April 4, 2023

Event Calendar


Business After Hours

April 10

Multi-Chamber Networking Event

April 11

Ribbon Cutting at Botera

April 12

HR Group - Sexual Harassment

April 18 (NEW DATE)

Ribbon Cutting at Greatest Hits

April 27

TACC 106th Annual Meeting & Awards

E-News Sponsor

Contact Lisa for more info.

Chamber News


Join us on Wednesday, April 5th , from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for a Business After Hours

It will be held in the Silvia & Quinn Building on 180 Paramount Drive in Raynham. Come see the offices of Jaime Barnes, CFP®, Ameriprise Financial, Silvia & Quinn, P.C., and Prophett Law Office, LLC.

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. Don't forget to bring your business cards to exchange and for a chance to win the door prize!

Must register by 3:30 today!



Join 11 area Chambers for a fun night of networking at Plainridge Park Casino! Register below. 

Do You Want Your Business to Shine?

Purchase a VIP Sponsor Package - Only 10 sponsorships are available at this event!

Sponsors receive:

  • Ad Displayed on Infield Video Board (Local and National Exposure)
  • Race Name in your Groups Honor
  • Complimentary Official Track Program
  • Winner’s Circle Presentation
  • Complimentary Winner’s Circle Photo

Total Cost for Sponsoring a Race is $250

Contact Lenny Calderone, Racing Services Manager, to Sponsor a Race

Lenny.calderone@pennentertainment.com or 508-576-4482  



Join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 11:00 a.m. for a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Botera! Their newest location is at 297 Broadway in Taunton. Stop by and see what cannabis products they have to offer while enjoying refreshments.

We hope to see you there!


The next HR Resource Group topic is Sexual Harassment. The meeting will be hybrid and held on Wednesday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m. at the TACC office and via Zoom. Our guest speaker is Wendy Hansen of Foley & Foley, PC. 

Learn how to set policy, identify and manage sexual harassment issues in the workplace. All Chamber members are welcome to join HR Resource group sessions. Register below.

Cost: Included with membership for TACC members; Prospective Members can attend 1 meeting of the TACC HR Resource Group at no charge.


Member Milestones

We are happy to celebrate Taunton Public Schools 40th Anniversary as a member of the TACC!

TACC Ambassadors Abby Vasconcellos - WIN Waste, Jackie Theis - Bristol County Savings Bank , Rudy Founds and Jamie Gagnier - Engayge, joined Superintendent John Cabral and  School Committee members Jordan Fiore, Mayor Shaunna O'Connell, Greg DeMelo, Christine Fagan and Louis Loura at the Tiger Den Cafe to celebrate.

Congratulations TPS!

Rockland Trust recently celebrated 35 years as a member of the Taunton Area Chamber!

Thanks to Ambassadors Jenn Oldfield -loanDepot, Mary O'Brien -RE/MAX Platinum, and Dick Shafer - Shafer Development Services, for joining Elizabeth LaBrecque, TACC Membership Coordinator.

Congratulations Rockland Trust! We look forward to continuing our partnership for many more years!

Ribbon Cutting for Engayge

Business Information

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $75,000,000 available to support small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program targets businesses that focus on reaching markets predominantly made up of socially and economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups, underserved markets, and those owned by minorities, women, veterans, immigrants, first-generation immigrants, disabled individuals, or those that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. MGCC will administer grants up to $75,000 for eligible small businesses, in a geographically equitable manner. Learn more here.

ARPA Grant Assistance Available to Local Nonprofits That Service Taunton

Last week Mayor Shaunna O’Connell announced the City of Taunton’s application to receive grant funds for local nonprofits through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has been approved by the Bristol County Commissioners. The application period for eligible Taunton recipients is now open and will remain open until all funds are expended. Learn more here.

Gov. Healey Signs Law Extending Outdoor Dining, Drinks-to-go, & Additional SNAP Funding

Signing her first major piece of legislation March 29th, Gov. Maura Healey approved a supplemental budget law that included several provisions of interest to the retail and restaurant industry. The $1.1 billion law appropriates state spending and authorizes borrowing to support additional economic development programs. 

The new law includes the following:

• $130 million to provide enhanced SNAP benefits to MA residents

• Extension of expedited permitting to allow for outdoor dining through April 1, 2024

• Extension of drinks/cocktails-to-go allowances for restaurants through April 1, 2024

NEW Toolkit for the Health Connector for Business 5/10 Webinar

This webinar toolkit will be held on Wednesday, May 10th at 12:00 noon to help get the word out through social media to promote this free, live information session to help Massachusetts small employers (with 1-50 full-time employees) learn about their options and savings through the Health Connector for Business.

Staff members 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. Note: Multiple dates are available for this session when registering. Register here.

4 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Top Employee

We spend hours helping customers and often don’t show ourselves the same assistance. In a time of rising costs and increased concerns over mental health, business owners must see an investment in themselves as one of the most important they can make for the future of their business. Learn 4 ways you might be self-sabotaging your business.

Chamber Events


Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening Celebration of Greatest Hits Cannabis Company! The opening event takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. They will have refreshments, vendor pop-ups, and special guests including Mayor O'Connell, State Rep Carol Doherty, and Greg Hill from WEEI. Special pricing will be available and they'll have a live DJ in-store that evening.

We hope you can attend! 


The Taunton Area Chamber's 106th Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 27th at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Room in Taunton. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., along with a New Member Showcase. The program will commence at 12:00 noon. and will include the presentation of the Annual Business Awards, an Educator of the Year award and recognition of the recipients of the Charles E. Volkmann Future Leaders Scholarship.

Keynote speaker: Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq., President of Bridgewater State University

Award Recipients:

Bluestone Bank Small Business Award: Ryan’s Family Amusements

Taunton Federal Credit Union Large Business Award: G. Lopes Construction

Bristol County Savings Bank Community Impact Award: Our Daily Bread

Educ of the Year:

Jerilyn Karam-Kozak, English Teacher, CORE Values, DEI, & ADL Peer Advisor,

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Scholarship Recipients:

Avery LaValle, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Joseph Kazlauskas, Taunton High School

Let’s celebrate and support our members, award recipients and scholars!

Gold Sponsor: $2,500 - SOLD OUT - General Dynamics and Mechanics Cooperative Bank

Silver Sponsor: $500 - Bristol County Savings Bank, Bluestone Bank, BCC, Morton Hospital, and Quality Beverage

Bronze Sponsor: $250 - BankFive, The Lopes Companies, Taunton Federal Credit Union, TMLP, FBinsure, Rockland Trust, and Edward G. Marshall III, CFP®, CFS®, Financial Advisor - Civale & Associates

Supporting Sponsor: $100 - Shafer Development Services

All sponsors receive recognition on the event registration page and in the program distributed at the event. As a non-profit organization, the Taunton Area Chamber is grateful for your generous contributions that help us to provide programs and services to our members. To sponsor the Annual Meeting & Awards event, contact TACC President Kris Silva at kris@tauntonareachamber.org

Please register below to attend.

Member News

April Events at the OCHM

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. View the event calendar here.

IT Support for Construction Companies

Throughout the past several years, the construction industry has become largely innovative by companies incorporating technology and various mobile devices into their job sites in order to increase the efficiency and accuracy of their projects. As this innovation will only continue over time, it’s important now more than ever for construction companies to rely on IT support from a trusted source.

Although the needs are different from other companies, this industry relies on secure and effective technology to:

  • Protect sensitive customer data
  • Ensure security for tablets and phones out on job sites
  • Communicate project updates
  • Have someone available in the event of an emergency so that projects don’t get delayed

And more. If you’re in this industry and feel that you could use additional support, Wright Technology Group (WTG) specializes in working with construction companies and would be happy to discuss what they can offer to you. Contact WTG here.

Mechanics Cooperative Bank Offers Assistance to Homebuyers Through Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Programs

Mechanics Cooperative Bank has been selected to participate in Federal Home Loan Bank of 

Boston’s homeownership assistance programs, Equity Builder Program and Housing Our Workforce.

Equity Builder Program (EBP) provides grants to financial institutions to assist local income-eligible homebuyers with down-payment and closing costs as well as homebuyer counseling and rehabilitation assistance. Learn more here.

Energy No Limit Is Expanding and You Can Help!

13 years ago, when this small business kicked off, the vision for Energy No Limit (ENL) was clear – create a facility that offered private Softball instruction including camps, and clinics for all ages accompanied by a gym with a special focus on performance-based training for adults and athletes. In June 2022, they signed for a 6,000 sq. ft. building to be the new home of ENL. The building is located in Dighton. Learn more here.

Community News

Mayor Announces Improvements that Streamline Government Operations and Save Taxpayers Money

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell recently reported to the Taunton Municipal Council that 18 financial management best practices identified by Massachusetts Department of Revenue have been implemented by the City of Taunton Finance Team.  Read the press release.

Arts Collaborative of Taunton April Event Flyer

View upcoming Arts Collaborative of Taunton (ACT) April 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 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 Get a Small Business Loan:

A Step-by-Step Guide

Apr. 13 | 1:00 PM


Understanding how to get a small business loan is essential for business owner at all stages of growth. However, finding business funding can be a daunting task if you’re new to the world of business financing. That’s why we have invited a financial expert to walk you through the basics of how to get a small business loan.

In this webinar, we will cover the different types of small business funding options available, what the application process will look like, and the various criteria lenders look for during evaluation.

You’ll learn:

  • How to organize your finances for a loan application
  • The 5 C’s of credit worthiness
  • Common questions lenders might ask you

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

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.

The Cleaning Queen

$50 off initial deep cleaning for all Chamber Members

Couture Kreations

10% off first wholesale order for Chamber members.

Contact Kylee 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.


10% off for Chamber Members

MBL Land Development & Permitting, Corp.

10% off most services. Contact Kerry for more info.

Michelle's Ah-Mazing Grazing

10% off all in-store purchases for Chamber members, including special order grazing boards for a future date - not valid for grazing table setups or purchases made online.  Contact Michelle for more info.


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


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.


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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