Masthead E-Newsletter
February 17, 2016        |       Issue Number 74
ECHL Approves New Pro Hockey Team in Worcester to Debut in 2017

The ECHL announced on Monday, Feb. 8 that the league's Board of Governors has unanimously approved the new membership application from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Worcester will begin play in October 2017 when the Premier "AA" Hockey League opens its 30th season, making it the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

Worcester will play its home games at the DCU Center, a 12,239-seat building located in downtown Worcester. The DCU Center opened in 1982 and underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that was completed in 2013. VIDEO
Ambitious Timeline Announced to Develop Downtown Mercantile Center 

Franklin Realty Advisors and Great Point Investments unveiled the name of the development taking place in the downtown towers located at 100 and 120 Front Street -- Mercantile Center.

The mixed-use property contains 642,300 square feet of office and retail space, and a 1,647 space structured parking garage. Renovation and construction is expected to take 6 - 9 months.
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March 10, 2016

5 - 7:30  pm

Hibernian Cultural Center
19 Temple St., Worcester

Hosted by

A Program for College Students

A college degree is a step toward workplace success. Work experience through an internship is now also seen as an essential step. Still many millennials have both of those and remain unemployed or underemployed.

- Participants must be enrolled as a full-time college student as an undergraduate.

- Participants can attend as many sessions as they wish. Those who complete all 6 will receive a certificate of completion.

- Participants must register in advance by the Monday prior to the workshop.


Schedule & Location   |   6 Wednesdays from 3 - 5 pm

 March 2
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
Meetup  I  Peppercorn's

March 16
How to be a Team Player
Meetup  I  Shangri-La

March 23
Professionalism/ Positive Attitude
Meetup  I  Zorba's Taverna

March 30
Business Communication
Meetup  I  Mezcal

April 13
Work Ethic
Meetup  I  Flying Rhino

April 20
Integrity/ Trustworthiness
Meetup  I  The Citizen

For more information contact Karen Pelletier, Director of Higher Education-Business Partnerships, [email protected] or 508-753-2924 ext. 229
All young professionals and interns are welcome at
meetups regardless of participation in the program.
Save these Dates

The Haven Country Club
July 14
Green Hill Golf Club
August 8

Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Chamber's Golf Tourney Committees
Are you a golfer who wants to get involved with the Chamber as a volunteer?
The Chamber holds two golf tournaments to raise funds for the William J. Short scholarship and support activities of the Chamber. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help organize each tournament, secure sponsorships, solicit prizes, and recruit players. 

Please contact Beverly Goodell if you would like to serve on one of the committees.

Sponsorship opportunities also available!

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Richard B. Kennedy Conference Room, 446 Main St., Suite 200 Worcester, MA
Lunch will be provided.
Free for Members; $25 Non-Members

Spring Visitors' Guide

Discover Central Massachusetts is compiling a Spring Visitors' Guide to help visitors discover the many arts, museums, shops, restaurants, accommodations, and recreation facilities that Central Massachusetts has to offer. Get in on it!
The guide will be available in local hotels, shops, and establishments throughout the region and is a great way to attract new visitors to your business. Listings are $50 for one category and $75 for two categories. To place a color as in the Guide, and receive a free listing, please email the sales team at Pagio, Inc. [email protected]Deadline: March 11

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Environmental Council have received continued funding for a food hub partnership.

Food hubs are broadly defined as facilities that manage the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution, or marketing of locally and regionally produced food. A food hub provides better consumer access to fresh, locally grown food and a larger consumer market for the region's farmers.
Worcester Business Resource Alliance  
Basics of Business Startup  
Tuesday, February 23, 2016   |   10 am - 12 pm
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square
The Ready module discusses what a startup business owner should do to get organized and start their own business. Startups and existing businesses can benefit from the information which includes checklists and best practices.
Online Survey for IT Staff

The Central Mass Workforce Investment Board is working on a US Department of Labor grant application to help prepare young adults for IT occupations. 

Local employers, that have IT staff, are asked to complete this brief online survey.  

All survey responses will be kept confidential and used in the aggregate only.

For more information about the grant, feel free to reach out to Jeff Turgeon at: 508.799-1509 or
This survey is for the new kitchen incubator, located at the Worcester County Food Bank on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, that provides a commercial kitchen available for hourly rent and business assistance.

The kitchen incubator is part of the newly established Worcester Regional Food Hub. This survey will determine the level of interest of potential kitchen tenants.

Tues., April 19, 2016 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Sponsored by
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Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
446 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA
The Breakfast Club

Thurs., March 17, 2016
7 am - 9 pm

Sponsored by

College of the Holy Cross 
Hogan Center
One College St., Worcester, MA

Coffee Sponsor
Holy Cross

Members - $35   |   Non-Members - $60
John Maguire, President, Friendly's

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City of Worcester Bid List
Bid Number
Close Date
Fencing, Crow Hill Conservation Area/DPW&Parks
6504-W6Stereo Listening Centers / WPS
Fire Alarm Upgrades-MTB Garage/ DPW & Parks02/24/2016
Maintenance - Pump and Motors/WPS02/24/2016
Highway Safety Equipment / DPW & Parks
6508-W6Metal Detectors - DCU Center / EAM
6502-K6Pipe Gates - Lake Park/DPW & Parks
Electrical Supplies/WPS03/02/2016
CR-6505-K6Carpentry Services/WPS03/02/2016
S-6510-W6Surplus Fire Trucks/ WFD03/03/2016
Cleaning Services - DPW & Parks
Custodial Supplies (Toilet Tissue) /WPS
Note to Bidders - For any bid or RFP document and any addenda that are received electronically, it is the responsibility of every bidder who receives this bid or RFP and all associated documents to check this website for any addenda. The City of Worcester accepts no liability to provide accommodation to bidders who submit a response based upon information obtained from its website. Bidders may not alter (manually or electronically) the bid language or any bid documents. Unauthorized modifications to the body of the bid, specifications, terms or conditions, which change the intent of this bid or RFP are prohibited and will disqualify a response. Chapter 149 and 149A bids that include filed sub-bids are available through the Department of Public Works & Parks Architectural Services Division at Bids - Architectural Services.

BV Home and Business Expo
Market your business to thousands of area residents. 

100+ exhibitors, displaying services and products from business, the arts & entertainment, health and wellness, agriculture, and more! 

Saturday, March 5, 2016  |  10 pm - 2 pm 
Northbridge High School Field House
Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA
More information or to register:
508-234-9090 ext. 100 or

Business After Hours

Tues., March 8, 2016 I 5:30-7:30 pm

Webster First Federal Credit Union
149 W. Boylston St., West Boylston
$15 Chamber Members; $20 Non-Members
Register Now!
Business Development Discussion
5 Steps to Freedom in Business

Wed., March 9, 2016 I 8-9:30 am

Alden Research Laboratory
30 Shrewsbury St., Holden
Members: Free, Non-Members: $5

Auburn Chamber Logo
Tues., March 15, 2016  |  4:15 - 7:30 pm 
Business After Hours with WDO Chamber

Hosted & Sponsored by
Pine Ridge Country Club
28 Pleasant St., N. Oxford
Tues., March 22, 2016 I 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Auburn Chamber Health & Business Expo Booth Sales

Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks
725 Southbridge St., Auburn

WDO logo
Tues., March 15, 2016  |  4:15 - 7:30 pm 
Networking Seminar / Business After Hours with the Auburn Chamber
How to Work the Room through Fearless Networking with speaker: Becky Bruso, The BizPal Company

Hosted & Sponsored by
Pine Ridge Country Club
28 Pleasant St., N. Oxford
Central MassSouth Logo
Thursday, March 24, 2016  |  3 - 8 pm
Empowering Women in Business Conference
Rita Schiano will be a breakout session speaker presenting: Embracing Change:Rewiring for Resilience
Hosted & Sponsored by: Nichols College, Center Rd., Dudley, MA

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FOX Game Show Casting in Boston

FOX is launching a nationwide search for a charismatic individuals who will team up and try to win a cash prize by completing incredibly simple
challenges while HYPNOTIZED!

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and
legal resident of the United States.
Audition Dates:

Auditions: Sat., March 5 OR Sun., March 6, 2016
CALL-BACKS: Mon., March 7, 2016
VISIT WWW.YBITRCASTING.COM TO APPLY and we'll contact you about the auditions! If you have questions - give us a call! Tel:818.569.4052 ext. 6909