Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 2, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Massasoit Conference Center, Rt. 27, Brockton

EXPO: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Expo 2009 logo       The Business-to-Business Expo is a great opportunity to reach over 400 hundred business people throughout the Metro South region. The cost of a booth is $309. In previous years, the Chamber's response to this opportunity has been very strong. Since space is limited, registrations are on a first come, first served basis.  Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 to reserve your table.  Download the EXPO application.  See page 2 of the November 09 Action Report for a list of exhibitors.

Luncheon: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Harvey Hirschhorn      The keynote speaker will be Harvey B. Hirschhorn, CFA, Managing Director & Chief Portfolio Strategist/ Economist. Harvey B. Hirschhorn oversees the development and implementation of allocation strategies for clients served by the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America. In this role, he evaluates the current and expected market environments and determines their potential impact on investment portfolios. 
       Singing the national anthem will be Brockton High School Seniors Chris Louis and Mark Joseph. Also at this event, Economic Impact awards will be presented. The cost to attend is $45 for members and $55 for non-members and includes a full lunch and entry into the EXPO.  Register by calling 508-586-0500 x 231, email, or register online at  Corporate tables of 10 are available.

Gain Exposure and promote your service or product by becoming an event sponsor or donating a raffle price. Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 for more information.
November 2009 Action Report

Regional Business After Hours
Wednesday, November 4, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Drive, Mansfield

Join the nine Southeastern Massachusetts area Chambers of Commerce for a Regional Business After Hours. In attendance will be business people from the Attleboro, Cranberry County, Metro South, New Bedford, Fall River, North Attleboro, Tri-Town, Plymouth and Taunton Chambers of Commerce. Last year's networking event brought together a crowd of nearly 300 business professionals and entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity to meet members from surrounding chambers.

To register for this event please call the Chamber at 508.586.0500 ext. 231 or respond to this email. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Come and enjoy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and most importantly a lot of NETWORKING! Don't forget your business cards.
Member Led Workshop
OnPoint Coaching Workshop
Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 am -10:30 am
Chamber Office, 60 School Street, Brockton

The "Fundamental Approach" for Small Business Growth - Part I
Open to: General public

A.) If you're a small business owner, this workshop will expand your business acumen on fundamental growth strategies.
B.) If you're an entrepreneur past the concept stage and in the development stage, this workshop will assist you and your business endeavors with the strategy process and execution.

Topics include:
Client Relationship Management Marketing Plan Development
New Business Development Strategic Planning

This free workshop will take place directly following the monthly Ambassador Meeting. To, contact John D. Lloyd, Founder/Principal of OnPoint Coaching at: Phone: 617.359.0099 | Email: | Website:

Government Affairs Lunch Meeting
Friday, November 13, 2009, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Chamber Office, 60 School Street, Brockton

George NoelThe featured speaker will be George E. Noel, Director of the MA Department of Labor. George E. Noel was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as Director of the Massachusetts Department of Labor in January 2007. As Director, he oversees the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Division of Occupational Safety, the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, the Labor Relations Committee and the Joint Labor-Management Committee. Noel brings decades of experience in labor-management relations and advocacy for workers and working families to the position.

If you would like to attend this lunch meeting, please contact Lisa at 508.586. 0500 x 225, or you may register online at The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Added Benefits for Chamber Members

Constellation NewEnergy Power Program: An Electricity aggregation program to help members better manage their energy costs.

Expanded Health Insurance Services from Health Services Administrators (HSA): Introducing the One Resource Solution website, offering up to dating information and resources to help you, your business and employees find the best plan.

For more information on either of these programs, visit
Plymouth County/Cape Cod Railroad Excursion
Saturday, November 21, 2009
2:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Middleboro/Lakeville MBTA Station,
125 Commercial Drive, Lakeville

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Travel along a beautiful rail line featuring forests, wetlands and cranberry bogs. Traverse the unique counter-weight railroad bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal. Pass through the charming and historic Sandwich Village. Enjoy a tasty three course meal aboard the wonderfully restored dining cars of the Cape Cod Central railroad. A cash bar will be available on board.

TrainThe price of a ticket is $75.00 per person and includes a beverage. In addition, professional photographs by Rich Morgan Photography will be available for purchase following the event to help you cherish this one-of-a-kind experience.  Call Kim Prosper 508.586.0500 x 231 if you have any questions or if you would like to reserve your seat. You may also register online at your business or family Holiday Outing with us aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad!

SCORE Workshop: Money Management for Small Business
Wednesday, November 18,
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (registration at 5:00 pm)
Stoughton Public Library, 84 Park Street, Stoughton

You provide great products and services for your customers, but feel you're not capitalizing on the full financial potential of your business. This workshop can put you on the path to better financial results. Get advice you can use to improve cash flow, increase profits and get your business financially secure.

Topics include:
Improving Profit Managing Cash Flow  Inventory Management
Vendor Management Receivables Management Analyzing Financial Results Managing When Cash is Tight

This workshop is free for Chamber Members. Register by calling Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225 or email The fee for non-members is $25.
Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops

Wednesday, November 4: SOWMBA Affirmative Market Program -Connecting your Business to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts free workshop designed for businesses who are interested in learning how to do business with the State. At UMASS Dartmouth.  Learn Where to find bidding opportunities,  Bidding process for Statewide Contracts, Where to find ARRA - federal stimulus procurement & grant opportunities, Comm-PASS Overview, Marketing to public entities, How to become SOMWBA Certified,  How the Affirmative Market Program supports SOMWBA Certified businesses. Visit

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 at (781) 341-4147 x 204 or send e-mail to 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 ongoing 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.

Tuesday, 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

Wendesday, November 11: On November 11th 2009 at 4:00 pm. the Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society will welcome Pierta Rivoli who will discuss her latest book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. Pierta Rivoli will take us on a journey into her study of the cotton industry, discussing history and economics and the effects they have on the industry today. The Martin Institute is on the campus of Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, North Easton, MA.For more information, please go to

Wednesday, November 11: Turkey Day at the Easton Country Club.
Buy a frozen 15+ turkey and receive your round of golf for FREE. Donations to benefit Main Spring House and My Brother's Keeper. Grocery Store gift certificates will also be gratefully accepted. $15 earns 9 holes and $25 earns 18 holes. Call 508-238-2500 for tee times.

Wednesday, November 11: Brockton Lions Club Fundraising night at Texas Roadhouse, 4 pm-10:30 pm. Pick up a coupon from a Lions Club member and support eye research by eating at Texas Roadhouse, and they will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the fundraiser.  Good at the Texas Roadhouse in Westgate Plaza, 124 Westgate Drive, Brockton.  Call ahead for seating, 508-427-6244. To receive the coupon, email Carla at

Thursday, November 12: November is National Alzheimer's Month.
Attend the free "Rediscover Your Reasons for Caregiving" Workshop In what is often a 24/7 situation, many caregivers are under a great deal of stress, don't get enough sleep and feel disheartened and powerless as the person they care for becomes less engaged in the present. Plan to spend a couple of hours away from caregiving and attend this workshop led by Caregiver Specialist Sheryl Leary. Expect to come away feeling refreshed.  At New England Sinai Hospital's Brenner Conference Center at 150 York Street, Stoughton.  Call 781-297-1375 for more info or to register.

Thursday, November 12: Good Samaritan Medical Center will host a free community education program on lung cancer awareness in an effort to raise awareness of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout from 6-7pm at the Radiation/Oncology Center at Good Samaritan.  To register, please RSVP to 1-800-488-5959 x 25.

Sunday, November 15: Babysitting class at the Children's Museum in Easton, 12:30 pm-5pm with Jane Rotondi, MASpEd. Participants are asked to bring a large doll, if you don't have a doll, bring a large teddy bear to practice diapering and first aid  techniques.  Please eat lunch prior to class.    The workshop is $50 and we ask that potential babysitters be ages grade 6 and up.  Pre-registration is required, to register call the museum at (508) 230-3789.  For more information please visit

Tuesday, November 17: The American Dream Demo Team Academy at Hamid's Academy in conjunction with the Friends of DuSable is holding a premier sponsorship event at West End Johnny's on the Side.  We are asking for your help, support and donations for our program/ad book with will be featured the night of the event.  Each full page ad is $300.  You will receive 2 tickets to the event or your business will be mentioned on all promotional materials.  The event will feature youth demonstrations, celebrity guests, a peformaing by Exit 18 dance group, autograph singings, a Rocky Marciano video and silent auction.  For more information, contact Doug Pendarvis at 617-592-2771.

Wednesday, November 18: Attend a FREE SBA workshop designed to highlight the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their business. General information will be provided on the following: Small Business Counseling (SCORE) Small Business / Development Centers Business Information Center SBA 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program 8(a) Business Development HUB/Zones Small Disadvantaged Business Assistance Government Contracting Opportunities
The workshop will be held at CareerWorks, 34 School Street, Brockton from 2 - 4. Contact CareerWorks at 508.513.3400 for further workshop information.

Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21: Please join St. Joseph Manor for our Annual Holiday Bazaar from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Come and browse hand crafted articles, gifts and also enjoy our white elephant room.  There will be raffles too!  All proceeds benefit the Recreational Department at St. Joseph Manor.  If you would like more information or would like to donate items to the Bazaar please contact, Diana Caperello, Director of Recreational Activities at 508-583-5834 ext. 3028 or via email at

Saturday, December 5:  City of Champtions 2009 Jingle Bell Run.  Registration at noon at the Holiday Inn, 195 Westgate Drive, Brockton.  The race will begin at 1pm. This 2 mile run/walk will benefit the Enterprise Helping Hands Fund.  Entry Fees- Adults: $20 cash or check (cash deductable), Children under 12: Bring one new unwrapped toy. Receive afree raffle ticket and enjoy delicious food donated by The Grill and other local restuarants, prizes, silend auction and holiday cheer.  Festive holiday costumes encouraged.  Prizes awarded to best children's costume, best adult costume and best team. For more information, contact Anne.

Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6: Children's Museum in Easton Kids' Holiday Shop.  We are looking for gently used treasures for this event.  Items are priced under $2.00.  Items can be dropped off at any time, during hours on the Museum's front porch.  For more  information, call 508-230-3789.

Sunday, December 6: Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter, lecture with Lucy Lacoste at the Fuller Craft Museum.  Members and students $7, non-members $10.
On view at Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton. Exhibit will run from Oct. 31, 2009 through Jan. 18, 2010. For more information, visit

Thursday, December 10: The Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  Register online at The day will include keynote speakers including Suze Orman, Marcus Buckingham, Ruth Simmons and Tory Johnson, the ReWork Career Fair, mentoring, resume critiquing and hundreds of exhibits. The Massachusetts Conference for Women is THE networking and education event of the year - Early Registration Discounts end on November 9th, so please help us SPREAD THE WORD!

Saturday, December 12: The Irish Cultural Centre's $30,000 Annual Drawing in combination with the Annual Christmas Open House. In addition, ten $1,000 prizes will be awarded and four $500 prizes. Purchase a ticket for this year's Annual Drawing and receive a complimentary individual membership for the Centre (value $50).   This offer is good for new members only.  Tickets are on sale now and make a perfect holiday gift. Tickets are $100 each.   To purchase tickets or for more information on the Drawing or the Cultural Centre please call 781-821-8291 or visit  

Westgate Mall Kicks off Kids World
Fun stuff for kids 12 and under

Saturday, October 24: Spook-tacular Event
The gathering of goblins will begin at 2pm in the Children's Play Area.  Waldenbooks will host an array of activities from story time to arts and crafts along with a costume contest.
Saturday, October 31: Trick or Treat...smell my feet
Select stores will be distributing goodies at 3pm.  Look for balloons outside participating stores and see mall customer service desk for details.  Children must be 12 years or younger and accompanied by an adult.


Lambert's Deli, Brockton, Special Offer

Lambert's Deli offers a full-service deli, featuring Boars Head Brand Meats.  We have a full catering menu.  We will be happy to deliver within the local area for a nominal fee.  We appreciate a 24-hour notice on all catering orders.  If something should come up quickly, just give us a call.  We will make every effort to accommodate you.  
As a fellow Metro South Chamber member, we would like to offer you a 10% discount on all Fruit Basket or Catering Orders over $50.00.   Should you need further information, please go to our website at or call (508) 580-2736 or stop by.  We have lots of Pumpkins and fall flowers for all your decorating needs.  Please mention offer code: MSB2B09 when placing your order.  Offer expires 12/31/09

uller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors and Students $5
Children under 12 Free, Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm Free.
Open Daily 10am-5pm.

Want to see your workshops and events here? email Alison van Dam a short description of your event with "eUpdate" in the subject line. First come, first served basis.  Please submit in the format you see above.

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

New Networking Site
Please take a moment to sign up at
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.
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In This Issue
Railroad Excursion
Railroad Excursion
Community Events
Featured Article

Information on all Business After Hours, Good Morning Metro South Breakfasts and other annual meetings.

Upcomimg Chamber Meetings:

November 4:
Ambassador Meeting
Events Page

November 4:
Member Led Workshop- OnPoint Coaching
Events Page

November 4:
Regional Business After Hours
Events Page

November 13:
Government Affairs
Register Online

November 18:
Annual Meeting & EXPO
Register Online

November 18:
CareerWorks/SBA Workshop
Events Page

November 18:
Money Management SCORE Workshop
Events Page

November 21:
2nd Annual Railroad Excursion
Register Online

December 2:
Ambassador Meeting
Events page

December 3:
Business After Hours, St. Joseph Manor
Register Online

December 8:
Executive Committee

December 9:
Good Morning Metro South
Register Online





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