Entries by Ryan Murphy

Governor Baker signed legislation providing relief to Massachusetts employers and employees

Governor Baker signed legislation (“An Act financing a program for improvements to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and providing relief to employers and workers in the Commonwealth”) that provides relief for employers and employees across the Commonwealth. This bill will freeze the unemployment insurance (UI) experience rate schedule for employers in 2021 and 2022 and […]

MassHire North Central Career Center Workforce Training Fund Webinar

On May 7th, 2021 the MassHire North Central Career Center and Commonwealth Corporation will present a Workforce Training Fund informational workshop geared to your business training needs.  The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund is a program that provides matching dollars to eligible businesses who are investing in their staff through training and/or retraining. The info session will provide […]

Third COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

In an effort to gain an accurate assessment of COVID-19’s ongoing impact to businesses in North Central Massachusetts, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is conducting this new survey. This is the third in a series of surveys conducted since the onset of the pandemic to capture fresh data and evaluate the impact of […]

How To Get Your Mindset Right When Everything Feels Wrong

You want to grow your local business and treat your employees and customers right. But sometimes it’s hard to keep your mind focused on what you know you should be doing. We understand how easy it is to fall into doubt, worry, or even mental paralysis, especially when everything around you feels wrong somehow. But […]

Beyond Dreamland event with Sam Quinones

Join a virtual presentation with Sam Quinones, award-winning author of “Dreamland,” at 1 p.m. on April 15. Sam will discuss the state of the opioid epidemic, including emerging trends in the illicit drug market, the lawsuits against the pharmaceutical companies and the stigma that still persists around the disease of addiction. Sam previously spoke in […]

Cautious Optimism About the Future, Despite the Uncertainty Ahead

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc on a national, statewide and local scale, some economic forecasters say there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking at the 9th annual Economic Forecast sponsored by the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Bo Zhao, a senior economist […]

Fidelity Bank Donated Nearly $450,000 in 2020 through its LifeDesign Community Dividend

LEOMINSTER, Mass – In an extraordinary year of challenge due to the pandemic, Fidelity Bank donated nearly $450,000 to more than 200 worthy organizations, events, and causes in several Central and Eastern Massachusetts communities in 2020 through its LifeDesign Community Dividend, which is money the bank sets aside for this purpose each year. The pandemic was a […]