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A Message from the Blackstone Valley Chamber President

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SBA Economic Injury Loans

Small businesses, especially in the service sector, are hard hit by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Many are struggling to pay their rent, employees, and other expenses. Below is the information needed for businesses to apply for economic injury loans from the SBA. The flyers are in English and Spanish.

Emergency loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses negatively impacted by Covid-19

The BVCC has for many years had a relationship with North Central Community Development Corporation (NCCDC) for gap and micro lending.

Sandie Cataldo is the Director, scataldo@northcentralmass.com. They are offering emergency loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses negatively impacted by Covid-19.


The loans, offered through its financing arm the North Central Massachusetts Development Corp. are in lieu of high-interest credit cards or expensive and unregulated online lenders.
The NCCDC still offers its regular loans of up to $150,000, although those take longer to approve.
To qualify for the emergency loan, businesses must provide two years of tax returns and demonstrate a direct financial impact of coronavirus on the business.
To inquire about a loan, please contact Sandie at the North Central Chamber.

Clark University SBDC remote counseling available

The Blackstone Valley Chamber’s SBDC’s Counselor, Leo Sharkey, will be available for appointments via conference call. SBDC understands the hardship that small business owners may be experiencing due to this current COVID-19 situation. Please email LSharkey@clarku.edu to schedule your appointment.

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08 Wed

Golf Tournament Committee Conference Call

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031 Meeting ID: 609-366-362 #
13 Mon

Quality Transitions HR Virtual Coaching: Free to BVCC Chamber Members

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free HR Virtual Coaching sessions for BVCC Chamber Members thru Zoom meetings for the month of April. You can use...
15 Wed

Valley Business Networking Group

April 15 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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NEW MEMBERS

Nor’Easter Roofing Inc. Pond Street · Rob Chaille · 172 Pond Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569 · 508-341-3261 · rob@noreasterroofing.com · www.noreasterroofing.com · Roofing

The Crafty Nest DIY · Lesley Woods · 116 Church Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 · 508-341-3781 · Thecraftynestdiy@gmail.com · www.thecraftydiy.com · Retail – Arts and Crafts

Berry Insurance · Kaitlyn Pintarich · 31 Hayward Street, Suite J, Franklin, MA 02038 · 508-528-5200 · kpintarich@berryinsurance.com · www.berryinsurance.com ·

The Candy Shoppe · Todd Wellette · 19 Main Street, Millbury, MA 01527 · 508-865-0085 · twillette@berizon.net · Retail – Candy Shop

SERVPRO Worcester · Angelique Harvey · 10 Pullman Street, Worcester, MA 01606 · 508-757-7885 · Jess.bly@praesdium-security.com · www.praesidium-security.com · Security

Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas · Daniel Shapiro · 78 Woerd Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453 · 781-419-3704 · Daniel.shapiro@olympus.com · www.olympus-ims.com · Industrial Equipment Supplies

Human Power Solutions · Sandra Kearney · 11 Apex Drive, Suite 300A, Marlborough, MA 01752 · 617-575-9959 · skearney@hpowersolutions.com · www.hpowersolutions.com · Consulting

Grafton Country Store · Carol Dauphinais · 2 Grafton Common, P.O. Box 554, Grafton, MA 01519 · 508-839-4898 · graftoncountry@yahoo.com · www.graftoncountry.co · Retail Gift Shop

Evergreen Center · Kelsey McGoldrick · 345 Fortune Blvd., Milford, MA 01757 · 508-478-2631 · kmcgoldrick@evergreenctr.org · www.evergreemctr.org · Non-profit/Human Resource/Health Care

Metrowest Embroidery · Mike Smith · 375 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 · 617-388-3364 · mikesmithfranklin@yahoo.com · www.metrowestembroidery.com · Embroidery

Julie French Interiors · Julie F. Woodward · Sutton, MA 01590 · 508-523-1209 · julie@juliefrenchinteriors.com · www.juliefrenchinteriors.com · Interior Design

Praesidium Security Inc. · Jess Bly · 38 crownshield Avenue, Uxbridge, MA 01569 · 508-221-2480 · Jess.bly@praesdium-security.com · www.praesidium-security.com · Security

Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team · JoAnn Griffin · P.O. Box 1317, Douglas, MA 01516 · 508-476-2873 · Cmdart1@gmail.com · www.cmdart.org · Volunteer Animal Disaster Response

National Gallery Framing and Gifts · Denise Kirk · 15 Old Farm Road, Auburn, MA 01501 · 508-581-9550 · nationalgalleryframng@gmail.com · Custom Framing

Members’ Chamber Moments

Been a member for 10 years this spring and its been super. Membership has connected me to new friends, services, and contacts I never would have developed without it. I highly recommend it to any business in the area.

The value doesn’t come free though. Its not about the annual dues, because at $25/month that’s not the issue at all. The real value comes from getting involved; going to events, participating in things. Like anything else, you get back what you put in. Put in some time and you reap the benefit back.

I’m totally biased, but the Blackstone is a good Chamber and I’ve witnessed the staff working diligently to be a voice of the business community in the region and to advance cooperation between business, towns, and state/federal government. I’d encourage any business located in the Valley to join and support their efforts….for that reason alone.

Joe Deliso

The Blackstone Valley Chamber is a great resource for local businesses. Events are varied and usually quite fun. We’ve made a lot of great networking connections!

Elizabeth Davidson

The staff at the chamber has always been helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. The also run great events for small business owners.

Patricia Singleton

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