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Chevere- January 2017 Classes & PAMPER CHEF Party

Basic Class for all the Newbies
First time beader? This is just for you!!! Learn everything you need to know to be able to make jewelry. I'll teach you all about tools, findings, clasps, stringing materials, wire wrapping loops and much more. You will make a bracelet and matching earrings.
Saturday, January 7th
$45.00 includes all materials

Unisex leather & chain
Saturday, January 28th
$45.00 includes materials

Perfect Valentine's Gift for your significant other. You can make unique matching bracelets to show how much you care. It's
a Beginners Class but looks so complicated. I'm here to help you every step of the way.

Wirelux and Duos
Tuesday, January 31st
$55.00 includes materials

So many of you requested this awesome bracelet once again, so your wish has come true.
Impress everyone with this amazing cuff. You pick the color of wirelux, super duos and seed beads and I'll guide you through.
Great class for a cozy winter evening.


Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Work as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) with staff from the National Park Service and the non-profit organization Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. Lead citizen-scientist initiatives, community research on interpretation, and capacity-building projects for local organizations. Great written and oral communication skills are required. This is a full time position to last one year.

Please contact local DOI/VISTA Supervisor Jennifer Smith at with questions.
Application deadline is January 16, 2017.

Grafton Job Corps is Hiring

part-time Business Community Liaison

10 hours per week
$20.19 per hour

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for developing, fostering and maintaining business and community linkages that promote the Center, its mission, activities, student accomplishments and successes. Develops innovative partnerships and uses proper judgment and discretion when communicating with the media, public and community organizations. Responds to Company and DOL requests in a timely and professional manner.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree preferred. A minimum of three years of experience in community/public relations and working knowledge of youth-related community agencies and issues. Experience working with media preferred. Strong Writing Skills required. Department of Labor approval required.

Support A Local Student's National Honor Society Project!

Make a donation today, to help give swim lessons to families in our community who cannot afford them!
Samantha, a Sophomore at Nipmuc Regional High School, chose for her National Honor Society Project to raise money to create scholarships for children in our community whose families cannot afford to pay for swim lessons. These scholarships will pay for swim lessons at the Whitin Community Center. Samantha is fortunate enough to be able to swim year round, participating as a member of the Northbridge Grafton Nipmuc Sutton Swim Team that practices here at the WCC and could not imagine feeling uncomfortable in the water. She would like to help children in her community feel more safe in the water. Let's help her reach that goal!


Cornerstone at Milford Named A "Best of 2017" Senior Community!

This award is given to those senior living and home care providers who consistently receive high ratings and positive reviews from residents, families and guests. The annual "Best of Awards" tabulate over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor and recognized only those eligible communities that maintain a minimum rating of 4.5 out of 5. Cornerstone at Milford was one of only 25 assisted living communities in Massachusetts to be recognized.
We are so proud to obtain this exclusive designation that fewer than 1% of providers nationwide are awarded.
Passion Play opens at the Heritage Gallery in Whitinsville this Friday, January 6!

Join us at Alternatives' Whitin Mill between 4:30 - 7:30PM to enjoy fabulous found-object art, sculpture and paintings by
Madeleine Lord, Philip Marshall and Stephen Paulson.
Light refreshments available!

ValleyCAST is a nonprofit subsidiary organization of Alternatives
dedicated to fostering a creative, inclusive and prosperous community
through the promotion, education and celebration of arts, culture
and science in the Blackstone Valley.

Female Open House - Training

For women 16-24 years of age that are interested in receiving quality training in health, hospitality, or hard trades.

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
*In case of poor weather conditions, will be 2/1/17

Time: 1pm to 4pm
Intended Audience: Females 16-24 years old

Grafton Job Corps Center
100 Pine St. North Grafton, MA
Grafton Café
Grafton Job Corps Center Tour
Trade Presentation
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by 1/13.
Please note: The Open House is intended for potential female applicants. Applicant tours are held weekly each Thursday beginning at 10am.
For further information please contact, Amber Polisher, 508-887-7307.

Travel to Spain with the Chamber

Looking to getaway? Our partnership with Central Holidays Travel Agency and Foxy Travel has allowed us to offer our Chamber members the trip of a lifetime to Spain and the Costa del Sol in 2017. With the best rates that include air and land, you wont find a better deal elsewhere!

The best part about this trip? It's all planned for you! The flights, the hotel, the tours. You don't have to think about a single thing leading up to this vacation. With your busy lives, let someone else do the planning for you.

Central Holidays will be hosting an informational session to go over all of the details and wonderful aspects of this trip.

Friends and family are welcome to attend! Spain is one of the three most visited countries in the entire world and we want you to experience all that it has to offer on this 9 day vacation.

Interested in learning more?
Join us and Central Holidays for an info session at the Chamber on January 10th at 5:30pm. Spread the word to family and friends!

Dude, where's my profit? Accounting Course

This accounting class offered through the Chamber is guaranteed to help you build a solid understanding of your finances in just a few hours. Think about how important that can be for your business!

What you will learn:
*To construct the big picture of accounting
*To record transactions of increasing complexity
*To understand what financial statements really mean to the business owner
*To visually introduce important accounting terms for easy understanding
*To trace transactions through your accounting system and create financial
statements, income statements and balance sheets.

Two-part class:
Tuesday, January 31st &
Tuesday, February 7th
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Chamber Conference Room

Cost: (inludes materials)
Member discount: $125
Non-member: $200

Begin to understand accounting

Quickbooks Made Easy

Get the answers to your most pressing Quickbooks questions in this two part worskop. Leona van der Meer, a Quickbooks Proadvisor, will be here to make sure you run a great business!

*Suited for Desktop Quickbooks users
*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, March 7th
Thursday, March 9th
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Chamber Conference Room

Cost: (includes materials, does not include software)
Member Discount: $60
Non-member: $99

That's a savings of $500 compared to similar Quickbook courses!
Act fast: This class is limited to 10 students only.
Legislative Breakfast & Ribbon Cutting Event

Join us for a legislative review where we will hear from Local legislators such as Senator Michael Moore, Representative David Muradian and more!

We will also be celebrating the opening of Galliford's, the new restuarant at Southwick's Zoo with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Friday, February 17th
Galliford's at Southwick's Zoo

Women and Minority business owners - Get SDO Certified!

Business Pre-certification Class:

The Government Awards $30 Billion Dollars a Year to Women Owned Small Businesses.
State certification is available to 51%(at minimum) business owners who are women, members of certain minoirity groups, veterans, or combinations of these categories. OSD also administers the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification, which is available to 51% owners who are also women or members of certain minority groups.

Wednesday, February 8th
8:30am - 11:00am
Chamber Conference Room

Home & Business Expo 2017

Saturday, March 18th 10-2pm

Save the Date! Our biggest fundraising event of the year and the most well attending event in the Blackstone Valley!

As a Vendor: Showcase your product or service in a unique way that will draw in new customers. Over 2000 visitors from the community attend this event!

As a Guest: Get to know your local business and find out what they have to offer. Supporting your local businesses ensures that our community thrives. You might be surprised at the unique vendors you come across at the expo!

Chowder Contest: That's right, you get to be the judge! Visit the expo and taste test some of the Blackstone Valley's best chowder. It will be a showdown between local chefs to be the best in the Valley!

Become a Vendor
Be Our Guest

Call us for details and to sign up!

Heritage Corridor News & Networking

Celebrate Twelfth Night with A Limited Promotion: Russian Father Christmas

For those with Christmas in their hearts, the holiday of tradition, family, and merriment is never over. So, when January arrives they eagerly look forward to when they can begin the holiday season again. This is why Twelfth Night is so important, it marks the last of the twelve days of Christmas-when the holiday season is officially over (and, thus, justification as to when you can safely begin planning the next one). To celebrate Twelfth Night, Vaillancourt Folk Art is offering a unique promotional Chalkware Santa.

For 2017, the Russian Father Christmas is now available to retail customers around the world. Originally introduced in 1989, this piece has been reissued in a limited quantity to celebrate the 2017 Twelfth Night celebration. Painted in a historic green coat with white fur, this piece emphasizes the painting techniques that were "new" to the Vaillancourt Folk Art line in the late 1980s. With a subtle metallic gold paint for the buttons and dark grey beard, this Russian Father Christmas shares both image and tradition of a historic Eastern European Christmas.
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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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