Blackstone Valley Chamber

of Commerce Newsletter

February 8, 2024


Your Voice Will Be Heard

Do you have a question you would like to ask one of our Legislators? Please send in your questions to Liz O'Neil at by February 14th.

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Interested In Sponsoring One Of Our 2023-2024 Events?

When you sponsor a BVCC Event you are increasing your marketing and exposure to the Blackstone Valley's businesses, local residents, and potential customers! Take your marketing to the next level with unique sponsorship opportunities with the Chamber!

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Exclusive BVCC Member To Member Benefits
Being a member of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, has so many benefits! One of those benefits is sharing offers, promotions, and discounts with your fellow members!

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Are you interested in being featured? Please email Liz O'Neil at

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Join the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board (MCRWB) and the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) for an in-person event to discuss career opportunities and support programs that can benefit your municipality and our collective region. We all understand that a thriving and diverse workforce benefits our communities in countless ways. This summit is a chance to network with workforce partners, fellow municipal officials, and stakeholders to exchange ideas to grow workforce readiness and employment pipelines for a variety of industries and sectors.


Event Details:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: MassDOT District 3 Administration Building, 499 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605


This in-person event is free, advanced registration is encouraged. Register online and view the agenda for the Summit.


Agenda Highlights:

Networking Session: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Opening Presentation & Introduction of Partners and the MCRWB Board 3:00 p.m.

Keynote Address – Understanding Immigrant & Refugee Workforce Needs: 3:30 p.m.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kerrie Salwa, Economic Development Director at CMRPC

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A Podcast for Chamber Professionals by Brandon Burton: From vision to reality! Jeannie Hebert shares the inspiring journey of creating a vocational hub, overcoming challenges, and transforming a slated-for-demolition mill. Certificates range from welding to cybersecurity, engaging K-12 with exciting engineering camps. 🛠️💡 Join the journey!

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NFIB Webinar

Ask the CPA! You have tax questions – We have answers!

 Wed., Feb. 7, 2024, 12:00 PM

Tax season has arrived, so you don’t want to miss this webinar with special guest Micah Fraim, CPA and small business tax expert. There’s no one better to provide a realistic and informative take on small business tax planning than Micah, a best-selling author and sought-after speaker.

Join NFIB on February 7, at noon ET for this free webinar, where Micah will answer the most frequently asked small business tax-related questions and share tips for the 2024 tax season.

Mother's Day Brunch in the Barn at Blackstone National

SUNDAY, MAY 14TH, 2024

Barn at Blackstone National 

227 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton, MA 01590

(508) 865-7300

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Rhode Island Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes 

WASHINGTON – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses and residents in Rhode Island following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to severe storms, flooding and tornadoes occurring on Sept. 10-13, 2023.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Rhode Island small businesses and residents impacted by this disaster in every way possible under President Biden’s disaster declaration for certain affected areas,” said SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

The disaster declaration covers Providence County which is eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Bristol and Kent in Rhode Island, Windham in Connecticut and Bristol, Norfolk, and Worcester in Massachusetts.

Disaster survivors should not wait to settle with their insurance company before applying for a disaster loan. If a survivor does not know how much of their loss will be covered by insurance or other sources, SBA can make a low-interest disaster loan for the total loss up to its loan limits, provided the borrower agrees to use insurance proceeds to reduce or repay the loan.

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SBA Fact Sheet
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Economic Injury Disaster

SBA Financing Solutions for Franchises, Business and Real Estate Acquisitions, Start-Ups, and more!


Ready to take the next step in your business journey this year? Our team at FNB Small Business Finance is here to help. We are proud to have partnered with these business owners in Q4 2023 to achieve SBA financing to meet their business goals.


Why partner with our team?


·    Our staff is solely dedicated to SBA lending

·    We're supported by a strong bank with over 159 years of service

·    We structure SBA loans to fit your specific financial needs and budget

·    Flexible rate structures - choose the rate structure that works best for you!


To learn more about how we can help you or your clients in 2024, click the button below or contact me directly.

SBA Lending More Info Here!

Samuel Slater Experience, Programs & Special Events!

31 Ray Street

Webster, MA 01570

Why You Should Join The BVCC!
When you become a Chamber member, a whole world of benefits and opportunities is opened up to you. Become part of a group of hardworking, collaborative local business people who want to make the Blackstone Valley thrive.

Our #1 priority is to help you!

Serving Northbridge, Grafton, Sutton, Millbury, Uxbridge, Douglas, Millville, Mendon, Hopedale, Upton & Blackstone.

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BVCC Hours
Monday: Remote
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday: Remote
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Office Phone: 508.234.9090

Jeannie Hebert, President & CEO
Phone: 508.234.9090 ext. 106  
Cell: 508.981.5782   

Liz O’Neil, Director or Programs, Events & Membership and Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 508.234.9090 ext. 102           

Kristen Kearnan, Office Administrator & Membership Manager
Phone: 508.234.9090 ext. 100
Our Mission
To preserve and enhance the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley by addressing the needs and concerns of businesses and providing leadership, support and resources in connection with issues which impact commerce and the quality of life in the Valley.

Serving Our Community
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is a donation site for the Peace of Bread Food Pantry. Please drop off your non-perishable food items in our lobby during office hours for the people of the Blackstone Valley.
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