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

Any business joining the BVCC in 2018 is eligible to receive 10 FREE radio spots. Produced by WCRN!

Any established BVCC member is eligible ro receive 50% discount off any 1-2 week flight, produced by WCRN.

For details and to book your spots, contact Harry Berkowitz at 508-769-1591 or

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Employment Law & Staffing Best Practices

Tuesday, April 24th from 9 - 12
Taught by:
Pam Stevens, Esq, of Seder & Chandler, LLP, Worcester, MA
Debra Wilson, MBA of Wilson Human Resource Consulting Group, Millbury, MA

The purpose of this session is a high level review of some of the most common employment issues that impact small business owners. Pam and Deb will discuss some of the common laws that govern the employer/employee relationship as well as day to day concerns that business owners have regarding employment issues.

Understanding and application of the hiring process, maintenance of employees as well as employee relations/terminations.

$25 for members
$35 for non-members

Register online here.


Massachusetts Food Trust Program

To establish a financing infrastructure that increases access to healthy, affordable food options, with a preference for fresh locally sourced Massachusetts grown, caught or harvested healthy food and to improve
economic opportunities for nutritionally underserved communities in urban, rural
and suburban localities.
Responses must be received by 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Contact: Rose
Program page

State Owned Farmland Licensing Program

For proposals for the agricultural use of 12
+/- acres of state-owned agricultural fields located west of South Westfield Street and
east of Pine Street located in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Responses must be received by MDAR no
later than 3:00PM, April 20, 2018. Contact: Barbara Hopson,
Program page LINK

Federal State Marketing Improvement
Program (FSMIP)
The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant program that funds projects that improve the efficiency and
success of the U.S. agriculture marketing system. The maximum project award is $250,000.
Eligible projects range from:
  • Determining best methods for processing, distributing, or marketing agricultural products.
  • Eliminating barriers to movement of agricultural products in various channels.
  • Exploring new uses or market for certain commodities.
Priority Areas
All proposals that fit within the FSMIP scope are encouraged and will receive equal consideration during the review process. FSMIP will award five percent of total FSMIP funds to proposals that score among
the higher ranked proposals and meet one
of the following criteria:
  • Reflect a collaborative approach between the States, academia, the farm sector and other appropriate entities and stakeholders, in recognition of the synergies and improved outcomes that are attributable to such collaborations and partnerships.
  • Assess challenges and develop methods or practices that could assist producers in marketing agricultural products that meet the mandates of the Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Have the potential to create wealth and economic opportunity in rural communities through research and studies on issues relating to marketing in local and regional food systems, and value-added agriculture.
  • Projects that focus on processing agricultural products or value-added activities, particularly in the dairy and cranberry sectors.
The deadline to submit a proposal to MDAR is April 20th 2018. Click here to access the RFR and for more information on FSMIP. MDAR is offering two informational webinars to answer questions about eligibility or proposal submission. The webinars will be held on:
  • April 5th : 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • April 12th : 10:00 am - 11:00 am
To register for a webinar, or for more information on this opportunity, please email and specify which webinar you would like to attend.

MDAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services - MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich
diversity of the Commonwealth's agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and
animal health measures, and fulfill
agriculture's role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit
MDAR's website. For Ag industry events, click here, for consumer related events, visit the Massachusetts

Sales Excellence Workshop
Maximize Your Referrals through a proven Center-of-Influence System.

Wednesday, May 9th 2018
7:30am - 9:00am
Don't miss this real-world, practical sales training event that will produce immediate results.

In this step-by step, interactive workshop, you will learn the entire system AND create the templates and tools needed to implement on the same day. Would you like to receive literally hundreds of referrals from
each of your contacts instead of one or two occasionally?

GROWTHco has a proven lead generation program that will optimize the referrals you receive from clients, people in your network,
and influencers in your community. Our system makes it easy for you to ask for referrals and even easier for them to say, "YES!" and deliver. A client who implemented the program received 82 warm
referrals during the very next month resulting in $10 - $15 million
dollars in new sales opportunities!

James P. Desrosiers, M.M., president and Sandra Kearny at GROWTHco will guide participants through every step of the Center-of-Influence System.
Jim has extensive experience leading sales teams in a variety of industries and corporate environments. He earned a Master of Management in Leadership in Human & Organizational Dynamics. Located in Westborough, MA, GROWTHco is in its 24th year in business.

$15 for members
$25 for non-members

Register online here.

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.

Discover Central Mass

Discover Central MA brings news on the latest going on in the valley

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

Hurry! Only a few foursomes left to fill!

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.

What Is Going On At The Stadium Theatre In April?
The Lion King Jr.

Hakuna Matata! Cast your worries aside and celebrate the "Circle of Life" in this LIVE youth stage production with Simba, Rafiki and a colorful cast of characters! Based on the hit Disney animated ­film, this musical features the songs you love including "I Just Can't Wait to be King," and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight."

This production, presented by Stadium Theatre Performers, will star actors from all over the Rhode Island and Massachusetts region.

Disney's The Lion King Jr. will be performed three times:
Friday, April 13th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 PM
Admission is $15. (online tickets here)

The Garcia Project will perform on Friday, April 27th at 8 PM

The Garcia Project's performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from the 1970's all the way up to the 1990's. For anyone that never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band or for fans that want to relive a classic show, The Garcia Project delivers the goods.

The Garcia Project has received rave reviews from the press and from fans. Touring in the north east and west coast, The Garcia Project has made many fans extremely happy.

With precise arrangements and the proper instrumentation and feel for any and all given eras, The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It's about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another.
Admission is $21, $26. (online tickets here)

'Simon & Garfunkel - Through the Years' will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 8 PM.

Accompanied by a live string quartet, Bookends performs the most authentic sounding tribute to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends have toured extensively with their concerts being described as 'simply breathtaking'.

You'll enjoy artful renditions of hits like "The Sound of Silence," and "Mrs. Robinson," mixed with early folk gems such as the haunting "Sparrow" and poetic "Bleecker Street" alongside music of Simon & Garfunkel's solo careers. This concert is must see for any music lover.
Admission is $26, $31, $36. (online ticets here)

Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 or online.All shows will be held at The Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Seasonal Specials from MillHouse Wine & Spirits

Venture Community Service's Sensory Friendly Spring Fling
Thursday, April 19th from 4pm - 7pm

Venture Uxbridge Day Program
670 Douglas Street, Uxbridge, MA

Join us for a night of activities, music and fun, all in a sensory friendly environment. This is a free event focused for children 16 & under with autism or sensory concerns and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities include: adaptive yoga, spring themed sensory activities, interactive music, pet therapy, gardening project, and more... More info can be found here
or by contacting Paige Mador at

Register for MA Craft Beverage + Agritourism Workshop on April 23rd
April 23
Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co.
89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick, MA 01760
1:00pm - 4:30pm
Host presentation
Panelists: Hardwick Winery, Privateer Rum, Wormtown Brewery
Ad Agency: Small Army
State: Massachusetts Distillers Alliance, MDAR, MOTT

There is no cost to participate, however registration is required as space is limited. Feel free to share this invite and we hope to see you there!
Whitin Community Center's Roaring 20's Speakeasy Gala

The Whitin Community Center is pleased to announce its Roaring 20's Speakeasy Gala to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 6:30-10:30pm at the newly renovated Great Hall, on the 2nd Floor of the Northbridge Town Hall. Join us for a vintage glamour evening to support G.M. Whitin's vision of community. Take a step back in time as the newly renovated Great Hall will be transformed into a 1920's Speakeasy where the guests will be greeted with an extravagant variety of hors d'oeuvres and desserts provided by Pepper's Fine Catering, signature cocktails by Mill House Wine & Spirits, jazz band, live auction, Roulette & Craps just for fun, Open Bar & much more! Dress up as a flapper, your favorite gangster or in your own swanky attire, for this one of a kind evening that is sure to impress! The Roaring 20's Speakeasy Gala benefits those in need in our community through scholarships, memberships and free outreach programs.
Tickets are on sale now for $125 per person and can be purchased at the Whitin Community Center, or through our secure UniBank UniPay button on the top right corner of our website.
The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. We offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley's most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven and a half acre park. For more information call 508.234.8184 or visit

The American Pickers Are Coming To US!
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Massachusetts! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout your area.
AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique "picking" on History.
They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.
Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they've never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.
AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with
photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

Spring Is Here, Get The Golf Clubs
Blackstone National is officially open! Need to get some golfing in? Are you ready to swing? Now you finally can! Blackstone National Golf Course opened on Wednesday, April 11th and is ready for the new season. You can visit their website here!
Visit them at 227 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton MA, 01590
Or call at (508)-865-2111

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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