Workforce Solutions for Employers:
A Free Workshop Covering Employer Resources in Massachusetts including grants & technical assistance.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 8:30am
Join this hybrid event and learn about the existing resources here in the Commonwealth of MA. No need to struggle alone on hiring and training.
Acton Business Leader's Brunch:
First Annual Celebration of the Acton Business Community
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 10am
This year's theme was Longevity Milestones
Congratulations to all of our honorees!
Over 80 years of business:
- Acton Monument Company
- Baker-Whitney Oil
- Bursaw Gas & Oil
- Curcurbit Farm
- Erikson Grain Mill
- Gallant Insurance Company
- Haartz Corporation
- John Palmer Moving Company
Between 60-80 years of business:
- Acton Co-Op School
- Acton Funeral Home
- Acton Medical Associates
- Ace Hardware
- Donelan's Fresh Market
- Gould's Clothing
- Joseph Perry Plumbing
- Leo Cavelier Metal Working & Welding
- Middlesex Savings Bank
- Palmer Kennels
- Siesta Sleepworks
Between 40-60 years of business:
- AB United Way
- As You Like It Hair Salon
- Discovery Museum
- Idylwilde Farms
- Infant Toddler Children's Center
- Pedal Power Bike & Ski
- Powers Gallery
- Sal's Auto & Truck Repair
Between 20-40 years of business:
- Acton Food Pantry
- Acton Pharmacy
- Bagels Plus
- Commonwealth Ballet Company
- Generations Law Group
- Hansen Autobody
- Mt. Calvary Christian Pre-School
- Scheier, Katin & Epstein
- The Paper Store
Between 10-20 years of business:
- Bee's KNees British Imports
- Boston Bijoux Jewelers
- Enterprise Bank
- Kitchen Outfitters
- New Habitat Partners
Youth Manufacturing Day 2022
Special thank you to our event sponsor, Associated Environmental Systems, our participating organizations and media partner, ActonTV.
****THANK YOU! What a fun and successful event!****
to all the Kelley’s Corner Block Party Sponsors & Supporters!
At this fun, free community event we had a live band, magician, bubble party, face painting, henna, crafts, raffle, photographer, games, bike safety & e-bike clinic, drones over Kelley's Corner, and a food drive to support the Community pantry bin inside Roche Bros & support Acton Food Pantry.
View the event program here.
Want to see the plans for Kelley's Corner? Click here.
Tips to Green Your Biz
Grants & Technical Assistance Awarded for the Acton, MA Business Community and Visual Artists
Acton Business Incubator
We are proud of the Acton business community and our goal is to help the businesses who are here to stay and thrive while also attracting new businesses. The business community provides products and services to our Town and a livelihood for the business owners and their employees. This year we started our inaugural Acton, MA Business Incubator where the business owners receive micro-grants and technical information.
Business Awardees in alphabetical order are:
- Abode to Adore LLC
- Ames Art Studio & Gallery
- Anita's Shoe Boutique
- Charlie Media
- Cooperative Elder Services
- Eve & Murray’s Farm to Home
- Green Home Solutions
- Handworks Gallery
- Live 4 Physical Therapy & Wellness Advising
- Penguin Coding School
- Q Cleaner & Tailor
- RF’s Workshop LLC
- Sal’s Auto
- SquashWest Sports & Fitness
- Wicked Good Henna
The entire business community was invited to attend a three-part webinar series, free of charge, regardless of if they were selected for a grant award or not where they learned about the best practices in communication for reaching customers, networking with peers and securing funding.
Read the press release here.
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The Town of Acton is business-friendly and our economic development initiatives are designed to create and stimulate an environment in which businesses succeed. We are here to serve as a conduit for this work. Thinking of starting a business or have ideas to maintain or grown your existing company? Call or send a message today!
Acton Community Movie
The Town of Acton supports our local business community in creative and innovative ways. The Town collaborated with CGI Communications to help businesses market themselves and reach potential customers while also showcasing all the great things about our community. Check out the video shorts here.
Economic Development Initiatives
In 2021, the Town of Acton released a report about how the town can be part of the Commonwealth's Local Rapid Recovery Planning initiatives. View the Great Road Corridor Revitalization Local Rapid Recovery Plan Report here to view a wealth of information including data and presentations shared during the public hearing phase of developing the plan, diagnostic key findings and recommendations. The Commonwealth's Recovery Program was developed to help individual towns develop project-based recovery plans by providing technical support and guidance from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Plan Facilitators to assist in the development of customized plans. It also provided a research-based diagnostic framework to assist all stakeholders in understanding the unique economic challenges within their own municipalities covering four major areas: the customer base, the physical environment, the business environment and the administrative capacity that exists.
As a result of study and analysis in Acton, eleven projects were recommended that range from way finding signage, expansion of the municipal sewer system, shared marketing and collaborations among business owners, and improved pedestrian and bicycle access along the Great Road Corridor in Acton. All proposed projects are targeted towards improving consumers' ease of access, improving visitors' experience, and increasing businesses' capacity to reach and interact with their clients.
The key takeaway of the report is that in Acton, a "full recovery will depend on a mix of private and public realm projects." The proposed projects involve sufficient public-private partnerships and room for feedback from residents, consumers and business owners so that by following the key performance indicators and timeframes, the completed projects improve the economic sustainability of our Town.
Happening Around Town
If you have any programs or events related to building collaboration among business owners, residents and the Town, please feel free to share. Our Town has a number of ways to collaborate and interact with others. Additionally there are some upcoming changes in our Town that may be of interest to businesses and residents as well. A few programs and associations are highlighted here:
Acton Supports It's Local Businesses!
|Silver Unicorn Bookstore||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNU_hLy6YAg|
|2019 Acton Manufacturing Day||https://youtu.be/o183PdDQNm0|
|Dunk and Bubble||https://youtu.be/cvO1J62jPiA|
|Pedal Power Bike & Ski||https://youtu.be/CAovrscVO3M|
|West Side Creamery||https://youtu.be/cTu-rTKvez8|