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OCTOBER 9, 2014      |       Issue 56         

Chamber Partners to Host Gubernatorial Debate in Worcester

Baker, Coakley to address issues that affect the business community 

A panel consisting of Chris Sinacola from the Telegram & Gazette and Alison King from New England Cable News (NECN) will ask questions of the candidates; while NECN's Latoyia Edwards will moderate the debate.  Questions will focus on topics and issues that matter to the voters and business community of Worcester and our region.

Tickets available today - FREE and open to the public

Chamber Takes "No" Position on Four Ballot Questions


All four of the ballot questions were deliberated by the Public Policy and Executive Committees of the Chamber. It is the Chamber's opinion that these four ballot initiatives would create policies harmful to the business community and our members. Therefore, the Chamber is opposing these four questions. 


The following provides a summary of the ballot question and a brief reasoning for the Chamber's positions: 


Question 1 seeks to repeal the indexing provision recently applied to the gas tax in Mass. 


Question 2 seeks to expand the coverage of  the bottle bill to include water, flavored water, sports drinks and juices. 


Question 3 seeks to repeal the Casino Law (or expanding gaming law) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


Question 4 seeks to mandate that businesses offer paid and unpaid sick time to their employees. 



New England Regional Veteran Small Business Opportunity


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014   |   9 AM

Location: Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA


Meet Procurement Decision Makers from the federal government and the governments of Mass., Conn., Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Certified and procurement ready veteran-owned small businesses can speak directly with procurement decisions makers to discuss contract requirements. And, for veteran owned small businesses that are not quite ready to bid on contracts, this is a great opportunity to learn how to become certified and procurement ready. Meet Representatives From:

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Department of Defense offices
  • State Procurement and Development offices
  • Federal and State Procurement officials
  • Small Business Administration
  • State Directors of Veteran Affairs

COST: $50

New President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Laurie Leshin to speak at Chamber's Annual Meeting 

Friday, December 12, 2014
DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA  
Sponsored by

Be part of the Chamber's New Website!

Tell us how you use your Chamber membership to boost your business, keep abreast of the latest business developments, mentor the next generation, influence policy, or to make a difference.


We're looking for Chamber members to be part of our new website by telling their Chamber story in our, "What Our Members are Saying" section of the site.


Submit your brief (50 - 60 word) description to be considered to [email protected]

Request for Interest for the Property Sale and Redevelopment of the Former Worcester County Courthouse


The City of Worcester has issued a Requests for Interest ("RFI") for the former Worcester County Courthouse located at 2 Main Street in Downtown Worcester.


The City is seeking a qualified purchaser/developer to redevelop the property in accordance with the North Main Economic Development Strategy.




The former Worcester County Courthouse consists of approximately 246,252 square feet of gross building area located on 4.28 acres in the North Main Street area of Downtown Worcester. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Institutional District (NRHP District No. 80000554).

The historic building consists of several sections that were constructed between 1843 and 1954.






Join Us or WIN! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce 

446 Main Street, Suite 200    |    Worcester, MA 



Kate McEvoy-Zdonczyk

Vice President for Corporate Community Affairs

and the Central & Western Massachusetts Markets

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care


Diane M. Giampa

Senior Vice President

Human Resources & Marketing

Bay State Savings Bank


Contact Virginia Parent for more information.


SCORE Celebrates 50 Years of Service to America's Small Businesses


On November 10, SCORE will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a dinner event at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA. A night of networking, dinner, social media learning will celebrate SCORES's half century of assisting more than 10 million of America's entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. Networking begins at 5:30 with dinner and the program from 6 - 9 pm. 


The keynote speaker will be Ellen M. Brezniak, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Constant Contact who will talk about Engagement Marketing: Small is Powerful. The ticket price is $25 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner with a cash bar available. REGISTER HERE


Looking for an easier and better way to build your future talent?


The Worcester Regional Chamber is proud to bring you a new member benefit - This online website allows Worcester area employers and students to connect on internship opportunities.


Intern Hub is an expansion of the Boston Chamber -Federal Reserve Bank of Boston talent retention initiative. Intern Hub is not just a job board - it's a one-stop-shop to maximize the effectiveness of your organization's internship program. It will help you streamline the recruitment process, improve the quality of available talent, and access invaluable resources. No matter your industry or internship type, we encourage you to try it today.


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Gubernatorial Debate
Chamber Takes Position on Ballot Questions
Small Business Opportunity
Dr. Laurie Leshin to Speak at Chamber's Annual Meeting
Tell Us About Your Chamber Membership
Old Courthouse Ready for Redevelopment
WIN's October Meeting
SCORE Celebrates 50 Years
InternHub Helps Supplement Your Workforce
Business After Hours
Chamber Exchange
Events Calendar
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Thurs., October 16, 2014

5 - 7:30 pm


Sponsored by

We Work for Health / Liberty Square 


 150 Goddard Memorial Drive, Worcester


COST: $10 Members, $20 Non-Members

Chamber Exchange - Temporary Logo

Chamber Exchange with President and CEO Timothy Murray airs Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on Charter TV3



Interested in advertising or appearing on the Chamber Exchange? Contact [email protected] 


Advertising Rates:


30 sec spots | $25 ($150 per episode)

60 sec spots | $45 ($270 per episode)

One Segment | $125
8 minute interview ($750 per episode)

Let hibu and Google show you how to grow your business online 

Member offers exclusive Internet marketing seminar

Reserve your spot today for a FREE web site and search engine visibility analysis - plus local search engine marketing recommendations - just for attending. 


Wednesday, October 15

2 pm - 5 pm

Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel & Spa, 28 Patriot Place, Foxborough 


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Networking Breakfast

November 12, 2014

Location: TBD


Business After Hours Holiday Celebration

December 10, 2014

Business After Hours Holiday Celebration
LOCATION: Packachoag Church, 

203 Packachoag St.

Sponsored by
Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Third Annual Home and Business Show

4 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Webster Town Hall

350 Main Street, Webster

Event is FREE and open to the public!

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Business Boost
Social Media for Realtors
October 15, 1 - 2 pm
The Blackstone Valley Chamber Office at 110 Church St., Whitinsville

The best realtors are using social media to market their client's listings. You can market to hundreds OR you can market to millions using social media.

Learn how to utilize social media to maximize your property listings and make your clients sing your praises.
The Blackstone Valley Chamber is offering a free social media session.


Salute Breakfast
Sponsored by Oriol Health Care
Weds., October 22, 2014
7:30 - 9:00 am

Holden Senior Center, Holden 

Advertise on the Chamber's New Website Launching Later this Month

Special Introductory Rates for the Fourth Quarter 

The Chamber's new website is coming. Get your ad online and be the first to advertise on the new site.


Purchase an ad for $100 per month and save. Thousands of unique visitors each week get you in from of the region's business audience.


Two sizes are available: 300p x 250p or 468p x 60p. Image formats accepted include .jpg, .png, and .gif and no more than 75K in size.


To advertise, contact Christina Andreoli at

[email protected] or 508.753.2924, ext. 236.

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Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

446 Main Street, Suite 200

Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

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