August 10, 2022

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If you’re looking for a creative, modern twist on Asian cuisine, our newest member is ready to feed you! ‍𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 “𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘰𝘯𝘥, 𝘯𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬, 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 & 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳.”Go experience a flavor profile you’ve never had before, and give a TACC welcome to Malis! View their menu at malismodernasian.com and follow them @malis.modern!

Join us on Tuesday, August 30th for their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Noon!
Join us as we celebrate our fabulous new offices… and you, our TACC members… at our Open House & Member Appreciation Day on Thursday, September 8th.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is at Noon but feel free to stop by anytime between 12 and 6 p.m. to receive a gift of appreciation and delicious refreshments provided by our members… and take a free spin of our prize wheel! All the fun takes place at the TACC, 170 Dean St. in Taunton (parking is located behind the building). Not yet a member of the TACC? Join that day, or any day that week, and receive 3 months free!

You can donate a discount coupon, small gift card, or company swag to the prize wheel and it's a win for the spinner and your business! Contact Lisa to participate.

Please register below if you plan to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Noon.
Join us for a lively Oktoberfest celebration on Wednesday, September 28th! Our festivities will be held at Berkley Beer Company where we will have the entire restaurant to ourselves! Come by between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. and enjoy their beautiful outdoor patio area complete with cornhole, giant Jenga and Connect Four! All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a door prize! 

Ticket prices: $30 for members; $35 for non-members 
Ticket includes: pizza, appetizers, a pint of beer, live entertainment, lawn games and socializing!

Last year this event sold out!


Event Sponsors: $2,500 - SOLD! Morton Hospital & The Lopes Companies
Cornhole Sponsors: $500 - SOLD! Bristol Community College & Taunton Federal Credit Unio

Contact Kris for more information about Oktoberfest sponsorships. Register below to attend, this will admit you to the event, no physical tickets will be distributed. 
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 Kris@tauntonareachamber.org or call 508.824.4068.
Business Information
Sales Tax Holiday Weekend - August 13 & 14

This year’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday will be held on the weekend of August 13th and 14th, 2022. The sales tax exemption applies for those two days to any retail purchase made in MA, both in-store and online, of $2,500 or less, with certain exceptions.
While the operation of the holiday weekend is expected to be very similar to that of previous years, members are encouraged to closely review these helpful FAQs from the MA Department of Revenue (DOR). For more information, the specific rules governing the Sales Tax Holiday can be found in the DOR regulation, 830 CMR 64H.1.8: Sales Tax Holiday.
Learn About Resources for International Business

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute for a webinar on Wednesday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. to learn about resources to help you develop effective international business strategies for growth.

Speakers include:
• Gabriel Esparza, Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
• Alisa S. Joseph, Director of Programs, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

Additional speakers will be announced later. Register here.
Labor Day Ideas for Your Business

Labor Day is fast approaching. This unofficial end of summer is largely ignored by businesses partly because a holiday surrounding working doesn’t seem like much fun. However, you can use this day for more than planning a backyard BBQ or trip to the beach. Here are some engaging social media and activity ideas that you can work on over the next month to drive interaction and get employees and customers excited about this much overlooked holiday.
Chamber Events
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!
Get an update on city happenings and have your questions answered during this Q&A with Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell and Economic Development Director Bill Roth. This session is sponsored by BankFive. Submit questions or topics for discussion in advance here. Register below to attend this virtual meeting.

Sponsor the Next Quarterly Q&A!
You could sponsor the next Quarterly Q&A for only $200! Contact Lisa for more info.
Member News
Taunton-Attleboro Non-profits awarded $124,698 by BCSCF

Bristol County Savings Bank’s Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) recently awarded grants totaling $124,698.01 to eleven non-profit organizations in greater Taunton and Attleboro, MA. Read the press release.
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.
Community News
Whittenton Block Party TOMORROW

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell has invited the residents of the City of Taunton to attend the Whittenton Day 2022 Block Party TOMORROW, August 11th from 2:00pm-8:00pm. It will be held at the Broken Chains Biker Church located at 370 Bay Street, but will include a scavenger hunt with visits to neighborhood stores and businesses.

This family-friendly Block Party will feature:
• Musical Entertainment
• Obstacle Course
• Bouncy House
• Water Slide
• Scavenger Hunt and Prizes
• Snacks and Refreshments

Parking will be available at Reed & Barton’s parking lots on West Britannia Street with a trolley provided to shuttle visitors to the event free of charge.

This event is being funded by a grant from MassDevelopment and organized by the Whittenton Neighborhood Community Partnership. The Partnership was recently established with help from MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) aimed at facilitating neighborhood revitalization efforts over a three-year period. This is the first neighborhood festival Whittenton has hosted in nearly 20 years, but the Partnership hopes to restore the annual tradition. For more information, visit www.whittenton.us.
Town of Dighton Announces Free COVID-19 Test Kits Available to Town Residents 

Town Administrator Michael Mullen and Public Health Nurse Nicole Mello are pleased to announce that free COVID-19 test kits are now available to Town residents through grant funding.

A total of 900 at-home COVID-19 test kits have been made available to the Town of Dighton through the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Public Health Excellence Grant, a recent grant awarded to a shared consortium between Dighton, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Berkley, Taunton and Rehoboth. The grant seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local and regional public health by expanding opportunities for sharing of public health services. Read more.
Raynham Municipal Vulnerability Plan

The Town of Raynham is just about finished with their Municipal Vulnerability Plan. Please review the Process, Matrices and Priority Projects in this presentation. They will be accepting comments to either Bill Napolitano or Sara Brown by August 12, 2022.
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 #BlackOwnedBusiness Month

Black entrepreneurs face unique barriers to business success. SCORE is working to change that by providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. Browse their comprehensive collection of resources that address the specific challenges Black business owners face in today's world.
Live Q&A - Expert Advice and Solutions for Black-Owned Business Challenges
Thurs, Aug 11| 1:00 PM 

National Black Business Month was created to recognize and support the economic development of black entrepreneurs and business owners from across the United States.

Join SCORE for an hour-long Q&A session to answer your questions about starting, managing, and maintaining your business.

Dedicated to answering your questions is small business expert Marc E. Parham, financial expert Phyllis Johnson, and e-commerce expert John Lawson.

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