off for Chamber members.

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Ask us how you can participate in the Member to Member Discount Program!

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