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We have a special offer for new members of the Chamber!

When you sign up as a Chamber Member, you will get 10 FREE advertisement spots, 30 seconds each, on WCRN radio. Production included!

Speak with a Chamber staff member to learn more and secure your 10 free spots.

New workshop: HR for Employers

Tuesday, April 24th from 9 - 12
Taught by Deb Wilson of DW-HR.

More details to follow.
$25 for members
$35 for non-members

Register online here.

NHS Science Club

Friday, February 23, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Field House, Northbridge High School
427 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, MA 01588

We have a great networking event that supports Northbridge High School's NASA ICED Epic Challenge Program ( coming up on Feb 23rd. Congressman Jim McGovern, State Senator Ryan Fattman, and Representative David Muradian are scheduled to attend this dinner fundraiser with an astronaut. All the proceeds go to support the NASA ICED Epic Challenge Program here at NHS.
Astronaut (STS-114),
Sr. Advisor for Engineering Development at NASA LaRC, Developer of Innovative Conceptual
Engineering Design (ICED) methodology, and
Founder of the Epic Education Foundation
Dr. Camarda will speak about how the Columbia Space Shuttle incident spurred him to do what NASA said was impossible and design a tile repair kit and test it in Space. He will also chronicle how
this lead to him founding the Epic Education Foundation and its impact on education.

Abacus Tasting Tomorrow at Millhouse Wine & Liquors in Whitinsville

Join us this Saturday for an in-store tasting:
February 17, 2018 ~ from 3p.m.-6 p.m.

Tyler from Abacus will be tasting beer, wine and liquor.
Tasted items will be offered at discounted prices!
Millhouse Wine & Liquors
670 Linwood Avenue
Whitinsville, MA 01588

UniBank's February Home Buying Seminar in Douglas

UniBank will be sponsoring free monthly home buying seminars throughout 2018. These educational opportunities provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded at each event.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. UniBank's Douglas branch | 4 Mechanic Street in Douglas
Seminar speakers include:
Pamela MacDougall, UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #485225)
Karen Mercure, Realtor, The Mercure Group at Keller Williams
Attorney Mark Wickstrom, Wickstrom Morse, LLP
Kerri Pomfret, Insurance Agent, Ripple Effect Insurance
Raymond Camosse, Home Inspector, Homeinex Corporation
Contact UniBank's Karen Yacino (NMLS #688961) at 508-476-2624 or to register.


General Summary
This position reports to the President of
Package Steel Systems, Inc

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities: Assisting in organizing campaigns and developing marketing strategies. Other duties may be assigned.
The marketing assistant functions as the department's administrative support; coordinating meetings, logistics and serving as a liaison for clients and sales team.

Knowledge and Skills Required for Essential Functions
  • Associates degree or appropriate experience.
  • Fluent in the English language.
  • Interpersonal skills & Organizational skills
  • Background in marketing & experience with web analytics
  • Ability to make independent decisions & problem solver
  • Proficient in IT skills, Microsoft, Adobe, photo shop & social media
  • Excellent oral and written skills
Physical Abilities Required
Ability to communicate verbally. Eyesight, hearing and hand dexterity sufficient to operate computer monitor, keyboard, as well as other ordinary office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, calculators, copier/printers, etc...

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If interested, please contact,
Lucille Ward
Package Steel Systems, Inc
508-865-5871 x3010

Job Openings at Blackstone Valley Children's Place

Blackstone Valley Children's Place is growing! We are in search of caring individuals to fill Administrator, Group Leader, and Group Leader Assistant positions in our Douglas and Whitinsville locations. These important people are members of a team of staff that is responsible for providing a safe, enriching and respectful program for school age students in grade K-6. Duties include but are not limited to, developing and assisting in program activities, instructing and interacting with students, maintaining daily attendance records, supervising students and encouraging positive social interactions.

Benefits include a membership to the Whitin Community Center & Certification in CPR and First Aid.

Interested applicants should complete our Application for Employment (available on our website) and submit it along with your resume and references to Ginny Alicea, BVCP Director, at or Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588.

Currently looking for a part-time Economic Development Coordinator in Grafton

The Town of Grafton is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the part-time position of Economic Development Coordinator. This position supports and coordinates the efforts of the town economic plan to diversify the tax base.

This person will also routinely communicate and collaborate with town officials and businesses located in Grafton, and various boards and committees including the Economic Development Commission. Qualified applicants must be available to attend EDC meetings/events outside of normal business hours.

Grants administration, marketing experience and website development will be considered an asset, as is comprehension of state and local government. Applicants shall possess a bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; or one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Public relations and writing skills required.

Full job description is posted on This is a 19.5 hour [non-benefitted] per week position; salary up to $29.50 per hour.

Interested applicants should apply online at or by forwarding a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Meekins at Applications accepted until position is filled.

Take Advanatge of ChamberMail

For many years our chamber has partnered with Chamber Member Services to offer ChamberMail's, new resident marketing program.

ChamberMail is specifically designed to add value to our consumer driven memberships and get them increased new business opportunities on a regular basis.

ChamberMail features our B2C members in front of new residents as they move into our surrounding communities each month.
This is an extremely popular program so don't hesitate in calling 800.824.6858 to participate. New and existing members welcome to participate.

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2018 Annual Golf Tournament...SAVE THE DATE...May 14th

It may be snowing out today, but the beautiful weather is right around the corner and so is our annual golf tournament.

Check this off your to-do list and reserve your foursome or inquire about becoming a sponsor so you can play and see your company logo listed on all marketing materials leading up to the event.

Download our Sponsorship Opportunities flyer by clicking here.

Sign up for our 20th Annual Expo!
***Limited booths left***

Saturday, March 3rd 2018 10am - 2pm
Northbridge High School Fieldhouse

Get the biggest bang for your marketing buck and become a vendor at the 20th Annual Home and Business Expo! This is your chance to get face-to-face consumer time with your potential customers. Take advantage of this opportunity to tell your business's story and spread the word about your products and services


Contact the Chamber to get full details and to reserve your booth!

508-234-9090 ext. 100 or ext. 107

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Corporate Sponsors:
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FREE Admission February!

Enjoy two more weeks of FREE admission to

Come see the winners of the Be Our Valentine contest and the beautiful walls and walls of valentines in the Museum that were submitted by Worcester children!

Massachusetts Health Connector has a new Shopping Platform

The Massachusetts Health Connector has a new shopping platform for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This new platform brings state-of-the-art tools to employers, brokers, and workers, making it easier than ever for small businesses to offer health insurance to their employees.

Small businesses have the power to control costs and offer significant flexibility to employers and employees, in an easy-to-use format.

In advance of the April 1 renewal date, Health Connector for Business will implement a number of marketing, outreach and communications tools to maximize visibility and increase awareness around the new platform.

Hearts of Kindness display at the
Rockdale Youth Center.

Drastic Cuts to MGCC Small Business TA Grant Will Adversely Affect Small Business in the Commonwealth

We need your help to restore funding! Please take a few minutes to review this video featuring the newly opened Green Plate Café in Whitinsville and how this funding, prior to the cuts, was instrumental in achieving the goal of its' founder, Danielle Desrosiers.

Dying in Vein: Crusader Lecture Series

Crusader Lecture Series

March 8, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Nehemiah Center at WCS, 279 Linwood Ave.,
Whitinsville, MA
Admission is free but seating is limited.
Please RSVP at
Screening of the film "Dying in Vein"
Guest speakers and Q&A to discuss the local
experience with the opioid crisis

70s Pop/Rock band Orleans to perform at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday, March 10th
Orleans is best known as the 70s Pop/Rock band that brought you the iconic hits "Still the One", "Dance With Me" and "Love Takes Time". Now entering its 41st year of live performances, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16 albums and several DVDs. The band continues to be in great demand domestically and internationally for live shows, as they have been for four decades.
Orleans will perform their hits on Saturday, March 10th at 8 PM
The concert will be held in the Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Admission is $26, $36, $46. Tickets will be available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at
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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