Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tickets donated by Agera Energy to be raffled off on Nov. 6!

Agera Energy has donated two tickets for Comcast Coliseum Club Seats at the XL Center in Hartford CT for the Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:30 pm performance of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

The Chamber will hold a raffle drawing for these tickets on Friday, November 6, 2015

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, by phone at 978-632-1780 or online Here.

The Comcast Coliseum Club and Restaurant features 310 theater-style seats overlooking the arena floor, private entrance, 34 HD Flatscreen TVs, in-seat dining service, and a full service bar.

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce supports the City’s Eminent Domain moves.

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce applauds the announcement of the Gardner Redevelopment Authority’s eminent domain seizing of the old cinema at 32 Parker Street.

We view this as a most positive step in the revitalization of downtown Gardner.

The process of eminent domain and individual property rights are, by definition, in conflict and the business community should always be cognizant and perhaps wary. In addition it is always difficult for longtime residents of a great community such as Gardner to see buildings with memories eliminated.

In this situation, however, it is certain that this was the right move regarding the property. A useless and dangerous eyesore is of little value to anyone. Demolition alone will bring improvement to the property and, more importantly, it will open the door of potential for the downtown area.

The City of Gardner has an excellent Urban Renewal Plan. The recent taking of the building at 158 Rear Main St. and this seizure are part of that plan. While progress might not be as fast as some would like, there has been nothing but progress for the last several years. The Gardner Redevelopment Authority and City of Gardner are to be congratulated and encouraged toward further positive moves.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tickets donated by Agera Energy to be raffled off on Nov. 6!

Agera Energy has donated two tickets for Comcast Coliseum Club Seats at the XL Center in Hartford CT for the Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:30 pm performance of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

The Chamber will hold a raffle drawing for these tickets on Friday, November 6, 2015

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, by phone at 978-632-1780 or online Here.

The Comcast Coliseum Club and Restaurant features 310 theater-style seats overlooking the arena floor, private entrance, 34 HD Flatscreen TVs, in-seat dining service, and a full service bar.

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gardner to host “The ABC’s of Local Government Contracts”

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gardner are pleased to announce that they will hold a seminar, “The ABC’s of Local Government Contracts”. This seminar is designed to help local vendors and contractors better understand the process for doing business with the City of Gardner and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The session will be held on Tuesday, October 20 2015, 7:30-10:00 am in the Community Room of the Gardner Police Station at 200 Main Street, Gardner

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 am. Subject presentations will begin at 8:00 am

There is no charge to attend “The ABC’s of Local Government Contracts” and the seminar is open to all businesses, Chamber members and non-members.

Advance registration is requested. To register or for more information, please contact the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce at 978-632-1780. Registration is also available online Here

Multi Chamber Networking Event, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Great Wolf Lodge 5-7:30 pm

We are doing it again, this time with SIX Chambers!

Last year’s event at the Great Wolf Lodge was incredibly successful and even more business people will attend this year.

Participating Chambers of Commerce for 2015 are:

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce

North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce

Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Admission is $20.00 for Chamber Members, $50.00 for non-Members

To register call 978-632-1780 or order online at: http://www.gardnerma.com/members/make-payment/

4th Annual Chili Chowder Taste Off and Brew Sampling

The 4th Annual Chili Chowder Taste Off and Brew Sampling is only days away!

Here is a link to the Chamber’s appearance on The Restaurant Show on event sponsor WTAG:

http://www.wtag.com/onair/the-restaurant-show-49355/chili-chowder-brew-sampling-event-13920994/

Jim Bellina and Liz Penney of the Chamber and Kandi Perry of Agera Energy discussed the event, our participants and our sponsors with show host Ginny Sears.

We look forward to seeing you on Wed Sept 16th from 4 -8 pm at the Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Street, Phillipston, MA.

For ticket information contact the Chamber at 978-632-1780 or order online Here

Multi Chamber Networking Event Oct. 29, 2015 Great Wolf Lodge 5-8 pm

We are doing it again!

Last year’s event at the Great Wolf Lodge was incredibly successful and even more business people will attend this year.

Participating Chambers of Commerce for 2015 are:

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce

North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce

Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Admission is $20.00 for Chamber Members, $50.00 for non-Members

To register call 978-632-1780 or order online at: http://www.gardnerma.com/members/make-payment/

Raffle Tickets available for two tickets to Phillies at Red Sox, Friday, Sept 4, 7:10 pm

GREAT SEATS!

Raffle Tickets for 2 seats, Fenway Park, Friday Sept. 4, 2015 7:10 pm

One raffle ticket for $2.00, threes raffle tickets for $5.00

Loge Box 160, Row JJ, Seats 7 and 8.

Total value $186.00

Tickets Donated by Huhtala Oil Company

Drawing to be held Friday August 14, 2015

Contact the Chamber at 978-632-1780 or order online at: http://www.gardnerma.com/members/make-payment/

Earned Sick Time Law Information Session

The Chamber will hold an Information Session regarding the new Earned Sick Time Law.

This session is free and open only to Chamber members.

It will be held in the Chamber Conference Room on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 8:30-9:30 AM.

The information will be presented by Attorney John Flick, Flick Law Group, P.C.

There will be a continental breakfast. Advance Registrations are requested.

Please call 978-632-1780 to register or register online at:

http://www.gardnerma.com/product/earned-sick-time-law-information-session-wed-june-24-2015-830-930-am/

The Chamber Conference room is at the Chamber office, 29 Parker Street, Gardner, Second Floor. (Please Note: You must enter through the second floor, Vernon Street entrance, since the Bank entrance does not open until 9:00 AM.)

Earned Sick Time Law

The Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts has promulgated two important Earned Sick Time documents:

 

  1. The first is the updated Safe Harbor Regulation, which should provide clarity to employers about how to qualify for safe harbor if they have some employees who do not currently receive a paid leave/sick benefit.

 

  1. The second is the “Notice to Employees.” The statute requires that employers “shall post this notice in a conspicuous location accessible to employees in every establishment where employees with rights under this section work, and shall provide a copy to their employees.”

 

These materials are now available for download on the Attorney General’s Earned Sick Time website: www.mass.gov/ago/earnedsicktime.

 

The Attorney General will be posting final regulations on Friday, June 19, 2015.

 

The Chamber will keep our membership informed as additional information becomes available.