Entries by Ryan Murphy

Chamber Board Kicks off Strategic Planning Process

The boards of the Chamber, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation and Visit North Central Massachusetts met earlier this week to begin working on the chamber’s next strategic plan. They reviewed the great progress made on our current strategic plan and discussed a variety of topics that are crucial to supporting our members and keeping […]

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves real estate purchase for Baldwinville Station Restaurant

Funding supports popular family-owned and operated restaurant The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently granted a $67,000 loan in partnership with Athol Savings Bank to purchase the real estate that houses Baldwinville Station Restaurant at 9 Circle Street in Baldwinville. The Baldwinville […]

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing for Lyla’s Beauty Bar

Funding supports purchase of new equipment for local day spa The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce recently granted a $50,000 loan to support the purchase of a new laser system equipment for Lyla’s Beauty Bar in Acton, which offers laser hair removal, […]

Leominster DekHockey Center Sponsorship opportunities

The Leominster DekHockey Center is the oldest Street Hockey/DekHockey Center in North America EST in 1974.  The center is a fixture in the local area. It is the Home of Street Hockey and DekHockey.  Every year thousands of players play year round at the facility from ages 4 to over 50 years old. Over 3000 […]

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $600,000 in Grants to High Schools to Support Innovation Pathways

These early career programs help students connect learning to in-demand industry sectors  The Baker-Polito Administration awarded more than $600,000 to 22 school districts to help support Innovation Pathway programs, which provide high school students with opportunities to learn and gain experience in a particular industry through career exploration, technical courses and internships.  Students are also […]

Wonder Products Disrupts the Plunger Industry During the Pandemic

When many businesses were forced to cut back or close during the early stages of the COVID Pandemic, Wonder Products, LLC of Sterling was just getting started – opening its doors in 2020. “The pandemic required you to refocus and reinvent yourself,” notes co-founder Michelle Salas. You either had to jump on the boat or […]

House Plan Boosts Fiscal 2023 Budget to $49.6 Billion

State House News Service Colin A. Young Mariano: Baker Tax Breaks Not “Necessary At The Time” [Coverage Developing] Buoyed by surplus tax collections and federal aid, House leadership unveiled a nearly $50 billion budget for fiscal year 2023 that Speaker Ron Mariano said will reinvest in the state’s lower- and middle-class residents and gird the […]

Chamber’s Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast Gives Insights to the Economic Future

Written by Barry Scanlon Stock market instability. Rising interest rates. Signs of inflation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine. And a stubborn pandemic which isn’t going away. “We’ve certainly weathered many storms since our last time together two years ago,” said Ed Manzi, the chairman and chief executive officer at Fidelity Bank, in welcoming remarks. “But […]