Shop Small. Shop Local.
This Holiday Season & All Year!
Register your business for the
Acton Shop Small Holiday Directory here!
View the 2023 participating businesses here.
Small Business Saturday is an annual national shopping event that occurs on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. It is akin to Cyber Monday or Black Friday but for small businesses. This event encourages consumers to prioritize local shopping and patronize independently-owned establishments within their communities for Black Friday, Cyber Monday & the entire holiday season.
For Acton Businesses, we invite you to participate by completing this form to share any Small Business Saturday or Holiday Season promotions. The information submitted will be added to a directory where consumers can view all of Acton's deals. Refer to this link to view last year's directory. You do not have to offer discounts, promotions or money off to appear in the directory, you just have to agree to encourage shopping locally during the holiday season. Also consider sharing if you are planning to have extended shopping hours.
Sign up ASAP for maximum impact!
The Acton Economic Development Office will be offering lawn signs and posters to businesses. These promotional materials can be acquired during regular Town Hall Business Hours from 11/13/23 to 11/22/23. Each business is eligible for one sign/poster, and they are required to be returned after the event.
Finally, what you enter on this form is exactly how your entry will appear in the directory, so please check for errors prior to submitting.
Sign up here to participate!
Acton Small Business Energy Efficiency Program (ABEEG)
The ‘Main Street’ Acton Small Business Energy Efficiency Program was launched on Sept 11 offering up to 90% off energy efficiency upgrades! Additional energy efficiency funds may apply through a special town grant. Sign up for an audit by October 9 to guarantee maximum savings. Qualified Acton businesses can apply for additional town funding by November 25 (rolling basis)....Apply by November 25th.
Visit Acton Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program | Acton, MA - Official Website (acton-ma.gov) for more information.
Pictured: Acton Business Bogi Boutique owner Jackie Porto showcasing the new energy efficiency lighting as part of the AECOM Eversource ‘Main Street’ program.
Acton's Economic Development Office is happy to announce the opening of Acton's first ever retail pop-up!
It's being held for 8 weeks this summer at
577 Mass Ave in West Acton.
Join us for our soft open on Friday, 6/23/23 from 12pm-6pm and our ribbon cutting on 7/7/23 at 4:30pm. We are so excited for our entrepreneurs who applied to participate in this program. Many thanks to our partners: 577 Mass Ave, LLC, UpNext and the 495/MW Partnership!
Please stop by and check out the pop up shop and wish them well.
Free Webinar: Increase Your Sales by Attracting Your Target Market: July 13, 2023 at 1pm
This webinar will show you how to determine your target market and how to structure your business to attract your ideal customer.
Come Explore a Career with Endless Possibilities!
Acton's Economic Development Office is hosting MassHire's Winter Manufacturing Job Fair on 3/7!
The manufacturing industry in our region is growing while providing quality wages, benefits, training and career growth. Whether you're just entering the labor market or looking for a career change, there's something in this industry for YOU!
This job fair is unique because it consists of four parts:
- Job Fair exclusively focused on Manufacturing companies in this region that are hiring right now
- Resource fair focused on resource-providers and service-providers that support job seekers
- Resume workshops, tips and guidance
- Interview workshop, tips and guidance
Interested in participating?
- Sign up here if you are an employer.
- Sign up here if you are a resource provider.
- Sign up here if you are a job seeker.
Questions? Reach out to Julie!
Free Webinar on March 2, 2023
Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs: Create your own pipeline of workers
Employers need skilled workers
Young people, career changers & workers interested in upward mobility want a path to a good job without accruing lots of debt. NAMC-registered apprenticeships can provide this.
What are Registered Apprenticeships?
They are flexible and customizable to your company's specific needs. NAMC will help you develop a training plan that outlines the the types and lengths of specialized, related instruction of your choice. Apprenticeships can be used to develop higher levels skills in dedicated incumbent manufacturing workers, of for an office worker, a maintenance mechanic, or any other position. To learn more about these resources, please contact Maryanne Ham, Executive Director of NAMC.
Attend a free workshop to learn more!
Energy Efficiency Grants!
Applications open 2/23/23 for Energy Efficiency grants. To read more about the program or to apply, go here.
This ARPA-funded grant program is providing business owners and multi-family property owners up to $2000 for implementing energy efficiency improvements recommended through a Mass Saves Energy Audit. Get help covering the cost of the improvements through this grant program while lowering your overhead operating costs. A Win-Win for the business community and the environment! Apply now!
Workforce Solutions for Employers:
A Free Workshop Covering Employer Resources in Massachusetts including grants & technical assistance.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 8:30am
At this hybrid event, Acton-area employers learned about the existing resources here in the Commonwealth of MA. No need to struggle alone on hiring and training. Need help with hiring? Watch the replay and connect with Acton's Economic Development Office and your local MassHire to develop a plan of action for your company.
Full Workshop Replay:
Celebrating a successful Acton Business Tour!
On Tuesday February 7, 2023, the Acton Economic Development Department hosted and led the Acton Business Tour supported by MAPC. Town staff and elected officials toured the Town together to experience the various villages and nodes that make up our Town. Along the way we had four stops at four different businesses. At each stop, a different group of business owners and non profit leaders met us to share their experiences with operating in Town. The feedback received will be incorporated into a future, Doing Business in Acton Guide.
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
- RH Adhesives
- 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
- Sawyer Automotive
Between 20-40 years of business:
- Acton Food Pantry
- Acton Pharmacy
- Bagels Plus
- Commonwealth Ballet Company
- Generations Law Group
- Hansen Autobody
- 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|
Acton is an Award Winning Community & a great place to have a business!
Economic Development Department in the News
This article discusses how the Town of Acton Economic Development Department, in collaboration with the 495/MetroWest Partnership and UpNext, is offering pop-up retail space to emerging businesses on Massachusetts Avenue in West Acton
This article discusses how the Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO) and MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham will offer a 90-minute virtual presentation on tenant rights and protections.
This article discusses how the town has received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 2021 Report.
This article shares that the Town of Acton will launch a new grant program to help Acton businesses and multi-family property owners install energy efficiency upgrades
This article discusses the launch of the Acton Emergency Assistance Program.
This article discusses the Town’s first Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 26.
This article invites the community to Kelley's Corner Block Party hosted by Acton's Economic Development Office
This article discusses the success of regional initiatives designed to support businesses, families, and food pantries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article shares that the Economic Development Department will be hosting an interactive, three-part seminar for local businesses.
This article shares that the Economic Development Office will be hosting a free webinar for working artists in collaboration with the 495 MetroWest Partnership.
This article discusses how the Town of Acton has dedicated $40,000 from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to offer a new child care subsidy program
This article discusses how The Town of Acton has been awarded a grant from the state as a part of the Fiscal Year 2022 Travel and Tourism Recovery Grant Program.
This article invites the manufacturing community to the 2022 Spring Manufacturing Summit about current workforce challenges.
This article shares resources for renters that need assistance with housing-related issues
This article discusses how the Town of Acton has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its fiscal year 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
This article provides information on a new rental assistance program available for Acton residents who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
This article discusses how The Town of Acton was awarded a $233,819 grant from the state Housing Choice Community Program to support infrastructure improvements to create affordable housing stock.
This article discusses how The Town of Acton has received a $60,000 grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development to address pandemic-related challenges among businesses in the Great Road Commercial Corridor
This article shares how the Town of Acton has received a municipal innovation award for its ongoing work to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article discusses a rental assistance program available for Acton residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article shares that residents of the Town of Acton voted in support of a COVID Small Business Grant Program.
This article shares how a COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program is available to help local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic