Join WCC Members and Guests on May 24th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club for our 5th annual golf tournament.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN: Monday, May 24, 2021, 8:00AM shotgun start 

WHERE: Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe St, Methuen, MA

WHAT: 18 Holes of golf with breakfast and lunch included

Registration is open now as well as a wide range of sponsorship opportunities. Please visit our golf tournament page for details & registration.

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our 2020 Annual Celebration event. For those of you who could not make it, you can view the live recording here!

As we continue to grow together as a community, we had some very special news to share. The Woburn Business Association will now be known as the Woburn Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately. Listen to a few words from our president, Tyler Gates for what to expect with this change:

We are proud to be presenting the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn with the 2020 Business of the Year Award. In a year full of unprecedented challenges, The Club responded with grace to continue their important work of supporting the youth of the city.

The James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn has been serving youth and families in Woburn and the surrounding communities for more than 55 years. Typically, the Club offers recreational, character building, and educational opportunities for kids & teens afterschool. In March, the COVID-19 public health crisis forced the closure of their facility and programs. Quickly, the organization pivoted to provide critical support for families. They created a virtual Clubhouse where kids could socialize with their friends and mentors, delivered food and other necessities to doorsteps of those in need, and made weekly phone calls to others to make sure that all of their “Club kids” were safe and healthy.

Currently, the Club has partnered with Woburn Public Schools and Mayor Scott Galvin to provide a supervised learning environment for students on their remote learning days. The Clubhouse serves as a safe haven for youth who might otherwise be home alone or disengaged from their education. James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn has always been committed to doing “whatever it takes” to help the kids & teens in our community.

Woburn Ordinance to Reduce Plastic Bag Use Now in Effect

As of September 30, 2020, Woburn’s retailers are restricted from using single-use plastic bags for shoppers’ purchases.  Woburn is one of more than 130 cities and towns in Massachusetts to enact this legislation.

The purpose of the ordinance, formally called Reduction of Checkout Bags by Retail Establishments (Title 8, Article IV of the 1989 Municipal Code), is “to protect the aesthetic beauty of the City of Woburn as well as the natural resources of the City by reducing the use of single-use plastic bags that are being used, discarded, and/or littered, to reduce solid waste, to protect the environment, both terrestrial and marine, and water resources, and to promote the use of reusable bags and recyclable paper bags by retail establishments in the City of Woburn.”

The ban specifically requires that any bag provided by a retailer must be compostable, reusable, or if made of plastic must be greater than 3 mils thick (approximately the thickness of 3 sheets of paper).  This ban does not eliminate the use of dry-cleaning bags, bags for newspapers, or bags used in the produce section of supermarkets; nor does it exclude retailers from selling plastic bags for garbage or pet waste.  Craft and fair vendors are not considered retailers under this ordinance and are excluded.  The Health Inspector will enforce this ordinance and retailers can be fined $50 for the first offence and $100 for the second and each subsequent offence.  Retailers may apply for an exemption for particular reasons with the approval of the Health Inspector.

The Woburn Business Association sponsored a RedCross blood drive on July 15th. This is another way the WBA gives back to the community. Join us and be part of our community.
In the photo: (left to right) WBA board member Andy Hackett, of Team Logic IT, WBA President Tyler Gates of Fidelity Investments, RedCross account manager James Gallant and WBA Executive Director Chris Kisiel.

The Woburn Business Association is about businesses, but we also have our own families. We know how important it is to maintain a successful balance of family and business all while staying healthy and safe. That’s what it’s all about. We’re all going through quite a bit recently. As the state slowly opens back up, we are seeing more traffic on the streets, through our doors, on the phones and over the Internet. We know things will get better.

The WBA is here to help you get the word out about the products and services that you offer. As the Executive Director and as a photography studio owner here in Woburn, I am available to promote your business through photos on FB, LinkedIn and in the local papers. We continue to offer ribbon cuttings for new businesses and to help publicize expansions, new locations, new product and services, new hires and any recent news you’d like to share. Reach out to us for all these and more member benefits.

We look forward to live networking again when it makes sense to do so. Meanwhile we continue to offer virtual networking and professional development programs. We hope you will take advantage of them to “meet” new businesses and people that you will be able to grow your business with. We continue to offer a member spotlight opportunity that is available through our website and also the ability to list your own event, virtual or otherwise, on our events page. We have been advocating for businesses with local and state government all while keeping our members up to date with changes in resources, funding and safety.

The WBA continues to grow. Since last fall, we have brought on 72 new members. The WBA is even stronger than before and you now have more companies to network with and help grow your business with. We hope you refer someone you know to us, because this is how we grow as an organization and become stronger for you as well.

The WBA offers many sponsorship opportunities from individual events to annual sponsors. These sponsorships get your name out there over and over again and show the community you are committed to making the greater Woburn area even stronger. Let’s talk about our levels from $150 to $5000 and lots of opportunities in between.

Our job has always been to promote and help grow your business and we look forward to  making that happen. Get involved where you can, sponsor when you can, and let us help you grow and get back to doing business as usual. Use the logo attached on your website (create a link if you can) to let people know you are a member and support the local business community. It goes along way.

Thank you for being a member. If you’re not yet a member or have let your membership lapse, now is the perfect time to join us. Lots going on here at the WBA and we hope you become part of our family too. That’s what it’s all about.

Chris Kisiel
Executive Director, WBA

The Woburn Chamber of Commerce participated in presenting a webinar with Senator Cindy Friedman, Representative Michelle Ciccolo and Representative Richard Haggerty. This webinar was dense with helpful information for businesses and additional resources are listed below.

Webinar Replay: Friedman, Ciccolo and Haggerty

 

Additional Resources:

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (main page): https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance

SBA Express Bridge Loans: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans

SBA Debt Relief: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-debt-relief

 Senator Friedman’s Coronavirus Updates page: https://cindyfriedman.org/covid19/.

Work Share Program: https://www.mass.gov/topics/workshare-program.

Federal Guidance on Unemployment Assistance: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/update-massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assistance-announces-guidance-on-cares

 

 

 

 

In this webinar we start with a few words from the Mayor discussing the state of the City, before breaking into a number of resources and aid available. We then speak with a panel of members of the business community and open it up to a Q&A. For access to a PDF copy of the slides click here.

In this webinar we start with a few words from the Mayor discussing the state of the City, before breaking into a number of resources and aid available. We then speak with a panel of members of the business community and open it up to a Q&A. For access to a PDF copy of the slides click here.

The Woburn Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual Mac n Cheese Bowl on March 24th from 6 to 8 pm at the Woburn Country Club.

2020 Mac n Cheese Bowl

Local restaurants compete for the title of Big Cheese and the coveted trophy!

Think your chef can create competition worthy Mac n Cheese? It’s free to join the competition and your restaurant receives great publicity, your staff meets tons of new local patrons, and you could win the title of the Big Cheese 2020.

Register to participate as a competitor or a volunteer through the form below.

We also have fantastic sponsorship opportunities for businesses to help us support the North Suburban YMCA’s summer lunch program and get your logo on our ballots and signage. Our 2020 goal is 300 attendees, you can register right here.  The Mac n Cheese Bowl is a  night of games, music, prizes and mac n cheese… sounds pretty great, right?!