MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough business community gathered under the literal big tent of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) Aug. 27 for the chamber’s BBQ Bands and Brew event at the Wayside Inn.
Business people enjoyed good food and conversation in one of the Chamber’s first in-person events since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
“We’re thrilled to be back and having people respond to that,” MRCC president and CEO Robert Schlacter said.
As businesses eye a post-pandemic future, Schlacter said he remains proud of what the community did at the height of the coronavirus crisis.
“It was unbelievable to watch the business community not only rally around one another, but rally around the community,” he said. “There were things going on behind the scenes that people didn’t see that was just an affirmation of how critical a chamber of commerce is to the ongoing community.”
The Chamber is now helping businesses navigate ongoing staffing shortages, among other major challenges.
In the meantime, it’s also gearing up for events in the near future, including an electronics recycling event on Sept. 11, the Chamber’s beloved steak and lobster festival at the Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge, and its annual tri-chamber event at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson honoring veterans.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that people will be able to still gather,” Schlacter said.