BUSINESS BRIEFS: Small Biz Center, Bryan Taberner, Putnam Sells, Dairy Grant


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Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Central Regional Office (MSBDC) is located on the campus of Clark University in Worcester MA. For the convenience of the Tri-County Regional Chamber members and potential members, Rob DelMastro, provides free and confidential one-to-one management advice and technical assistance to prospective and existing small businesses at the Chamber’s facility in Milford, MA.

Rob DelMastro, Small Business Advisor

To arrange an appointment with Rob, call (508)793-7557 or visit the MSBDC website.

A Single Point...

As required by Section 4 of Chapter 43D of Massachusetts General Laws, the Town of Franklin has appointed a single point of contact to serve as the primary municipal liaison for all issues relating to Chapter 43D and priority development sites. The Municipal Point of Contact will assist developers/applicants to sort out the priority development site process and related requirements. Casual, early pre-permit discussions with the Municipal Point of Contact is highly recommended. Municipal Point of Contact for All Priority Development Site Issues Bryan W. Taberner, AICP, Director Planning and Community Development Town of Franklin 355 East Central Street Franklin, MA 02038-1352 Phone: 508-520-4907 Fax: 508-520-4906 Email:

Putnam Investments Sold For $925 Million

Great-West Lifeco has agreed to sell Boston-based Putnam Investments for $925 million to global asset manager Franklin Templeton. Putnam formerly had a large campus in Franklin, Mass. Franklin Templeton said in an investor presentation that it is "committed to a significant presence in Boston" and that its execution plan is designed to "minimize disruption to investment teams and client relationships."

Healey-Driscoll Admin Offers $70k in Grants to Promote Local Dairy

The Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board (MDPB), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), has announced two dairy promotion grants totaling $70,000 to fund projects that will advance the image, sale of and demand for local dairy products. These funded grant projects for the 2024 Fiscal Year include education initiatives to Massachusetts communities on the importance and nutritional benefits of dairy products. In addition, the projects will bring greater awareness to the contributions of our dairy farmers and provide more resources to our schools to support the consumption of Massachusetts dairy products.

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