Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
November 17, 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!

This 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 your business or family Holiday Outing with us aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad!
Presented in Conjunction with the
Metro South Chamber 96th Annual Meeting

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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, 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.
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,

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 or register online at Don't forget your business cards!

November 2009 Action Report

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

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.

Journey Into Ireland
April 17-25, 2010
From $1999 pp

Take an extraordinary tour of Ireland with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Cultural Centre of New England. Travel to Dublin, Galway, Killarney, and Limmerick where a cultural journey into the Music, History, Sports, and Dance of Ireland awaits you!

Package Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from Boston
7 nights hotel accommodations
Breakfast daily
3 Hotel dinners
Irish Ceili at the Bunratty Barn
Entrance fees to Guinness Storehouse, Croke Park, Shannon River Viking Cruise, and Bunratty Folk Park
Sightseeing includes Dublin, Ring of Kerry, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher And more!

There will be Ireland Trip information session at the Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, on Tuesday, December 1st at 6pm.

This trip is open to all community members. For more information, a full itinerary, deposit information, or to RSVP for the informational session, contact Alison van Dam, 508.586.0500 x 222 or email

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
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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 ( 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.

Good Morning Metro South
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Holiday Inn, Brockton, 195 Westgate Drive
Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members

The featured speaker is J. Keith Motley, Ph.D., the 8th chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston. As chancellor of UMASS Boston, Motley oversees approximately 15,000 students, a faculty of more than 900, and a $294 million annual budget. Chancellor Motley leads growth in UMass Boston's faculty research spending, which has increased to more than $46 million in 2008-2009, and the university's expansion of private development funding, which has increased by nearly 200% under his

On a national level, Motley serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership and is an active signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Dr. Motley also works as a mentor for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Millennium Leadership Initiative. Prior to his appointment as chancellor on July 1, 2007, Dr. Motley served as vice president for business, marketing, and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts President's Office.

Also at this meeting, Lees Yunits, wife of former Mayor Jack Yunits, will discuss her book, "We the Mayor," a memoir of her husband's tenure in Brockton City Hall from 1996-2006.

Good Morning Metro South is being sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center.

To register, contact Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231, email, or register online.


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Events & Workshops

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.  Spotlight your Office: feature your company info with slideshow, info and microphone, share events, set up a company table, receive VIP treatment.  For more information, download the registration form.

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

Friday, November 20: United States Census 2010 on-site recruiting/testing at Self Help Inc. Employment Opportunity Center, 142 Crescent Street, Brockton. On-Site Recruiting and Administration of Basic Skills Exam. Hiring Clerks and Census Takers/Enumerators. Must pass a 30 minute basic skills multiple choice exam. Exam will be administered on site @ 9:30am. Must bring valid, legal forms of Identification to the recruitment/testing, including: valid United States Passport or; any two of the following: valid drivers' license, Social Security Card, and/or government issued birth certificate. Good Pay: $12.50 - $17.00 Hourly. Temporary Positions (Feb.2010-May 2010). Part-Time Employment (20-40 hours weekly). For More Information, Please Contact: Monica Sanchez, US Census Recruiting Assistant @ 781-577-2950

Monday, November 23: Good Samaritan Medical Center will launch a new outreach program this month designed to be "one-stop shopping" for cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose), body mass and blood pressure screenings. The next screening will be held on November 23, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 10 Father Kenney Way. The goal is to make these screenings accessible to people in the community with potential health issues and are open to people of all ages. No insurance is necessary to undergo the screening. Call 1-800-488-5959 to register.

Monday, November 23: Massasoit Community College will host a reception for a "Celebration of Art". It will take place in the Student Center in the Upper Student Lounge on the Brockton Campus (One Massasoit Boulevard) from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   In total, Massasoit has received 19 pieces carefully selected by a committee made up of staff, students, and faculty. The grand reception is for all the artists who generously donated their work to the College, and to celebrate our relationship with the Art Connection. The public is invited to attend. Come join us for tours of the amazing works such as "Train Journey" by Suzanne Hodes, "Peixe" by Steven Trindale, or "Poplar #22" by Susan Schwalb. The works of art are created in a variety of formats, each one unique and remarkable. 

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 or call 508-673-9783.

Thursday, December 3: Signature Healthcare's Annual Ring of Champions Dinner: With cocktails, dinner & dancing this festive fundraising dinner will take place at the Shaw's Center, 1 Lexington Avenue, Brockton.  Reception begins at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. Support the important work of improving our community's health and wellness - space is limited and the night always sells out.  The evening's keynote speaker will be Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center.  Tickets are $100/person and $1000/table of ten.  Complimentary valet parking will be provided.  To RSVP please call the Signature Healthcare Marketing Dept. at 508-941-7297

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

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  

Dec. 14th -Dec. 16th: Help spread a little cheer this Holiday Season. Tamboo Bistro is looking for local business' to donate unwrapped presents for kids who need a little Christmas. You may drop off gifts on Monday, Dec. 14th & Tuesday, Dec.15th at 252 Main Street, Brockton. Join us Wednesday, Dec. 16th forWrap'n'Tini's.Get together with a friend to     help wrap the donated gifts for the needy children while sipping Holiday Martini's. All Gifts will be donated to a local Charity for Children for the Holiday.

Saturday, December 19th: TAMBOO will be hosting Santa's Coming to Town party for kids Santa will be here from the North Pole to give each child a present and available for pictures.(Each Parent must bring a wrapped present to add to Santa's bag for your child. Please put your child's first and last name on the package and say from Santa).You may drop off your child's present off in advance on Dec. 16th, 17th or 18th)

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


New Business Hours

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

252 Main Street, Brockton


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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Share your experiences while gaining exposure. Please email your testimonials to  We will feature testimonials in future e-updates, Action Reports, and presentations. 
In This Issue
Railroad Excursion
Annual Meeting & EXPO
Business After Hours
Nov Action Report
Privacy Academy
Member Benefits
Sustainability Survey
India Trip
Community Events

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

Last Chance to
Advertise and Update Information in the 2010 Book For Business

2010 Directory Cover
Download Contract.

Email Alison to update listing information.

Upcoming Chamber Meetings:

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

December 15:
Data Security Law Bootcamp
Register Online





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