March 15, 2023

Event Calendar


Business After Hours at People Inc.

March 23

Ribbon Cutting at

Michelle's Ah-Mazing Grazing

March 23

Cybersecurity Insurance 101:

Insuring Your Digital Future

March 23

Comedy Night

The District Center for the Arts

E-News Sponsor
Chamber News


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 by 4pm today.


The TACC is thrilled to welcome The Purpose Locker Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping those who are homeless and low-income by giving them access to free hygiene products, as well as ways to keep warm and dry.

"We are just a lower-middle class family trying to give back and help those in the community that we reside in. We believe that access to hygiene care is something that individuals should not have to worry about."

However, on the outside of these lockers, there will be an abundance of resources for these individuals such as:

- job listings

- other organizations and what they offer in aid

- numbers of other resources they can access

Their hope is that by providing individuals with easier access to these resources, the people they serve can focus on issues to get back on their own two feet again, not just means to survive.

Learn more about this amazing initiative, or to donate to their cause, visit www.thepurposelockerfoundation.org and follow them on Facebook!

Welcome to the Chamber, Alex! We're so happy to have you in our TACC community!

The Purpose Locker Foundation is sponsored by First Citizens Federal Credit Union as part of the Chamber's Business for Business (B4B) program. For more information about how to become a B4B sponosor, email TACC President Kris Silva at kris@tauntonareachamber.org.

Watch the replay of last week's Q&A with Mayor Shaunna O'Connell:

Will also air on TCAM TV (Comcast channel 15/Verizon channel 22) at the following times:

Thursday, March 16th at 2pm

Friday, March 17th at 1pm

Sunday, March 19th at 10:30pm

Thursday, March 23rd at 2pm

Friday, March 24th at 1pm

Sunday, March 26th at 10:30pm

Thursday, March 30th at 2pm

Friday, March 31st at 1pm


Join on Thursday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. while we celebrate the grand opening of Michelle's Ah-Mazing Grazing! She creates beautiful charcuterie boards and is excited to show you her work. She will have a grazing table set up to be enjoyed by the guests. 

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

We hope you can attend!

We are happy to announce the 2023 Teacher of the Year and scholarship recipients!

Teacher 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

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

Learn more and register here.


You’ll have 5 minutes with an audience of over 100 people to talk about your business – just make sure you throw in one joke! 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!

Watch the recording of the SEED Corp. Webinar: Fundamentals of Financing a Small Business:

Business Information

3rd Annual Businesses Powered by Women Webinar

Join Rockland Trust for a live webinar on March 23rd at 10:30 a.m. to (not only) get to know, but also celebrate the women-owned businesses located in our own backyard!

Panelists of the Businesses Powered by Women event will be discussing a range of topics, including:

• What motivated them to become a business owner

• Methods they used for financing their business

• Challenges they faced and how they overcame them

Register here.

Are You Ready for an Intern? 5 Things You Need to Consider Before You Hire One

It’s that time of year when businesses start thinking about summer help. Could you use an intern this summer? Here are several things you need to consider before bringing on your first intern.

Chamber Events


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.



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.


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.

Member News


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.

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.

Community News

Arts Collaborative of Taunton - March Events

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

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



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.

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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