Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 9, 2009
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At Your Service. At Your Doorstep.
All aboard for a historic ride on the Cape Cod Central Railroad's INAUGURAL Passenger Run
on the newly refurbished Falmouth line!

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. Climb aboard at Middleboro/Lakeville MBTA Station and continue along the 18 mile route southward to Buzzards Bay. Cross over the Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge then enjoy spectacular panoramic views as we meander along the rails on the upgraded Falmouth line. Traveling northward, continue on to Middleboro station during a beautiful sunset.

Narrated highlights will be provided by Conductor Fred Pegnato on the first passenger run in over 12 years. Enjoy a tasty three course meal aboard the wonderfully restored dining cars. A cash bar will also be available on board.

The price of a ticket is $75.00 per person and includes food, a beverage, tax and gratuity, and a special memento of this historic run. 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.

Train  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 www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.html.Plan your business or family Holiday Outing with us aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad!
In Less than 2 weeks:

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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. The Expo is open to all and free to attend.  Lunch is not included with the Expo.

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.  WATD 95.9 FM will be doing live broadcasts from the event. 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 kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com, or register online at www.metrosouthchamber.com.  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.
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 metrosouthchamber.com/register.html. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
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November 2009 Action Report

Business After Hours Networking Event
Thursday, December 3, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Joseph Manor, 215 Thatcher Street, Brockton

Please join us for an evening of networking and refreshments. St. Joseph Manor provides high quality, compassionate care for people of all beliefs and traditions. Here at St. Joseph Manor, we provide short-term rehabilitation care, including: physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, pain management, wound care, intravenous therapy and hospice care. Other services include long-term care, respite care and an adult day health program. Most of our long term residents live in private rooms and the remainder live in semi-private rooms. For more information, visitwww.sjmbrockton.org.

The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes hors d'ouevres and a bar. If you would like to register, please call Kim Prosper at508.586.0500 x 231, email kprosper@metrosouthchamber.com or register online at metrosouthchamber.com/register.html. Don't forget your business cards!

Metro South Chamber Privacy Academy
Tuesday, December 15
Holiday Inn, Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Networking
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: EXPO/ Product Demo, Networking, Cash Bar


lockThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued rules, which take effect on March 1, 2010, that impose significant data security requirements on business possessing personal information of state residents, including businesses based outside Massachusetts.  The intent of the rules is to protect sensitive data and safeguard the public's privacy. If your business holds personal information of others, including businesses that accept credit cards for payment - this session is for you. Learn what you need to know about the law and gain new perspectives from regulators and enforcers of the law.

Speakers: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and Scott D. Schafer, Chief, Consumer Protection Division, Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The cost to attend is $29 for members and $49 for non-members. Call Kim at 508.586.0500 x 231 or register online at www.metrosouthchamber.com/register.html.

Data Security Expo
If your organization has a data security product or service you are encouraged to attend as an exhibitor. Each exhibiting company will have time for a live product demonstration. The cost to exhibit is $129 for members and $179 for non-members. Exhibit space is limited, call the Chamber office today, 508.586.0500 x 231.

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 lkeene@metrosouthchamber.com. The fee for non-members is $25.

green plus
Take the Sustainability Survey


A recent study revealed that 83% of consumers say it is somewhat or very important to them to purchase products and services from responsible, sustainable companies, but few companies know how to improve sustainability performance and communicate their green and sustainable efforts to customers and employees. 
 
The Metro South Chamber has announced a new initiative which will allow businesses to achieve a credible "green" certification in order to convey their commitment to responsible and sustainable operations.  Green Plus (www.gogreenplus.org) is a program developed for small and medium businesses by the Institute for Sustainable Development. It is designed to educate, motivate, and reward small businesses for working toward triple sustainability, provide actionable information for improving performance, supply access to a network of peers, experts and university partners, and reward exceptionally sustainable businesses with brand and marketing support.
 
Please complete a brief survey on sustainability so that the Chamber may assess the needs of the business community and help to increase knowledge, community engagement, environmental impact and  business success.


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 www.metrosouthchamber.com/insurance.html
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Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops


Wednesday, 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 http://www.stonehill.edu/mi_events.xml

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 carlaganter@hotmail.com.

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: Massasoit alumnus Charles Lanphear Opening Reception at Massasoit Community College, Canton, 900 Randolph Street, 5-7pm  Lanphear derives much of his inspiration from music and music makers.  His works on paper, canvas and wood represent more than 20 years devoted to making his art sing out in harmonious tones of blues, jazz and rock.  Register for the free to drawing to win an original print. Season refreshments will be served.  Contact Marilyn Burkey at 508-588-9100 x 2602. 

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.

Thursdays, November 12 & 19:  Career Planning Workshop at Lincoln Tech, 365 Westgate Drive, Brockton, starting at noon. We will discuss: Interviewing Techniques, Resume Writing Outlines, How to present yourself in an interview, Proper attire for an interview,
The importance of; Thank You Cards & Cover Letters, and How a proper education can help you have a CAREER No high school diploma or GED? Come in at 1pm and get information on how you might still be able to start school.  Seats are limited.  Please call 508.941.0730 x 43504 for more information, or email kminiutti@lincolntech.com.

Saturday, November 14: Supporting the blood supply is a community-wide responsibility, which is why the Paul Revere Masons are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Saturday, November 14, 2009 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Brockton Masonic Hall, 279 Prospect Street, Brockton, MA. Change a life, starting with your own, by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment to donate at this blood drive.

Saturday, November 14: Book Sale at Gatehouse Media, NE, 15 Pacella Park Drive in the Pacella Industrial Park, Randolph, 9am-4pm. Choose from over 1,000 gently used books for toddlers to teens, fiction and non-fiction, no book over $2.00.  Also accepting books at drop locations Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Proceeds will benefit the Enterprise and the Patriot Ledger NIE Programs.  During the 2008-2009 season, our programs provided over 15,000 newspapers each week at no cost to teachers or students in the classroom.  For more information or drop off locations, email cshowstack@enterprisenews.com

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 www.childrensmuseumineaston.org/Babysitting.asp

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 performance by Exit 18 dance group, autograph signings, 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.

Thursday, November 19: Tamboo Bistro & Ultra Lounge Office Party 5:05.  Every Thursday at 5:05pm.  This is the perfect way to Network with local business, be seen and heard.  Each time you attend, drop off your business card.  The office with the most busienss cards by the end of the month will win an office party at the lounge. $5 after work menu, great music, networking, or relax in posh upscale atmosphere.  For mroe information, call 508.584.8585.  Tamboo is located at 252 Main Street, Brockton.

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 dcaperello@sjmbrockton.org

Wednesday, December 2: MSBDC free workshop for regional businesses interested in obtaining federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from 1-4 at th.e Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford.  The federal SBIR program funds over $1 billion each year of early stage R & D conducted by small businesses for technologies that have government and commercial applications. This event is intended to instruct small businesses in the region how to access funding through this program, how to increase chances of success for the award and how to manage an SBIR award if your application is successful. Seating is limited and pre registration required by Nov. 25.  Register online at www.msbdc.org or call 508-673-9783.

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 a free raffle ticket and enjoy delicious food donated by The Grill and other local restaurants, prizes, silent 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 www.fullercraft.org.

Thursday, December 10: The Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  Register online at maconferenceforwomen.org. 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 www.irishculture.org.  

Thursday, December 31: Children's Museum in Easton Family New Year's Eve Parties, 11:30am-2pm or 4:30 pm to 7pm. Enjoy dancing, noisemakers, and mask making to help mark the New Year!  Tickets for this event are on sale now. They are priced at  $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Children under 1 are free.  Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. This event sells out every year, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.  For more information or to order tickets, please call The Children's Museum in Easton at (508) 230-3789


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TAMBOO BISTRO & ULTRA LOUNGE
New Business Hours

Sun-Thurs: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am

252 Main Street, Brockton
508-584-8585

Visit www.tamboolife.com

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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 www.lambertsbrockton.com 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
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F
uller 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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In This Issue
Railroad Excursion
Annual Meeting & EXPO
Railroad Excursion
Oct Action Report
Railroad Excursion
Member Led Workshop
Member Led Workshop
Railroad Excursion
Railroad Excursion
Railroad Excursion
Community Events

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


Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

November 13:
Government Affairs
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November 18:
Annual Meeting & EXPO
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November 18:
CareerWorks/SBA Workshop
Events Page

November 18:
Money Management SCORE Workshop
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November 21:
2nd Annual Railroad Excursion
Register Online

December 2:
Ambassador Meeting
Events page

December 3:
Business After Hours, St. Joseph Manor
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December 8:
Executive Committee

December 9:
Good Morning Metro South
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December 15:
Data Security Law Bootcamp
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