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Sign up and begin running a more efficient and effective business today!
Next Class:

Local Search Engine Optimization
Tuesday, August 30th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Chamber Conference Room
FREE for members and non-members

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

Quickbooks Made Easy
*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!

Application Deadline Has Been Extended (SBANE)

SBANE is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 program. This is a competitive, one-time, matching grant program, which requires the eligible candidate company to pledge a dollar for dollar cash match. In depth information about the program is available by clicking here.

Interested companies will be asked to fill out a one page application and submit that along with a detailed statement and a consultant proposal.
1. Applications must be received by Monday, August 22, 2016 (New Deadline)
2. Awards will be made in mid-September
3. Projects will need to be completed no later than June 1, 2017

Please email Sarah Henry at or by calling 781-890-9070 ext 227 with any questions about the program

Benefit Yard Sale
Yard sale/pancake breakfast to benefit the Friends of Northbridge Elders
Saturday, August 27th 8am - noon
Salmon Adult Day Health, Northbridge

Join in for a yard sale and pancake breakfast to lend valuable support to your community.

Donation of your unwanted treasures for the yard sale will be gratefully accepted.

A+ Firearms Training -- Handgun Training Track Series #9
Now that vacations are over and other distractions are resolved, we can get back into moving the business along. Following is the latest Training Track. If you missed some, feel free to e-mail me requesting any you may have missed.

#9. Draw Accuracy and Speed Build-Up: The Marine Corps expression, "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast" is the way we teach to increase your handgun handling skill set.

If you are in a dynamic critical incident, you typically only have split seconds to make decisions. First, and foremost you must be accurate. Speed will come in time. You will not survive shooting real fast and missing your target. You have a much better chance of survival remaining accurate.

Certified Ambassador Trainer and Guardian of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute Nevada.

Legislative Updates
Massachusetts Legislature passed the long awaited energy bill.

The legislation aims to diversify the state's energy supply by requiring utilities to purchase off-shore wind power and power from other clean energy technologies, such as hydroelectricity, onshore wind, or solar. The bill was sent to the Governor for signature.
The bill also includes provisions to increase the use of energy storage technology.
The legislation aims to make the state a leader in wind energy and storage technologies and paves the way for attracting new investment and jobs for the state.
The final bill was closer to the House version and scrapped many of the Senate's provisions, including the Senate's goal to increase the amount of energy from renewable sources. This sets the stage for more energy-related legislation next year.

Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc.
Fall 2016 -
This is an early list, more to come for other fall events...
register to help at
Sept. 5, Charlton Old Home Days, (9-4)
Sept. 6, Psychological First Aid, Worcester
Sept. 11, Pet Rock Festival, Leicester
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
Click link for more information

If your town has event you think we shouldn't miss, let us know!
It's the last full month of summer - take it outdoors and enjoy Central Massachusetts

With only a few more weeks left to savor the dog days of summer, it's the perfect opportunity to venture out and discover Central Massachusetts. Share your favorite images of Central Massachusetts on any social network by adding #DiscoverCentralMA for a chance to be featured on our site and across our social network accounts.

Restaurant week, carnivals, festivals & More! Discover Central MA has the inside scoop on fun activities for you and the family.

Southwick's September BOGO Days
Sunday, September 11 - Massachusetts Day
Sunday, September 18 - Rhode Island & Connecticut Day
Sunday, September 25 - New Hampshire, Vermont, & Maine Day

Don't miss out on our annual special offer for New England residents! We are offering Buy One Get One Free general admission for MA, RI, CT, NH, VT, and ME residents! Please check the dates above for your state's BOGO Day. A valid state ID is required for this offer. ONE free admission per ID.
*This discount is only available for admission purchased at the zoo and cannot be applied to tickets purchased online. Offer does not include EARTH memberships, Value Passes, combo admission, Group/Field Trip rates, party packages, or any other discounted admissions. Offer cannot be combined with coupons, other discounts, or offers.

WAM Studio Art Classes: Find your inspiration!
Work on your own projects in our art studios. An instructor and fellow artists will be on hand to lend support and provide feedback when needed.
Looking to learn the basics? These classes are designed for absolute beginners and provide a supportive environment to help build skills quickly.
Great for advanced students interested in getting their work in front of potential buyers. Class includes exercises, handouts, and lectures.
Sample an art class without a lengthy commitment. These workshops offer a solid introduction to various art forms in short one or two-day sessions. Art supplies will be provided.

Whitinsville Golf Club Fall Promotion

Fall Promotion for New Members

Sign up now for 2017 and get 15 1/2 months of golf starting on September 15th 2016. Deposit of $800, then monthly biling starts in January 2017 for the remaining balance.

This promotion is open to Full Single, Full Family, Family Weekday Plus, Executive and Jr. Executive Classifications.

Go to for all membership rates.

For more information, contact Frank Iannetta
508.234.6210 ext. 4

Drought Survey for Disaster Declaration in Massachusetts

In order to seek a disaster declaration and disaster relief for Massachusetts farmers, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) requires documentation of the extent of crop loss for each county in Massachusetts. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to assist in obtaining the support needed to help farmers in Massachusetts!
Click here to take the survey:

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

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

Thank you to all of our members and guests who attended the 8th Annual Steamers at Sunset!
Annual Business & Breakfast -
Join us on September 21st REGISTER NOW!

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!

New Member Spotlight - Jean Gillis Wellness

Jean Gillis is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, USAT 1 Triathlon Coach and ACSM Personal Trainer. Interested in health and wellness all her life, she has been coaching triathlon for the past seven years, and more recently started to offer health coaching.

Jean is an experienced endurance athlete, two-time Ironman triathlete, ultra distance trail runner and marathoner. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2012, but determined to improve her health without medication, she now uses the knowledge gained from that journey to inspire others to take charge of their health, and empower them with the tools to do so.

She supports and motivates people in reaching their wellness and fitness goals through lifestyle changes which address nutrition, exercise, weight and stress management, mindfulness, life balance, and positive psychology.

For more information, visit or connect with her at

Upcoming Events:

MINDFUL STEPS, Meditative Run/Walk
Uxbridge, MA
Date: Tuesdays, Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: State of Grace Yoga & Wellness
Details & Registration: Details & Registration

HEALTHY STEPS, Walking Group
Uxbridge, MA
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: Sept 6 - Oct 27th
Location: Bike Path at Adams St, Uxbridge MA
Details & Registration: Details & Registration
A Centennial Celebration! The Chamber helps celebrate 100 Years of National Parks.

End of summer concerts, parties, and more!
Foam Fest - Styrofoam Recycling Event

Saturday, August 27, 2016
9 a.m. to Noon
Location: KWD, Inc., 660 Douglas Street (Route 16), Uxbridge, MA

Join us for an Open House Styrofoam recycling event at
KWD, Inc., a foam processor located in Uxbridge, MA. KWD accepts Styrofoam for recycling at its warehouse in an outdoor storage area. Foam must be clean and packaged in a clear plastic bag. Packing peanuts ARE accepted if they are EPS foam and not biodegradable. Colored foam accepted (trays from meat and produce if stamped with #6). At the Open House, owner Ron Kollross will give you a behind the scenes look at Styrofoam recycling, demonstrate the equipment used to process Styrofoam, and offer examples of foam that is accepted for recycling. Call 508-731-5020 with any questions about foam recycling. Event presented in partnership with Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.

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

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

Healing Heart Hospitality House - Benefit Fundraiser

Tickets On Sale For Dickens Weekend

BHC Announces 2017 Calendar Photo Contest
"Show us the beauty of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor through your eyes," Charlene Perkins Cutler, Executive Director at Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) asks area photographers in announcing its 2017 Calendar Photo Contest. "The National Heritage Corridor has much to offer a photographer looking for stunning subject matter in its region of 25 communities stretching from Leicester, MA, to Providence, RI.

BHC's 2nd Annual GO! program this September

Read the full press release with details here.

International Mural Festival Comes to Worcester

International Mural Festival Comes to Worcester

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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