January 12, 2022

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Place an ad in the 2022 TACC Membership Directory. Ad sizes and rates vary, starting at only $150!

Sponsor a Chamber Chat in February for only $50! These virtual networking events are a great way to meet other members in a fun and informal setting with trivia and prizes! We will work with your schedule to find a day and time that works for you. More dates available for 2022.

Sponsor the next Quarterly Q&A for only $200! It will be held virtually on February 9th with Mayor Shaunna O'Connell.

Email Lisa for more info. on either sponsorship or placing an ad in the 2022 Membership Directory.
Join us as we celebrate our newest TACC member, Society Coffee Bar, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, February 3rd at 3:30 p.m.! Society offers specialty coffees and lattes, along with teas and pastries in a bright, modern café. Welcome to The Society! While there, we will also celebrate the opening of Milestone Realty, located in the same building and also owned by Keith and Debra Viveiros. Congratulations to you both!
Verify Your Business Listing

We are in the process of updating the Chamber's Membership Directory. Please view your listing on our website for accuracy and notify us of any address changes or if any other information needs to be updated.

Email Lisa with the changes that need to be made. Also, please let us know if the main contact has changed.
Business & COVID Information
States Uncertain as Biden Vaccine-or-Test Mandate Takes Effect

The Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test requirement for employees at large private companies began Monday, but some workers are in limbo as they await a forthcoming Supreme Court decision – and state leaders are stepping in. Read more here.

The City of Taunton, through the American Rescue Plan Act, has established the STEP-UP Grant Program to assist City of Taunton small businesses through a combination of technological, web, and media enhancements that serve the dual purpose of mitigating the effects of Covid-19 and providing long term solutions to help their businesses thrive. Grants will vary based on individual needs and available funds.

​These grants will assist a small business with:
  • Purchase of digital point-of-sale system
  • Website design and construction
  • Social media setup and coaching
  • Logo Graphic Design

Learn more here. Attend our webinar to get help with your application.
Efficiency Versus Effectiveness: Which Will You Choose for 2022?

How do you like to work? Are you a speed or precision person? Do you like many small projects or one big, long one that you can dig into?

No, you’re not in the middle of a recruitment fair. These are simply questions that most self-aware professionals should know about themselves and about their teams. Read more here.
Government Contracting

Are you interested in government contracting? Join the U.S. General Services Administration for a free webinar on January 20 at 2:00 p.m. about suspension and debarment in federal contracting.

During this webinar, you will learn:
• Why businesses and individuals are suspended and debarred
• The impact of suspension and debarment on small businesses
• How small businesses can avoid suspension and debarment

Register for this webinar here.
DIA's Workplace Safety Training Grant

The prevention of occupational injury and illness is in everyone's best interest. The goal of this highly successful program is to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education, and other preventative programs. The deadline has been extended to January 31, 2022. Learn more here.
Connect with Customers and
Manage Your Business Remotely
Wed, Jan. 26 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Join Bryan Caplan, Speaker for Grow with Google, for an info-packed webinar dedicated to growing your business online and keeping you connected. In this 45-minute webinar, you will discover Google tools that can help business owners like you work and manage your business during this time of uncertainty. Plus, get insights on more online and timely resources for small businesses.

In this workshop we’ll discuss:
• How to update critical business information online
• Keep customers informed
• Conduct virtual meetings
• Access important files from anywhere.

Register below.
Sell Online with E-Commerce Tools
Tues, Feb. 1 | 12:00 - 1:00 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

Register below.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn first-hand about the City of Taunton's new Small Business STEP UP Grant from TJ Torres, Grant Coordinator with Taunton’s Office of Economic and Community Development. Grants will vary based on individual needs and available funds and will assist a small business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with:

  • Purchase of Digital Point-of-Sale System
  • Website Design
  • Logo Graphic Design
  • Social Media Setup and Coaching

Peter Daley, professional grant writer and Director of Public Relations at People Incorporated, will also be on hand to discuss how to best prepare and write a strong application for any grant funding opportunity. We are here to help you!

This session is included with your TACC member benefits and is being offered complimentary to non-members as well to help support our small business community. Register below.
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. Submit questions in advance here. Register below to attend this virtual meeting.

Sponsor the Quarterly Q&A!
You could sponsor the February Quarterly Q&A for only $200! Contact Lisa for more info.
Member News
BCSB Appoints Five Branch Managers

Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) has recently appointed Michael Hey and Mobolaji Omisore to the position of Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of the Attleboro, Massachusetts and Pawtucket, Rhode Island offices, respectively and Michael Allard to Branch Manager of the Franklin, Massachusetts office, Monica Furtado to Branch Manager of the office in Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts and Shaquita Wilson to Branch Manager of the Cumberland, Rhode Island office. In this capacity, they are responsible for the management of branch operations, customer relations and new business development. Read the press release.
Year-End Financial Checklist for Small Business Owners

Mechanics Cooperative Bank and Mechanics Investment Group are here to help you and your small business plan for 2022! Download their Year-End Financial Checklist for Small Business Owners containing information and helpful hints on topics that impact all small business owners. Download here.
FCFCU Now Accepting 2022 Scholarship Applications 

January 3 through April 1, 2022, First Citizens’ Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for the First Citizens’ Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program. Applications are available online.
BCC's Training Grants For Business: Express Program - Train your Employees and Get Reimbursed

Commonwealth Corporation's Express Program provides employers fast, simple access to grant-funded training, helping businesses in Massachusetts respond to emerging needs. Join informational sessions here to learn more.
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.
January is National Mentoring Month

Looking for a business mentor? During National Mentoring Month, connect with a business mentor through SCORE, an SBA resource partner. SCORE, a nonprofit organization, is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, dedicated to helping small businesses plan, launch, manage and grow. Find your mentor for 2022 today.
Facebook - Getting the Most Without Spending Money
Thurs, Jan. 13 | 10:00 - 11:15 AM 

They told you to post on Facebook, but not much happened. Now you are hearing you need to spend money! Join SCORE as they bust this myth!

Join veteran digital marketer Dale Shadbegian on how to maximize your Facebook efforts to raise brand awareness, create new contacts and maybe even sell something!

In this 40-minute presentation, followed by Q&A time, we will cover:

• “The best” content to post on Facebook
• Times of day to post
• Going live
• How to use video
• Community building
• Reviewing basic analytics.

Register here .
Website Planning 101
Wed, Jan. 19 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM 

Ready for a new website? Whether you're building it yourself or you decide to work with a pro, getting organized is the key to your website's success!

• Define your audience.
• Set your website's goals.
• Determine key functionality and features.
• Plan your website content.
• Get your accounts and logins in order.

After this webinar, you'll have a comprehensive plan in place for your business's website. Attendees may also request the free workbook upon completion of the webinar.

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.
Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Veterans make up an important part of the small business community. They make up 8% of the population, but own 9.2% of all American businesses. Check out these resources specifically for veteran entrepreneurs. SCORE is here to help!
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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