TACC E-NEWS

March 8, 2023


Event Calendar




March 14

SEED Webinar: Fundamentals of Financing a Small Business


March 16

Business After Hours at People Inc.


March 23

Cybersecurity Insurance 101:

Insuring Your Digital Future


March 23

Comedy Night

The District Center for the Arts


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Chamber News

We're so excited to share that Rego Electric has joined the TACC! 🎉


Rego Electric is located in East Taunton and their team has over 30 years of combined experience. They are fully qualified in residential and commercial projects and extremely professional. They take pride in their workmanship and reliability to always provide their clients with excellent service. They strive to offer their services at a reasonable price in a timely manner to ensure the minimum of disruption to your daily routine. ⚡️


Their services are competitively priced and they offer FREE ESTIMATES! No job is too big or too small for Rego Electric! Check them out at regoelectricinc.com and follow them on Facebook to see what they're up to! ⚡️


We are so glad Duane and his team are here! Welcome to the TACC community! ✨

It's the history, it's the music, it's the murals and paitings, it's the authentic fresh Mexican food..El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant - Taunton is a whole vibe!


With locations in Taunton, Wareham, South Easton, Yarmouth, and East Providence restaurant owner David Lopez brings vision, ambiance, signature dishes, and friendly service to each restaurant. From quesadillas, to tortilla chicken soup, all of their food reflects their roots in Guadalajara, Mexico. 🌮


Check out their website at https://elmariachimr.com/ to view location info, menus, purchase gift cards, book an event, or join their work family! Follow them on social to see what they're cooking up that will make your mouth water! 🌯


Welcome to the Chamber, David! We're looking forward to a strong partnership! ✨

Contact Kris for more information on this unique sponsorship opportunity.

TACC member Engayge is happy to celebrate the opening of their office located within the TACC headquarters on 170 Dean St. in Taunton! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. 


Help us to welcome our new office mates!

SAVE THE DATE! 

We are thrilled to announce the 2023 Business Award recipients!


Bluestone Bank Small Business Award: Ryan’s Family Amusements

TFCU Large Business Award: G. Lopes Construction

BCSB Community Impact Award: Our Daily Bread


A special thank you to our Selection Committee Members:

  • Zulmira Allcock, Associates for Human Services
  • Jack Leddy, Davol/Taunton Printing
  • Ann Trucchi, Trucchi’s Supermarkets
  • Joanne Storrs, PRIDE, Inc.
  • Erika Madden, STAR Drive-in
  • Monica Lombardo, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South


Learn more and register here.

Business Information

March is Women's History Month


Women-owned businesses propel our economy forward.

  • In the past five years, total employment by women-owned businesses rose 8%, 1.8% for all other businesses (NAWBO)
  • 5.4 million firms are majority-owned by women of color in the U.S. (NAWBO)
  • In 2020, women-owned businesses executed 344,000 contracts across the U.S., with 4,591 contracts specifically providing critical COVID-19 support (PERFORMANCE.GOV)
  • In 2021, 1.1 million of all businesses were owned by women (CESBANSUS)


Read more here.

Creating a Business Plan for Your Success


MSBDC will be holding a webinar on TOMORROW from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Creating a Business Plan for Your Success. Join Cliff Robbins, Senior Business Advisor at the MSBDC, for this presentation that will show you why and how to write a business plan paving the way for you to build a successful business. 

 

Meet a panel of small business experts that will include:

• an attorney

• an accountant

• an insurance agent

• and lenders


This workshop will help you answer these questions and more:

• Why do I need to write a business plan?

• Is there a market for my product and service?

• Is there room in the competitive environment for my company?


Register today to get answers to these and many more questions.

How to Find a Complementary Business to

Help Yours Grow


If you’re a small- to medium-sized business that is trying to carve out a place for itself in a competitive market, you want to differentiate yourself from the competition. One way to do that is to offer something no one else is doing. You can create a new product or service or go after an untapped market. But if you’ve already tried all of those and you’re looking for something else, it’s time to find the peanut butter to your chocolate or the peas to your carrots.


Partnering with another business can help you both offer something to your markets that neither has seen. Here are three ways to find your perfect complementary business so you both can profit. Read more.

Chamber Events

MARCH 14

In this virtual workshop, presented by SEED Corporation, participants will learn the fundamentals of financing a small business, what lenders/loan officers look for in a loan application, and the funding programs available to start-up and existing business owners.


Topics will include the Six C’s of Credit, traditional vs. non-traditional lending requirements, and SBA loan programs. This workshop will also touch on what to include in a business plan when looking for capital. Attendees will be provided with a business plan guide as well as financial tracking and projection templates. Register below.

REGISTER

MARCH 16

People Incorporated will be hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday, March 16, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 


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.


People Incorporated was founded in 1968 by parents of people with disabilities who were seeking better quality and more diverse services for their children. Today, the organization offers employment training and job development, day habilitation, community and family support services, residential services, and children's services including early education and care, early intervention, parenting programs, and preschool. Stop by and learn more about the services they provide.


This event is FREE for TACC members and prospective members can attend once at no charge. Register below.

REGISTER

MARCH 23

The Braver Cyber Insurance Workshop is a highly informative and interactive session that aims to educate individuals and businesses about the significant role of cyber risk insurance in today's digital landscape. 


Leading this workshop are Kenny Rounds, CEO of Braver Technology, an leading cybersecurity authority, and Dan Costa, vCIO, who serve as liaisons to our advanced security division partner Cyber74. The workshop will also feature Chris Brook, CIC, CRM, Principal at Brook Insurance, a local expert (and provider) in the field of cyber risk insurance. 


Through this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the risks and threats associated with cyber-attacks and how cyber risk insurance can help mitigate these risks. 


The session covers a comprehensive overview of the cyber insurance landscape, including the various types of policies available, their coverage, and the factors that impact premiums.


The session also provides opportunities for participants to ask questions and share experiences. Register below.

REGISTER

MARCH 23

The Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our first Comedy Night!


Join us on Thursday, March 23rd for a night of fun and laughs. Cocktail hour and Warm-Up Acts from 5:00 - 6:00 pm with a cash bar and complementary heavy hors d'oeuvres.


All proceeds from a raffle at the event will benefit Lights in the Dark Foundation.


Cost: $35 for Chamber Members and $45 for Non-Members. Register below to attend.


CONFIRMED SPONSORS:

Headliner: The Lopes Companies, Morton Hospital

Opening Act: Jenn Oldfield - loanDepot, Commonwealth Alternative Care, People Incorporated

Contributor:1 Connection Cannabis Dispensary, Rockland Trust

Warm Up Act: Engayge, CB Disco


Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact us for more information.


The show opens with Tauntonian Andrew Haskell at 6:00 pm and then Mike McCarthy is featured. The headliner is Jimmy Cash.

REGISTER
Member News

Stronger, Smarter, Bolder Women's Workshop


Girls Inc. is excited about their upcoming Stronger, Smarter, Bolder Women's Workshop. They hope members of our business community will celebrate Women's History Month with them by supporting or attending this event. They have packed the schedule with sessions designed to empower, educate and connect women in our community and have some truly phenomenal partners. This event makes a great professional development or team building experience for women who work together! Learn more here. View the workshop partners.

6th Annual Small Business, Big Dreams Contest


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.

OCHM March Events


All are invited to join the Old Colony History Museum (OCHM) for family-friendly events, both in person and virtually this month. 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.


For registration details, ticket ordering, and to see all the events they have to offer, please visit the online calendar or find them on Eventbrite.

Community News

Mayor O'Connell Announces Grant to Study Potential of Former Nursing Home


Mayor Shaunna O’Connell recently announced that the City of Taunton has received a $50,000 grant from the MassDevelopment Real Estate Technical Assistance Program to conduct a study on the potential reuse and redevelopment of the former Taunton Nursing Home site.  Read more here.

Arts Collaborative of Taunton - March Events


For a list of local happenings in the area, click here for the March ACT flyer.

Dighton Launches "Shop Local" Campaign


Dighton has launched a “Shop Local” campaign complete with a local business directory on the town’s

website to “put the spotlight on our locally owned businesses and all the amazing products, services, food, and experiences that they have to offer.” Dighton Development & Industrial Commission Chairman Daniel Higgins said the business directory was recently placed on the website to urge support for local businesses owned by residents or based in Dighton. Read the entire article.


If you are interested in listing your business on the Town Local Business Directory, or have any questions, please contact the Dighton Development & Industrial Commission.

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.  

How to Improve Your Business Website to Turn Visitors Into Sales

Mar. 16 | 1:00 PM

 

You’re leaving money on the table if you don’t have a website strategy to convert online shoppers into leads and sales. It’s time to improve your small business website.


In this webinar, our expert presenter will show you how to improve your website with the fundamentals of website building, the best ways to get leads for you and how to measure the success of your website strategy.


You will learn:

  • The elements of a successful website
  • How to turn website visitors into leads and sales
  • How to measure and improve your website performance


Live attendees will receive free business resources and a link to this webinar recording.


Register here.

Simplifying Social Media Marketing for

Small Business

Mar. 17 | 12:00 NOON

 

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.
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.


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.


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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