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Thank you to all who reached out to help find a host family for the exchange students!

They have been placed with another host family.

BVCC Free Business Workshop:

Learn How to Engage with Prospects and Turn Them into Loyal Customers

Join Chamber member Envision Digital Group as they present a unique look at how to make the most out of your opportunities with your prospects. During the seminar, you'll be provided actionable tips and steps to help you across social media, online, with your exhibition booths, as well as with in-office customer interactions.
If you're struggling to turn strangers into leads and customers, then you don't want to miss this event!
Tuesday, Feb. 21st
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. EST
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
670 Linwood Ave #5, Whitinsville, MA 01588

Attention Home Buyers!

Start the year off right and get one step closer to home ownership by attending a FREE Home Buyer's Workshop with Homefield Credit Union!

We want to help you get a "Homefield Advantage"
when it comes to home ownership!

At Homefield Credit Union, we make it easy!!
Join Homefield Credit Union's Mortgage Loan Officer Doug Lanzillo (NMLS #932931) along with local Realtors and Real Estate Attorneys who will help you get started.
Refreshments will be served.

Choose from the following dates & locations:
February 9, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
Milford Square Plaza
138 S Main St
Milford, MA 01757
March 9, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
86 Worcester St
North Grafton, MA 01536
April 13, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
Milford Square Plaza
138 S Main St
Milford, MA 01757
May 11, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
86 Worcester St
North Grafton, MA 01536
June 8, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
Milford Square Plaza
138 S Main St
Milford, MA 01757

Attend one of our seminars and receive a coupon good for $250 off your closing costs!*

Click here to RSVP
for an upcoming Home Buyer seminar today.

*Certain restrictions apply. Offer subject to change without notice. No purchase necessary.

Feel the Love with Worcester Historical Museum

For nearly 100 years, Worcester was the center of the commercial valentine industry in the United States. Join us for a Valentine making workshop at 30 Elm Street on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 and make your own Worcester-inspired card in the tradition of Esther Howland, Jotham Taft or George C. Whitney. This program is for Valentine lovers of all ages and is FREE with museum admission. We will provide everything but the stamp! This program runs from 11AM - 3PM.

Abbacadabra The Ultimate ABBA Tribute plays the Stadium Theatre this March!!

With the new resurgence of the '70s, portrayed in part by the hugely popular live musical production and now the world wide release of "Mamma Mia" - The Movie, the music of ABBA is finding its way back into the hearts of those who lived it then and taking over the hearts of those who are experiencing it for the first time now.
Abbacadabra promises to continue the momentum! Abbacadabra is the best ABBA tribute around and they'll prove it to you as they perform ABBA's greatest hits in full ABBA fashion and flair! "S.O.S.," "Super Trooper" and "Dancing Queen" will be re-created with such precision that you'll swear you are listening to the originals themselves.
Abbacadabra - The Ultimate ABBA Tribute will perform at the Stadium Theatre on Friday, March 10th at 8:00 PM.
The concert will be held at The Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket Rhode Island.
Admission is $24, $29, $36. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at
Abbacadabra - The Ultimate ABBA Tribute is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Bourget & Associates, INC. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Do you get excited when you begin a new project?

Learning something new, meeting people who are excited about learning with you, and seeing the world with new eyes can be so exciting. I began a new project this morning in partnership with folks from the Ten Mile River Watershed Council, and the best part of the project is that I've acquired a whole new, additional group of walking partners. This morning we visited the Fish Hatchery in North Attleboro. Here's what we found.

Marjorie Turner Hollman
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, "Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition," and "More Easy Walks in Massachusetts." A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! On the board of directors of the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran's History Project.

In Business with Canada
Canada-Massachusetts Business Symposium
February 15, 2017
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA

Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom
8:00-8:30 Registration and networking - Light breakfast available

8:30-8:45 Introduction: Andrew Holman, Director, Canadian Studies, BSU
Welcoming remarks: Fred Clark, President, Bridgewater State

8:45-9:00 Opening Keynote: David Alward, Consul General of Canada

9:00-10:15 Panel 1: Views from Northeastern Business Schools
Moderator: Elmore Alexander, Dean Ricciardi School of Business School
Panelists: Fazley Siddiq, Dean of Business, University of New Brunswick-Saint John
Jorge Haddock, Dean, College of Management, UMass-Boston
Dayle M. Smith, Dean, School of Business, Clarkson University

10:15-10:30 Break (coffee and tea)

10:30-11:30 Panel 2: Local Business Perspectives
Representative, Ocean Spray and Joe Geller, Vice President, Stantec

11:30-12:30 Panel 3: Accessing the Canadian Market
Moderator: Anthony Cicerone, Canadian Studies Department, Bridgewater State;
Panelists: Erin Donahue, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada;
Richard P. Dalton, Regional Director, Business Development, Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI);
Jim Paul, Director, Boston Office, U.S. Commercial Service;
Yann Lamarche, Economic Attaché, Délégation du Québec (Boston);
Council Chambers, Rondileau Campus Center 201

12:45-2:00 Networking Lunch and Keynote Address
Introduction: Karim Ismaili, Provost, BSU
"U.S.-Canada Relations in the Age of Trump: It's Fluid"
Speaker: David Biette, Senior Advisor, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Feb Fun: School Vacation Week Workshops
Feb 21 - 24, 2017


Let your child's imagination run wild in our February School Vacation week workshops inspired by artist Ed Emberley. These fun, hands-on workshops for youth and teens (3 - 17 years old) include gallery visits and exploring new art techniques in the studios. Full and half day workshops available. Click for details!

MassDOT Capital
Investment Plan

MassDOT's five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) determines how MassDOT/MBTA prioritizes its transportation investments, from highway and bridge construction and regional airport infrastructure to renovations of Registry of Motor Vehicle walk-in centers and transit improvements. MassDOT is updating the CIP and wants to hear from you. Your input is essential to achieve a plan that best serves your community.
To learn more about the CIP process or to submit a comment, please visit
or send an e-mail to
Comments will be accepted through Friday, March 17, 2017
Stay involved and please join us for public meetings in May 2017, after the release of draft revisions to the CIP.

Stepping Stone Preschool Offers New Programs for 2017-2018

Exciting changes are taking place at Stepping Stone Preschool for the upcoming school year. "As a part of Whitinsville Christian School, our classes are purposefully small, but our offerings and resources are immense!" said Director, Sonia Zeyl. "We will be adding a new classroom, allowing us to welcome new friends, while keeping our class sizes small. Also new this fall, Stepping Stone students will be able to participate in our Strings Program learning Pre-Twinkle violin." Group lessons, using classroom instruments, will be available during afternoon class time once per week. Parents can also enroll their children in the WCS Strings program for private lessons at an additional cost.

"Our children have had wonderful experiences at Stepping Stone Preschool," said Erin Thakkallapalli, mother of two. "The loving environment and flexible schedule were the most important factors we considered when choosing a preschool. Our children were also given a safe and loving place to grow both academically and emotionally. It's so satisfying to watch your children learn letters and numbers, as well as kindness and compassion. We are extremely happy with our decision to join the SSP community."

Enrollment is now open for the 2017-2018 school year at Stepping Stone Preschool.

Newsletter: Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Click below to find out about our new offices and to see some of the projects we have been working on over the past few months across the Valley.

If you have any questions, want to volunteer with us, or just want to know more about what is going on, please feel free to get in touch. We hope that you enjoy this edition of the newsletter from your national park.
Click here to view the newsletter!

Seeds Of Hope Family Chiropractic

Love Your Back Being kind to your spine can help you prevent sickness and injury, helping you feel great! read more »

Caffeine-free Ways to Kick Start Your Day
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River Bend Farm - BH
Travel to Spain with the Chamber
What is more romantic
than traveling the world
with that special someone?
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, book your getaway today!

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:
February 15th at 5:30pm
Spread the word to family and friends!

Have Breakfast with your Local Legislators
at the BVCC Annual Legislative Review

You are invited to join us for breakfast with all of your local legislators from the Blackstone Valley. The panel of legislators will be ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS and ADDRESSING YOUR CONCERNS.

We will be joined by:
Senator Michael Moore
Senator Ryan Fattman
Representative David Muradian
Representative Kevin Kuros
Representative Joe McKenna
Representative Brian Murray
Representative Paul Frost

Friday, February 17th
7:30am - 9:00am

brand new restaurant opening at Southwick's Zoo.
Be the first to dine at this family restaurant, located right inside Southwick's Zoo in Mendon.

Quickbooks Made Easy

Get the answers to your most pressing Quickbooks questions in this two part workshop. 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

Three part class:
Monday, March 6th -
This class is optional and is open for those who feel they need an introductory class, or those who have never used Quickbooks before.
Tuesday, March 7th
Thursday, March 9th
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Chamber Conference Room

Please visit our website to see more specific details on what will be taught on each day of the course.

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.
Home & Business Expo 2017 -
Put your business on the map!

Saturday, March 18th 10-2pm
Northbridge High School

Get a glimpse into our Home & Business Expo
Get a glimpse into our Home & Business Expo

Save the Date! Our biggest fundraising event of the year and the most well attended 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!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:

Gaudette Color

? 50% Off ALL WINTER CLOTHING ? at Koopman!

It's the end of season CLEARANCE SALE! Get 50% off your favorite Winter styles now through February 18th!

February Events at the Ecotarium

February 10: EcoTarium Summer Camp
EcoTarium Summer Discovery Camp
Registration is now open! At the EcoTarium's Summer Discovery Camp, kids spend their days investigating, making new discoveries, and having fun adventures. Summer Discovery Camps offer a unique balance of age-appropriate science content, day camp fun, and time to explore individual interests.
This year's themes:
  • Animal Treats and Training
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Solve It with STEM
  • Wild about Nature
  • Spies and Mysteries
  • Creature Features
Register early and save!
Here are more details and you can find images to save/use:
February 17: Winter Vacation at EcoTarium
Winter Vacation: City Critters
Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24
You might be surprised by the different kinds of animals that can be found in Worcester's urban ecosystem! Investigate the city as a habitat, design your own neighborhood, and learn about the secret nightlife of urban critters. Explore the new City Science: The Science You Live exhibit and experience the challenges human neighbors might pose

Have a Seat! - At Whitinsville Christian School

Looking for a unique Valentine present for a loved one? Want to promote your local business? As part of their successful Rise Up & Build campaign, BVC member Whitinsville Christian School (WCS) has naming opportunities available in high visibility spots of their new Performing Arts Center and Fieldhouse, opening in early August. BV area businesses are already participating. For a more personal gift, one can also name a performing arts or field house bleacher seat [link]. For more information, contact Adam Meyer, WCS Director of Advancement at

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!

There is little doubt that Charles Dickens is celebrated as the world's author. Born on this day in 1812, Dickens is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era but, for us at Vaillancourt Folk Art, we consider his 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, the most important work of literature... ever. And while it has inspired us to create A Christmas Carol ornament series, prints, and even a Chalkware Ebenezer Meeting Marley, its message rings true every year when we hear Charles' great-great grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens, perform the one-man show at our theatre in Sutton: "I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!

As we celebrate Dickens' 205th birthday today, we look to the traditions, lessons, and vivid imagery that is represented within the pages of A Christmas Carol. "And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!"
Happy birthday, Charles Dickens!

Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter -
At The United Presbyterian Church

So many people in our society are overlooked, under served and in need of a helping hand, especially during the harsh winter months. Many right here in our own community do not have a warm place to sleep at night, and their lives are endangered by the cold and snow. People in our community have seen this need and felt called to respond by literally opening their doors and offering a warm welcome to all those in need.
In response, the United Presbyterian Church of Whitinsville will begin to open their doors on the harshest of nights from 7pm to 7am in order to provide a warm place to sleep for men, women and children.
How You Can Help
  • Volunteer
    Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter in four hour shifts throughout the night. Fill out the Volunteer Application to apply, and signup for one of the training sessions. Volunteers must be 18+ to apply and both men and women are needed!
Help provide a warm place for someone to sleep by donating towards the startup costs of this ministry. Just $25 provides a comfortable mat for their guests to use. Giving is easy.

United Presbyterian Church
51 Cottage St. Whitinsville, MA 01588
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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