October 14, 2021


Call to Action: Replenish Unemployment Trust Fund


RAM members are urged to contact their elected officials and request support for using available federal and state resources to replenish the depleted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.  The recent pandemic resulted in a $7 billion UI deficit, which employers will have to pay off via assessments over the next 20 years.

The deficit was caused by government’s decision to shut down the economy during the pandemic -- not business related decisions made by employers. Massachusetts should take on a shared responsibility in covering these costs by following the more than 30 states that have already used available federal recovery funds to replenish their COVID-depleted UI Trust Funds.

Please ask your elected officials to support the appropriation of $2 billion in available funds for UI to mitigate the enduring economic impact of this unprecedented tax increase. 

To learn more about the issue please click here

Click here to contact your elected officials.


RAM Sector Survey


As you know from recent member newsletters, the RAM staff is looking to better engage our members in important discussions on issues affecting your bottom line.  The RAM staff needs to better understand what issues are important to you.

With better and more current information and organized and engaged members, we hope to recruit the next generation of industry activists.  Better grassroots means better outcomes at all levels of government: federal, state, and increasingly local. 

By filling out this survey and opting into RAM Member Sector Divisions, you will be invited to periodic Zoom sector meetings, and other forms of communication tailored to that portion of the RAM membership.

Thank you for your time and interest!


2021 RAM Annual Meeting & Virtual RAMAES

November 3, 2021 from 9-11:30 

Special guest speaker, Governor Charlie Baker will speak at 9:30 am.

Click here to register to attend in person (Board members only), or to join virtually (Board members, Legislative Committee members, & any RAM member.)

For questions about this meeting, contact Andi Shea, RAM Membership Director at [email protected].


2021 Holiday Sales Prediction Survey

Click here to answer our annual holiday sales prediction survey.

Small Business Grant Program


Click here to learn more about  Biz - M - Power, a crowd funded matching grant program administered by MGCC in partnership with Patronicity.

For Massachusetts based small businesses who:

  • are in need of funding for eligible capital expenses
  • have a store front
  • employ 1-20 FTE employees
  • have an annual revenue not exceeding $2.5 million
  • have been in operation for at least 3 months
Applications are being accepted now through June 2022 or when funds are exhausted.