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Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans Available

“We are continuing to wait for a FEMA declaration for Leominster for the September flood.  Due to a separate declaration in the State of Rhode Island, Leominster businesses are eligible for Small Business Association (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Please visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information. Questions can be directed to the SBA’s Customer Service Center […]

Healey’s Muni Package Gets Cool Reception In Legislature

Source: State House News Service Author(s): Sam Drysdale, Alison Kuznitz (State House News Service) The two top Democrats in the Legislature hesitated Monday to get behind proposals from Gov. Maura Healey regarding raising local taxes and draining one-time funds to pay for emergency shelter. Beacon Hill’s “Big Three,” Gov. Maura Healey, House Speaker Ron Mariano […]

Governor Healey Announces Universal, High-Quality Pre-K Access for Gateway Cities

Governor Maura Healey today laid out her administration’s agenda to make early education and child care more affordable and accessible for all families across Massachusetts. The Governor will highlight these programs in her State of the Commonwealth address tomorrow and propose the funding in her Fiscal Year 2025 budget next week. The “Gateway to Pre-K” agenda […]

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing for Katallage Wellness Center

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently provided financing of $50,000 to Katallage Wellness Center, located at 73 Front Street in Shirley, to support the startup costs of opening the business. The funding will help create five full-time and two part-time employees. […]

Scholarships available through the North Central Massachusetts Chamber Foundation

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce applications for the 2024 Scholarship program are now being accepted from local high school students in North Central Massachusetts. Each year, the Chamber Foundation distributes approximately 25 scholarships made possible through contributions from members of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. Students interested in […]

Severe Weather Notice

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is aware of pending severe weather set to hit our region this evening. As a result of the September floods, we created a resource page for quick access to guidance and information from local, state, and federal authorities to keep our members and the public informed when an […]

Important Changes to Laws and Mandates in 2024

With the new year underway, it is important to be aware of several updates to laws and policies that could impact the business climate. Multiple new laws and regulations pertaining to PFMLA, taxes, and FinCEN took effect at the start of the year. Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML): Maximum weekly benefits under PFML are increased […]