Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
September 28, 2009
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Thursday, October 1, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Legislative Reception
Donahue Hall, Stonehill College, N. Easton

Legislative ReceptionThe 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.

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.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. Sponsored by Stonehill College and Bay State Gas.


In attendance will be: 
State Representatives:
Allen McCarthy, Christine Canavan
Daniel Webster, David Flynn, Geraldine Creedon, Thomas Calter
Senators: Brian Joyce, Thomas Kennedy
Candidate for US Senate: Michael Capuano
In addition: John Buckley, Plymouth County Registry of Deeds; Linda Balzotti; Councilor at Large; James Harrington, Mayor of Brockton and many town administrators, selectmen, and city councilors.

For a full list of elected officials attending, contact Lisa Keene at lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com.
Business Issues Expert Panel
Thursday, October 8, 8:15 am - 10:30 am
Holiday Inn, Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive


2009 ads
"You and Your Business" -
Cost-Cutting Strategies During a Recessionary Economy

Topics addressed will include:

Wage reductions and furloughs Vendor contract renegotiations
Scaling back health and pension costs Reductions in force
Stimulus changes to COBRA The Worker Adjustment and
Retraining Notification Act (WARN) New HIPAA Regulations
(in effect September 23, 2009) New Data Security Laws
(in effect January 1, 2010) The Employee Free Choice Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Cost includes an extensive handout binder and continental breakfast. Call Kim for more information, 508.586.0500 x 231 or email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com. You may also register online.
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Katherine A. Hesse, a partner with the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, has practiced primarily in labor and employment and employee benefits law for over 25 years.
Thomas A. Colomb provides ongoing counsel to employers on a wide range of employment matters including collective bargaining agreements, occupational safety, sexual harrassment and workplace violence, and workplace investigations.


Miko's Breakfast Cafe Grand Opening  & Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, October 1, 9:30 am
912 Crescent Street Brockton
ALL DAY $1.99 Breakfast Special

openingMetro South Chamber members and the community are invited to join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Miko's on Crescent Street in Brockton on Thursday, October 1 at 9:30 am.  There will also be raffles, prizes and give aways!

The $1.99 early bird special, available Monday-Friday from 6am-8am will be available all day on October 1.  Try our chicken and Belgian waffles.

Miko's is open everyday from 6am-1pm at the junction of routes 27 and 14, near Massasoit Community College.  Drive thru available!  Call 508-232-6754.
September 2009 Action Report
Read it Here!

Timeless Antiques, Brockton, Open House
Thursday, October 15
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 Dupre at 508-580-3650 or lmdsun@aol.com.  You may also respond to this email or call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500.

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

New Networking Site
 
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 35 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 30: (and each Wednesday), Take a "Walk in the Wild Place" at the Children's Museum in Easton, 10:30am-11:15am.  Kids are invited to explore the gardens and participate in fun and exciting crafts and activities.  Different topics about nature will be covered each week.  Call 508-230-3789 for more information.

Wednesday, September 30: Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society will welcome Jen Marlowe who will discuss art as activism and its ability to inspire change, 6:30 pm at the Martin Institute on the Campus of Stonehill College.  For more information, visit http://www.stonehill.edu/x10444.xml.

Wednesday, September 30: Dr. Richard McArdle, chief of urology at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, will oversee a free Prostrate Cancer screening at the Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center, 818 Oak St., on the main campus of Good Samaritan Medical Center from 5-6:30 pm. All males age 50 and older are invited to take part in the screening. Men over 40 who are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer are encouraged to be tested.  Light refreshments will be available at the screening. Pre-registration is required. To register please call DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.

Thursday, October 1: Children's Museum in Easton Animal Happenings Informal petting Zoo Drop in Day (The first and third thursdays of each month), 10:30 am- 11:15 am.  For more information, visit the Drop In Days page.

Friday, October 2: Pink Carpet Affair at Tamboo Bistro And Ultra Lounge, 252 Main Street, Brockton, 8pm-2am.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Tickets and proceeds from the night will go to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Attire: Ladies in pink, men in black.  The night will also feature Boston's own Danielle Haynes, R&B soul/jazz artist, performing with the jazz band "on point" from 8pm-10pm. Also, sign up and join us on October 4 for the Making Strides Against Cancer walk along the Charles River Esplanade.  For more information, visit www.tamboolife.com or call 508-584-8585.

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.

Saturday, October 3: Signature Healthcare will be holding a Celebration of Life to honor those who have lived with cancer from 2-4pm at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, 680 Centre St., Brockton.  We are partnering with Vantage Oncology to give survivors, their families and loved ones a chance to connect, in addition to providing light refreshments, favors and informational materials.  We request an RSVP as space is limited.  Those interested in attending should call 508-941-7817 no later than September 25th.  When arriving on Oct 3, attendees can follow signs to reserved parking.  We hope you'll join us for this free special event.

Sunday, October 4: The Brockton Historical Society presents a History of Fashion.  2 esteemed Brocktonians, Lee Roukous and Leo Narducci have offered their talents to raise money for the Brockton Historical Society. Reception at 1:00 pm, luncheon at 1:30 pm at the Shaw's Center, Brockton.  $50 per person. For reservations or information call Barbara at 508-583-4987.

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.

October 9-11: Wine, Women and Shoes at the Fuller Craft Museum. Wine, Women & Shoes is a threeday celebration of women and their 'sole-mates' that will support the exhibition, education and outreach programs. Day 1: Manolo and Merlot:"meet the vitners behind the scenes", Thorney Lea Golf Club, Brockton, 7-9pm/  $75 pp ($60 tax deductible). Day 2: Exclusive Vitner's Dinner at 9 at Home, 354 Congress Street, Boston, 6pm. $200 per person. Day 3: Wine Women and Shoes at Fuller Craft. 1-5pm.  Hors d'oeuvres, stylish shoes shopping, wine samplying, fashion show and live auction.  $125 per person, VIP $200 per person.  For more information, call Sheri Richards at 508.588.6000 x 138 or email srichards@fullercraft.org.

Saturday, October 10: The D W Field Park Association is proud to announce that the annual Towerfest will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2009 (rain date Sunday the 11th) beginning at 11:00 a.m. and running to 4:00 p.m. at the Memorial Tower itself (Oak Street side).  There will be face painting, crafts, music, Birds of Prey and Reptile Shows just to mention a few.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the Park the Tower Tours and so much more.  Call Pat the President at 508-586-4425 for more information.

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.

Tuesday, October 13: How Can My Company Improve its Marketing for Little or No Cost? MSBDC, in conjunction with The SouthCoast Entrepreneurial Network: Quest Center and the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center's Technology Venture Center (ATMC), will be sponsoring a FREE workshop for local companies to learn how to use social media to improve their business performance. Should you Twitter? Link-In? Blog? FaceBook? What's best for your type of business? 8:00 - 10 a.m. at the ATMC,  151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA.  Light refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Tammi Jacobsen or Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 to register or register online at www.msbdc.org/semass under Event Calendar. 

Wednesday, October 14: 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.

Thursday, October 15: CareerWorks will host a forum on steps businesses can take to deal with the flu, including H1N1, the so-called "swine flu." The forum, presented in partnership with Good Samaritan Medical Center and the Brockton Health Department, will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Career Center, 34 School St., Brockton. Medical experts will review recommended actions employers can take now to help promote a safer workplace environment for their employees and maintain continuity in business operations during the 2009-2010 flu season. The forum is free, but space is limited, so sign up early. Employers interested in attending should contact Andrea Kingman at 508-513-3442 or at akingman@careerworks.org.

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.

Saturday, October 24: Ian Irving Third Annual Bone Marrow Registration Drive at Moreau Hall Elementary School Cafeteria, rt. 138, in Easton from 10am-2pm. More than 35,000 patients per year, many of them children, are diagnosed with diseases treatable by a marrow or stem cell transplant.  These diseases include leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers and genetic diseases. Our first drive was a success! Colleen Corona, Chairwoman of the Easton Board of Selectmen, joined the bone marrow registry in 2007 and was a match for a 6 year old little girl.  We would like to find more perfect matches! A simple mouth swab is all it takes. For more information, visit www.crir.org, email Dianne Irving at donorregdrive@comcast.net, or watch the special YouTube video from 2002 when Ian's donor and wife came to visit.

Sunday, October 25: Brockton Symphony Orchestra Concert at West Jr. High School, Brockton, at 3:00 pm.  This concert's theme in ice; exploring the coolness of the Northern climes of Finland and Norway, featuring the brilliant Venezuelan pianist, Kristhyan Benitez. Featuring Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7 by Sibelius, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 by Grieg, and piano Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Sibelius.  Mark your calendars- additional concerts will be on December 6, January 24, and May 2. Please call our Box Office at 508-588-3841 to purchase tickets, or visit www.brocktonsymphony.org.
 
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.

Wednesday, October 28: The Community Bank's Women's Business Exchange, "Selling Yourself and Your Services: How to Feel Comfortable with Self-Promotion", 9:00am at Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, MA.  Guest speaker Bonnie Marcus, Founder and Principal of Women's Success Coaching, will examine the common stigmas and limiting beliefs women have around self-promotion and offer a simple yet effective way to create and deliver an authentic compelling message.  The event will feature a light breakfast and an opportunity for networking.  Registration will be online only.  Kindly visit www.communitybank.com/bonnie_marcus to register by 10/14.  Please register early, seating is limited to 50 guests.

Thursday, October 29: Self Help, Inc. Employment Opportunity Center Fall 2009 Job Fair.  9am-1pm at the Conference Center at Massasoit, 770 Crescent Street, Brockton.  Entry level-executive opening with leading local employers. Free and open to the public.  Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success.  For more information, contact Self Help at 508-588-4049 x 116 or x117, or visit www.selfhelpinc.org

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.

Saturday, November 7: The Brockton Historical Society in collaboration with the Cape Verde Association, present Voyages from Cape Verde to Brockton and surrounding areas. 2-5pm at the Brockton Public Library Lingos Room. This is the first in an on going series to get to know, respect and appreciate our neighbors' talents and gifts.  Dr. Aminah Pilgrim, historian and professor at UMass, Boston and current president of the  Cape Verdean Association along with Dr. Joao Rosa, Professor at UMass, Dartmouth will  present.  There will also be songs, poetry, art and light refreshments. Tickets are $15, and $5 for BHS students with ID.  Contact Ellie Wentworth at 508-588-5174 or the Cape Verdean Association at 508-559-0056.

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. For more information, visit www.oldcolonyhospice.org

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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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Leg Reception
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GMMS Breakfast Meeting
Action Report
Timeless Antiques Open House
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Community Events
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