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Quickbooks Made Easy
ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST PRESSING QUICKBOOKS® QUESTIONS
This class is for the Desktop version of QuickBooks.
*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 11/01/16 & Thursday 11/03/16
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!
13th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest
The Biggest Halloween Celebration for Families in Central Massachusetts!
Saturday, October 22 | 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon and evening of family-friendly Halloween fun! Bring the kids in costume and enjoy more than a thousand carved pumpkins lit at dark.
Enjoy spooktacular science programs, trick-or-treating, "Creature Features," free planetarium shows, fun activities for the kids, and all the cool things the EcoTarium has to offer. New this year, Science from Scientists Presents: Science Thrills Live!
Tickets: $16, EcoTarium members $12. Children under 2 FREE.
Online ticket sales end on October 14, order yours soon!
Chevere...the place to bead!
336 N. Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569
October Beading Classes
Register soon, only 8 available spots per class.
Call, email or send message on facebook. If you rather have a private class with your friends call me to book one :-)
RAM to Launch DarkStoreFrontsMA.com Campaign
As a small business owner you are well aware of some of the cost and competitive issues our industry is facing in a slowing economy. And too many of the issues our industry struggles with are created by bad and discriminatory public policy which creates higher costs and higher sales prices for our customers as compared to competition over the border, or on the internet.
We need your help with an important project - a new visual diary chronicling the impact on our Main Street retailers.
DarkStoreFrontsMA.com is exactly what is sounds like: a collection of photos of dark storefronts in the Bay State -- a powerful illustration of the harsh reality that local retail is fighting a battle for survival. With rapid consumer movement to mobile commerce and competitive disadvantages placed on local stores and on the future of our Main Streets, this effort is meant to get attention as we seek collaborative efforts to make sure local employers are not injured by bad public policy. We're hoping to launch the site this month, but first we need your help.
Helping out is simple:
1) Snap a photo with your smartphone of the dark storefronts on your Main Street or local strip center which once were or could be home to a retail store.
2) Email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the email the street name and city or town of the dark storefront, and any more background information you may have.
Traditional retailers don't have the funds to advertise their goodbyes. They just close.
And they leave behind a dark storefront.
Fall Events at the Worcester Art Museum
Exhibition on American Citizenship
Diwali "Festival of Lights"
25% Off Every NEW Family Membership
October 1st - October 31st
Every New family membership paid in full by monthly automatic withdrawal will recieve a 25% discount and no joining fee.
One Day Only! Columbus Day Sports Camp
October 10th 9:00am - 4:00pm
Join us on Columbus Day for a fun filled day of gym sports, swimming in the Competition Pool, roller skating in the Gymnasium and Halloween themed arts & crafts! This supervised one day sports camp will be run by our new Athletic Director, Tony Papadakis. Pre-registration is not required, although preferred. Sign your child up at the Members Services Desk today!
PLEASE NOTE: You must provide snacks and a lunch for your child for this camp. Snacks & lunch will not be provided by Camp Whitin.
$50 per child, ages 7-14
Haunted Roller Skating & Swim Party
5th Annual Roller Skating Costume Party
Friday, October 14th | 5:30-7:00 & 7:15pm - 8:45pm
WCC Gymnasium - Space and Skates are limited
$5.00 per child, parents free
Proceeds to benefit the Youth Outreach Program
Halloween Haunted Swim
Friday, October 14th | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
WCC Competition Pool
$5.00 per child, parents free
Proceeds to benefit the BVCP Playground Fund
Learn How To Save A Life!
As a part of our commitment to the community, the Whitin Community Center is pleased to offer the following American Red Cross certified courses, for ages 15 and older. Pre-registration is required. To register for these classes please see a Member Services Representative
First Aid & CPR for Adult & Child
Tuesday, October 25 5:30pm-9:30pm
$40 Members $50 Non-Members
Rape Agression Defense Classes!
The Northbridge Police Department is offering R.A.D. Self-Defense Training this Fall at the Whitin Community Center to all woman ages 16 and older. R.A.D. will be held at the Northbridge Police Department for its first class, and the remaining three classes will be held at the Whitin Community Center. This course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all abilities.
(parents must sign a waiver for children under the age of 18).
October, 26th from 6pm-9pm (Northbridge Police Dept.)
October 30th from 12-3pm (WCC)
November 6th from 12-3pm (WCC)
November 13th from 12-3pm (WCC)
Registration Fee: FREE
SBDC at Clark University
Fall 2016 Workshops
Click here for registration form.
The seminars being offered are:
BUILDING YOUR ADVISORY TEAM. How Important is an Attorney, a CPA, an Insurance Agent and a Bank? on Thursday, October 20, 2016
YOUR BUSINESS PLAN IS YOUR ROADMAP TO SUCCESS. Is It Sound?on Thursday, November 3, 2016
AM I READY TO MEET WITH THE BANK? How Does a Bank Review My Loan Request? on Thursday, November 17, 2016
EMPLOYMENT LAW. How to Stay Compliant When the Rules Keep Changing. on Thursday, December3, 2016
All programs are held in the Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester from 8:45 am to noon. Cost is $39 for each workshop (see below & the attached brochurefor cost details & special pricing).
For more detailed descriptions of each workshop you can visit our website at
You can pre-register at this website or online through the State MSBDC website:
Seating is limited, so please register quickly by filling out the registration form in the attached brochure and mailing it, with your check made out to Clark University, to:
Clark University/SBDC, attention Penny Tiernan, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610-1477 to guarantee a seat.
Registering in advance helps with the planning of food & seating. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Sorry,
we do not accept credit cards.
$39 for the first seminar, $30 for each additional seminar or registrant (from same company), Special - $150 for all 5 seminars
New at Vaillancourt For Halloween:
The Newsie Boy
With his newsboy cap decorated with candy corn patterns and Halloween festive argyle vest and outfit, this blue-eyed boy is serious about his trick or treating. His costume includes a handmade messenger bag filled with the latest issues of newspaper hot off of the press. Having a little fun, a folded paper airplane made from his newsprint sticks from the top. Join in on the festive Halloween Season with the cute costume of the Halloween Newsie Boy.
Spooky Collections For Halloween & Fall
Halloween Santa Collection Yes, we've been enjoying creating one of a kind Halloween pieces this year, but we really are happy to have all of our Halloween Santa
collection available in time for the season.
Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc.
Fall 2016 -
This is an early list, more to come for other fall events...
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!
Country legend Tanya Tucker & Her Band will play the Stadium October 29th!
WHEN Tanya Tucker will be performing Saturday, October 29th at 8 PM. One performance only!
WHERE The show will be held at The Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket Rhode Island.
Admission is $46, $56, $66.
Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at www.stadiumtheatre.com
Experience the legend with her band! Tanya Tucker had her first hit, "Delta Dawn," in 1972 when she was just 13 years old. Since then she has received numerous awards and Grammy nominations for her hit songs such as "What's Your Mama's Name?," "Blood Red and Goin' Down," and "Strong Enough to Bend."
In 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said "You're Gonna Hear From Me." Truer words have never been spoken. For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre.
And, the best is yet to come for this future Country Music Hall of Fame member. With a new album forthcoming, the power house vocalist is set to remind listeners just why artists such as Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson consider her to be one of their biggest influences. She's lived a life full of love and heartbreak, and bounced back no matter the odds. In the crazy world of the music business, Tanya Tucker defines the word "legend," but also "survivor."
BVCC Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony to take place on Thursday, November 17th
Since 1995, Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for Boston's WCVB-TV's "Chronicle," the nation's longest-running locally-produced nightly newsmagazine. He also provides reports and commentary on Sunday mornings for the station's political roundtable show, "On The Record." Ted has been a member of the WCVB editorial board since 2010. In April, 2016, Globe Pequot Press released Ted's second book, Wicked Pissed: New England's Most Famous Feuds.
*Our 'year in review'
*Business and Community Awards
*Recognition of significant member anniversaries
*Guest Speaker: Ted Reinstein
Save your seat by contacting us today, or sign up using our online registration.
508.234.9090 ext. 100
Legislative Seminar: Is Your Business Ready? Tuesday, October 25th
Understanding the new Salary Law.
Brief discussion on The Family Medical Leave Act
& The Pay Equity Law.
Whether you're a business owner or an employees, chances are these new legislative changes are going to affect you.
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") published final regulations changing who is exempt from overtime payments under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The regulations will change how 4.2 million workers are classified and will affect almost every employer. The final rule will become effective on December 1, 2016, giving employers only a few more months to comply.
Please join us to discuss the details of the final rules, how it will impact your business, and strategies you can use to prepare for the changes.
Tuesday, October 25th
8:00am - 10:00am
Chamber Conference Room
Free for members | $10 for non-members
About the Speaker: Christina Lewis is a Partner at Hinckley Allen Law Firm. Christina is the practice group leader for the firm's Labor and Employment group. She represents employers in practically all facets of their relationships with employees - and has a particularly strong background in employment litigation. Christina has significant hands-on experience with many of the most difficult issues facing employers today - including class action wage and hour cases, non-compete/non-solicitation and trade secret litigation, FMLA and ADA, unfair labor practices, and affirmative action, among others.
Sign up and begin running a more efficient and effective business today!
How to Catch Attention and Increase Conversion:
Finding the Right words for Your Website
Date: Tuesday, October 18th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Chamber Conference Room
FREE for members and non-members
Any of these sound like they could be you?
- Writing is not something I think I need to do for my business.
- No one seems to read the things I write for my business.
- My website is getting little to know people visiting it.
- I want to get more people involved
Worry not! We're going over everything you need to take your website and your business writing to the next level. We're talking about:
- What the heck is online content and why do I need it?!
- How the writing you do can make or break your business
- Figuring out how to write for your customers
- How to write content that stays relevant and will work for you for years.
Become a sponsor of the program.
Come celebrate with the Whitinsville Christian School for a Topping Off Ceremony
You are invited to a topping off ceremony as the final beam of Whitinsville Christian School's new Performing Arts Center and Athletic Facility is placed.
Wednesday, October 26th
9:00am VIP Coffee & Presentation
10:00am Topping off Ceremony
BHC Hosts First Trash Responsibly Summit October 20th
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC), is hosting its first Trash Responsibly Summit on Thursday, October 20, at the Singh Performance Center at Alternatives, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event will bring together representatives from the 25 communities of the National Heritage Corridor to create a conversation about litter and recycling, and create coordinated efforts to keep the cities and towns clean, healthy and beautiful.
"Since launching our Trash Responsibly™ program last year and announcing our commitment to working on ways to reduce litter in the National Heritage Corridor, we have accomplished several milestones," Charlene Perkins Cutler, BHC's Executive Director announced. "We started with our car litter bag, made from recycled plastic, and Anchor Subaru in North Smithfield, RI, became our first sponsor, signing on to put them into newly sold Subaru vehicles. We held a very successful America Recycles Day event last November with the City of Woonsocket. From there we mapped out and helped organize cleanups in the spring to celebrate Earth Day. Along the way, a new program called Fish Responsibly emerged, targeting litter created by fishing and creating venues to recycle monofilament fishing line. We also created awareness about recycling Styrofoam here in the Blackstone Valley. With the success of these new programs, we wish to convene all of the communities and talk about how we can work collaboratively on these and future programs.
Special guests at the Trash Responsibly Summit include Irene Congdon, Central Massachusetts Municipal Assistance Coordinator, and Neil Rein, Executive Director of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful. Participants are invited to share their best practices through table displays and presentations. Following the Summit will be a light lunch reception to continue the conversations. To RSVP, contact Bonnie Combs at bcombs@BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org by October 14 or call 508-234-4242. BHC's Trash Responsibly™ program is sponsored by UniBank.
Family-friendly Comedy Hypnotist Erick Känd at the Stadium on Oct. 21st
Have you ever wondered, "Can I be hypnotized?" THEN THIS IS THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME! During Erick Känd's mesmerizing performance, many lucky audience volunteers will undergo a complete hypnosis transformation.
Erick's family-friendly hypnosis show is mind-altering fun, and will have everyone laughing non-stop from start to finish.
Erick Känd has hypnotized over 18 thousand people, and he's performed in every state of the USA. His Youtube channel has over a 1.4 MILLION views, and he just recently signed a contract with HBO.
A Marquee Room event. Seating is limited.
Comedy Hypnotist Erick Känd will be perform on Friday, October 21st at 7:30 PM
The show will be held at The Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket RI. Admission is $26. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at www.stadiumtheatre.com
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 visit www.stadiumtheatre.com
October Events at Alternatives.
Don't miss these great shows!
To the Table!
By Beausoleil, Costello, Erath, Van Joolen
Directed by Fred D'Angelo, Erik Johnsen, Joel D. Seger
Presented by Molehill Productions
Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6:00-7:15 PM
October 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 7:30 PM
October 9 & 16 at 5:00 PM
October 8 & 15 at 2:00 PM
Five original plays in one night! Featuring the world premiere of the new operetta "There the Giant Fell - an elegy."
Tickets: $20, $18 student/seniors.
Singh Performance Center
60 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA 01588
The Power of People and Places
Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra
Friday, October 21, 7:30 PM
Reception 6:30-7:15 PM
Brass Venture returns with an energetic and engaging program including music by Bach, Monteverdi, Copland, Bernstein and a performance of "Acadia," an opus by Eric Ewazen.
Tickets: $19 per concert, $50 for the season.
For tickets and information: claflinhill.org / 508-478-5924
Stepping Stone Community Theatre Fall Workshop
Thursday Nights, 6:30-8:00 PM
September 29-October 27
This 5-week workshop is designed to enhance technical and performance skills through movement, improvisations and acting exercises.
All abilities welcome! Workshop Fee: $35
Singh Performance Center
60 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Milford Fall Family Fun Day!
Milford Town Park
(Congress and Walnut Streets)
Saturday October 15, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Rain date October 16
Live music, food, moonwalk, raffles, Southwick's Zoo and more!
It's FREE fun for the whole family, plus it's for a great cause!
For more information: AlternativesNet.org/FamilyFunDay
Calendar Launch Party and Discounted Calendars for Chamber Members
Wednesday, October 19th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, The Linwood Mill
We invite you to join us as we celebrate the 10 local photographers chosen to illustrate the 2017 Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Calendar:
Leon Droby, Fran Guevremont, Dave Newton, Carol Dandrade, Wendy Henschel, Ernest Berube, Scott Harwood, Don McKenzie, Allan Siuzdak and Robert Mielke.
Enjoy light refreshments, meet the photographers and celebrate the beauty of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor. Calendars will be available for $10 each, and are also available on our online shop at BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org.
We're bringing back the "Golden Ticket" prize! Inserted into one of the calendars at this event will be a Golden Ticket prize package including: Two tickets to "A Christmas Carol" on Saturday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Vaillancourt Folk Art in the Manchaug Mills, Sutton, MA, and a $25 gift card to enjoy dinner at Maison de Manger at Linwood Mill, Whitinsville, MA.
Enjoy quantity discounts on the 2017 Blackstone Heritage Corridor Calendar. The perfect gift for valued customers and employees!
100 calendars - $5.00 each
50 calendars - $6.50 each
25 calendars - $8 each
Single copies -$10 each
Shop online at BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org
or purchase at our office.
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.