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Shop Small is Saturday, November 25th 2017!

Visit downtown Whitinsville on November 285th from 10:00-4:00 to shop small unique small business, win prizes and more!

Be on the lookout for a
Tote bag workshop

Taught by Bonnie Combs, the Trash Responsibly Queen!

Wednesday, December 13 from 6pm to 8pm
Blackstone Valley Education Hub Classroom at the Linwood Mill.

More details to follow!
Update From Valley Insurance Partners on Employer Medical Assistance Contribution

We recently shared information with you about Massachusetts' new supplemental Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) assessment, which will support the MassHealth program beginning in 2018.
We want to make you aware that as part of this assessment, employers will be required to annually submit a new version of the HIRD (health insurance responsibility disclosure) form, also beginning in 2018. Recently approved by the Massachusetts Legislature, the new form will be used to verify information that is currently self-reported by individuals who apply for public health insurance programs.
The new form will require the following information:
  • Whether the employer has offered to pay or arrange for health insurance; and,
  • Information about that health insurance, such as the premium cost, the benefits offered, cost-sharing details, and eligibility criteria.
Employers who knowingly falsify the form or fail to file it face a penalty of $1,000-$5,000, according to state law. A draft of the new HIRD form and the reporting timeline have not yet been released; we will share details as they become available.
What is the supplemental EMAC assessment?
The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) recently introduced draft regulations which spell out how the supplemental EMAC assessment will be administered starting January 1, 2018. The regulations implement the standards for determining when an employer is subject to and liable for payment of the supplemental EMAC assessment, as well as establishing payment procedures.
The state has scheduled several public hearings on the draft regulations during the week of November 13, 2017. The regulations will apply to employers with more than five employees, including nonprofit organizations and government.
Payments of the supplemental assessment will be due for each quarter in which one or more non-disabled employees received health insurance coverage either through MassHealth or through ConnectorCare for a continuous period of at least 14 days, according to the regulations. The supplemental assessment-a maximum of $750 per employee, per year-will remain in effect through December 31, 2019.
We will continue to keep you updated on these and other health-care related developments. Please give us a call if you have any questions at all.

WCC's Winter Programs Targeted For Children With Special Needs

The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is pleased to announce that our Winter Schedule (November 27-March 4) will be offering programs targeted to children with special needs! These new exciting programs are the Tournament Of Champions and Brave Yoga. More exciting programs being offered this Winter for adults & children include, Saturday Sports Night, Pickleball, Baseball, New Year Transformation Challenge and AAU Basketball! For more information on these programs please visit our website at or contact our Member Services Desk at 508.234.8184.
Should you have any questions regarding this new exciting programs, please do not hesitate to ask. Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Ornament presents the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Stadium on Nov. 24
Ornament is back! Ornament is Southern New England's Premiere Rock Orchestra, specializing in performing the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Ornament presents an extravagant musical production complete with bursting sound and a dazzling light show which includes strobes, lasers, and fog!
Based out of southeastern Massachusetts, Ornament performs across southern New England each year during the winter holiday season. Similar to TSO's own shows, Ornament's performances tell a Christmas story of wishes being fulfilled. Using traditional holiday carols and songs set to rock, blues, and gospel music, Ornament's spirited performance inspires audiences while ushering is the holiday season with a bang!

Ornament will perform on Friday, November 24th at 8 PM

Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at

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

The perfect Italian Vacation in 2018 - Learn more!

Southern Italy and Sicily
August 1 - 11, 2018
10 Days, 12 meals included

"We take care of every little detail so you don't have to worry about a thing. Over the past 70 years we've led the way and transformed how you love to travel. One thing that has never changed, is our commitment to your individual needs."

Get insider details on this wonderful trip by attending a free, no obligation info session. Bring a guest or two and prepare to be amazed at everything you'll experience on this trip!

Information Session:
Tuesday, November 28th 6:30pm
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Conference Room

Celebrate the Holidays with us at Jingle & Mingle

Thursday, December 7th
Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton

We look forward to this event every year when we get to come together with friends and colleagues and celebrate the Holidays. We can't wait to see you all there and enjoy some delicious catering by Whittier Farm, and sip some craft beer donated by Purgatory Beer Co., now open at the Linwood Mill.

To make the evening even more special, we ask that you come with a toy to donate to the Blackstone Valley Family and Children's services so we can spread cheer to local families in need once again this year. Admission is free with a donation.

All of our legislators in one room!

Thank you to all of our wonderful Valley legislators for attending our 39th Annual Meeting yesterday at Pleasant Valley Country Club. You are constantly supporting us and we loved having the chance to recognize you all for your hard work!
From left: Rep. Kevin Kuros, Rep. Paul Frost, Rep. Brian Murray, Senator Michael Moore, Rep. Joe McKenna, Rep. David Muradian.
(not pictured: Senator Ryan Fattman)
Sign up for our Quickbooks Made Easy Workshop

Quickbooks Made Easy 3 PART SERIES

Tuesday November 28th
Wednesday November 29th
Thursday November 30th

5:30pm - 8:30pm


Taught by: Leona A. van der Meer, QuickBooks® ProAdvisor

  • 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

Register Online to reserve your seat, space is limited.

November Exclusive: Miniature Collection Promoted While Supplies Last

Chalkware doesn't always need to be big! The Miniature collection is comprised of three series that were once available only as a monthly club program. Now available individually, these miniature chalkware Santas are painted with incredible detail.

Thanksgiving Grand Tasting at Mill House Wine & Spirits
Giving Tuesday is November 28 -
Here are Five Ways to Give to BHC

The end of the year is drawing near, and BHC has some important news to share! Please take a moment to reflect on how you have enjoyed this past year with BHC's programming and let it inspire you to give. Whether through a Giving Tuesday donation, purchasing a ticket to our Holiday Hooplah or a 2018 BHC Calendar, or becoming a volunteer with the Volunteers-In-Parks program, there are so many ways to give and help preserve the Blackstone Heritage Corridor! Thank you!
1) Make a tax deductible donation to Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. by clicking here or by sending a check to Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.,
670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA 01588.
2) Double your donation by using any employer programs that match donations made to not-for-profit organizations. BHC can provide documentation to help you with this process.
3) Donate and receive free gifts!
  • Donate $25 and receive a free RFID credit card protector sleeve.
  • Donate $50 and receive a free embroidered BHC patch and RFID sleeve.
  • Donate $75 and receive a free BHC enamel pin, patch and RFID sleeve.
  • Donate $100 and receive a free 2018 BHC Calendar, pin, patch and RFID sleeve.

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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