September Business Connection
125th Anniversary Fun Fact!
The Neponset River Regional Chamber began in 1894. What other notable milestones occurred that year? Hint: They both involved lots of sugar.
Regional Business & Home Expo
Wednesday, October 30 at Gillette Stadium

Make plans now to showcase your business at the 2019 REGIONAL BUSINESS & HOME EXPO!

Combining all the best elements of a home show and a business-to-business expo by bringing together home specialists, customers and regional businesses all at one great location: Gillette Stadium.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Updates
Over the last several months, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has issued a number of updates to its website. These updates clarify questions received from the stakeholder community and aim to provide employers and employees with greater certainty in understanding the operations of the program. Below are a couple of examples.

  • The definition of wages for the PFML program has been aligned with the MA Unemployment Statute's definition of wages. There are numerous types of employment that are excluded under the Massachusetts Unemployment Statute. Consistent with the Massachusetts Unemployment Statute, DFML will apply those same exclusions with respect to determining whether an employer is required to remit contributions on behalf of its employees.  

  • Withholdings apply to any wages paid on or after October 1st and are not dependent on the date when the wages were earned.

To see all updates and learn more about PFML visit the DFML website here.
REN Group Openings

Looking for a new way to network? Consider joining a Referral Exchange Network (REN)

REN 1: Every other Tuesday, 7:45 a.m.
President: Juan Barrerra, 508-734-3022,

REN 3: 2nd and 4th Thursday of month, 8:00 a.m.
President: Mike Freeman, 617-759-1513,

REN 7W: 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 7:45 a.m. 
President: Eric Douglas, 617-785-3727,

To learn more, click here to see the REN video.
New Bus Service in Foxborough/Mansfield/Plainville
The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Agency (GATRA) is excited to announce the launch of GO GATRA a flexible and dynamic on-demand microtransit shuttle service to operate in a specified corridor, within the towns of Mansfield, Foxboro, Plainville.

Similar to ride-hailing services GO GATRA uses a smartphone app for riders to schedule customized curb-to-curb microtransit trips. A small neighborhood shuttle bus will pick up riders and drop them off wherever they wish to travel within the service boundaries. Along the way, the shuttle may pick up other passengers who also request a ride. This service is wheelchair accessible and all drivers are trained and certified with state and federal regulations. This pilot program will operate within the Routes 1, 140 and 106 corridors which will include portions of the towns of Mansfield, Plainville, and Foxboro, connecting employment locations, medical facilities, and recreational locales.

This service will be operated on a pilot basis. It will be free through the month of September. The service area map can be found once the app is downloaded or on their website .

  Massachusetts STEP Grant Program

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment ("MOITI"), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network ("MSBDC"), the Massachusetts Export Center, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, is pleased to announce the Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program ("STEP"). 

The Massachusetts STEP Program is intended to help offset international business development and related marketing costs for small businesses. Grant proceeds may be used for specific international business development and marketing costs, including:
• Overseas trade show or conference exhibition and directly related expenses;
• U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Key and other in-country services;
• Government-organized foreign trade missions with a business matchmaking element;
• Cost of compliance testing an existing product for entry into an export market;
• Design of export market-specific marketing media; and
• Localization of websites for target export markets.

The Massachusetts Export Center will offer a free webinar about the STEP program on Friday, September 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The webinar will discuss the parameters of the Massachusetts STEP program and walk participants through the STEP application process. Click here for further details and registration.  

The STEP application deadline is Monday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. For further information or to apply, visit:
Member Benefit of the Month
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Fun Fact Answer
1894 was the first year that Coca Cola was packaged in its iconic bottles. If that wasn't sweet enough, Hershey Chocolate was also established in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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