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    April 26, 2021

    Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce
    Robin Kirk, President and CEO

    Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
    Nancy Gardella, Executive Director

    Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard Chambers of Commerce Awarded $175,000 MA Regional Pilot Grant.

    “Tap into Technology” partnership will provide consultants and grants for island businesses to leverage technology.

    NANTUCKET and MARTHA’S VINEYARD Massachusetts -- Today, the Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard Chambers of Commerce, with support from the Town of Nantucket and Dukes County, are delighted to announce a new “Tap into Technology” grant program. Using funds awarded by the state, the Chambers will partner to provide financial and consulting resources to enable small island businesses to select and implement the right technological solution, tailored to their unique needs.

    “By focusing on technology enhancements, we can help our respective small businesses adapt to operating safely during a pandemic, while positioning them for long-term success” said Robin Kirk, President and CEO of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to partner with our sister island to launch this innovative program.”

    “While one size does not fit all, our two islands, each heavily reliant on leisure tourism, are home to similar small businesses with needs that can be fulfilled faster and more efficiently through this collaborative program design” added Nancy Gardella, Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.

    Funded by a Massachusetts Office of Business Development through its Regional Pilot Program, the proceeds of the award will fund the cost of consultants and provide grants of up to $7,500 to purchase/license and implement new technology for 16 businesses --eight on each island.

    Participants will use grants to adopt technology that increases net revenue, further strengthening and expanding the regional economy of both islands.

    An important component to this grant is that each awardee will be assigned a consultant to identify and implement the right technology for each individual business. Examples of how grant funding can be used include strengthening e-commerce capabilities; enabling contactless ordering, reservations, payments and customer service; or hosting virtual tours, shopping experiences and events.

    The businesses will be selected through a competitive application process that begins today, with applications due by Monday, May 10 th at 5:00 p.m. Businesses must be members of their respective island chamber and have been in operation for at least 14 months. Nantucket chamber members can apply at nantucketchamber.org/TapIntoTechnology and Martha’s Vineyard chamber members can apply at mvy.com/TapIntoTechnology.

    The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce is the primary business advocacy organization on Nantucket representing more than 750 island businesses. The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce supports the economic health of the Island through programs as services that bolster our economy. Partnering with the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, the Chambers also implement domestic and international tourism initiatives to promote both islands’ economic development to its vital tourism entities.

    The Regional Pilot Project Grant Program was established to support recovery solutions based on the specific economic needs of individual regions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was designed to fund projects that uniquely address local concerns.  Thirty-seven grants totaling $5 million were awarded to cities, towns, and non-profit entities through the Regional Pilot Project Grant Program. Applicants were asked to define a major issue associated with the economic recovery of a particular region and propose a solution.  Among the awarded proposals are projects to support regional supply chain resiliency and the creation of small business support networks, as well as support to market the distinguishing features and strengths of the Commonwealth on a regional basis.


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