Half Axe in Marlborough receives micro loan from North Central Mass Development Corp

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) granted a $25,000 micro-loan to Derek Johnson, owner of Half Axe located in Marlborough.  Half Axe is the premier axe throwing facility and the first of its kind in New England.  Once a fun outdoor camping activity, axe-throwing has grown into the newest competitive sport making its way to the US.  Located at the new Apex Entertainment Center in Marlborough, Derek offers 2 hour and 45 minute booked sessions for private events, parties, league play, as well as drop-ins.   Half Axe is open Tuesday-Sunday.  For hours and more info visit www.halfaxe.com.  This micro loan was a referral from Community Teamwork and created 4 new jobs.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clark University assisted Derek with a business plan and financial package.  For more information on the SBDC visit www.clarku.edu/offices/sbdc.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

North Central Mass Development Corp Provides  Financing to Native Joe’s Farmstand in Westminster

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) recently approved a $75,000 loan to Joe Serio, owner of Native Joe’s located at 134 Main Street in Westminster adjacent to Westminster Pharmacy, also owed by Mr. Serio.

Joe purchased the old barn, built in 1825, just next to the pharmacy and renovated it to open Native Joe’s Farmstand.  The farmstand offers Herrell’s premium ice cream, local produce, bedding plants, and a small retail space with garden accessories, gifts and crafts as well as a deck with outdoor seating.  Native Joe’s is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and noon to 8 p.m. weekdays. This loan helped create three jobs and assisted Joe with the cost of designing, renovating the barn and purchasing equipment. This micro loan was a referral from TD Bank.  For more information on Native Joe’s Farmstand please visit them on Facebook or online at www.nativejoefarm.com.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

October Leads Awareness of Manufacturing in North Central Massachusetts

Chamber to spotlight manufacturers with special events

As  part  of  national  manufacturing  month,  the  Chamber  and  our  economic  development  arm,  the  North  Central  Massachusetts  Development  Corporation  will  host  a  series  of  events  and  programs  to  promote  manufacturing  and  highlight  the  importance  of  the  industry  to  the  economy  of  the  region.

“Manufacturing  is  alive  and  well  in  North  Central  Massachusetts,”  said  Roy  Nascimento,  president  and  CEO  of  the  Chamber.  “Supporting  careers  in  advanced  manufacturing  and  serving  as  fierce  advocates  for  local  manufacturers  are  a  priority  for  our  Chamber.”

The  Chamber  plans  on  coordinating  tours  of  local  manufacturers  as  well  as  highlighting  how  rewarding  careers  in  manufacturing  can  be  through  a  social  media  campaign,  showcasing  Chamber  produced  manufacturing  videos  and  hosting  special  events.  The  Chamber  will  be  partnering  with  local  manufacturers,  Mount  Wachusett  Community  College  and  MassHire  North  Central  Workforce  Board  in  these  efforts.  Stay  tuned  throughout  the  month  of  October  for  more  information  on  these  events.  For  more  information  visit  www.NorthCentralMass.com  or  contact  Sandie  Cataldo  at  [email protected]

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – North Central Massachusetts Manufacturing Bus Tour

Special manufacturing bus tour for Superintendents, legislators and media in the North Central Massachusetts region. The tour will visit and tour several local manufacturers in the region and showcase the region’s advanced manufacturing, high quality workforce, quality of life and opportunities in North Central Massachusetts.

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Business After Hours – Fitchburg Art Museum

185 Elm St, Fitchburg, MA

Join us to celebrate the manufacturing industry during a special edition of our Business After Hours series at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s newest exhibit – Furniture. The museum’s newest exhibit pays tribute to region’s industrial heritage of furniture manufacturing and will feature a variety of pieces, both new and antique, that were made locally!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – CEO Unplugged featuring Ray Martino, President & CEO of Simonds International

The Chamber’s CEO Unplugged series gives young professionals access to local leaders for a chance to connect and learn about their journey to success. Each session provides a chance to meet with a local CEO in their workplace to discuss professional development such as leadership values, entrepreneurship, investment in community and career paths. In honor of manufacturing month, the October edition features Ray Martino, President & CEO of Simonds International, a global leader in the manufacturing of wood processing equipment and one of the largest manufacturers in Fitchburg. Attendance is open to any young professionals within the Chamber membership. But, seats will be limited to no more than 12 people. The program is free, but pre-registration is required.

Student Manufacturing Tours  – Various Dates and Locations

Throughout the month of October, the  North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce will  be  partnering  with  local  manufacturers,  Mount  Wachusett  Community  College, the MassHire  North  Central  Workforce  Board and other partners to host a series of manufacturing tours for local students from  various high schools in North Central Massachusetts. These efforts are intended to showcase careers in advanced manufacturing and dispel old, negative myths and sterotypes that exist about manufacturing jobs.