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Business grows in Nashoba Valley — especially in a local greenhouse

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On Tuesday May 22, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash joined members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber and the community to celebrate the opening of Little Leaf Farm’s new greenhouse, increasing from 2.5 acres to 5 acres at their Devens location.

With the change, the company more than doubles production, according to a news release. Little Leaf Farms hydroponically grows varieties of baby lettuce. Its customers include more than 1,000 grocery stores in the Northeast and numerous restaurants, universities and other foodservice operators. Learn more about Little Leaf Farms at http://www.littleleaffarms.com/.

Additionally, the Nashoba Valley Chamber celebrated four other businesses with ribbon cuttings in the month of May:

* On May 9, Gavin Livingstone, president of Bryley Systems, welcomed guests to their new home at 200 Union St., Clinton to celebrate their 30th Anniversary and tour their new home. Members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber, Worcester Regional Chamber, and the Assabet Valley Chamber attended the celebration.

In December 2017, Bryley Systems outgrew their space in Hudson and moved into Clinton’s old Post Office built in 1937, and completely renovated and modernized in 2004. The building has more than 10,000 square feet, offering room to grow.

Bryley Systems is a Managed IT Services Provider and a Managed Cloud Services Provider with clients in central New England and across the continental United States. Learn more at https://www.bryley.com/.

* On May 10, Groton Town Officials and the Nashoba Valley and North Central Chamber celebrated The Groton Inn’s opening. America’s oldest Inn, the original structure (circa 1678) was destroyed by fire in 2011 and has been meticulously and thoughtfully reimagined, drawing inspiration from classic New England architecture and the area’s rich colonial history. From the large welcoming front porch to the crackling wood fire in the lobby fireplace, the inn offers a new level of comfort and service to local residents, business and leisure travelers, and those visiting nearby Lawrence Academy and Groton School. The inn is also within easy proximity to nearby technology hubs, corporations, cultural institutions, and outdoor recreation. Learn more at thegrotoninn.com

* On May 10, the city of Leominster and members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber celebrated Cleartech Group’s new home at 1079 Central St., Leominster. Attendees toured the space while learning about IT managed services that the folks at Cleartech Group offers. Learn more about Cleartech Group at cleartechgroup.com.

* On May 24, Fitchburg Mayor DiNatale and members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber gathered at Bodylines Pilates newest location at 960 South St., Fitchburg. The team at Bodylines Pilates is inspired to help their clients “Find your Inner Strength”, believing that Pilates is not just about strengthening the core muscles but is also about creating balance and inner peace. This is Bodylines Pilates second location, their first location at 325 Ayer Road, Harvard. Learn more about Bodylines Pilates at http://bodylinespilates.com., Nashoba Valley Chamber’s newest ambassadors

Nashoba Valley Chamber would like to welcome four local leaders to the Chamber’s Ambassador team — Kasee Clayton (Shaker Hills Golf Club), Holly Varney (The Groton Inn), Jordyn Lynds (Insurance Center of New England), and Nick Thornton (Nashua Valley BSA).

Ambassadors are often the first link new members have with the Chamber. Our goal is to help members feel welcome and comfortable with the Chamber and provide information about the various Chamber services.

The NVCoC Ambassadors are a very important part of the Chamber, and are selected on the basis of the individual’s interest, dependability, integrity, energy, and communication skills. The Chamber Ambassador’s mentoring new Chamber Members, promoting membership, encouraging participation in Chamber functions, greeting members at events, and performing other goodwill projects of the Chamber.

If you are interested in learning more about the Nashoba Valley Chamber Ambassador Team, please contact Chamber president, Melissa Fetterhoff at 978-425-5761.

Chamber visits Beacon Hill

On June 13, members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber will be traveling to Beacon Hill to meet with Lt .Gov. Karyn Polito and area legislators. Lunch will be held at the UMass Club with special guest MassDevelopment CEO Lauren Liss.

This annual trek to Boston is integral in conveying the needs of business owners and job creators in the region with our elected officials. Member businesses utilize this opportunity to educate policy makers on the effects of legislative proposals that increase the cost of doing business and prevent your business from growing and creating more jobs.

This year alone Massachusetts small businesses potentially face:

* 26 weeks of paid medical leave and 16 weeks of paid family leave (partially employer funded)

* $15 minimum wage

* A 4% income tax surcharge for pass-thru entities (the so-called millionaires tax)

* A newly imposed MassHealth assessment

* Double-digit health care premium increases

* Highest in the nation energy costs

Melissa Fetterhoff is the President and CEO of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, a 600-member organization covering 16-communities. Learn more online at www.nvcoc.com.

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