February 23, 2022

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Happy Health Center is a multi-cultural place that offers families the ability to have peace of mind about their loved ones while they are at work. “We understand the challenges of everyday life for our senior citizens /people with disabilities and take pride in giving back independence and dignity to our members. Our philosophy is your family is our family.”
Deadline to Nominate a Business is March 1st!

The Chamber is proud to announce that nominations are now being accepted for our annual awards honoring TACC member businesses that have differentiated themselves through their exemplary commitment to their customers, employees and the community.

Fill out the nomination form online.

Deadline to submit a nomination is March 1st.

Honorees will be announced at the Annual Meeting & Awards event to be held virtually on Wednesday, April 27th. Register for the Annual Meeting here.
Charles E. Volkmann Scholarship -
Deadline Next Week!

High School Seniors residing in Taunton, Raynham, Berkley or Dighton, who are pursuing a career in business or a related industry may be eligible to apply for the Charles E. Volkmann Scholarship. Students must apply online.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards event on Wednesday, April 27th at Noon on Zoom. Register for the Annual Meeting here.

Application deadline is March 1st so don’t delay!
Last Chance to Advertise in the Chamber Directory!

Space is still available in the TACC's 2022 Business Directory & Information Guide! This is a great way to advertise your business. This guide is distributed to:

• All TACC Member Businesses
• Local Hotels and Conference Centers
• City and Town Halls
• Anyone Requesting Relocation or Membership Information with the TACC

Contact Lisa for ad rates and sizes. Deadline is March 4th!
Join our TACC Team! 🎉
We have a part-time Membership Coordinator role to fill who will work closely with our President & CEO in implementing a strategy to increase memberships, sponsorships, and programs. The position is 20 hours per week, and has a base + commission pay module.

For full position description and application details, visit our website.
Business & COVID Information
2022 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program February 24

Are you a current or aspiring inventor or entrepreneur? Would you like to learn from successful innovators and subject matter experts about keys to success and how to use your creativity to reach your full potential? If so, be sure to attend the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) free, online 2022 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship program on February 24.

This program is presented by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact BlackInnovation@uspto.gov.

The USPTO offers many informative presentations, panels, and chats throughout the year. For more information, visit www.uspto.gov.
Health Connector for Business: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage

The MA Health Connector will be hosting a public informational webinar session on Wednesday, March 2 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small employers and their employees through Health Connector for 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 here.
Cybersecurity Training

Braver Technology is excited to host their Quarterly Cybersecurity Training on Thursday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. It is being presented by Tim Weber, Director of Security Services, ADNET Technologies.

In this webinar, you will:

• Learn the top threats companies face today
• Hear real stories of security incidents
• Learn more about the tools, techniques, and services used to get companies back on track after a security event
• Discover how you and your team can help prevent security incidents
• Learn how to take a proactive approach to handle cybersecurity risks
• This comprehensive training will satisfy cybersecurity insurance requirements!

Register here.
2022 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Is Now Open

There’s no other business quite like yours because no other business has your unique vision, identity and spirit. Ten years ago, the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest was created to put the spotlight on small businesses just like yours. One of a kind and exceptionally different.

In celebration of the contest’s 10th anniversary, they are giving you even more chances to win big by awarding more than $360,000 in prizes.

The entry period is now open, so be sure to enter before the February 28th deadline. You could win big and empower your business to do more of the things you do best. Learn more.
Massasoit Community College Invites Local Employers to Participate in Virtual Career Fairs

Massasoit Community College invites employers in southeastern Massachusetts to register for its upcoming virtual career fairs, being held on March 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and on March 10 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Employers in the fields of business, hospitality, culinary arts, and information technology are encouraged to participate; employers are welcome to participate on one of or both of the career fair dates. Learn more here.
Engagement = Content: Good for You and Your Audience 

Whether you are a business or a nonprofit, operating in the public sector or the private one, serving businesses and organizations or serving individuals, established in your sector or just starting out, running an empire or “lone wolfing” it, your audience wants to get to know you better.

In fact, they expect it.

So, what does that look like and how does that benefit you? Read more.
Ten chambers from the Southeastern Massachusetts area have banded together for a fun and exciting virtual Mega Mixer!

Business people from any one of those chambers can join us on Thursday, February 24th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. This event is designed to help you meet new people, get the word out about your business and have a great time all from the comfort of your home or office.

There will be representatives from Cape Cod Canal Region, Cranberry Country, Martha's Vineyard, Metro South, Nantucket, One SouthCoast, Plymouth, Taunton, Tri-Town and United Regional Chambers all gathered together!

There will be games and prizes. Register below.
Join us on Tuesday, March 1st at 9:00 a.m. for this popular annual event! The Legislative Update will feature Senator Marc Pacheco and State Representatives Carol Doherty, Patricia Haddad and Norman Orrall, with welcoming remarks from Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell. Hear what’s happening on the hill during this informative session. Legislators make themselves available at forums like this to hear your concerns and answer your questions. We encourage you to submit questions or topics of discussion by Friday, February 25th to info@tauntonareachamber.org.

Register below.
Join your fellow TACC member non-profit organizations on this zoom call to share resources, support and information. Non-members may attend one session at no charge. Register below.
TACC's 105th Virtual Annual Meeting & Awards - April 27th

This year's keynote speaker is Dave Wedge, a New York Times bestselling author, podcaster and communications consultant based in Boston. He has written six non-fiction books, including “Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy,” a drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings which was adapted for the 2017 movie “Patriots Day”; “Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss”; and “The Last Days of John Lennon,” written with co-author Casey Sherman and James Patterson. His next book, “Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang,” comes out March 15 via William Morrow/Harper Collins.

Dave was an award-winning investigative journalist for the Boston Herald for 14 years and has written for VICE, Esquire, Newsweek and Boston magazine. He and Sherman host the true crime podcast, "Saints Sinners & Serial Killers." He has also worked as a communications consultant with a diverse roster of clients in politics, business, nonprofit, hospitality, health care, sports and more.

The Annual Meeting will include the presentation of the Annual Business Awards, and new this year, an Educator of the Year award and recognition of the Charles E. Volkmann Scholarship recipients. Register below to attend this virtual meeting.
Member News
OCHM Joins Statewide Card to Culture Program

The Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the statewide Card to Culture program. Card to Culture partnerships make the power of culture accessible to a wider range of Massachusetts’s residents. Read more.
BCSB Appoints Paul Lacey to VP/Head of Facilities

Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) announces the appointment of Paul Lacey to the position of Vice President/Head of Facilities. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for maintaining the Bank’s existing office facilities, including the branch offices, as well as planning and managing space requirements and any future construction and renovation projects. Read the press release.
Become a Career Mentor

TASC/AHS Career Mentoring Program is recruiting mentors for their 2022 program. Most of the high school students in their program just need a little support and direction. Career mentors help them discover the opportunities available to them, explore their options and understand the connection between their education and their goals. Learn more.

June Bloom 2022

Join Manet Community Health Center for their signature fundraising event, June Bloom, and help raise funds needed to ensure quality, comprehensive health care is available to all! They are delighted to host June Bloom back in-person in 2022 at a new venue - Lombardo’s in Randolph, central to the communities we serve. Enjoy an evening of fantastic food & drink, stories of impact, and wonderful company as we celebrate the Manet Mission. Learn more here.
Reimbursable Trainings for Eligible Businesses 

Commonwealth Corporation's Express Program provides employers fast, simple access to grant-funded training, helping businesses in Massachusetts respond to emerging needs. Join an informational session to learn more.
Skate Before it's Too Late! Come "Ice" Skate with at Camp Riverside!

The last date to skate at Camp Riverside is February 27th! Only three more weeks left to join in on the fun! Call 508-824-3311 for more information or reserve your skating time here.
Community News
Black History Month Celebration at Taunton City Hall Friday!

You are cordially invited to attend the City of Taunton Black History Month Celebration on Friday, February 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (2nd floor) at City Hall.

There will be live musical performances, art exhibits, dance, games, food and more.

Please join Mayor O'Connell, Taunton Diversity Network and TRUE Diversity as they celebrate Black history and culture in the City of Taunton.
Taunton Art Association's Upcoming Events

The Taunton Art Association has been bringing Art to the community of the greater Taunton area and beyond for over 50 years. They would like to invite TACC members to come to the Taunton Art Association for any of their events. Art is a vital part of this community and is inspiring, healing, thought- provoking, informative, and sometimes just plain fun. Check out upcoming events 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.
SCORE Celebrates Black History Month

As part of our ongoing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, SCORE has developed a set of resources specifically for Black business owners and entrepreneurs.

Browse the comprehensive collection of resources that aim to provide guidance and education on topics where Black entrepreneurs are proven to encounter resistance.
Simplifying Social Media Marketing for Small Business
Thurs, Mar. 3 | 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?

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.
Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Veterans make up an important part of the small business community. They make up 8% of the population, but own 9.2% of all American businesses. Check out these resources specifically for veteran entrepreneurs. SCORE is here to help!
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.

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.

10% off most services. Contact Kerry for more info.
5% off your auto insurance. Contact Luke for details.

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

10% off any purchase

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