Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
September 15, 2009
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Women's Business Exchange - September 22, 2009
Connecting women business owners with the experts
and resources to grow their business.
Business After Hours Networking
Thursday, September 17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Residence Inn by Marriott, 124 Liberty Street, Brockton.

2009 adsThe Newly Renovated Residence Inn by Marriott, Boston/Brockton, offers Studio, 1-Bedroom and 2-bedroom suites, with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, luxury bedding, friendly staff, Wi-Fi and free high-speed internet in all guest rooms, nightly social hours and weekly barbeques. For more information on Residence Inn by Marriot, call 508.583.3600 or visit www.residenceinnbrockton.com.

The cost to attend this networking event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Food provided by Terrie Stone Catering.  Entertainment provided by Rob Peters Entertainment.  Please pre-register by calling Kim Prosper, 508.586.0500 x 231, or register online.  Don't forget your business cards!

September 2009 Action Report
Read it Here!

QuickBooks for Small Businesses: Beyond the Basics
Wednesday, Sept 16, 8:30am-12:30pm
Chamber Office, 60 School Street, Brockton

Sponsored by G.T. Reilly and Co.

QuickBooks for Small Business: Beyond the Basics" will help business owners who are already using QuickBooks for invoicing learn to utilize the software's more advanced features, including customization of reports and forms, job costing, online banking, year-end tips and tricks, and troubleshooting.

Gina Weinstock, a Certified QuickBooks Advanced Pro Advisor, Reilly Small Business Group, will lead the workshop. Weinstock represents the Reilly Small Business Group, which provides bookkeeping services, payroll preparation, financial statements and income tax returns for small businesses, in addition to QuickBooks support. For more about G.T. Reilly, visit www.gtreilly.com.

To register for this free workshop, email Kim Prosper at kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com or call 508-586-0500 x 231.


Good Morning Metro South
Wednesday, September 23, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Holiday Inn, Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive

Featuring:
Emily Neill, Vice President of Sales for the New England market of Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., a subsidiary of Constellation Energy (NYSE:CEG). Neill works with businesses throughout the region to stabilize their electricity costs in today's volatile energy market. Ms. Neill will be speaking about a new Constellation NewEnergy preferred power purchasing program for Chamber members.

Edan Barshan, President and CEO of Universal Benefit Plans. Edan will provide a Massachusetts Identity Theft Law Boot Camp: What Employers Need to Know. Learn what the new regulations cover and who they apply to, what the terms "personal information," "encryption," and "written information security plan" mean, and what your organization needs to do to comply.

Also: Dr. Matthew H. Malone, the new Superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, and Steven R. Gordon, the new President of Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  To register, contact Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231, email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com, or reigster online at www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.

Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
WATD 95.9 Chamber Appreciation After Hour
s

WATD 95.9, 130 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield Tour the WATD facilities, enjoy refreshments and networking, and meet South Shore business owners!

WATD knows that our Chambers of Commerce and its members keep local business alive and thriving! This is our way of saying, "Thanks!" Please RSVP to the Metro South Chamber by 9/7/09 by calling 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com

Thursday, October 1, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Legislative Reception
Donahue Hall, Stonehill College, N. Easton

The Legislative Reception is a casual event at which business leaders, elected officials, and candidates for public office can renew face-to-face contacts and discuss issues of importance to them and the business community while enjoying complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Expected to be in attendance are one or more candidates for the Senate seat.

Legislative actions at municipal offices, on Beacon Hill and in Washington are having a far greater impact on Metro South area businesses than ever before. As a result, there is a greater need for our business community to speak out and be heard on regulations affecting commerce and industry.

As a member of the Metro South Chamber, your organization has a vested interest in helping foster stronger relationships with local officials. The Legislative Reception is an excellent and cost-effective way for you, your key staff, and colleagues to initiate or renew face-to-face contacts at the state, federal and local level. We encourage your firm to participate and support the unified voice of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce. Together, we can ensure that government understands and supports the needs and concerns of the business community in our region.

The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  To register, contact Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225 or register online at www.metrosouthchamber.com.



NEW: Metro South Chamber Social Network
(Exclusively for Chamber Members)

New Networking SiteWhy Join?
- Post a profile photo and learn to associate names and faces of fellow Chamber members
- Post your own company and event photos to help others learn more about you or your business
- Create and upload a video highlighting your company
- Post your own events
- RSVP to other events and learn who will be attending, allowing you to target your networking efforts
- Participate in the Chat Room
- Post a blog about an important issue or question, or simply discuss what your company has to offer.  Generate feedback and a dialogue.
- Send private messages directly to members and form new connections.
- Change the look and feel of your page and have fun!
 
Please take a moment to sign up at mymetrosouthchamber.ning.com.
This site has a lot of potential in the future for maintaining a strong Chamber and a strong business community. Over 25 Chamber members have already joined.

Contact Alison at 508.586.0500 x 222 if you have any questions.
Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops


Wednesday, September 16: Good Samaritan Medical Center free Prostrate Cancer community education program  at the center's new Radiation Oncology Center, 818 Oak Street. The latest American Cancer Society estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2009 project that about 192, 280 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 27,360 men will die of prostate cancer this year. To register for this free program, please call 508-427-2900.

Thursday, September 17: 8th Annual Friends of Catholic Charities Golf Tournament. Support the changing needs of children and families in Brockton and surrounding communities by playing in this tournament at Easton Country Club, 261 Purchase St, South Easton. Registration and continental breakfast will be from 7:30-8:45 with a shotgun start of 9:00 am. Registration as well as payment of $125 per person is due by September 4, 2009. Sponsership opportunities are also available. For more information contact Barry Veronesi at 617-451-7973 or barry_veronesi@ccab.org.

Thursday, September 17: Employers' Forum on WorkSharing at CareerWorks, 34 School Street, Brockton, 8am-10:30am.  Learn how the Division of Unemployment Assistance can help you avoid
layoffs and keep your valued workers on the job. WorkSharing allows workers in an entire company, a department, or even a small unit within a company to share reduced work hours and collect unemployment insurance benefits to supplement their reduced wages. Reserve your seat by calling 508-513-3442 or email akingman@careerworks.org.

September 17-20: Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 457 Oak Street, Brockton. Featuring world famous Greek cuisine, pastries and wine, and lunch and dinner dishes. Lunch take out orders accepted Thursday and Friday (508-559-0910). Live Greek music on Friday and Saturday, Bazaar, marketplace and distinctive Greek shopping, children's activities and church tours. Rain or shine under the big white tent.

Sunday, September 20: The Children's Museum in Easton will be hosting their annual Scarecrow Stomp, a down-home fall family festival! 11am-4pm at 9 Sullivan Avenue, North Easton Village. Bring some old or outgrown pants and shirt to stuff, and make a scarecrow to take home (we'll provide the stuffing!). Press some apple cider (and taste the delicious results), crank the handle of our old-fashioned wringer washer, hang your socks out to dry (actually parents, the kids love this chore), and dress up like a "country bumpkin". $4 for members, $8 for non-members. Call 508-239-3789 for more information.

Tuesday, September 22: The Community Bank Women's Business Exchange.  Thorny Lea Golf Club, 159 Torrey Street, Brockton at 9:00 am.  "Become a Google Guru" with Marsha Marsiglio   Get more from your internet searches, discover shortcuts, tips and secrets to harness the effectiveness of the significant time spent on your computer.  Find out about the many "free" Google products that are available at your fingertips. Register for this event.

Wednesday, September 23:  Blood Drive at the Masonic Lodge, 1pm-6:30pm, 279 Prospect Lodge.  Sponsored by the Baalis Sanfrod Masons. Lunch served. Donars will receive a Red Sox t-shirt.

Thursday, September 24: 2009 beer and wine tasting sponsored by the Brockton Rotary Club.  Enjoy an evening of socializing, food and drink, 5-8pm at the Shaw's Center, Brockton.  All proceeds to benefit the Brockton Community.  Raffle Items donated by local businesses.  Tickets are $20 each and available by contacting Tina White at 508-821-1845 or email brocktonrotarywinetasting@hotmail.com.

Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27: Yard Sale at the Metro South Animal Care and Adoption Center (1300 W. Elm St. Ext., Brockton. Please note that the team will be accepting donations for the sale, now thru September 22nd. Please no computers, paint or other hazardous material.

Thursday, October 3: SCORE interactive workshop, 'Live Your Dream, Starting Your Own Business.' You have a great idea, you are an expert in your field, you're filled with enthusiasm but you're not sure where to start.  Topics include self assessment, testing financial feasibility, projecting financing requirements, financing a startup, cash flow and basic money management, and marketing including pricing, promotion and distribution.  9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Stoughton Public Library, 84 Park Street, Stoughton.  The fee is $25.  Register online at www.scorema.org or call SCORE at 1-508-587-2673.

Saturday, October 3: Annual Walk for Victims' Safety, a benefit event for victim services of Brockton Family and Community Resources, Inc. A 2.5 miles ((4k) walk/run starting at The Raymond Elementary School, 125 Oak Street, Brockton. Community members are encourage to form teams of co-workers, neighbors, family members or friends and wear matching shirts.  Sponsor forms are available at BFCR, 18 Newton Street, Brockton and at several Banks.  Call BFCR or for more information, 508.583.6498.

Tuesday, October 6: Shop, Save & Support Old Colony Hospice at Lord & Taylor's South Shore Benefit Bash,  9:00am to 10:00pm. Call Linda Werman at 781-341-4147 x 204 or send e-mail to lwerman@oldcolonyhospice.com to purchase your $5.00 Admission Ticket.  Old Colony Hospice keeps 100% of the ticket sales proceeds.  You receive a 20% off coupon good for one special item* and a 15% all day savings pass* good on cosmetics and fragrances and all regular and sale priced items. Additional discounts for existing and new Lord & Taylor Charge Cardholder's too. There will be chances to win prizes and more. Special offer - buy 4 tickets and get the 5th free. Items can be pre-selected beginning September 26th and held at the store for you until October 6.

Sunday, October 11: Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts Paws in the Park. Please join us for our 1st annual Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts Paws in the Park dog walk. Paws in the Park is a fun-filled way to support your local shelter. Registration forms available at www.apcsm.org.
Walk begins at 11am w/ registration starting at 10am. Borderland State Park (259 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton).

Monday, October 12: The Children's Museum in Easton is looking for interested adult volunteers to serve on the planning committee for the Museum's 5th Annual Play Fore Kids Multi-Generational Family Golf Tournament. The tournament is planned for Columbus Day - Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Easton Country Club. Dads and moms, aunts and uncles, grandparents and kids are invited to participate in this fun-filled day, featuring activities for golfers and non-golfers alike.  Enjoy 9 holes of golf, contests, raffles, a family styled dinner and an awards ceremony! For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Paula Peterson at the Children's Museum in Easton at (508) 230-3789 or email us at info@childrensmuseumineaston.org.

Thursday, October 15: Timeless Antiques, Brockton, Open House, 1208 Belmont Street, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Timeless Antiques, Watch and Jewelry Co. offers unique, hard to find antiques, art, sculpture, jewelry and watches for the discriminating buyer.  Expert watch and jewelry design and restoration done on premises.  Also buying gold, diamonds, sterling, and coins.  Find us on facebook and visit us online at www.boston-antiques.com. This event is free to attend.  Refreshments and networking opportunities will be available.  RSVP to Lauren Depure at 508-580-3650 or lmdsun@aol.com.  You may also respond to this email or call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500.

Friday, October 16: Brockton Family and Community Resources Conference on Culturally Appropriate Victim Services will feature Dr. Oliver Williams, Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota. Stonehill College, Martin Auditorium, 9am-3pm with sign in at 8:40 am. Registration is $40 and includes lunch and conference materials.  Call 508.583.6498 or visit www.brocktonfamilyandcommunityresources.com.

Sunday, October 18: St. Joseph Manor's 2nd Annual Vendor Fair, 12pm-3pm. Various vendors will at the Manor to sell gifts for the holidays.  Vendors from Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Select Expressions Jewelry Designs and more will be in attendance.  The event is open to the community.  Please come by for one stop shopping, great raffle items and to help support St. Joseph Manor, 215 Thatcher Street, Brockton, MA 02302.  For more information please call, 508-583-5834.  www.SJMbrockton.org

Saturday, October 24: Come in costume to the Children's Museum in Easton's annual Halloween bash. 2-4pm and 6-8pm. The frightful activities for all-ages this year include plenty of Halloween crafts, trick-or-treat bag decorating, fortune telling, a creepy animal show with New England Reptile and Raptor, spooky music and games, and much more!  You can even go on a chilling lantern lit trick-or-treat romp through The Wild Place! $4.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members.  Call 508-230-3789 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, October 28: Join us at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Manor, 215 Thatcher Street, Brockton, for a complimentary CEU presentation on: Herbal Medicines-What You Need to Know.  One (1) CEU will be awarded to Nurses.  Refreshments will be served.  To reserve your spot for this complimentary CEU presentation, contact Marni Dunton, Marketing Coordinator at mdunton@sjmbrockton.orgor 508.583.5834 ext. 3058, by Monday, October 19, 2009.

November 5, 2009 - "Night on the Town" to benefit Old Colony Hospice @ Grand Ballroom, Granite Links, Quincy MA.  Join us for our fall gala to benefit the patients and families in our care. Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary and honor a local community friend ~ HarborOne Credit Union ~ the first recipient of the Old Colony Hospice Humanitarian Award . This award is annually presented to an organization, individual or group that exhibits a deep-seated passion for improving the quality of life in the community through varied efforts but most particularly through leadership, philanthropy, promoting volunteerism and acting as a role model for others to emulate.  To sponsor, attend or receive more information about this event, call Linda Werman @ 781-341-4147 x 204 or send e-mail to lwerman@oldcolonyhospice.com. Tickets are $125 per person.

Thursday, November 10: The Marge Levy Spirit of Hospice Award 2009 will be presented at the Annual Meeting event scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 at the Shaw's Center.  The award is presented to someone who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, has made a significant contribution of leadership, contributed to the achievement of organizational mission or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of our clients and their families, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or has brought distinction to Old Colony Hospice. To nominate someone, visit www.oldcolonyhospice.org or call 781-341-4145.  Must be submitted by September 15.

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The Irish Cultural Centre's Academy Fall Term of Language, Music and Dance classes will begin in September.  Classes being offered are Fiddle, Tin Whistle, Bodhran, Gaelic Singing, Step Dancing and Set Dancing for beginners to advance levels. 
 
Classes meet once per week for 10-12 weeks in length for 60 to 90 minutes. Prices vary per class and are very reasonable. For more information, call 781-821-8291.

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Bridgewater Farmer's Market
Join us for the inaugural year of the Bridgewater Farmer's Market. Sponsored by the Bridgewater State College Center for Sustainability, the market takes place on Tuesdays from 3:00-6:30 at the corner of Spring and Broad Streets (on Rt. 18 next to the railroad tracks) from July 21-October 27, 2009. Please contact Market Manager Amy Braga (amybraga@hotmail.com) to participate as a vendor or Arthur Lizie (alizie@bridgew.edu) for additional general information.
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Fuller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
www.fullercraft.org

Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors and Students $5
Children under 12 Free, Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm Free
Open Daily 10am-5pm.
 
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LAST CHANCE
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95 yearsTrying to decide where to place your marketing dollars in a down economy?  Invest in a resource guide that is sure to provide lots of exposure for the whole year!

The Book for Business is distributed to over 5,000 businesses, residents and town halls.  It contains member listings, town and business demographics, legislative information, restaurants, golf courses, and more.  Last year, the book was mailed to all Brockton businesses.

Your ad will be listed in close proximity to your free business directory listing. In addition, your alphabetical and categorial listing will be displayed bold and in green font. This opportunity is sure to give you a leg up in the competition by receiving added exposure.

Don't have the time to create an ad, or the money to pay a designer? If you reserve your ad space now, our in house graphic designer will create a professional quality full color ad for you, free of charge.

For more information, Download the contract at www.metrosouthchamber.com/b4badcontract.pdf,
email Alison, or call 508.586.0500 x 222. 
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Share your experiences while gaining exposure. Please email your testimonials to avandam@metrosouthchamber.com.  We will feature testimonials in future e-updates, Action Reports, and presentations. 
New Brockton Information Boards Seeks Sponsors

bibSponsor a space on the new Brockton Information Boards to be placed at 6 locations across Brockton; Brockton Area Transit Intermodal Centre, the downtown commuter rail station, the downtown parking garage, the Metro South Chamber of Commerce/City Hall, the Brockton Historical Society and the Fuller Craft Museum. The boards contain a map of the city and important cultural attractions.

The intent of the boards is to provide an appealing and practical way to assist people in their navigation while showcasing local businesses, promoting tourism, and helping current residents realize the "hidden gems" within the city.

Six sponsor spaces are available for $1500/year, with discounts for 2nd and 3rd year reservations. For more information, contact Alison at 508.586.0500 x 222 or email avandam@metrosouthchamber.com
Chamber Joins Social Network System

The Chamber is online in a number of social networking and discussion board groups. Please feel free to visit, join, friend, and comment!

Chamber Social Network: mymetrosouthchamber.ning.com

Facebook Profile:
Facebook.com
Facebook Page: Facebook.com
Myspace Page: myspace.com/metrosouthchamber
Wiki site:
www.metrosouthchamber.wikispaces.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MetroSouth
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com (Search for Metro South Chamber of Commerce)
BlipTV: metrosouthchamber.blip.tv
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/metrosouthchamber


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Annual Legislative Luncheon ($30 value)
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Small Business Awards Luncheon ($35 value)
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Upcomimg Chamber Meetings:


September 16:
Quickbooks Workshop
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September 17: Business After Hours at Residence Inn by Marriot.
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September 23:
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October 1:
Legislative Reception
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October 7:
Ambassador Meeting
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October 8:
Business Issues Panel
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