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Leading Communities Meet Monster.com Creator Jeff Taylor!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Tax Hike to Halt Reform
Let’s give reform some more
The Metro South Small time to work before a 25% tax
Business Awards Luncheon is who will entertain and inspire. hike is considered...
scheduled for Wednesday, May As always, the Metro South Small See page 10 for full story
CHAMBER MISSION 13, at The Shaw’s Center from Business Awards luncheon is a great
To serve the interests of 12:00 - 1:30 pm. The Metro South networking opportunity. In addition,
member businesses while Case Basis on Business Ban
Chamber of Commerce and do not miss the Business Expo from “Brockton businesses are by
providing community Bank of America Small Business 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Pre-registration is
leadership to ensure the and large good businesses run
Services have joined forces to rec- required. Tickets for the luncheon are by responsible people. This
ognize small business achieve- $35 for members and $45 for non- year they have endured prop-
of the Metro South region.
ments and their economic members. The Expo is open to the erty tax, water and sewer rate
impact on the region. The fea- public. To register or for further infor- increases while weathering a
tured speaker at the luncheon is mation call the Chamber at national economic storm...”
Jeffrey Taylor, Monster.com & 508.586.0500 ext 231. Registration is See page 10 for full story
Jeffrey Taylor, Monster.com and Eons Founder
Eons.com Creator. also available online at www.met-
Taylor, an entrepreneur has rosouthchamber.com/register.html. Buy Local
combined innovation with technology to build a Prior Small Business of the Year Recipients Now, more than ever, local
successful career in business. His “monster idea” Heights Crossing, Westgate Lanes, Cindy’s Kitchen, Northeast Wholesale Nail & merchants and service
has become the world’s leading online career site Fastener Supply Co., Duplitron, Inc., Modern Auto Body, United Furniture, Inc., providers (your friends and
Robert Sharkansky & Company, CPA
and consists of 22 local content and language sites neighbors) are offering excep-
in 20 countries and serves 20 million unique visi- Prior Entrepreneur of the Year Recipients tional value at convenient
Robert Monahan of UPPA Baby, Howard Wright of Wright Technology, Rob Peters of
Willy Stadelmann, Page 4 tors monthly. Taylor’s latest unprecedented ven- locations...
Rob Peters Entertainment, Jeffrey Chrzanowski of Spark Street Autobody, Charles
ture is as the Founder & CEO of Eons.com, an Bernard of The DJ Experience, James Messinger of The Crazy Chefs Caterers, Jerome See page 10 for full story
online social community designed specifically for Offutt of Top Quality Staffing, Randy Yanoff of Eye of the Tiger Karate
baby boomers. Taylor is a well regarded speaker For more information on the 2009 Business Expo, see page 2
Brockton Tops Mass. Cities
Grand Sponsor: Supporting Sponsors: In the areas of industry, edu-
cation and progress, Brockton
has fared better than virtually
any city in Massachusetts,
Honoring Women; Awards, Expo, Noted Author according to studies by
Pioneer Institute and the
Massachusetts Department of
Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 am - 10:00 am Soul of a Leader and has written for many business
Shannon Oriola, Page 7 and managerial magazine publications. Margaret
On Wednesday, June 17, at See page 10 for full story
will discuss how businesses can thrive in tough eco-
the Shaw’s Center, Brockton, the
nomic times, relating stories of business owners who
Metro South Chamber of
Commerce will present the 11th “Today's global community desper-
ately needs leaders with soul.
Annual ATHENA Award during
a special breakfast to an excep-
Margaret Benefiel's ground break-
ing book meets that need beautiful-
tional individual who has ly, by teaching principles of soulful
achieved excellence in his/her leadership, illustrated with stories of
real leaders who practice them.
business or profession, has served
the community in a meaningful - Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
way, and has assisted women in Nobel Peace Prize Winner
reaching their full leadership potential.
keep their employees fully engaged in their work,
Dana Mohler-Faria, Page 8 The ATHENA Awards Program was created in
resulting in powerful financial benefits.
1982 and has expanded to over 500 cities in the
Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-
United States, Russia, Canada, China, The United
CONTENTS members. The first 100 attendees at the breakfast
Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Metro
will receive a copy of Benefiel’s book, The Soul of a
Calendar of Events 3 South Chamber of Commerce believes in the values
Leader. Tables of 10 are still available. To register or
underlying the ATHENA Foundation’s philosophy
Good News 4 to nominate an individual, please call Kim Prosper
of incorporating the talents and expertise of women
at 508.586.0500 x 231, or visit www.met-
into the leadership of our businesses, communities
Renewing Members 10 rosouthchamber.com. Mike Iannetta, Comcast, and Christopher
and government. By honoring exceptional leaders, Cooney, Chamber President & CEO
New Members 10 others will be encouraged to excel. For information on the ATHENA Expo, see page 2
recently met to discuss Comcast’s
The featured speaker is Margaret Benefiel, promotion of the their expanded
Printing Donated by Ph.D., CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com & Noted Author. business services within the region
the Enterprise Margaret Benefiel is the author of Soul at Work and The
2 ACTION Report May 2009 www.metrosouthchamber.com
Small Business Expo 2009 Business After Hours at New Radiation Center
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Thursday, May 21, Good Samaritan, 5:30-7:30 pm
10am - 12pm: Business Expo
12pm - 1:30pm: Small Business Luncheon
Featuring Monster.com Creator Jeffrey Taylor and
Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards therapy (IGRT). The center also has a CT
1:30pm - 3pm: Business Expo scanner which is used to develop more
precise and accurate treatment plans for
patients. It is also the home of the Cancer
Promote your company to prospective clients at the 2009 Business Expo pre-
Support Group and houses the Millie
sented in conjunction with the Small Business Awards Luncheon. More than 30
The next Business After Hours will Moynihan Cancer Resource Center,
businesses will be featured in this table top Expo. Reserve your table by May 8
take place on Thursday, May 21 from 5:30 which allows the public to research can-
and secure an early bird rate of $259 for members and $359 for non members.
pm-7:30 pm at Good Samaritan’s new cer diagnoses and available treatments.
After May 8, the cost of a table will increase to $299 for members and $399 for non-
Radiation Therapy Center at 818 Oak The addition of radiation therapy enables
members. Prices include 1 lunch ticket. For more information call, Kim Prosper
Street, Brockton on the main campus. patients to receive world-class cancer care
at 508.586.0500 x 231. The Expo is free to attend.
Radiation Therapy at the Good without leaving the community.
1460 WXBR Radio, Bank of America, Boston Business Journal, Boston Medical Center
HealthNet Plan, Bridgewater Savings Bank, Brockton 21st Century Corporation/ Samaritan Cancer Center completes the This is a casual event that presents a
Building a Better Brockton, Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, Comcast, circle of comprehensive cancer care avail- great way to make business contacts so
Costco Wholesale #303, Curry College, HarborOne, Metro PCS, Metro South Chamber, able through Good Samaritan. The cor- bring plenty of business cards! The event
Old Colony YMCA, Rob Peters Entertainment, SCORE, Sign Design, SEED Corp., is $5 for members and $10 for non-mem-
Sovereign Bank, The Community Bank, WATD 95.9 FM
nerstone of care in the radiation therapy
building is the linear accelerator, offering o
bers. T register, call Kim at 508.586.0500 x
ATHENA Expo Promotes Women Owned Business both intensity modulated radiation thera-
py (IMRT) and image-guided radiation
231 or register online at www.met-
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
7:30 am - 8:00 am: Networking & Exhibits Past ATHENA Award Recipients Gather
8:00 am - 9:00 am: ATHENA Award/Breakfast Past ATHENA Award Recipients gathered for lunch at X&O Restaurant to discuss
9:00 am - 10:00 am: Networking & Exhibits the ATHENA Program and forming nominating and outreach committees. They
also discussed the creation of a woman’s network where all past nominees and
If you are a woman owned business, or a business that supports women, we invite recipients can come together.
you to display at the 2009 ATHENA Expo. Table top displays are $99 for members Pictured: Noelle Foye, Fuller Craft Museum, Barbara Duffy, BAMSI, Christine
Karavites, Proteas Consulting, Linda Faria Braun, The Adult Learning Center,
and $129 for non-members and includes 1 breakfast ticket. For more information or Vanessa Tierny, BAMSI. Also in attendance: Loretta Degrazia, East Coast
to reserve your table, contact Kimberly Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231. Petroleum, Shailah Stewart, Brockton Public Schools
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www.metrosouthchamber.com ACTION Report May 2009 3
BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIRECTORS Networking at Events
is one of the most effective ways
OFFICERS Pasquale Ciaramella -
Old Colony Planning Council
to grow your business!
Chair of the Board Jack Conway -Jack Conway & Company, Inc.
Sovereign Bank John Costa - B C Tent & Awning Company
Loretta DeGrazia - East Coast Petroleum
President and CEO
Jeffrey Dukess - Frenette & Dukess, PC
Metro South Chamber of Commerce Susan Joss - 5,6 Membership Drive 8:30 am
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Stonehill College Alumni Hall, Easton
John Holiver -Good Samaritan
Fred Mason- National Grid 7 Affirmative Market Program 1:00 pm
Medical Center Dana Mohler-Faria - 8 Government Affairs (State Representative Galvin) 12:00 pm
Bridgewater State College
9 Homebuyer’s Fair 10:00 am
Mark Moreau - TD Banknorth Westgate Mall, Brockton
Gary R. Oman
Gary R. Oman, P.C.
William Morse - Mutual Bank 12 Executive Committee 3:00 pm
Basan Nembirkow - Brockton Public Schools
Vice Chair Community Affairs
13 Small Business Awards and Expo
Peter Neville - Concord Foods Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton
Rick Colon Business Expo 10:00 am
David Orloff - Sharkansky & Co., LLP, CPA’s
Verizon Awards & Luncheon 12:00 pm
Andrea Papadopoulos - Arista Associates, Inc.
Vice Chair Economic Development
Lester Schindel -
New England Sinai Hospital
19 SOMWBA Workshop 10:00 am
Bank of America
20 QuickBooks for Beginners 8:30 am
Vice Chair Government Affairs Law Office of Andrew H. Schwartz, LLC 21 So, You Want To Be A Consultant 8:00 am
Christine Karavites Larry Siskind -
Proteas Customized Consulting Siskind and Siskind Attorneys at Law
21 Business After Hours 5:30 pm
Good Samaritan new Radiation Center, 818 Oak St., Brockton
John Vlaco - Brophy & Phillips Co., Inc.
Vice Chair Membership Development 25 Memorial Day - Chamber Closed
Daniel Trout Charles Wall - Massasoit Community College
The Community Bank Patricia Williams - HarborOne Credit Union 27 Board of Directors 12:00 pm
Immediate Past Chair
Reinald G. Ledoux, Jr.
Brockton Area Transit Authority June
3 Ambassador Meeting 8:00 am
4 Business After Hours - Ice Cream Social 5:30 pm
508-586-0500 Front Desk x 221 Kimberly Prosper Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, 63 Main Street
Program Director x 231 9 China Information Session 9:00 am
Christopher Cooney Moakley Center, Bridgewater State College
President and CEO x 223 Kathryn Sayles
Competitive Workforce x 227 12 Government Affairs 12:00 pm
Business Development x 225 Kerry Sullivan 17 ATHENA Awards Program 7:30 am
Finance x 230 Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton
Member Services x 229 Alison van Dam
Director of Communications x 222 Do You Have an HR Question?
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During the CAP accreditation process, Massachusetts.
Celebrate the great things going on! inspectors examine the laboratory's records The Plymouth branch, located off
Stadelmann Honored only. Visit www.communitybank.com to
and quality control of procedures for the Samoset Street offers full service, includ-
The Boys & Girls Club register by 5/5. Seating is limited to 60
preceding two years. The inspectors also ing the bank's “Totally Free Checking”
of Brockton will honor guests. This series of seminars helps to con-
examine the entire staff's qualifications, the program, business banking services, 24-
board member Willy nect women business owners with experts
laboratory's equipment, facilities, safety hour ATM service, two-bay drive-up,
Stadelmann at its second and resources.
program and record, as well as overall and safe deposit boxes.
annual signature event, management of the laboratory.
“Black Tie and Tennis Mutual Bank Ends 2008 Record High A Journey Into Irish Culture
Shoes”. Stadelmann, a Mutual CEO Glen S. White presented Rocky Marciano Calendar
Willy Stadelmann survivor of the Mumbai On Saturday, May 9, the Irish Cultural
the 2008 Report of Operations at their
The Rocky Maricano Centre will hold its new family program-
terrorist attack over annual meeting, saying that the Bank's
2010 limited edition A
ming series, “ Journey Into Irish
Thanksgiving weekend last year, will be total deposits grew to a record high, up $7.5
photo calendar is Culture,” at 1:00pm. The Cultural
feted for his loyal volunteer service to the million or a 3.9% increase over 2007. Citing
now on sale. The cal- Centre’s Pub will also be open and will
Club over the last two decades. The Boys & strategic initiatives instituted by the man-
endar is 10 1/2 “x 8” feature a full lunch menu. General
Girls Club of Brockton hopes to raise in agement team and unwavering dedication
and contains infor- admission is $3.00 per person. Pre-regis-
excess of $100,000 to fund vital services for by branch managers and staff in embracing
mation on every tration is required. Please call 781.821.
Brockton's youth. the bank's service culture, White said that
Rocky match and a complete fight sched- 8291.
This year, the event will be held on assets closed at a record high of $325 mil-
ule. The calendar also contains high reso-
Thursday, May 21st, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. lion.
at The Shaw's Center. Tickets are $150.00 Moreover, Mutual Bank's mortgage loan
lution photographs and quotes from Rocky BHS Present Pajama Game
and other legends. Proceeds to go towards On May 15-17, Brockton High School
each and are available only in advance by portfolio grew over 45%, while net income
the Rocky Marciano Foundation, started by will present the musical “Pajama Game”
calling 508-584-5209 ext. 106. Tables of ten for the year exceeded $1 million.
Rocky’s youngest brother Peter Marciano, at the BHS Nelson Fine Arts Building.
may also be reserved, and include an ad in With a year-end surplus of $26.8 million,
awarding scholarships to student atheletes Friday and Saturday night shows start at
the program book. Sneakers are the White said that Mutual Bank is extraordi-
from Brockton High School. For more 7:30 pm and Sunday’s night show starts
required footwear. Black Tie is optional. narily well-capitalized and in a position to
information, visit www.rockymar- at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 per person.
The event will feature a “Best Decorated withstand any unforeseen future down-
cianofoundation.org or call 508-509-3236. Call 508-580-7653 for more information.
Tennis Shoes” contest, and entertainment turns.
by Street Magic, an a cappella “doo-wop”
singing group. “Brockton City Lights” Cultural Event Boucher Named Vice Chair 3rd Annual Kevin Faulk Softball Game
The Brockton John C. Boucher, President and CEO of On Saturday, May 16th the 3rd Annual
Library Foundation, South Shore Savings Bank, was recently Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game will
Poyant Signs Wins Design Awards named by the American Bankers
Poyant Signs, a leading design/build sign working together take place. VIP tailgate party starts at
with the Brockton Association as the Vice Chairman of the 5pm. Proceeds will go to the United Way.
manufacturer serving the New England Advisory Board of the ABA Stonier
Historical Society First pitch is at 7:05pm. Rare memorabil-
region, won a total of eight awards in five National Graduate School of Banking at
and the Greater Brockton Society for ia will be up for bid during a silent auction.
categories at the Rhode Island Sign the University of Pennsylvania in
Poetry and the Arts, will host Brockton VIP guests will also have a reserved seat
Contractors Association's awards dinner Philadelphia, PA. He previously served on
City Lights on Saturday, June 20, 2009, behind the dugout. VIP tickets are $133.
held recently. the Advisory Council for the America's
from 8:00 p.m. to 12 a.m. The benefit event General admission tickets are $10. Many
In a competitive field of over 100 entries Community Bankers National School of
will be held at the Brockton Public Library, New England Patriots players will be pres-
in 12 categories, Poyant Signs came away Banking at Fairfield University, which was
304 Main Street. Brockton City Lights will ent. For more information, call the ROX
with four First Place awards, two Second merged into the ABA Stonier National
feature an evening of live music, great front office at 508-559-7000.
Place awards and two Merit awards. The Graduate School of Banking.
food, jazz, elegant company and engaging
judging criteria included: creativity, The ABA Stonier National Graduate Brockton ARC $10,000 Drawing
performances with overtones of the beat
uniqueness of design, readability, how well School of Banking is the preeminent execu-
generation. On Friday, May 22, the Brockton Area
the signage fits in with the architecture of tive management school for the financial
Proceeds from this event will be used to ARC will hold its $10,000 Drawing Event
the building and how well the design rep- services industry. Designed to develop
continue the ongoing mission of the at the Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way,
resents the customer's business. To learn leaders who are able to compete in the 21st
Brockton Library Foundation, the Brockton, from 7:30pm-11:30pm. For a
more about this award-winning company century, the primary objectives of the
Brockton Historical Society, and the $100 ticket (which admits 2), receive a 1 in
and for contact information, please visit school are to provide attendees with the
Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and 3 chance to win $10,000. The event will
www.poyantsigns.com. knowledge and skills to recognize and
the Arts. Tickets may be purchased online include live music, Jim Plunkett, dancing,
at www.brocktoncitylights.com or by con- solve executive management problems food, cash bar, and additional contests.
Women’s Business Exchange tacting Barbara Lutz at 508.583.4987. and to implement solutions. The event is to raise money to help chil-
The Community Bank's Women's dren and families whose lives are affected
Business Exchange is hosting a seminar Good Sam Receives Accreditation Cordoso Promoted to Branch Manager by disabilities. For more information or
entitled, “CEO Conversations Over Coffee” Good Samaritan Medical Center's labora- Mutual Bank, a community bank with tickets, call 508.583.8030 x 200.
on T uesday, May 12th beginning at 9:00am tory has been awarded an accreditation by nine branches throughout Southeastern
at Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, MA. the Commission on Laboratory Massachusetts and on Cape Cod has Catholic Charities South Springfest
Vicki Donlan, Business Broker/Consultant Accreditation of the College of American named Dalia Cardoso Branch Manager of On Wednesday, June 3, Catholic
and Founder of Women's Business and Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of its new Plymouth location. Charities South will hold is Annual
Kathy Healy, Partner, Healy & Healy will a recent on-site inspection. Cardoso, an Assistant Vice President of Springfest and Auction at Thorny Lea
share their success stories as well as discuss The laboratory's director was advised of Mutual Bank and the former Branch Golf Club, Brockton, from 6-9pm. At the
the importance of a business plan. T eri this national recognition and congratulat- Manager of the Bank's Brockton West event, Jane Martin will be honored.
Cavanagh, Director of the Women's ed for the “excellence of the services being branch, oversees operations at the full serv- Celebrate individual stories that together
Business Exchange will sit in on the panel provided.” The Good Samaritan Medical ice Plymouth location which opened its make a big difference in the journey of
discussion as the moderator. The event will Center Laboratory is one of more than doors in December, 2008. The Plymouth Catholic Charities South and discover
feature a light breakfast and an opportunity 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nation- branch, located at T Pilgrim Hill Road is
wo where your help and hope is needed. For
for networking. Registration will be online wide. the Bank's 9th location in Southeastern more information, call 508.587.0815 x 234.
www.metrosouthchamber.com ACTION Report May 2009 5
Progress over Recession The Metro South Connecting Activities
Partnership spotlights youth involved in struc-
tured internships with local employers. To learn
For more than ninety five years, the Metro South Chamber of more about this and other competitive workforce
Commerce has provided business and community leadership for the programs, contact Kathryn Sayles at the Chamber
greater Brockton area. Our mission, to ensure the economic advance- by calling (508) 586-0500 ext. 227 or via e-mail
ment of the Metro South region, is as important today as ever. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to assure you that the Metro South Chamber of Commerce,
Intern, Michael Marckini, Intern, Matthew Channell,
in the face of this economic downturn, is stepping up the services we with supervisor, Meaghan with supervisor, Ed Lofgren.
provide to members and the community as a whole. Through well- Glassett. Michael, a student Matthew, a student from
managed assets and good business counsel, the Metro South Chamber from Whitman-Hanson Whitman-Hanson Regional
of Commerce is well-positioned to provide businesses with exception- Regional High School, is High School, is involved in
Christopher Cooney, involved in a 15-week a 15-week internship at 3A
Chamber President & CEO al networking, consulting, research, education, and advocacy. internship at the Clipper Marine Service located in
Our goal is to provide abundant opportunity for businesses to Express located in Hanson. Hingham.
access what they need most, more customers, credit and credentials. Chamber program-
ming will increase this year with an emphasis on fostering a competitive workforce and “Michael Marckini is an intern with the “Matt is an intern in the Jobs In Boating
encouraging greater connectivity among local businesses. Whitman and Hanson Express newspa- Program housed at Massasoit
In order to achieve this, we have hired two additional chamber professionals who will pers. He works with the staff to ensure Community College in Canton and is
focus their attention on activities that strengthen our workforce and encourage business- complete and quality coverage of the news assigned to 3A Marine Service, a boat
es to buy from local businesses. We will maintain our vigorous activities around business for these communities. Michael has gained dealership in Hingham. This internship
assistance, regional promotions, economic development and political advocacy. experience working in several areas of the is a 'match made in Heaven' for both par-
In order to position our businesses and region in the best possible way for economic recov- paper industry, such as working to gather ties. Matt is a senior at Whitman-Hanson
ery, we must all “pull together” and derive strength from our regional economic diversity. and verify information in the community High School who is looking forward to a
The opportunities are great for communities who choose progress over recession. and having articles and photographs pub- career as a marine technician, repairing
I am confident, with your support, we will emerge a stronger community; well-posi- lished in the Express. He follows directions and maintaining boats, marine engines
tioned to capitalize on our regional strengths of location, infrastructure, workforce and well, gets his work done on time and he is and boating accessories. 3A Marine
diversity. always ready to start working on the next Service sells and services boats, marine
Thank you for your past support of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce. If you week's issue. Michael is an enthusiastic and engines and boating accessories and
would like additional information about the Chamber, please contact any one of our dedicated worker who is able to take on a appreciates this hard working, mature,
chamber professionals, or stop by the Chamber offices at Sixty School Street in Brockton. great deal of responsibility. He is sharp, and pleasant intern who has arrived just
We are happy to assist you. mature and most importantly reliable.” in time to contribute to this busy boating
Sincerely, - Meaghan Glassett, Assistant Editor, season.”
The Clipper Express - Ed Lofgren, President, 3A Marine Service
Funded through the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and supported by Mayor James Harrington and the
City of Brockton, Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board and the Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Christopher B. Cooney, CCE
President & CEO The Stepping
Out for Old
Business Contracting Opportunities Colony Hospice
Local businesses are encouraged to bid on regional stimulus improvement proj- 11th Memorial
ects by contacting the Office of Small Business Utilization at
hhtp://www.osdbu.gov/offices.html or contact the United States Small Business Walk was a
Administration (SBA) counselor, Donna O'Connor at the Metro South Chamber
of Commerce, 508-586-0500 x221. Donna maintains local office hours at the
Chamber of Commerce each Wednesday. thanks to you!
Old Colony Hospice wants
Stephen Fitzgerald, Stonehill Sports Camps Coordinator to thank the walkers, their
phone: 508.565.1773 • email: email@example.com donors, the corporate sponsors
and the volunteers who made
For children grades 1-12, offering world class collegiate facilities and NCAA-level coaches. the 11th Memorial Stepping
Day and overnight camps available. Currently accepting enrollments for 2009 season.
Out for Old Colony Hospice
A Tradition of Quality Transportation Walk possible. The proceeds of
the walk directly benefit the
Services for over 53 Years.
Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Priority.
patients we have the privilege
Executive Sedan & Limousine Service of caring for each and every
Corporate Van & Bus Shuttles day.
Transportation Management Services
and Charter Buses
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Col. Shea Blvd.
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www.aametro.com 800-437-3844 (U.S. & Canada)
firstname.lastname@example.org Fax (508) 697-0043
Old Colony Hospice, a non-profit organization, serving more than 40 cities and towns
in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties since 1979. For more information, please
call us at 781-341-4145 or visit us online www.oldcolonyhospice.org
6 ACTION Report May 2009 www.metrosouthchamber.com
GOVERNMENTAffairs China Trip Draws Praise, Produces Business
The monthly Government Affairs meetings are held at the Info Session: Tuesday, June 9, Bridgewater State College
Chamber and provide an opportunity for member businesses to
Recent Chamber of Commerce Testimonials Across the Country:
discuss issues important to them with their elected officials.
the Sixth Norfolk District, consisting of “..Your tour guides were exceptional, and the flow of activities perfectly laid out. Our
rooms were fantastic..Our guests on the trip gave testimonials all saying they had a won-
the towns of Avon, Canton and derful time. We even had one person on the trip who is now interested in doing business
Stoughton. Galvin has served in the in China.. The business mixer was a great opportunity..”
Massachusetts House since 1991. Prior
to that, he was on the Board of Library “ ..[We] just returned from China and the response from our people was just amazing.
Trustrees and the Canton Board of Everyone, without exception, was impressed and excited about the experience. I first
Assessors. Galvin is a an insurance bro- want to thank you and your China crew for an outstanding experience. Secondly, I
would like to schedule a second trip!”
ker by profession. He currently serves
as the Chair of the House Committee The Metro
on Personnel and Administration. South Chamber of
This is your opportunity to have an Commerce is char-
informal discussion with legislators tering an all inclu-
about important issues currently being sive travel trip to
State Representative William C. Galvin
discussed in the State House. Beijing, Shanghai,
If you would like to attend this Suzhou, and
The next Government Affairs meeting, please contact Lisa at the Hangzhou, China.
Leo Liu, Citislinc
meeting will be held a the Chamber Chamber, 508.586.0500 x 225, or regis- Representative, addresses The nine-day,
on Friday, May 8 at 12pm. The ter online at www.metrosouthcham- questions at the China Info seven-night trip
speaker will be State Representative ber.com/register.html The cost is $5 for Session at Stonehill runs from October
William C. Galvin. members and $10 for non-members 11 to October 19, of 25 will be assigned their own char-
William C. Galvin (D) represents and includes lunch. 2009. The trip is priced at $1,999 per per- ter bus and travel guide in China. A
son (based on double occupancy) and deposit is due by June 1. For more
Ice Cream Social at Neighborhood Health Center includes bus transportation to and from information, itinerary, or to pay your
John F Kennedy International Airport,
. deposit, visit www.metrosouthcham-
Thursday, June 4, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, 5:30-7:30 pm round-trip international airfare, four ber.com/china.html
and five-star hotel accommodations, all An additional information session
in-country transportation, three meals a has been added on Tuesday, June 9 at
day and fluent English-speaking tour at 9:00 am at the Moakley Center,
guides. Groups registering with a total Bridgewater State College.
services to low-income and mar-
ginalized populations in the
Rocky Marciano Honored
greater Brockton area. In its
efforts to meet the health care
needs of the community, The cen-
ter currently offers primary, pre-
ventive and specialty health and
dental services to more than
17,000 patients and provides
more than 90,000 visits annually.
The June Business After Hours will BNHC constructed a new $17 million
take place on Thursday, June 4 from 5:30 community health center that doubled Rocky Marciano Jr., Adopted son of Heavyweight Champion New Rocky Marciano Post Office Sign
pm- 7:30 pm at the Brockton its capacity and began seeing patients in Rocky Marciano speaks to a crowd at the post office dedication. at 120 Commercial Street, Brockton.
Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC), November 2007. In the next few Photo courtesy of Tim Correira and The Enterprise Photo courtesy of Tim Correira and The Enterprise
63 Main Street, Brockton. months, BNHC will break ground on a
The BNHC is pleased to host an Old new expansion.
Fashioned Ice Cream Social and net- This is a casual event that presents a
working opportunity. Attendees will great way to make business contacts so Since 1927
also get a chance to see the new facility bring plenty of business cards! The 3rd Generation
and learn more about health care servic- event is $5 for members and $10 for non-
es of interest to companies and staff in members. To register, call Kim at & Operated Elegant Floral Designs • Balloons
these challenging economic times. 508.586.0500 x 231, or register online at Fruit Baskets
BNHC is a non-profit, multicultural, www.metrosouthchamber.com/regis- Corporate Specialist • Wedding Consultants
community health center providing ter.html
The Ambassador Team • Win-Win Opportunity!
DAILY PROMPT DELIVERIES
The Ambassador Team meets on a monthly basis to serve fellow members 110 North Leyden Street TO BROCKTON AND VICINITY
by providing information, resources, member-to-member support, increasing Brockton, MA 02302 OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
awareness and promoting active participation in Chamber programs and serv-
ices. The next Ambassador meeting will meet on June 3 from 8:00 - 9:00 am at 508-586-2000 All Major
the Metro South Chamber of Commerce. To become an Ambassador, call Lisa visit our website at www.holmesmcduffy.com Accepted...
Keene at the Chamber, 508.586. 0500 x 225.
m www.metrosouthchamber.com ACTION Report May 2009 7
Chamber Hosts Attorney General Martha Coakley at Legislative Luncheon
Photos by Rich Morgan, www.richmorganphotography.com
Sponsored By: Sound by Rob Peters Entertainment
Flowers Donated by Holmes-McDuffy Florists
Jim Barretto, Attorney General’s Office; Brian Bezanson, Town of Whitman;
State Representative Thomas Kennedy Daniel Salvucci, Town of Whitman
Mayor James Harrington, City of Brockton; Tim Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney; Martha Coakley, Attorney
General; Christine Karavites, Vice Chair of Government Affairs; Scott Sanborn, Chamber Chair of the Board;
Christopher Cooney, Chamber President & CEO.
Attorney General Martha Coakley,; State Representative Michael Yunits,
Attorney General Martha Coakley Mayor of Brockton, James Harrington Michael Brady Town of Holbrook Shannon Oriola sings the National Anthem
State Representatives Also in Attendance:
Event Sponsors: Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State College; Kate Archard, Bridgewater State College; John Nesti, Metro South Chamber;
Charles Wall, President, Massasoit Community College State Representative Allen McCarthy State Representative Daniel Webster Anne Beauregard, Brockton Library Foundation
SBA, SCORE Offer Advice on Recession Survival Secrets
Article Provided By SCORE Small Business Survival Tips 3. Find ways to cut costs. Check your
Chamber of Commerce members 1. Stay positive. Be calm and realistic cash flow on a regular basis. Re-exam-
face challenges on many fronts, as you review your business. Focus on ine your expenses and cut back wher- help you make your case and
including lower consumer spend- the fundamentals and what you can ever possible. Make sure you have SCORE can help prepare you.
ing, tightening credit, and rising control about your business. Look for good collection policies. Keep good 5. Consult your mentors. Get feed-
unemployment. Inflation pressures customer feedback on the things you control of your inventory and be care- back from informal advisors you
have hit both businesses and cus- do well. There is a bigger payoff in ful not to overstock your shelves. trust. Ask SCORE for advice and
tomers. capitalizing on the things you do well 4. Look for local funding. Contact the meet to review the health of your
Southeastern Massachusetts rather than the areas that need SBA for new programs that you can business. Plan for a profitable year
SCORE offers Chamber of improvement. benefit from. Consider SEED as a in 2009, even with potentially little
Commerce members a free business 2. Continue your marketing. This is possible source of capital for your or no growth.
review and planning session. The the time you need marketing the business. Many economic develop-
volunteer experts at SCORE have most. It reassures your customers that ment offices have programs for quali- For more information, and to schedule a
experience in a wide range of busi- you are still there to serve them. fied small firms. At this time commu- free, confidential meeting with SCORE
ness areas. SCORE offers tips on Invest in your company's internet nity banks and credit unions may be a counselors, call 508-587-2673. Visit
how small businesses can survive SCORE online at www.score.org.
marketing. Consider publishing email better source of capital than larger SCORE is located inside the Metro South
and even thrive during a recession. newsletters and sales alerts. institutions. A solid business plan can Chamber of Commerce Building.
8 ACTION Report May 2008 www.metrosouthchamber.com
MAYOR'S HIGHER EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS
The Honorable James E. Harrington, Mayor City of Brockton
Dr. Charles Wall, Massasoit Community College
Dr. J. Lynn Griesemer, UMass Donahue Institute
Christopher Cooney, Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Bridgewater State College • Brockton 21st Century • Brockton Area Transit •
Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board • CareerWorks • City of Brockton •
Curry College • Massasoit Community College • Metro South Chamber of
Commerce • Old Colony Planning Council • Southeastern Technical Institute •
Stonehill College • TERI College Access • The University of Massachusetts at
Boston • The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth • UMass Donahue Institute
“The business, economic development and “Stonehill College believes in partnerships with
higher education partnership creates an eco- T he Mayor's Higher Education Collaborative, under the local community. Our students, faculty and
nomic engine for the region and supports the the direction of Mayor James E. Harrington, strives to increase staff engage our neighbors often and in many var-
region’s adults and high school graduates to college and career opportunities for the constituents of ied ways. We believe both we and the community
enhance their qualifications and career are enriched.”
opportunities.” Brockton and the Metro South Region.
Reverend Mark Cregan,
Mayor James E. Harrington, Business, economic development, transportation, career President, Stonehill College
City of Brockton and workforce development leaders join the Region's higher
education institutions to help adults and youth change their The University of Massachusetts promotes contin-
“Bridgewater State College is forging deep lives by promoting “going to college” and expanding their ued prosperity for the region, its business commu-
and lasting partnerships with Brockton and nity and its constituents with a strong commitment
the region to educate a new generation of careers. of the UMass system through the Donahue
leaders and to be an engine of positive socioe- “Connecting to College and Careers” contains information Institute, CareerWorks, UMass Boston and UMass
conomic change.” about the higher education institutions in the Region and Dartmouth.”
President Dana Mohler-Faria, President Jack M. Wilson,
contains valuable information to help make college and
Bridgewater State College University of Massachusetts
“Acquiring new skills and credentials Certificate programs, professional development workshops “The University of Massachusetts at Boston sup-
through a certificate or degree program at and preparatory courses are offered in downtown Brockton at ports the region and its citizens to achieve success
Curry College allows our students and grad- in college and careers, promote research and
uates to improve their marketability and
three locations through the strong commitment of: development, and serve as a resource for our
increase their earning potential.” CareerWorks, the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and knowledge-based economy.”
President Kenneth K. Quigley, City Hall. Chancellor Keith J. Motley,
Curry College Special information gathering sessions will be held in June University of Massachusetts Boston
at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce (see schedule) to
“Massasoit is the vital link between the “The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is
educational objectives of the citizens living hear your needs, and in the fall, workshops will be offered to committed to excellence through instructional pro-
in the Metro South area and the needs of the assist with making college and career decisions. grams, research and service to the community. We
business community.” We are here to help you! Please take the time to contact the play a major role in the economic life of the region.”
President Charles Wall, Collaborative. Good luck as you map your path “Connecting Chancellor Jean MacCormack,
Massasoit Community College University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
to College and Careers”.
Bridgewater State College
Bridgewater, Massachusetts University of Massachusetts Boston
www.bridgew.edu Boston, Massachusetts
(508) 531-1000 www.umb.edu
Office of Professional Development
Jenna Stephenson Division of Corporate
(508) 531-2725 and Professional Training
Curry College (617) 287-7298
www.curry.edu University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
(617) 333-2364 Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Continuing Education & Graduate Studies (508) 999-8000
Marjorie A. Duffy
(617) 979-3547 Professional & Continuing Education Center
Joy McGuirl Hadley
Massasoit Community College (508) 999-8621
www.massasoit.mass.edu University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
(508) 588-9100 Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Professional Development Center (774) 455-7361
(508) 588-9100, extension 2013 Corporate Training
Stonehill College (508) 856-1307
(508) 565-1321 Brockton, Massachusetts
Center for Nonprofit Management www.careerworks.com
Georgia Antonopoulos (508) 856-1307
www.metrosouthchamber.com ACTION Report May 2009 9
J uniors & Seniors : P lan Y our C ollege C areer
June July August September October November December January February March April May
T a k e SAT I and P a r t i c i p a t e in T a l k to parents V i s i t college M e e t with guid- W r i t e draft of R e s e a r c h potential C o m p l e t e and Complete Schedule College Inform
SAT II tests if pre- a summer pro- about college campuses on ance counselor or college essay - scholarships, grants submit the FAFSA individual college acceptance and college about
registered gram, internship suggestions “top ten” list college advisor to Ask teachers to and loans as soon after college financial interviews rejection letters your decision to
or college prep plan courses and review and make January 1 as pos- aid forms begin to arrive accept or reject
T a l k to advisor - program R e q u e s t col- A s k teachers for evaluate tran- C o m p l e t e final sible
comments Admission Offer
Make sure you are lege catalogues, letters of recom- script draft of college essay
still on track to R e q u e s t appli- applications and mendation - N a r r o w college C h e c k college
R e m i n d teachers to application GRADUATION!
graduate cations from financial aid Provide copies of T a k e SAT l, SAT applications to six
organizations information forms ll, Subject Tests, to eight colleges complete and submit deadlines
that sponsor online ACT if pre-regis- their letters of rec-
scholarships tered ommendation
V i s i t college
campuses M a k e copies of
FAFSA and scholar-
forms Reprinted with permission from the National Association for College, Admission Counseling. 2009
Degree Completion Discover More About Careers Useful Websites
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 Through Internships www.act.org - American College T esting program that pro-
The Occupational Outlook Handbook - a nationally vides monthly newsletters and tips for college-bound stu-
recognized source of career information - provides dents and their parents
valuable assistance to individuals making decisions www.collegeispossible.org - Coalition of America's Colleges
about their future work lives. and Universities provides information on how to choose and
Hundreds of different jobs listed-such as teacher, pay for college
lawyer, and nurse! www.college.gov - US Department of Education - Provides
The Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: important information and a road map through the college
Connecting Activities provides High planning process - Includes good articles and advice for stu-
• the training and education needed
School Seniors throughout the Metro South dents and parents.
Region the opportunity to participate in a www.connectsemass.org- CONNECT goals: T improve theo
• expected job prospects
structured internship with area employers. quality, accessibility and affordability of higher education - To
• what workers do on the job
The workplace experience assists students to advance the economic, educational and cultural life of
• working conditions
make more informed decisions about their Southeastern Massachusetts.
• gives job search tips
future education and career choices while www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov - Federal student financial aid infor-
• links to information about the job market in each
developing fundamental skills for success in mation and assistance in completing the FAFSA aid form.
State, and more.
high performance workplaces. www.firstinthefamily.org - Straight-up, practical advice from
For more information visit the Occupational Outlook
To learn more about the Connecting first-generation students who have made it to college.
Handbook website: www.bls.gov/oco/home.html
Activities Program, please visit the Metro www.Knowhow2go.org - American Council on Education -
• To find out about a specific occupation or topic, use
South Connecting Activities Partnership Focus on assisting students and parents in the college appli-
the Search box that is on every page-enter your
website located at www.metrosouthcham- cation process.
search term in the box.
ber.com/ca.html or contact Kathryn Sayles at www.yesican.gov/secondary/index.html - White House
• To find out about many occupations, browse
the Chamber by calling (508) 586-0500, exten- Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans -
through listings using the Occupations links that
sion 227. Contains information on preparing for and paying for college.
are on the left side of each page
Every month, the Metro South Connecting www.collegeboard.com - The College Board - Helps connect
Activities Partnership highlights youth students to college information.
Mayor's Higher Ed. Collaborative involved in structured internships with their
employers. Please see page 5 for this month’s
www.nacacnet.org - National Association for College
Admission Counseling - Great newsletters and resources for
Upcoming Workshops & Listserve “Connecting Activities Spotlight.” parents and students. Newsletter “Steps to College” - English
Look for upcoming workshops in the fall! These Connecting Activities is an initiative fund- and Spanish Guides for parents
workshops will help students, parents and adults ed through the Department of Elementary www.princetonreview.com - Loads of information on select-
preprare for and connect to college and success. and Secondary Education and is supported ing schools - Advice on how to fill out applications -
Add your name and email to the Mayor’s Higher by the Metro South Connecting Activities Scholarship information and college/university rankings.
Education listserve to receive information about Partnership, a collaboration of the City of www.schoolsuccessinfo.org - Lots of information for parents
upcoming Workshops/ Professional Development/ Brockton Office of Mayor James E. on how to help your son or daughter as they search for the
Degree and Certificate Programs. Visit met- Harrington, the Brockton Area Workforce right college or educational program
rosouthchamber.com/highered.html, or email your Investment Board, and the Metro South www.ribghe.org - Information on colleges and universities in
information to email@example.com Chamber of Commerce. Rhode Island - Financial aid and scholarship information -
French, Spanish, Portuguese, English college application
W e w a n t t o h e a r f r o m y o u ! Your input will help us as we design upcoming programs information.
www.mycollegeoptions.com - College Search site that helps
Information Gathering Sessions to hear your needs: Contact Us: find the school that is the best match for you. Resources for
Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Christine Karavites, parents, too!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 pm & 5:30 - 6:30 pm Collaborative Coordinator readysetgotocollege.com - MA Department of Education -
Location: Metro South Chamber of Commerce firstname.lastname@example.org Sites encourages more high school and middle school stu-
60 School Street, Brockton, MA 508.982.4276 dents to think about attending college.
Kathryn Sayles, www.students.gov - Lots of good information about financial
Connecting Activities Coordinator aid and federal and local programs to help students get ready
Respond to online survey: email@example.com to attend college.
metrosouthchamber.com/highered.html 508.586.0500 x 227 Reprinted with permission from the National Association for College
Admission Counseling, 2009.
10 ACTION Report May 2009 www.metrosouthchamber.com
RENEWINGMembers Thank You ! WELCOME New Members
AB General Contractors, Inc. Holbrook Cooperative Bank Making an Investment in Our Community
Ailano School of Cosmetology/Ultima Holiday Inn Boston-Brockton Advanced Hearing Care, Inc. Harrington Insurance Agency, Inc.
Designs Irving's Home Center Dr.. Julie Breton Mr. Nick McCummings
Anderson Insulation John Corcoran & Company 1324 Belmont Street, Suite 204 111 Torrey Street, Suite 4
AT & T Advertising Solutions Law Office of Andrew H. Schwartz, LLC Brockton, MA 02301 Brockton, MA 02301
Avon Co-operative Bank Michael H Haikal (508) 559-9200 (508) 583-7393
Back Bay Bagel Modern Auto Body www.advancedhearingcare.com harringtonllc.com
Bemis Drug Inc. Morse Insurance Agency, Inc. Medical Insurance
Boys and Girls Club of Brockton, Inc. Niccoli Brothers Oil
Bridgewater Credit Union North Main Street Veterinary Clinic, Inc. America'a Best Defense MacDonald Plumbing & Heating
Brockton Area Workforce Investment Old Colony Elder Services, Inc. Mr. John Tiano Mr. Nathan MacDonald
Board Philip Nessralla, Jr., Esq. 20 Roche Brothers Way #2 PO Box 755
Brockton Housing Authority Pilling Engineering Group Inc. North Easton, MA 02356 East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Colonial Maintenance Contractors Inc. Pine Oaks Golf Course (508) 238-5633 (508) 583-6800
Connolly Insurance R. E. Lyons & Son Fire Equipment Corp www.abdma.com Plumbing & Heating
Costco Wholesale #303 Randolph Savings Bank Health and Fitness National Athletic Training & Fitness Institute
Creedon & Creedon Sharkansky & Company, LLP CPA's
, Mr. Paul Torney
CWB Contractors, Inc. Trojan Recycling, Inc. and Transfer Station One Pearl Street, Suite 1700
Mr. John C. Williams
Embassy Rehabilitation and Health VHS Transportation Company, Inc. Brockton, MA 02301
72 Sycamore Ave.
Center Vieira & DiGianfilippo, Ltd. (508) 580-1690
Brockton, MA 02301
EMH Recovery INC. W. B. Mason Company, Inc. Physical Therapy
Good Days Restaurant, Inc. Webster Bank, N.A. Southeastern Massachusetts
Gouthro Plumbing & Heating Westfield Child Center Convention & Visitors Center
Hackwell-Boone Insurance Agency, Inc. William M. Callahan Real Estate Dress Barn Mr. Arthur Motta
Hale Street Properties World Wide Drying Ms. Pauline Bartlett 70 North Second St.
Hanson Printing Company, Inc. Wright Technology Group 39 Memorial Parkway New Bedford, MA 02741-0976
Hennessey & MacInnis, Inc. Yankee Sprinkler Company Randolph, MA 02368 (508) 997-1250
(781) 963-7061 www.bristol-county.org
Buy Local www.dressbarn.com Marketing/Public Relations
The Metro South Chamber of venient locations. Special discount offers Speedee Oil Change & Tune-up
Commerce is urging businesses and can be registered and viewed on-line at FSH Realty & Associates Mr. Jerry Toppa
metrosouthchamber.com. To offer a dis- Ms. Michael Salabanzi 800 A Crescent Street
consumers to buy local. Now, more
16 Jackson Street Brockton, MA 02302
than ever, local merchants and service count at your business contact Alison van
Brockton, MA 02302 (508) 580-0063
providers (your friends and neighbors) Dam at avandam@metrosouthcham-
(508) 588-0405 speedeeoilchange&tumeup.com
are offering exceptional value at con- ber.com or call 508-586-0500 x222. Real Estate/Residential Automotive Service
Chamber Urges Case Basis on Business Ban Gomes Plaster & Drywall
Mr. John Gomes, Sr.
Stonehill Sports Camp
Mr. Stephen Fitzgerald
Chamber President and CEO, weathering a national economic storm. The 54 Michael Road 320 Washington Street
Christopher Cooney, testified before vast majority of them give more than any- Bridgewater, MA 02324-1652 Easton, MA 02357-5210
the Brockton City Council urging thing to this community. As a whole they (508) 697-3552 (508) 565-1773
Contractors Specialty www.stonehillsportscamp.com
restraint on placing any additional bur- contribute a great deal to this community
den on local businesses. “Brockton and few of them have anything to do with
businesses are by and large good busi-
nesses run by responsible people. This
the incidents that have led to this over-
reaching proposal. I urge you to take action
Brockton Tops Mass. Cities
year they have endured property tax, on a case by case basis,” said Christopher In the areas of industry, education and the last two school years.” according to the
water/sewer rate increases while Cooney. progress Brockton has fared better than vir- Pioneer Institute. In addition, a recent
Brockton Homebuyers Fair May 9th tually any city in Massachusetts. “Between
2001 and 2006, Brockton experienced the
Massachusetts Department of Education
study has placed Brockton among the best
fastest rate of business growth of any of the cities for high school graduation rates. “I
Qualified home buyers can receive up to $10,500. in assistance to buy a
14 Middle Cities, seeing gains in 16 of 18 believe Brockton is one of the very few
bank-owned, foreclosed or short sale property in Brockton. The current 30 year
industries analyzed. The city schools have urban school districts in Massachusetts
interest rate is 4.5% with no points. The program is valid for a limited time and
also been achieving gains, reaching their where people move to the community for
number of properties. The property may be financed up to a 100% value. The
mandated adequate yearly progress for the quality of the schools”, said Chamber
loan will be underwritten by a local bank or credit union. The Buy Brockton
improving student performance in each of President and CEO Christopher Cooney.
program is a partnership between the Brockton Housing Partnership, Mayor
James Harrington and the Metro South Chamber of Commerce. To learn more,
visit the Brockton Home Buyers Fair on Saturday May 9th at the Westgate Mall
Brophy and Phillips Provides Firm Footing
from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm or visit www.BuyBrockton.org .
The Little Red School House, a schoolhouse to thou-
Tax Hike Bad for Local Business sands of former Brockton Elementary School Students
and current site of the city wide spelling bee, recently
Let's give reform some more time to work before a 25% tax hike is considered. Each underwent some major repairs to its failing front steps.
week as the leadership pursues pension and budget reform we learn of more pension John Vlaco, President of Brophy and Phillips, donated
and tax abuses. The call for “reform before revenue” actually seems to be working. Let's the construction and materials to completely repair
see how far it can take us before considering these huge sales tax increase proposals. and rebuild the stairs. Special thanks go out to John
This proposal discourages consumers from buying local. It only benefits out of state and the entire crew for putting our students on a firm
and on-line retailers. This tax proposal is bad for local business. footing once more.
www.metrosouthchamber.com ACTION Report May 2009 11
AMP Workshop for SOMWBA SOMWBA Workshop
Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton
The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA)
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. reviews the eligibility of minority and women business enterprises, and minori-
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton ty and female controlled non-profits, to participate in affirmative purchasing and
The Commonwealth's Affirmative Market Program (AMP) invites contracting opportunities. Workshops are required for all interested principals of
all Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs) who are new to state minority and women businesses or nonprofit organizations applying for certifi-
procurement and are interested in learning: cation through the State Office of Minority & Women Business Assistance.
WHAT THE WORKSHOP WILL COVER…
• How to maximize your M/WBE status;
Business Affirmative Market Programs, SOMWBA's certification application,
• How to find opportunities for AMP partnerships; and
explanation of regulatory language & criteria necessary to be certified, required
• How to market as an AMP participant to state entities.
documentation for certification, explanation of the certification process
These trainings are designed as an introduction to the services that AMP WHO SHOULD ATTEND…
provides and what it means to be a certified vendor. All M/WBES in all fields The eligible owner/principal of any minority or women business enterprise, those assist-
including goods, services, construction and design are welcome to join us. To ing in the SOMWBA certification process (attorney, business advisor, or accountant)
register, call Lisa, 508-586-0500 x 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.somwba.state.ma.us or call
This workshop is free to attend. 617-973-8692. An additional SOMWBA workshop is scheduled for June 18.
QuickBooks Workshop So You Want To Be A Consultant!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 21, 2009, 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton
8:30 am - 12:30 pm: QuickBooks for Beginners.
If you're thinking about taking your expertise and Sponsred by:
Gain the tools you need to successfully operate your business. You will receive a
experience to become a consultant, join us for a free
quick overview of QuickBooks, learn key setup features and understand the
basics of recording income, expenses and reconciling bank accounts. workshop on How to Start a Consulting Practice. Let us
give you the tools to help you build a successful consult-
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: How to Use QuickBooks to Manage Difficult Times ing practice in these difficult economic times.
Learn to use QuickBooks to manage your business more effectively during these
difficult economic times. Learn about budgeting and advanced reporting fea- The workshop will focus on the following topics:
tures that allow you to dig deeper into QuickBooks data and go beyond the stan- • Legal and start up issues
dard Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet. After this workshop, you will be able to • Management and financial issues
isolate and intelligently analyze out of control expenses or sagging sales. • Marketing and identity issues
Instructor Frank Guinan has owned his own business, The panelists will include Kate Archard at BSC, Trish White, Senior
Integrity Business Solutions for 8 years. Through his busi- Management Advisor at MSBDC and Melinda Ailes, Regional Director at
ness he provides CFO services including internal system MSBDC. To register, please call Lisa, 508-586-0500 x 225 or email lkeene@met-
review, financial report analysis, and strategic planning. He rosouthchamber.com.
is also a “QuickBooks Guru” providing setup, maintenance
and troubleshooting as a Certified ProAdvisor. U.S. Small Business Administration Programs
To register for this workshop, please call Lisa at 508.586.0500 Attend a FREE SBA workshop designed to highlight the various SBA
x 225 or email lkeene@metrosouth chamber.com. This programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepre-
workshop, co-sponsored by Coastal Community Capital, is neurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their business. General
free to attend. information will be provided on the following:
Brockton Shoes to Carlton Fisk Small Business Counseling (SCORE)
Small Business / Development Centers • Business Information Center
Red Sox Catcher and Hall of Famer, Carlton Fisk SBA 7(a) • Loan Guaranty Program • 8(a) Business
was recently presented one of the very last pairs of Development HUB/Zones • Small Disadvantaged
custom, hand-made shoes to be produced in Business Assistance
Brockton(FootJoy). He received the gift in a presen- Government Contracting Opportunities
tation from Chamber President Christopher Cooney, The workshop will be held at CareerWorks, 34 School Street, Brockton
Mayor James Harrington, Rox President Jack Yunits from 2 - 4 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. The next workshops
and former Rox manager Ed Nottles during a recent will be held on May 20 and June 17, 2009. Contact CareerWorks at
visit to the area. The Red Sox slugger was very impressed with the gift. He imme- 508.513.3400 for further workshop information.
diately put the golf shoes on and wore them the entire evening. Fisk visited the
area to help present scholarships to students during the annual meeting of the Brockton, Canton, Southfield; BioReady
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research.
Bio Tech companies have recently received notice by the Massachusetts
Main Street Facades to Get Face Lift Biotechnology Council, that Brockton, Canton and Southfield(Weymouth,
Abington and Rockland) have been deemed BioReady. The designation recog-
Building a Better Brockton will announce a new Main Street façade improvement nizes these communities as having superior facilities and resources to provide the
program soon. The program will provide incentives for building owners to invest best suited buildings and sites for the expansion of Biotech companies within
some creativity in sprucing up their building facades. It is designed to encourage Massachusetts. In the coming months, the Brockton City Council will be requested
upgraded facades that will be attractive to consumers visiting Main Street in to approve additional items that will place Brockton at the top of the list. An abun-
Brockton. The Chamber will assist with marketing the program when it is dant water supply through the construction of a desalination plant has further
announced within the coming weeks. strengthened Brockton's BioReady designation.
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