April 2018 Newsletter
Thank you to
Lakeville Country Club 

host of our March Business After Hours!  The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed networking in your beautiful refurbished restaurant!  
Annual Meeting Premier Sponsors:
April Women's Coffee & Collaboration
April 6, 2018
8:00 - 9:30 a.m
Guest Speaker:  Jill Beresford
Location:  Apazidi's Family Restaurant, 194 E Grove Street, Middleboro
Cost:  $15.00 per person
Last day to register for event:  April 3rd

Speaker Series:
Accessing State Grant Money to Grow Your Business
Speaker: Sandra J. Kearney

Date: Tuesday, April 24th
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Place: Massasoit Community College
49 Union Street, Middleboro

This workshop will cover:

  • The Workforce Training Grant Program
  • Types of Grants Massachusetts Businesses are eligible for
  • Criteria for each Grant
  • Types of trainings available to companies
  • How the application process work
  • Responsibilities of Companies and how to comply once approved
  • Q&A period

Sandra Kearney is a seasoned sales and management professional with small business owner experience in a variety of industries. Her early career was based in the service/hospitality industry, including Marriott International and Brinker International (Chili’s), where she received world-class training and gained valuable skills, experience, and knowledge of business processes and effectiveness. Sandy was always promoted quickly to higher responsibilities, working in leadership positions in the areas of Marketing, Management, Employee Relations and Customer Service.

She earned her Personal Training Certification in 2006 and discovered her ultimate passion in helping people achieve greater results physically, mentally, and in every area of life. Sandy purchased New Life Health and Wellness, a fitness center, in 2008. Prior to the purchase, the fitness center was doing poorly with only 88 members. She applied her sales, marketing, and process improvement skills and doubled the membership each year, growing quickly to over 500 members. Sandy also added staff, independent contractors, several services, and new programs, resulting in additional revenue gains. She completed her goal in 2015 by selling the business at a healthy profit.

May Business After Hours
With Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce
Location:  Wood Palace Kitchens, 7 Mill Street, Middleboro
Wednesday, May 9th 5:00 - 7:00 pm


It is that time of year again to take control of your life and mark your calendar for our 12th Annual Elements for Excellence!

Friday, June 8, 2018  8:30am - 3:00pm

TownePlace Suites,  Rosebrook Event Center

50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham, MA

Join us as we welcome our wonderful presenters:

Stacey Shipman - Move, Breathe, Explore

Jill Beresford - Massachusetts Small Business Development

Rubina Motta - At Capacity

Mary Crandall - Art of the Written Word

...and more!

Sponsorship and Registration Information Soon!

(check website for details as dates get closer):

May 9 - Business After Hours with Taunton Chamber /
          at Wood Palace Kitchens 5-7pm

May 15 - Speaker Series: Employer Medical Assistance
          Contribution Forum 7:30-9:30am

June 8 - 12th Annual Elements for Excellence at
            TownePlace Suites,Wareham

July 16 - 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament at Lebaron Hills
           Country Club

July 31 - Workforce Training Fun Session at Massasoit CC
Member News & Events: 

Join Dr. Kristy Lamoureux of Comfort of Home Audiology on Friday, April 13 at 8:00am for a talk about:

Hearing Loss and Treatment Options

Topics include:

  • Causes of Hearing Loss
  • How can I improve my hearing?
  • How can I protect my hearing?
  • Communication strategies for those with hearing loss.
  • Do hearing aids really help?

**FREE HEARING SCREENINGS will be offered after the talk**

Location:  Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce

9 Clayton Road, Middleboro, MA

Lakeville Country Club
44 Clear Pond Rd., Lakeville
Butterflies in your stomach when you have to speak in front of others?
Spirited Speakers Toastmasters Club
cordially invites you to attend their 
Wednesday, April 11th
6:45 - 8:45 pm
Massasoit Community College
49 Union St., Middleboro, MA
Contact: spiritedspeakers@ymail.com to RSVP
Light refreshments served 

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation.  Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is a great way of fine-tuning your communication skills.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see how Toastmasters can help you develop better speaking, listening and leadership skills.  There will be experienced Toastmaster members in attendance to answer any questions you may have.
Call for Sponsors - Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels 5K Road Race/Walk   

Old Colony Elder Services' (OCES) third annual family friendly "Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels" 5K Road Race/Walk to benefit the Meals on Wheels program will be held Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9 a.m. All funds raised support OCES' vital Meals on Wheels program.  
To become a sponsor, contact Lynn Smith, Development Manager, at lsmith@ocesma.org. 
Race Day: The race begins at 9:00 a.m. at Silver Lake Regional High School, 260 Pembroke Street in Kingston, MA 02364. Online registration for the Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels 5K is $25 for adults; $20 for students age 11-18; $15 for children (age 10 and under) and children in carriages ride free.   
All participants will receive a swag bag and water will be provided. Register by Tuesday, April 17th to receive a race T-shirt.  
Costume Contest for Kids: Children age 12 and under are encouraged to wear a food themed costume (carrot, apple, etc.) that best represents healthy living and nutrition for a chance to win a special prize.  

For more information or to register, visit http://www.southshorerace.com/3rd-annual-movingheels-for-meals-on-wheels-5k---april-29-2018.html 

Bristol-Plymouth Regional High 
Presents an opportunity to 
 help and recruit students! 
 If you are interested in hiring part-time, summer help, full-time or Co-op students this is a wonderful opportunity to gain visibility and get to know our students. You will be able to maximize your recruiting budget by participating. If you have any questions regarding the Job Fair please contact Kerrie Carrelas at 508-823-5151 x130. ​​​​​​​
If you would like to participate please fill out the registration form through this link:
Legislative News
Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce
Joins Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Alliance

The Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber,  Metro South Chamber, South Coast Chamber, Taunton Area Chamber, Tri-Town Chamber, and the United Regional Chamber of Commerce make up the:  “Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Alliance”.
The purpose behind the  chambers collaborating on government affairs is to address regional challenges and opportunities in current and future legislation at the State House in Boston and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Watch your email for updates and further information as we reach out to you to hear your thoughts through surveys as the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce works with you as one voice!
New Employer Health Care Tax Now in Effect
Employers’ liability unknown until April 1st
The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has finalized regulations and FAQ’s on the new employer health care tax to be implemented through an increase in the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC), which took effect on January 1. The temporary assessment was adopted last year as part of the state budget. 
The EMAC is an existing tax that most employers pay as part of their unemployment insurance taxes. EMAC funds are used to pay for subsidized health care for low-income residents of the Commonwealth. This increase has two parts, or tiers:
1. A temporary increase in the existing EMAC, and
2. A temporary supplemental assessment for employers with employees covered under MassHealth (the MA Medicaid program) or subsidized coverage through the MA Health Connector.
The former EMAC contribution rate was 0.34% of wages, up to an annual wage cap of $15,000, with a potential maximum cost of $51 per employee per year. For the wages paid in the years 2018 and 2019, the EMAC contribution has been increased to 0.51% up to the annual wage cap of $15,000, for a potential maximum cost per employee of $77 per employee per year.
The EMAC Supplement applies to employers with more than five employees whose non-disabled employees obtain health insurance either from MassHealth (excluding the premium assistance program) or subsidized coverage through the Connector. The Supplement is 5% of annual wages for each non-disabled employee, up to the annual wage cap of $15,000, for a maximum assessment of $750 per employee per year.
The increases are now in effect and are set to expire on December 31, 2019. Employers will see their first EMAC increases and EMAC Supplement costs (if any) in their first quarter unemployment insurance bills (on or about April 1).
© Retailers Association of Massachusetts  March 2018
Welcome to our New Members!!!!
Battistini's Bakery
Chace Realty Group
Neal Pest Control, Inc.
Residential Mortgage Services - Middleboro
Thank you to our renewing Members:
Bryan Parrish Home Inspections
Claremont Management
Crockford Communications
Eastern Bank
Massasoit Community College
Oak Hill Healthcare / Next Step Healthcare
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston/Boston Eye Center
Parrish Home Inspections
Safer Places
South East Fence
​​​​​​​Woodstoves & Fireplaces
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