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How to Turn Your Website into Your Best Marketing Tool
Date: Tuesday, September 27th
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Chamber Conference Room
FREE for members and non-members

Call us to reserve your seat or to become a sponsor of the program.

Congratulations again to Kham for winning the WBJ's 40 Under 40 Award!

Quickbooks Made Easy

Class is Full! Call us today to get your name on the list for the next workshop.

*Stop making mistakes that hurt your bottom line
*Set up QuickBooks with a correct chart of accounts
*Use QuickBooks to speed up cash flow
*Learn about the 5 reports you should track to build a profitable business

Two part class:
Tuesday 9/20/16 & Thursday 9/22/16
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Chamber Conference Room
670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville
$60, includes learning materials. Members & non-members welcome

Don't try to navigate QuickBooks alone. Contact us today to reserve your spot!

5th Annual Daniels Farm Antique Tractor Show

5th Annual Daniels Farm Antique Tractor Show held this year in conjunction with the Blackstone Lions Club, Antique Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, at Daniels Farmstead, 286 Mendon Street, Blackstone, MA. The Tractor & Car Show will open at 9 am to 3pm, Sunday, September 18th. A tractor parade will convene at 1pm.
Farmers' Market, 11 am to 3pm, grill open for lunch; fresh, homemade breads, pies, etc.; House tours available.
To register an antique tractor, Gary Smith, 774-573-0418; to register an antique car, truck or motorcycle, Tony Catalano, 508-981-2931.

From our partners at "Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy"

Tuesday, September 20 at 1 P.M. ET
Join MA Legislators & Chambers For Briefing on New Energy Bill

MA Representative Thomas A. Golden and Senator Marc R. Pacheco will brief local chambers and member companies on the recently passed energy bill, what to expect in 2017 and what local chambers and businesses need to know.
This call will be co-hosted by THE GREATER BOSTON, the CAPE COD & the METRO SOUTH CHAMBERS.

Dial-in: (800) 791-2345, code: 26765

Sign your kids up for
Zumba &amamp; Yoga classes!

Zumba/Yoga for Kids (Ages 5-8)
This class combine both Zumba and Yoga in a fun way to keep everyone engaged. Zumba/Yoga for Kids lets those little bodies move, twist and bend in a natural way while Yoga helps them growing healthy & strong.
Pre-Registration is required. Space is limited.
Thursdays, September 15th-November 3rd (8 wks.)
Registration Fee: $50 Member/$85 Non-Member
Aerobics Studio 4:00pm - 4:45pm


Save at Sam's Club this Fall

New Business and Savings Enrollment
Exclusive to Chamber Members

Join and Save Event at Sam's Club Sept. 10 - 11
Open a New Business account and receive a Welcome Package and a $20 gift card or $15 for Savings account
Call or come see Sam's Representative
1Tobias Boland Way
Worcester, Ma 01607

Christine Canuel-
Willy Rentas-

Fall 2016 -
This is an early list, more to come for other fall events...
register to help at
Southwick's Zoo Fall Offers and Events

School may be back in session, but there are still events and offers to look forward to at Southwick's Zoo during September and October! Visit

Purchase admission at the zoo Monday-Friday in September & October and receive a complimentary visit!

Fall Co-ed Youth Basketball League
(Ages 7-10)
Tuesdays, September 13th - October 25th
5:15pm or 6:30pm
(Teamplacement September 13th at 6:00pm

Part instruction, part games, all fun! Join us this Fall in our own basketball league where boys and girls will play on 8 foot hoops with games every Tuesday. This is a 7 week season intended to teach the basics, but get you ready for game play. Please see our Member Services Desk to register or for more information please call: 508-234-8184
Auditions for the Wizard of Oz at the Stadium on Oct. 17, 18, 19
Like so many girls her age, Dorothy Gale dreams of what lies just a step beyond the rain and over the rainbow. When a twister hits her Kansas farm she is carried away to another world. Join us for this classic, high flying, wonder filled adventure to the Merry Old Land of Oz!
All roles are open. Auditions will be held at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre, located at 28 Monument Square in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Audition Dates & Times:
Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 6:30PM: Munchkin Only Auditions (ages 13 and under)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 6:30PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 6:30PM
Audition Requirements:
Munchkin only auditions: Those ages 13 and under will be required to sing 16-32 bars of sheet music accompanied by piano, and will also be required to learn brief group choreography. A cold read of the script may be asked individually.
Prepare 16-32 bars of music which best showcases your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, headshot, and actor resume. There will be a dance portion so please dress appropriately. Please bring tap shoes if you have prior tap experience. You may also be asked to remain for a cold read from the script. Sides will be provided.
*Please note all actors must fill out and submit an audition form prior to auditioning and reference photos will be taken.

The Wizard of Oz is presented by Shining Light Productions. Please contact Director Becca Donald at for further information.
The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre offers outstanding local, regional and nationally renowned live entertainment in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. For more information on upcoming events go to

Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc.
Fall 2016 -
This is an early list, more to come for other fall events...
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Sept. 17, Oxford Fall Festival, Oxford
Sept. 24, Beagle Bash, Auburn
Sept. 24, Johnny Appleseed, Leominster
Oct. 1, Octoberfest, Douglas
Oct. 8, Mendon County Fair
Oct.29, Sweet Pea Rescue, Spencer
Oct. 29, Large Animal Training, Uxbridge

If your town has event you think we shouldn't miss, let us know!
Douglas - Octoberfest
is upon us!
October 1st, 2016 from 9am to 4pm Main street Douglas will once again be filled with people from all over the Blackstone Valley and beyond. This year 4 stages will fill the town with music from Blues musicians like Big Jon Short and Zack Slik, fan favorite 'Big Eyed Rabbit', touring musicians 'Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards', the award winning Douglas High School Band & Chorus, and many more. Old favorite rides and games like the choo choo train, cash cube, and spinny wheel will be back! We are also accepting Visa, MasterCard, and Discover at our ticket booth! We are still working on a few surprises for this year as well!
We will proudly be serving Berkshire Brewing Company Beer in our Beer Garden this year, behind the EN Jenckes Store. This year will also feature a petting zoo near the Library.
Vendors spots are filling up very fast. Forms can be found on our website: We are also still accepting prize donations for the 'spinny wheel' and 'cash cube'. Check our Facebook page for the very latest schedule of events

See you at Douglas Octoberfest 2016!

Contact: Keith Menard ( at 508.234.4585
Job Openings

The Blackstone Valley Children's Place is growing! We are in search of caring, qualified School Age Assistants! Positions available in Whitinsville. May require some hours in Douglas location.
  • Part-time 2:30pm -5:30pm, Monday - Friday
  • Must be 16 and over
  • Current physical with evidence of MMR and statement of limitations required
  • Experience working as a member of a classroom team is preferred
  • Understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Professional development as required by The Department of Early Education and Care
  • A strong set of communication, interpersonal & computer skills is a must
  • Benefits include a free WCC membership
  • May be asked to work evenings and/or weekends
Interested applicants should complete our Application for Employment (available on our website) and submit it along with your resume and references to Christine Dumais, BVCP School Age Administrator, at or Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588.

Athletic Director and Fitness & Wellness Director

Athletic Director
As the Athletic Director of the Whitin Community Center, you will be entrusted with the responsibility of creating and overseeing our amazing youth, adult, and family sports programs and areas. We are looking for someone who is energetic, creative, and passionate about working with people of all ages. You will also be the enthusiastic Camp Whitin Director for our sports, activity, and specialty camps during the Summer. We are looking for a self-starter who is excited to make a difference every day in the lives of youth, adults, and families in our community. This is a competitive full-time position with incentive opportunities and a comprehensive benefits package including: Medical, PTO, 401K, and professional development.
Job requirements
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in customer service/athletic field
  • Experience teaching or coaching youth basketball
  • Two years of supervisory experience
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Strong customer service, administrative and organizational skills
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to be flexible and versatile
  • Experience in administration, including but not limited to:
    • Personnel management
    • Budget development and control
    • Program planning
    • Good communication skills with all levels within an active environment
    • Strong Customer service focus
    • Solid computer skills
Interested applicants should complete our Application for Employment (available on our website) and submit it along with your resume and references to Heather Elster, Executive Director, at or Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588

Experienced Auto Technician
Lube Tech

Love Cars? Turn that love into a career!

Harbro Auto Sales & Service is looking to add energetic team members to our busy service departments!!
Know someone who would make a good addition to the Harbro Service team?
If so, share this with your friends and family...
Join Team Harbro!
Email resume to Mark Hare at
for immediate consideration

Annual Business & Breakfast -
Join us on September 21st REGISTER NOW!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for those looking for significant business exposure. Contact us for details!

Part I: Table Networking
Get your business cards ready.
The first half will be devoted to networking,
designed to meet other members and make many
new connections.

Part 2: Guest Speaker
We welcome, Ronald L. Walker, II - Massachusetts
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development

When & Where
Wednesday, September 21st | 7:30am - 9:00am
Charles F. Minney VFW Post 3329 Millbury, MA

Guests will enjoy a fresh breakfast,
carefully prepared by Whitter Farms.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for those looking for significant business exposure. Contact us for details!

Eleven-time Grammy nominated singer comes to Indian Ranch Tonight!

Governor Baker declared September as
"Massachusetts Apple Month"

Governor Charlie Baker declared September as "Massachusetts Apple Month" to support Massachusetts apple growers, especially during the current drought conditions. The declaration was followed by a visit to Wojick Orchard in Blackstone by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux.
"Massachusetts Apple Month' is an opportunity to recognize the hard work local apple growers do to produce delicious and healthy fruit from Massachusetts," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I encourage everyone to support Massachusetts' farmers this month by purchasing locally grown apples and other produce."
"Despite a very challenging growing season, farmers have been working very hard to bring quality products to farm stands and farmers' markets, and they have succeeded in doing so," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "Apple growers also help support our local and regional economies and participate in a wide variety of conservation efforts and renewable energy projects that advance the protection of the environment."
Massachusetts boasts more than 140 varieties of apples grown in the state, including local favorites such as McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Gala and Honeycrisp. According to the United States Apple Association, apples contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium and are excellent sources of fiber, natural plant-based anti-oxidants and the mineral boron - which promotes healthy bones.
"The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources encourages consumers to visit their local farmers' markets, farmstands and pick-your-own operations. There's plenty of healthy, high-quality, locally-grown product there that will taste delicious in meals and snacks," said MDAR Commissioner Lebeaux. "There's no denying our farmers have had a lot of challenges thrown their way this season; we can greatly help them by purchasing and enjoying their nutritious harvest."
With approximately 340 apple orchards in Massachusetts on over 4,000 acres of land, the Commonwealth yielded over 28 million pounds of apples worth $20 million in 2012.
Visit MDAR's farm finder to find information on Massachusetts apple orchards, pick-your-own apple farms, farmers' markets, and roadside produce stands.

Open Farm Sunday with Whittier Farm

Disney's The Little Mermaid, the family favorite, at the Stadium Oct. 14, 15 & 16!

The large cast of charming Disney characters will sing your favorite songs from the Disney film including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World!" Rich costumes and sets will delight your senses as you are transported to King Triton's undersea Kingdom from act 1 to final bow.
Don't miss your chance to the see the fanciful, beautiful love story brought to life on stage by The Encore Repertory Company.
Disney's The Little Mermaid will be performed three times:
Friday, October 14th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 15th at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 16st at 2:00 PM
The musical will be held at The Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square, Woonsocket Rhode Island.
Admission is $21 & $26.

Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at

Community Game Night - Northbridge Coalition

Member Appreciation Week! - Whitin Community Center

Thank You
For Being A Valued Member Of The Whitin Community Center!

Join us Sept 11th-17th for Member Appreciation Week!
Filled with giveaways, healthy snacks and activities!
It's more fun with two! All week long we are encouraging you to bring a friend to any of the activities listed below at no charge!


Venture Community Services Announces Shared Living Open House

Venture Community Services, one of the Commonwealth's leading providers of innovative human services has announced they are hosting a Shared Living Open House & Info Night. The event will be held on Monday, September 19th at the YWCA in Worcester and is open to anyone in the community who wants to learn more about becoming a shared living provider for people with developmental disabilities.

Shared Living serves adults with developmental disabilities who are in need of a welcoming home that can provide ongoing support. The person is matched by Venture with an individual or family who had been recruited and screened as a Shared Living Provider. Providers are expected to provide the individual with a safe, clean and comfortable home, ensure their overall wellbeing and welcome them into their family unit.

"Shared Living is a highly successful program model that allows individuals to live in the community through long-term relationships with people and families who open their homes." Said Mike Hyland, Venture President & CEO. "The program allows participants to live in a safe family environment and is an extension of Venture's mission to foster community inclusion and opportunities for the people we support"

For more information on the event, please visit the Venture website at or to rsvp contact Barb Fontaine at 774-922-1129 /
Who: Venture Community Services
What: Hosts a Shared Living Open House Info Night
When: Monday, September 19, 2016 from 4pm - 7pm
Where: YWCA, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA
RSVP: Barb Fontaine, / 774-922-1129

Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund

Due to the unprecedented drought conditions in Massachusetts this summer, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have announced a Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund to assist the state's farms and agriculture-related small businesses affected by these conditions.

Farms and small businesses impacted by the drought can apply for micro-loans of $5,000 to $10,000 from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), which will make up to $1 million in loan funds available, according to state officials.

"This new loan fund will provide affordable working capital loans to small businesses, including family farms grappling with a downturn in business caused by this prolonged drought," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. "Additionally, we are activating all of our business development channels, to remind consumers that Massachusetts farmers markets and farm stands still have top-quality produce for sale, and they have our full support."

MGCC is responsible for funding the loan, managing the loan portfolio, collecting payments and overseeing all decision-making regarding loan approval.

"We are pleased to offer support to struggling family farms and related businesses hit hard by the drought," said Larry Andrews, President of MGCC. "Our team will provide prompt review of each application and work to help local farmers in need."

"This financial support will help farm-related businesses regain financial stability and recover from lost revenue due to the drought," said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Investment. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of Massachusetts experienced 'severe drought' conditions this summer, while a few places reached 'extreme drought' status.
In August, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, issued this information about the drought conditions in portions of Massachusetts.

Officials estimate the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund will run through November 2016.

For more information and an online application, visit or call 617-337-2803.

Healing Heart Hospitality House - Benefit Fundraiser

Greenway Challenge

Saturday, September 24th
Rain Date October 1st
Each year, the Greenway Challenge athletes compete as a relay team to run, paddle and bike on a 50-60 mile course designed to bring you through one of the most beautiful and historic regions of New England, the Blackstone River Valley National Corridor located between Worcester, MA and Pawtucket, RI. This annual race is quickly becoming one of New England's premier adventure races.

Our Misson

To preserve and enhance the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley by addressing the needs and concerns of businesses and providing leadership, support and resources in connection with issues which impact commerce and the quality of life in the Valley.

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