In This Issue
Volunteer: Habitat for Humanity
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Profile: Noah Lis, Musician
Need Interns?
Legislative Breakfast
SWC CDC Annual Meeting
CBA Meeting
Golf Classic Weather Update
Hope Treasures Ad
Mike Beaudry
Noah Lis

MUSIC by Noah Lis 


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Contact us about sponsoring  an upcoming Fun at Five!

Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Jean Sullivan

Sullivan & Company Real Estate   
Jeff Burdick
First Vice Chair
Edward Jones

Melissa White
Second Vice Chair
Rehabilitative Resources, Inc.
Dick Vaughan
Immediate Past Chair
Michael Checkosky

Southbridge Savings Bank
Sheri Bibinski

Southbridge Savings Bank 
Kim Cameron
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center  

Mike Detarando



Jennifer Harwich

Michael Loin
Bertin Engineering
Thea Marcoux
Joan Menard  
Michael Miller

NAMCO Systems, Inc.
Russ Prentiss

Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Paul Raffa
Jim Waddick

United Lens Company
Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member

Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director
Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration
Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist   

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Welcome to the June issue of Crossroads News!  The Chamber is pleased to keep you up-to-date on the latest business news in our area---plus include some tips to help your company or organization continue to thrive in 2011.   

Habitat for Humanity:  

Building Homes and Hope   


Last month, The Chamber participated as a Roof Raising Sponsor of Women Build Days at a Habitat for Humanity new home site in Sturbridge. The experience was so rewarding that the Chamber would now like to put together a group of our Members to take part in a future build.  

Women Build
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Enjoy a great day of volunteerism and camaraderie for a very worthy cause! We are seeking 24 Members (at $50 sponsorship per person) to join us for a Central Mass South Chamber Build Day.  Contact Alix by email or phone to join us or request more info. (508-347-2761)  


You may also visit Habitat for Humanity's Metro West/Greater Worcester website to learn more about the organization and their vital work. 


Welcome New Chamber Members!


The Chamber is very pleased to welcome these new Members to our community:


Body ARTS Day Spa, Inc.

155 Brookfield Road  

Charlton, MA 01507   

(508) 248-6338 


Brimfield Sign Company 

292 Warren Road 

Brimfield, MA 01010

(413) 245-1256   


Country Valley Insurance Agency 

16 Warren Road  

Brimfield, MA 01010  

(413) 245-6176 


Law Office of Paul Kolesnikovas  

109-5 Masonic Home Road  

Charlton, MA 01507

(508) 248-4696 


Met Life Home Loans

201 South Street

Southbridge, MA 01550

(774) 230-4549 


Nurse Alarm Systems, Inc. 

P.O. Box 950 

Charlton City, MA 01508

(508) 248-5388 


Rita Schiano, Resilience Trainer/Writer

538 Leadmine Road   

Sturbridge, MA 01566


Steladena's Specialty Cakes & Bake Shop 

630 Main Street  

Fiskdale, MA 01518

(508) 347-9400  


The Yoga Place Sturbridge- Zaste, Inc. 

The Sturbridge Marketplace, 3rd Floor  

559 Main Street

Sturbridge, MA 01566  

(774) 241-0581  



Noah Lis 



Sweet sounds and familiar melodies kept us all grooving at last month's Open House Fun at Five thanks to the prodigious talents of local phenom:  Noah Lis.  


   An engaging and dynamic presence on the music scene, 19 year old Noah Lis is creating a buzz with his keyboard and vocal talents at well known venues across the states.  The ambitious teen from Western MA has an extensive musical background and a rich expressive voice that reaches out and embraces audiences of all ages.

     Noah was just 3, when he belted out the National Anthem on a coffee table in his living room. By age 6, he was playing piano by ear, and began classical instruction. In middle school, he added Saxophone to his list of accomplishments, and by 11 had taught himself to sing and play some pop tunes on the piano.

   Shortly after, he began working with jazz performance singer/songwriter Janet Ryan and was also invited to join the 160 member Dan Kane Singers choral group, in which his powerful vocals quickly earned him a soloist position.

   Noah released his first CD entitled "Simple Things" in May 2006 and claims it is a diverse selection of music that appeals to all ages. In November 2008, Noah released a Christmas album entitled "The Gift" with renowned vocalist Traci Mnich, and shortly after worked with Deborah Gibson at her Electric Youth Camp in NYC in which he concentrated on strengthening his songwriting skills.

   Noah has received many recognitions and awards throughout his young career including the prestigious John Philip Souza Band Award.  He's also performed in NYC for America's Got Talent 2000 seat audience and has auditioned for American Idol.  In June 2009, he was named one of "Western Massachusetts Most Talented Teens" by the Springfield Republican News.

Noah just completed his sophomore year of college as a Music major.  He is a Deans List student and performs with 3 college ensembles including Wind Symphony, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Quartet.  

   According to Noah: "Music is a passion that chose me from the moment I could talk. I practice and perform four to five hours every day, and it is much more of a labor of love. I have a driven need to expand my knowledge and experiences, perfect my musical abilities and continue my education. I'm careful to never take this gift for granted and I enjoy sharing it with others."


For upcoming performances, bookings and more visit: 


Need Interns?  

Two Opportunities You Should Know About

Clark University - MSBDC & GSOM  

MBA Student Team project opportunity for local businesses

Small Business Development Center at Clark University (MSBDC), Graduate School of Management (GSOM)


The course, Consulting Projects Management, provides local businesses with a team of senior MBA students to work on a specific assignment. The opportunity provides the students with a chance to work in a "real time" environment, while offering a no charge service to the local businesses. The student teams will normally work on each of these projects for 500 to 700 hours depending on the complexity of the assignment and the number of students on the team.


Now soliciting consulting projects for the Fall Semester (September - December 2011).


Some recent projects include helping:

a local non publicly traded company analyze needs for a new ERP system.

a local nursery prepare a new strategic plan

a local business prepare a business plan for a new medical product

a local business select, install and run a new accounting system

a local business review their distribution operation to improve efficiencies & capacities

a local business evaluate their organizational structure & help write job descriptions


If your business could benefit from this service, please contact John Rainey, CMA at 508-793-7615 or   

The deadline for submissions is August 12, 2011.


Mass Stay Here Internship Site

Massachusetts Office of Business Development 


On April 26, the state launched its internship initiative:


All companies with Massachusetts-based internships are invited to post and promote their internship opportunities on the site for free. This will create a one-stop shop for students searching for statewide internship opportunities, while still allowing companies to maintain their own application process and individual posting mechanisms. 


Massachusetts college students will be able to search and find Massachusetts-based internships, helping them build professional networks with local companies. Currently, over 100 internships exist on the site, and new companies, industry groups, and economic development-focused organizations are joining the collaboration on an ongoing basis.


All Massachusetts colleges and universities will be made aware of this great new resource so they can share it with their students. Each University of Massachusetts undergraduate campus has committed to utilizing these resources for their students.  

Read more about the program here. 


Massachusetts: It's All Here in conjunction with the Massachusetts Internship Collaborative and Intern Bridge has created a free how to e-book to assist small businesses who may be creating internships for the first time.

Calendar Announcement

Legislative Breakfast

June 6, 2011

Center of Hope Sen Neal

Congressman Richard Neal

will be the featured speaker

on Monday, June 6th, 2011 

at a Legislative Breakfast

Sponsored by SWCARC (Center of Hope),  

the South Valley DDS Advisory Board and  

the Central Mass Provider's Confederation.


To be held at:  

Nichols College, 124 Center Road  

Dudley, MA  

 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  (Lombard Dining Hall)


~ Awards ~ Speakers ~ Breakfast ~ 


Help us to share our stories with our legislators and the public about the issues that affect people with disabilities in Massachusetts. 


We sure hope that you can make it too, even with this short notice. 

PLEASE RSVP by THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd, by calling 508-764-4085


Calendar Announcement

SWCDC Annual Meeting


SOUTHBRIDGE - The Southern Worcester County Community Development Corporation (SWC CDC), a community based non-profit, will host its Annual meeting to elect officers and vote on proposed bylaw changes. 


The meeting will take place 4pm- 7pm, Thursday,

June 16, 2011 at RC Rheault Construction, 8 Lind Street, Oxford, MA.


Admission is free and open to all members and the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.  RSVP is appreciated to:


Southern Worcester County CDC offers classes and a program called Small Business Technical Assistance.   Services provided include:  Legal, Accounting, Marketing, and Business Plan Preparation. 


These services are provided to Experienced, Start-ups or Pre-venture businesses with fewer than 20 employees through funding acquired from Federal Mini Grants and USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.  


SWC CDC serves the towns of Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge and Webster.



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The next meeting of Community Business Associates, the Chamber's official networking and referral program takes place on June 10 at 7:15am at Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village.


For more information e-mail

or contact Jerry Bonner at (508) 248-0004.


Golf Classic Weather Update!




Central Mass South Chamber

Annual Golf Classic 

Thursday, June 2, 2011 

Heritage Country Club

Presented by

Southbridge Savings Bank


We'll see you on the links!  


Visit the Golf Classic webpage for more info.