May Business Connection
We're Moving Our Offices
The Neponset River Regional Chamber will be relocating its offices to the Norwood Space Center at 83 Morse Street in Norwood effective May 26th. The Space Center is a community of small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, performers and collectors.

Like many businesses impacted by COVID, we have had to reevaluate our space needs and manage our expenses in light of having fewer income generating events. The move to the Space Center will allow us to reduce our footprint, yet still have access to meeting space when we begin in-person meetings again.

We are also excited to announce that we will be having an in-person meeting sometime in June at the new space. Details to come very soon!

Finally, we would like to thank our existing landlord, VJ Properties. For the past 5 years, they have been outstanding to work with and we will miss them. Thank you Vic, Vanessa and Peter!
Welcome New Members
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The American Rescue Plan includes long-awaited targeted aid dedicated specifically to the restaurant industry in the form of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund—providing $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need.

SBA began accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

If you were unable to attend one of the webinars which covered RRF program details and a demonstration of the application portal, you can watch the recording here.

Or you can tune in to a live webinar on Thursday, May 13 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm to learn more.
Kevin Hallinan Wins Virtual 4.01k
Congratulations to Kevin Hallinan, WINNING, Inc., for - well winning - our first ever virtual 4.01k road race/walk sponsored by Norwood Bank. Above, Chamber President, Tom O'Rourke presents him his t-shirt and restaurant gift card. Honorable mention goes to Dana Bottorff, Anadon Marketing, for completing the race from the furthest distance away, Laguna Niguel, California!

To learn more about the Chamber's 401(k) program click here.
Chamber Members in the News
Boston magazine featured Legacy Place as one of WS Development’s Massachusetts area options for outdoor dining. (story link) We are excited to note that the article also includes mention of a restaurant joining us at Legacy soon: Menya Jiro Ramen from Brooklyn.
Moderna is expanding its presence with a 12-year lease in Norwood, located adjacent to their existing biomanufacturing facilities.

Moderna’s expanded manufacturing facilities will enable the company to rapidly scale its production of the Covid-19 vaccine. The company expects to produce between 700 million and 1 billion doses of the vaccine this year, working up to a potential supply of 1.4 billion doses in 2022.
During a year that the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) acknowledges, “hasn’t been easy,” ConnectPay Payroll Services is again named one of the fastest-growing private companies in Massachusetts, securing a spot on BBJ’s Fast 50 ranking for the fifth time since 2016. Selected based on a formula of revenue growth from 2017 to 2020, ConnectPay is proud to be recognized by the BBJ as “one of the reasons that Boston’s economy has thrived.” 
South Shore Staffing recently unveiled their newly updated website! As you can see, we’ve made quite a few updates. We hope you will find this new design easy to use, informative, and interesting. You’ll want to keep an eye on our jobs board as well as this blog for updated posts which will cover everything from company news, to industry updates, to tips for both job seekers and employers.
Do you ever experience symptoms of dizziness or vertigo? Does it affect your daily
activities? Join Brigham & Women's/Mass General Health Care Center for a panel discussion where our medical experts will review symptoms, when to seek medical care, and what types of treatments are available. There is no charge for this event.
Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00 pm

Thank You! The following members have renewed their membership with the NRR Chamber
We understand the difficulties that many of our members are dealing with at this time. We know that many may not be able to renew their memberships until the situation improves.

We are grateful to those who are in a position to support the Chamber, including the following who have recently renewed:
Attorney Thomas Flaherty
Bay Equity, The Mortgage Sisters
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
C & S Insurance
Davco Air Conditioning Corp.
Dieratani Designs
GT Reilly & Company
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston/Canton
J.L. Pratt Realtors, Inc.
Liberty Mutual
National Amusements
NewBridge on the Charles
PeopleSpan LLC
Servpro of Norwood/West Roxbury
Sinclair Enterprises
The Cooperative Bank
Veterinary Services of Westwood, LLC
YD Autobody
What is MassHire BizWorks?
Since its inception in 2012, MassHire BizWorks has enhanced and aligned the resources and services available to businesses throughout Massachusetts. Offered by MassHire Department of Career Services' Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, this initiative partners with agencies in workforce development, economic development and education to help businesses grow and thrive.

The BizWorks' model offers assistance to employers for every stage of the business cycle. Services are available for business growth, expansion, maintenance, and downsizing.
Get your message out to more than 1,500 email addresses for just $25. Contact Tom O'Rourke at tom@nrrchamber.com
Member Benefit of the Month
Free Job Postings by Zip Recruiter
As business begins to ramp up again, there may be a need for finding new employees.
 
The Chamber has a free job bank page on its website. Backed by the power of Zip Recruiter, your jobs will be seen throughout the region.
 
Any member can go to our homepage and click the button "Find/Post Jobs" and you will be taken to a page where you can add your job listings. 
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