WCC Members and Guests enjoyed a beautiful day on May 24th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club for our 5th annual golf tournament. Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day!

Thank You Sponsors

Our list of amazing sponsors is long and we appreciate them all! Our spring golf tournament supports the important work of the Chamber, it also funds the WCC Scholarship.

Tournament Sponsors: $2300 Colonial Cadillac Eagle Sponsor, $1200 Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty Bag Sponsor, $500Excel Orthopedics Breakfast/Lunch Sponsor, $400 Northern Bank Table Sponsor, $300 Salem Five Breakfast Sponsor, $250 Barry Koslow – Secure Benefits NorthEast, LLC Lunch Sponsor, $250 Lennon Insurance

Tee Box Sponsors: Jackson Lumber and Millwork, Stoneham Bank, Larry Rideout Gibson Sothebys, Clear View Eye, Patriot Financial, Common Trust Federal Credit Union, Mascon Inc., Dole and Bailey, Brown and Brown Insurance of MA, LLC, Risman Insurance, Dr. April Kosinski, D.C Grasshopper Chiropractic, JCW Countertops, All Owners Drains, Rockland Trust, Waltham- Peter Donovan, Goddard and Sons Insurance, Salem Five Bank, Hillside Florist, Paris Paramedical, Salem Five Insurance, Joe Tarby- Rubin and Rudman, LLP Nardone Electric, Corp. Comprehensive Benefit Administrator, ConnectPay Payroll Services, Rockland Trust Woburn, The Supporting Strategies128, Hair Saloon Burlington, Get College Going, Physical Therapy of Woburn, Impress Graphics, Council of Social Concern, Electra Govoni – TAB (The Alternative Board), Tocci Building Corp., The Computer Store Inc, Monteforte Law, P.C.Kenneth Freed & Company, Daily Times Chronicle, Tasher Studio of Photography, Belmont Printing, Bel Realty, MacGee Law, LLC Patriot Community Bank, Tighe Logistics Group, Martignetti RE, Experimax, East Boston Savings Bank, Riemer and Braunstein LLC, New Fed Mortgage, R.W. Holmes Commercial RE, Superior Contracting Services, Moriarty Financial, Theresa Failla- Baystate Financial

Cart Sponsors: Tyler Gates – Fidelity Investments, Patriot Financial, Physical Therapy of Woburn, Reading Cooperative Bank, Cinch IT, Kenneth Freed & Company

Annual Sponsors:

Cummings Properties $8700

$5000 Level: Woburn Village, UltraGenyx Pharmaceutical

$3000 Level: ACP Facility Services, Team Logic IT, Drains By James, Beth Israel Lahey Health Winchester Hospital, Stirling BrandWorks

$2000 Level: Belmont Printing, Winchester Coop Bank, Kenneth Freed and Company, Stoneham Bank, Common Trust Federal Credit Union

$1000 Level: Salem Five Bank/Insurance

If you’d like to join and/or become a sponsor of the Woburn Chamber of Commerce, please reach out to Executive Director Chris Kisiel at 781-935-0345 or chris@woburnchamber.org

The Woburn Chamber of Commerce announces its June Business of the Month. Family Dinner located on New Boston Street. They are a local farmer’s market delivery service. Each week they source local meat, fish, produce and grains and deliver right to their customers doors anywhere in the 495 belt. They are a 100% woman owned business and proud to be based in Woburn.

Each month they donate over $3,000 in product to local food banks to help address food insecurity in the communities. They are honored to partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Chelsea Collaborative and the Woburn Food Pantry in this effort. Shown here is Erin Baumgartner, owner of Family Dinner with Chris Kisiel, Executive Director of the Woburn Chamber of Commerce.

Featured in the Boston Globe

By Tanya Edwards, published May 13, 2019

“Food people and busy people — or, in all likeliness, both — have all probably dabbled in meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Sun Basket, Needham-based Purple Carrot, or a CSA share.

“Family Dinner, a food delivery service founded in 2017, mixes the best of both. You sign up online for the share size that is right for your family, or you can pick and choose from a selection of farm fresh and seasonal meats, fish, dairy, and locally produced vegan options. They e-mail you recipe ideas when your order is on the way, and it’s hand-delivered in a reusable bag that you give back the next time you order. Almost everything is wrapped in paper. It’s that simple.”

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.